Teaching CAD with SolidWorks? You are not alone and SolidWorks can help.



When I first started teaching engineering design courses I was the only instructor at my college.  I was hired on Friday and classes started Tuesday.  Luckily there was a holiday on Monday.  So our EDU team put together curriculum and lessons to help all CAD teachers at all levels.  Yes SolidWorks can help. 

Every school, every class, uses SolidWorks differently.  So if you were teaching SolidWorks for the first time on Monday you have some options:

1. SolidWorks Tutorials,  inside of Help,  start with Lesson 1 Parts, Lesson 2 Assembly, Lesson 3 Drawings

    Short tutorials takes about 3 hours to complete with step-by-step instructions

     Go to www.solidworks.com/tutorials and view the "Getting Started" videos

If you have more time here are some other areas to explore:

SolidWorks curriculum and lessons, developed for educators and students, are available inside the SolidWorks Education Edition.   Lessons include powerpoint presentations, movie files, quiz question, assessments, and projects.


There are hundreds of tutorials inside SolidWorks software.  Educators also have access to curriculum and lessons developed at all levels from middle school to college and university.  Don't start from scratch in developing your lessons.  Let SolidWorks help you.  Use our material.  You can add your school logo to our Powerpoint presentations. 

You can adapt your class to one of our SolidWorks relevant lessons.  Teaching robotics?  We have an underwater robot project that using a real SolidWorks customer.  Our curriculum is based on what industry does.  Teaching Finite Element Analysis?  Your students can compare the analytical and simulation solutions.

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Review our curriculum and lessons at www.solidworks.com/curriculum.  Select one of our  SolidWorks projects.  The bridge project is great, no matter what level you teach.  With some balsa wood you can create an inexpensive design, analyze, build, test, break, go have fun, type project.   

Get your students interested in SolidWorks outside the classroom, go to www.facebook.com/SolidWorksEducation to see how students and educators all over the world are using SolidWorks. 

Find your alpha students – make them helpers or tutors inside the classroom.  My own students knew more about photo rendering in SolidWorks than I did.  I was ok with that.   Let your students take a lead role from time to time.

If you are on subscription, we can help you with your midterm exam or final exam by becoming a Certified SolidWorks Provider.  Passing the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam is a great milestone for you and your students.   Educators or administrators can apply at www.solidworks.com/cswa

If you do not have access to the customer portal, ask your reseller for help.


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard