SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher

Become more productive with the latest release

SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher Overview

This SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher course will re-introduce the main topics covered in the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Course.

Understand the basics of the most recent releases of SOLIDWORKS, the training will help you to develop an efficient skillset.

The course is ideal for users who have taken a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course in the past but have not had the opportunity to use the software since receiving the training. Or for existing users who want to refresh their SOLIDWORKS skills.

NOTE: This is not a replacement for the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course, as it provides an update for the basics and not an-depth introduction to SOLIDWORKS

This training course will help you to:
  • Create parametric sketches
  • Create parts and build assemblies
  • Create and control different versions of your parts with configurations
  • Automate design modification with equations and excel design tables
  • Create drawings of your designs
Course Duration

In-class 2 Days (7 hours/day)

Or Online 2 Days (7 hours/day)

Or Online 4 Days (5.5 hours/day)

Skill Level


Course Type

Live Hands-on Instructor Led Training Course

Overview Demo

Examples of models featured in the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher

SSOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher Course Requirements & Benefits

Understand the course requirements and the skills you will acquire after completing the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher course


Taken the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course

Existing SOLIDWORKS User

Access to latest SOLIDWORKS release

Features Targeted

Sketching & Feature creation

Bottom-up Assembly Modeling

Drawing Views & Annotations

Acquired Skills

Able to create SOLIDWORKS parts

Able to build assemblies

Create Production Drawings

"Javelin provided exposure to otherwise unknown SOLIDWORKS capabilities. Instructor was not only knowledgeable but very passionate. The knowledge gained will have a positive impact on our overall efficiency."

— Tom Kurzava, Colonial Tool Group

"I liked the balance between explanation and practical. Introduced many new concepts. The new knowledge of shortcuts, hot keys, and menus will reduce time spent on modeling and increase my efficency."

— Michael Mohan, ATS Automation

"Learned a more efficient use of SOLIDWORKS including features I have not been using. Like multiple displays in drawing and large assembly techniques most useful"

— Matthew Cunningham, Primech

"The instructor covered additional material during the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course which will prove to be useful."

— Phil Vermeeren, Jefferson Elora Corporation

SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface

  • What is SOLIDWORKS Software?
  • Design Intent
  • File References
  • Opening Files
  • The SOLIDWORKS User Interface
  • Using the Command Manager

Lesson 2: Introduction to Sketching

  • 2D Sketching
  • Stages in the Process
  • Saving Files
  • What are We Going to Sketch?
  • Sketching
  • Sketch Entities
  • Basic Sketching
  • Rules That Govern Sketches
  • Design Intent
  • Sketch Relations
  • Dimensions
  • Extrude
  • Sketching Guidelines

Lesson 3: Basic Part Modeling

  • Basic Modeling
  • Terminology
  • Choosing the Best Profile
  • Choosing the Sketch Plane
  • Details of the Part
  • Boss Feature
  • Sketching on a Planar Face
  • Cut Feature
  • Using the Hole Wizard
  • View Selector
  • Filleting
  • Editing Tools
  • Detailing Basics
  • Drawing Views
  • Center Marks
  • Dimensioning
  • Changing Parameters

Lesson 4: Symmetry and Draft 

  • Case Study: Ratchet
  • Design Intent
  • Boss Feature with Draft
  • Symmetry in the Sketch
  • Sketching Inside the Model
  • View Options
  • Using Model Edges in a Sketch
  • Creating Trimmed Sketch Geometry
  • Copy & Paste Features

Lesson 5: Patterning

  • Why Use Patterns?
  • Linear Pattern
  • Circular Patterns
  • Reference Geometry
  • Mirror Patterns
  • Using Pattern Seed Only
  • Up To Reference
  • Sketch Driven Patterns

Lesson 6: Revolved Features

  • Case Study: Handwheel
  • Design Intent
  • Revolved Features
  • Building the Rim
  • Building the Spoke
  • Edit Material
  • Mass Properties
  • File Properties
  • SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
  • Using SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
  • The SimulationXpress Interface

Lesson 7: Shelling and Ribs

  • Shelling and Ribs
  • Analyzing and Adding Draft
  • Other Options for Draft
  • Shelling
  • Ribs
  • Full Round Fillets
  • Thin Features

Lesson 8: Editing: Repairs

  • Part Editing
  • Editing Topics
  • Sketch Issues
  • FilletXpert
  • DraftXpert

Lesson 9: Editing: Design Changes

  • Part Editing
  • Design Changes
  • Information From a Model
  • Rebuilding Tools
  • Sketch Contours
  • Replace Sketch Entity

Lesson 10: Configurations

  • Using Configurations
  • Other Methods to Create Configurations
  • Modeling Strategies for Configurations
  • Editing Part that Have Configurations
  • Design Library

Lesson 11: Global Variables & Equations

  • Using Global Variables and Equations
  • Renaming Features and Dimensions
  • Design Rules Using Global Variables and Equations
  • Global Variables
  • Equations
  • Using Operators and Functions

Lesson 12: Using Drawings

  • More About Making Drawings
  • Section View
  • Model Views
  • Broken View
  • Detail Views
  • Drawing Sheets and Sheet Formats
  • Annotations

Lesson 13: Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling

  • Case Study: Universal Joint
  • Bottom-Up Assembly
  • Creating a New Assembly
  • Position of the First Component
  • FeatureManager Design Tree and Symbols
  • Adding Components
  • Mating Components
  • Using Part Configurations in Assemblies
  • Sub-assemblies
  • Smart Mates
  • Inserting Sub-assemblies
  • Pack and Go

Lesson 14: Using Assemblies

  • Analyzing the Assembly
  • Checking for Clearances
  • Changing the Values of Dimensions
  • Exploded Assemblies
  • Explode Line Sketch
  • Bill of Materials
  • Assembly Drawings


  • Options Settings
  • Document Templates

Training Methods

Choose the training method right for you


Group/Public Training

Receive training as a group (limited amount per class) from certified instructors using vendor approved training content and methodologies.

Training is delivered either live online or in a traditional classroom environment.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • More effective than video based training, with videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
3DEXPERIENCE Onsite Training

Private Training

This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

Training is available live online, in-person classroom or onsite at your location.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Training Courses

Choose a scheduled SOLIDWORKS Essentials Refresher course

Date & Time
  • September 30, 2024 - October 1, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Live Online
Date & Time
  • November 18, 2024 - November 19, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Live Online

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