CAD for APD1
Product Analysis, SolidWorks,
rapid prototyping and working prototypes

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This is a five-week course, and will consist of lectures, individual instruction, product design, model building of a working prototype and a presentation.Most of the work will be done individually in the Top PC lab or by your work tables on your own computers. The CAD course will be run by Tomas Lindehell

The course contains of the two following sections:

1) SolidWorks course (Approx. 1,5 weeks)

The first weeks consist of a SolidWorks course based on differentiated tutoring with a number of small exercises. For experienced users, there will be the possibility of working with new methods and parametric modelling. During the first half of the fourth week you will get support when you should prepare your files for rapid prototyping. Tomas Lindehell will be teaching these courses. (See below for details).

2) Product analysis / Theme exercise (Approx. 2,5 weeks)

This section is divided into three phases:

2.1: Phase one concerns product analysis where a number of products are disassembled and analysed. After this you will all be given your own product to work with. The different production methods and materials of this main product should be documented in the final presentation together with full-scale drawings of its various internal parts and components in SolidWorks - This can be done as a team.

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2.2: Phase two will be carried out individually. Here you will be asked to create a new design based on the given product and the theme exercise. Your new design should be build in SolidWorks with the purpose of creating files for prototype production using Rapid Prototyping (RPT).The theme exercise for your new product design will be handed-out on the first day of the course!

2.3: Phase three involves the finishing of the model and assembling with the original product's components in order to create a full-functioning prototype. This phase ends with a presentation and evaluation.

Section 1 CAD-course
in SolidWorks

Responsible Tomas Lindehell

Form of tuition

Tuition is in the form of lectures and practical training under the supervision of tutor. In the computer lab, exercises will be carried out under the guidance of an authorized teacher. All sections in the course are obligatory.

Examination form and marks

Examination is in the form of individual practical test and presentation of results of the given exercises at school.

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Week Plan 2020Par Mod

In order to obtain credit for the course, all sections and assignments must be successfully completed. Students receive a mark of either Pass or Fail for each assignment and section. For those students who do not receive a mark of pass, another opportunity is provided to pass the assignment or examination after a period of time. Presentation must be done in person at the school premises.

Day 1

Build a series of building blocks (1/2 day)

Basic level

Functions learned:

LEGO_Assem _TL LEGO_Drawing _TL


  1. Sketch commands
  2. Dimensions and Relations
  3. Extrude
  4. Fillet
  5. Shell
  6. Part and Assembly logic
  7. Mates (simple)
  8. Tree concept (re-ordering features)
  9. Drawing- Simple
  10. Appearances (colors)
  11. Modify Perspective
  12. Lights, Shadows (Realview = the graphic card)
  13. PDF, JPG Options Quality
  14. Inches and millimeters Options

Learning videos for the Lego blocks:

  1. Make a PART
  2. Make a ASSEMBLY
  3. Make a DRAWING

Full Play list:  Here

Fun  LEGO information to get correct SIZE!

Google Lego Bricks   Thingiverse    LEGO-adapters  LEGO-brick


Build a Screw (1/2 day) Basic level

Full Play list:  Here

 Screw _with _sweep

Sketch _Picture Bounding _Box

Functions learned:

  1. BOUNDING BOX! Import background a Google search  for a screw
  2. Revolve
  3. Dimensions
  4. Cut-Extrude
  5. Fillets
  6. Split into several Bodies. Avoid cut
  7. Helix / Spiral
  8. Make a Reference Plane
  9. Cut-Sweep
  10. Combine Bodies. Glue it together

Learning videos for the Screw:

Part 1 Insert a Sketch Image and Revolve

Part 2 Use the Split command and a Spiral Cut Sweep

Part3 Combine bodies into one


Day 2

Build a screw continued

Build a Kettle (1 days) Intermediate level

Full Play list:  Here
3_KettleFunctions learned:

  1. Revolve
  2. Loft
  3. Sweep
  4. Shell
  5. Circular Pattern
  6. Split
  7. Creating Construction Planes
  8. Hinge (Move bodies)
  9. Base Part / Split Parts logic (basic)
  10. KeyShot rendering / animation. Keep position at import!

 Google Tea-pot images

Learning videos for the Tea Kettle:

Part 1 Teakettle: Body

Part 2 Teakettle: Loft, Construction Plane, Cut, Combine

Part 3 Teakettle: Sweep

Part 4 Teakettle: Shell

Part 5 Teakettle: Separate Bodies, Move Body

Part 6 Teakettle: Circular Pattern, Time Line

Part 7 Teakettle: Animation with KeyShot

Full Play list:  Here



Export for Rapid Prototyping STL-files Go here

  • Number of Polygons? To many (huge file) or to few (ugly looking)
  • Correct size / scale
  • Enough strength
  • "Leakage"? Always check with the free Netfabb basic


Build a computer mouse (2 days) Advanced level  

Full Play list:  Here

Mouse 150

Google Mouse dimensions

Learning videos for the Mouse: 

Part 1 Knit Surfaces to form a Solid body

Part 2 Wheel recess and shell

Part 3 Mouse Wheel and Screw Towers

Part 4 Buttons with clearance

Part 5 Save out bodies and make an Assembly

Full Play list:  Here


EDrawing files: 

exe with model (zip)


