Course code MašZ4061

Credit points 3

SolidWorks for Design

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for laboratory classes32

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation16.01.2018

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics and Design

Course developer


Imants Nulle

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

Students learn objects modelling principles of complex shapes. Learn conceptual design of product in a 3D environment and visualization capabilities. Developing technical documentation (drawings, specifications, test results) of project. Knows possibilities of 3D model strength simulation. Practically works with a specialized CAD system SolidWorks. Gains insight 3D printing technologies.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge – students understand modelling principles of components of complex surfaces, and assembly digital prototypes. Knows how to design plastic parts. Able to perform graphical analysis and presentation of objects (sketching ideas, performing drawings and 3D visualization of objects). Knowledge is appreciated in tests and laboratory works.
• Skills - can create models of products, perform drawings of parts and assemblies in accordance with the requirements of LVS. Is able to make motion analyse of the mechanisms and the strength analyse of the components. Can visualize product, collections or series in form of drawings and 3D prototypes. Use advanced design technologies – for general purpose and specialized automated design systems. Skills are appreciated in tests and laboratory works.
• Competence – ability to apply professional knowledge and skills in practical work and studies to develop different design projects. Able to analyse the results of product design, as well as to make necessary adjustments. Competence is appreciated in tests and laboratory works.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Design of a product (part) and development of a drawing. - 4h
2. Modeling with Surface tools. - 4h
3. Object modeling using profiles (Weldment module). Drawing and Cut list development. - 4h
4. Test - modeling of parts and development of the drawing. - 2h
5. Modeling of a product from several components (Assembly). Creating screw connections. Usage of fasteners. Creation of an assembly drawing and bill of materials. - 6h
6. Creating realistic images - rendering. - 4h
7. Strength simulation of components and development of test protocol. - 4h
8. Prototyping with a 3D printer. - 2h
9. Test - strength simulation. - 2h

Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number specified in the calendar

Requirements for awarding credit points

Students receive a final mark if they have successfully completed the tasks assigned in laboratory and independent work and have passed 2 tests.
The tasks performed in the laboratory and independent work have to be presented. Presentation includes short oral report of each finished task as well as answers to the questions about the theoretical aspects of this topic. In the first test, modelling of parts is required, but the second one, a stress simulation of a part has to be done. Theoretical knowledge is assessed as a test.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. Complete tasks of laboratory works.
2. Modeling of plastic parts.
3. Motion simulation of mechanisms.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student will get a successful mark on the test work if at least 50% of the tasks are properly solved. The student receives high marks if the tasks performed in the laboratory and independent works are completed, well-designed and the student is able to answer the questions.

Compulsory reading

1. Nulle I., Dobelis M. SolidWorks pamati. E-studiju metodiskie materiāli studiju kursiem „Mašīnu datorizētā projektēšana” un “Datorprojektēšana”. 2018. 129 lpp. un 9 video materiāli.
2. Tickoo S. SolidWorks 2015 for designers. Schererville: CADCIM Technologies, 2015. 1066 p.
3. Tran P. SOLIDWORKS 2016. Intermediate skills. Mission, KS: SDC Publications, 2016. 365 p. ISBN 9781630570163.

Further reading

MySolidWorks Training [online] [cited 1.06.2020]. Available:


The study course is included in the compulsory part of the bachelor’s study programme “Design and Crafts”.