SolidWorks Question & Answers

1. Which soft skills do mechanical designers need when using SolidWorks?

Attention to detail and communication are two examples of critical soft skills that mechanical designers need when working on new products. You can evaluate them with an Attention to Detail test or Communication.

2. Name the main mechanical mates used in SolidWorks.

  • Standard mates, featuring constraints such as tangent concentric, parallel, and others.
  • Advanced mates, featuring constraints such as symmetry, width, profile centres, and more
  • Mechanical mates, featuring constraints such as slots, hinges, gears, and others.

3. Which features are the most commonly used in SolidWorks surfacing?

  • Boundary surface
  • Fill surface
  • Extrude
  • Untrim
  • Extend

4. Which method would you use to create a new template?

The first step is to open the SW module required (which may be drawing, part, or assembly)

The second step is to make the setting modifications in SolidWorks

The final step is to save the file as a part, assembly, or drawing template (depending on the type of template required)

5. Name the steps you would use to modify the bend allowance or K-factor.

Mechanical designers should first navigate to “Feature manager”

Then, right mouse clicks the “Sheet-metal” option

Next, select the “Edit feature” option

Finally, make the necessary bend allowance or K-factor changes.

6. Mention what does the weldments-pierce points indicates in SolidWorks?

In SolidWorks, the pierce point determines the location of the profile, related to the sketch segment used to form the structural member.

7. Mention what are two main modes for design studies in SolidWorks?

  • Evaluation: For each variable you specify discrete values and use sensors as constraints. The software executes the study using several combinations of the values and reports the output for each combination.
  • Optimization: For each variable you specify values, either as discrete values or as a range. You use sensors as constrains and as goals. The software executes iterations of the values and reports the maximum combination of values to meet.

8. Which is better CATIA or SolidWorks?

Basically SolidWorks is easier to use and CATIA is more powerful. CATIA is more powerful in Surface than SolidWorks and also in Automation (scripting/programming). BUT CATIA is less ergonomic than SolidWorks.

9. Define how you can create a multi-Body Sheet metal part?

In an existing sheet metal part, create a new bodies using commands for base flange, insert bends, lofted bend and convert to sheet metals

Then cut single sheet metal into multiple bodies.

Add one or more sheet metal, weldment or other bodies into an existing sheet metal part.

Copy a sheet metal body in a part by forming a circular or linear pattern, mirroring the body or by using the Move/Copy body command.

10. Name the steps you would use to convert solid parts into sheet metal.

First, mechanical designers must navigate to “Metal module”

  • Then, they must select “Convert to sheet metal”.
  • Next, they should choose whether they want to use a gauge table.
  • After selecting a gauge table, users should set the sheet-metal parameter settings
  • Next, designers can choose the edges that will become bends.
  • Finally, mechanical designers can set and alter corner defaults and custom bends before clicking the green tick box and selecting “Flatten”.

11. What is Pierce relation in Sketch?

This relation makes the sketched point to be coincident to the axis, edge, or curve where it pierces the sketch plane.

12. How to change units in SolidWorks?

Setting > Options> Document Properties> Units

13. What is Parametric Modelling?

The parametric modelling is nothing but a property of 3D CAD package which allows you to change the parameters of any component at any time of designing. The parametric nature of a software package is defined as its ability to use the quality properties or parameters in defining the form and size of a geometry.

14. Explain how you can insert a reference image in SolidWorks?

On the front plane open a new sketch

  • Draw some reference geometry to help in sizing and positioning of the image
  • Now to insert an image, go to>Tools>Sketch Picture
  • Choose the image you want to insert and tap on “Open”
  • Once the image gets inserted use the command box on the left of the panel, to adjust the size of the image.

15. List out the major or basic components of Feature Manager design tree?

  • Part
  • Sub assembly
  • Flexible Sub assembly
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