4_Mouse Mouse _v 02_Cut 1_291Mouse _v 02_Cut 2_291Functions learned:

  1. Simple surface commands (Lofted Surface, Extruded Surface, Planar Surface)
  2. Switching from Surface to Solid (Knit) and vice versa
  3. Shell
  4. Circular Pattern
  5. Planning and building bosses for screws
  6. Split command- creating and managing multiple split parts from base part.
  7. Importance of proper naming for bodies and file hierarchy.(DO NOT CHANGE FILE NAMES, otherwise the base part/split part link is lost)
  8. When base part updates the split parts update automatically- demonstration
  9. Creating a moderately complex assembly from split parts

Day 3 to 5

Build a computer mouse continued

Build a hair dryer(3 days)  Advanced level (Download views)

Functions learned:

5_Hair Dryer

Download Pics


  1. Import Sketches. Download Pics, Click and save
  2. Building Strategy (creating a proper curve network, building flexibly, building time efficiency)
  3. Working with moderately complex surface commands (loft, sweep, fill, extrude, etc)
  4. Knit surfaces to solid
  5. Delete face command
  6. 3D sketches
  7. Move face command (create tolerances)
  8. Parting Lines (cosmetic and real)
  9. Logos (working with Blocks)
  10. Bosses
  11. Ribs
  12. Lip/Groove
  13. Assembly- Advanced (Practice inserting motor, screws, Electric components)
  14. Drawing- Advanced
  15. Exploded View

Learning videos for the Hair Dryer: 

Part 1 Make a "Master" Sketch

Part 1b Crazy 3D Tumble, Solved!

Part 2 Surfacing and Make Solid

Part 3 Cut the Solid, use Pattern and Shell

Part 4 Fix a bad Shell, work with Loft Surface

Part 5 Parting Line and Ribs

Part 6 Sketch Pattern and Logos

Part 7 Mounting Bosses

Part 8 Assembly from MultiBody using Configurations

Part 9 Assembly add Downloaded Parts

Part 10 Assembly Edit in Context

Part 11 Exploded View and Animation

Part 12 Assembly Drawing, Ballons, Text, PDF

Full Play list:  Here


To Pass:

Final Pics and model-files are saved at (use Pack and Go when saving from SolidWorks):

  • Upload all files through the CAMBRO portal: CAMBRO log in
  • Show the lecturer all the nice   Pictures
    (within the school and not through a remote desktop)


Top PC Lab
Located in the top floor of the administration building at the left.


Student computer lab time
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1600
Wednesday 0900 to 1200

Tutor computer lab time
See TimeEdit


Rik's solidworks settings!

Rik says

These are the most important shortcuts i would say

P = perspective
V = orientation
F = zoom to fit
Z = zoom to area

N = normal to

R = rotate

Spacebar = pan

L = line

S = Shortcut bar

Suggested websites for advanced CAID tutorials:(Recommended by previous APD students)
- "DiMonte group gets to some advanced SolidWorks surfaces tools, which basically tutors designerson how to recreate what they do in Alias, but in SolidWorks (start tutorials from bottom up)."
- Shows how to surface model a mouse. You need to sign up for the website.

Rhino and SolidWorks   rhino_works_us.pdf
- Here's a Rhino3D 'whitepaper' on how to use it with Solidworks, but it's quite similar to use withAlias (Except Rhino opens natively in Solidworks and vice-versa, while Alias does not, so STEPformat would be used instead)."
- Here's a good rapid prototype file fixing tutorial in Rhino. It explains Rhino tools and strategiesfor repairing non-watertight models. Similar (and some more powerful) tools exist in Alias (ask Tomas L.). Of course SolidWorks does not need that as it will not export open STL files, and as the name implies the work is supposed to be with Solids.


Nice links from Alastair Warren:

Found some other really good videos on YouTube, looks like it really is pretty easy to do some complex surfacing.
The baby toy video Tomas recommended
Follow up to last video, has some good points
Electric bread knife, really really good to see how to create intersecting surfaces like on a screwdriver. Sold me on not using Alias.

A couple more really handy ones:
How to do a co-molded rubber bit over a handle and make the matching indent in the handle
Little trick with something called "composite curves", could be pretty handy. Makes a chopper motorbike tank
Making a spoon with fluting/ribbing in it. Interesting for how to control the transition in a loft (this loft feature is the Boundary Surface tool)
Nose cone of a race car
Plastic Part Design



Other discussion areas;

  • AutoDesk VRed
  • Luxion KeyShot
  • RTT Real Time Technology DeltaGen
  • BunksSpeed Pro (Shot, Move) and Drive
  • Combining Alias and SolidWorks
  • Hardware and Software Rendering
  • COSMOSXpress
  • Surfacing
  • Toolbox
  • Export STL-files for RapidPrototyping
  • Import Alias, Rhino or other 3D-models
  • eDrawings



1 Lesson 1 - Parts2 Lesson 2 - Assemblies

(Extra Lesson 1 - Parts)   (Extra Lesson 2 - Assemblies)

3 Lesson 3 - Drawings

(Extra Lesson 3 - Drawings)

More information:
"Beta" web page