SolidWorks Basics

A Project Based Approach

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SolidWorks Basics

SolidWorks Basics: A Project Based Approach


Fred Fulkerson


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This illustrated handbook provides a complete course, taking readers step by step through the basic operations of SolidWorks(R). Written by an expert and experienced instructor in this versatile program, this book reveals how SolidWorks, a full two-way parametric design tool, can be used to create fluid models with myriad features. It can be used in virtually any setting, from four-year engineering community colleges and vocational/technical schools to industrial training centers. It also is an excellent resource for professionals who already use Solidworks and want to enhance their skills.




  • All instructions apply to SolidWorks versions up to and including the 2015 release of this versatile software.
  • Using a project based approach, the author explores how parts are broken down into logical features that are sketched and then extruded, revolved, swept, or lofted, and how features(holes, fillets, chamfers, and patterns) are added to a part.
  • Full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions show how to add or subtract features from the base body of a part, how to ensure that dimensional changes update in the model and associated files, and how to link features to maintain parallel surfaces and relational dimensions.
  • Readers learn methods for identifying the properties of a model as well as animating a model, showing its complete function within the assembly model. Examples show how to export individual parts to other programs to aid in applications such as machining or rapid prototyping.
  • QR codes (in the print edition) and Web links (in the ebook) throughout the text take readers directly to online instructional videos developed by the author. Additional materials also are provided online for adopting instructors. (contact for Instructor's materials).


Meet Author Fred Fulkerson!

To read an interview with this CAD/CAM specialist, click here for our 3D Modeling newsletter.



Fred Fulkerson graduated from the Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario and from Conestoga College, General Machining program.  He is a red seal certified General Machinist and is a certified Mastercam and SolidWorks instructor.  He has been teaching for 15 years, the last nine at Conestoga College. He is currently a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department.


Fulkerson lives just south of Cambridge, Ontario with his wife, triplet teenage daughters, two cats, two rabbits, a pond of gold fish and a Bassett hound.  Any comments or suggestions about this book may be emailed to


Meet Author Fred Fulkerson!

To read an interview with this CAD/CAM specialist, click here for our 3D Modeling newsletter.

What the experts are saying about SolidWorks Basics...


“This book provides an excellent introduction to SolidWorks concepts and techniques, which are explained using step-by-step instructions,
along with extensive graphical illustrations and video demos. The examples used in this book ensure that the users can relate the information provided
in this textbook with practical industry designs. This book would be great for self-paced learning or as a text for a course in 3D parametric feature-based modeling.”
— Bill Ferguson
Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Nova Scotia Institute of Technology


"SolidWorks is a huge program by itself, and with all of the Gold Partners around the world that make 'add in's' for the program, it can be mind-boggling to learn. However, with Fulkerson's approach to modeling based learning, it can even be fun if you follow along.

       In this superbly written and detailed learning experience, there are some neat things that I will start using in my next class. It really pays to see how other SolidWorks Instructors do things, explain and demonstrate 'the how to' with newer technologies.

       This very detailed-orientated book on SolidWorks is even more enhanced by the inclusion of the QR or Quick Response links that you will see throughout this book. Sometimes, words are just not enough so a visual demonstration can show how something is done when words alone are too vague. I demonstrate how to do things in my classes, but I now see that can also be done teaching with a book and a smart phone. I have never such scannable links used before in any of the books on SolidWorks that I have reviewed to date. I think this is a really nice idea, and we all might see a lot more of it in the future.

       This is truly a remarkable book to learn SolidWorks with and I am sure it will be a 'self learner's delight' when they get started with it. In fact, I have never seen a more detailed and better illustrated book on this subject. That alone will not do justice to how completely everything and every step was compiled and explained along the way. I believe that anyone having the SolidWorks program and this book could easily use it to learn and pass the very first step in the certification process that SolidWorks offers. I highly recommend it to all and give it my 5-star rating."


— Richard Williams, Instructor and SolidWorks Expert

  • Getting Started
  • Basic Sketching
  • Custom Templates
  • Lego™ Minions™—Part I: Designing
  • Design Tables with Excel
  • Heat Sink
  • Lego Minions—Part 2: Assemblies
  • Lego Minions—Part 3: Drawing
  • Lego Minions—Part 4: Revisions
  • Bar Puller
  • Bar Puller—Drawings
  • Center Jig—Parts
  • Center Jig—Assembly
  • Turkey Call
  • Appendixes
  • Index