SWOOD Design Training


SWOOD Design

Learn how to build a bespoke and intelligent library of woodworking panels, frames, connectors and intelligent box models.
Prerequisites: SOLIDWORKS Essentials

What You Will Learn

  • Initial SWOOD setup
  • Customizing the user interface
  • Panel design
  • Add parameters for panel size and shape
  • Configuration of the connector library
  • SOLIDWORKS assemblies
  • Plan the layout of a room and populate it with frames
  • Working with SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties
  • Using SWOODBox to apply draws, doors, shelves, hanger rails etc.
  • Adding rules to control sizes, quantities, and hole details


Introduction: Overview

This lesson will give a thorough understanding on the initial SWOOD setup, ensuring standard libraries and specific document templates are loaded and accessible for all of the design team to use. Following on from the setup, learn how to customize the user interface to meet your own specific requirements.

Lesson 1: Panel Design

Take a look into the design and construction details of an individual SWOOD panel. Specify core and laminate materials, including stock offsets, grain direction and edge banding properties, as well as applying standard and bespoke mouldings. Learn how to add parameters that will drive the size and shape of the overall panel and its hole, pocket, slot and edging details.

Lesson 2: Frame Design

Bringing together the panel design fundamentals from the previous lesson, we now assemble a series of panels and add parameters to create a fully configurable frame in our library. The lesson is completed by learning how to drag and drop intelligent fasteners from the connector library onto the new frame.

Lesson 3: Connectors

Lesson 3 focuses on the functionality and configuration of the connector library. The library contains a range of fixings from cams and dowels to biscuit and mortice and tenon joints. During the lesson we will customize some connectors by adding rules so they work intelligently as your design evolves.

3 Day Course

Lesson 4: SWOODBox

A SWOODBox is an intelligent and adaptable means of applying draws, doors, shelves, hanger rails, etc., to your frame design by drag and dropping items from your library onto a model. The lesson covers how to construct a SWOODBox feature for your library by adding rules which control sizes, quantities and the necessary hole details required onto adjacent panels, such as hinge rebates and shelf hole pitches.

Lesson 5: Layout Project

Creating a SWOOD Layout brings together the work undertaken in the previous lessons. It is here where we can use a SOLIDWORKS assembly to plan the layout of a room and populate it with frames and SWOODBox items from your library.

Lesson 6: SWOOD Center Configurator

SWOOD Center Configurator is included in every seat of SWOOD Design. SWOOD Center allows the capture of parameters and dimensions at the top level of a project including SOLIDWORKS dimensions, SOLIDWORKS custom properties, SWOODBox parameters and Panel material information. This lesson covers the use and benefits of SWOOD Center to control and link multiple top level information.


Course Preview

Take a look at some of the designs and furniture you will be creating during the course.