Introduction to SolidWorks

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 230

       Course Name: Introduction to SolidWorks

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

General Computer Skill

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores the theory and application of solid modeling techniques for product design and manufacturing, using SolidWorks parametric modeling software. Content includes transforming computer sketches into three-dimensional features; parametric modeling techniques further explored to create computer models of plastic molded parts; casting; and sheet metal; photorealistic rendering and animation of three dimensional models to visually communicate design ideas.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe an engineering design and development process
  2. Compose 2D sketches by applying basic SolidWorks concepts
  3. Apply constraints and dimensions to fully define sketches
  4. Build 3D parametric models using methods such as extruding, revolving, and lofting
  5. Select and implement material properties to 3D models
  6. Plan and compose an assembly from multiple parts
  7. Analyze and prove the assembly structure by applying mates such as concentricity, coincidence, and angularity
  8. Examine mass properties and center of gravity as pertaining to an assembly
  9. Prepare 2D detail drawings of SolidWorks models utilizing drawing layouts and orthographic projections
  10. Communicate effectively the results of design projects in a written and oral format

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to the Interface – Basic Solid Modeling
  2. Sketching & Relations
  3. Sketching & Relations
  4. Creating Part Drawings
  5. Creating Part Drawings
  6. Creating an Assembly
  7. Creating an Assembly
  8. Midterm
  9. Hole Wizard – Linear Patterns
  10. 3D Printer Project – Assembly and Details
  11. Hole Wizard – Linear Patterns
  12. Sheet Metal
  13. Modeling Threads
  14. Certification Exams – Certified Solidworks Associate
  15. Final Exam

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments by informing the class accordingly.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructions will include lectures, demonstrations, and working on special projects. Emphasis will be placed on individual guidance of students in solving workbook problems during the class period.

Drawing problems will be assigned during class. Each problem will be worth a total of 30 points.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

In order for students to be successful they must have a thorough understanding of all the assigned reading materials as well as of the lecture material, exercises, and class discussion; therefore, class presence, participation and timely completion of assignments is mandatory.

All final projects must meet all of the final presentation requirements as well as clearly and effectively express the student’s overall design intent and be professionally executed and presented to the class during the final juried critique.

  • Expect to spend 10 per week outside of class on your work.
  • Maintaining a portfolio book of exercises and assignments.
  • Attendance will be taken during the class and will consist of 5% of your grade.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

SolidWorks 2017; Part 1 – Basic Tools  Paul Tran
SDC Publications:  ISBN: 978-1-63057-058-3

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Labs, Exercises/Homework:
Weekly work problems and hand-outs will be maintained in a notebook and turned in upon the instructor’s request.

Exams – Midterm and Final Exam.

Quizzes – Hands-on demonstration of concepts, multiple choice questions about techniques.

Hands-on project – Assembly Model and Detail Drawings.

3D Printer – Hands on Project will be printed and student is responsible for assembly and modification of parts to produce a working model.

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts using a rubric that will be administered using the D2L (Desire to Learn) course management system.

Grading Scale
A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.