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SOLIDWORKS EXAMS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
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Exam may feature hands-on challenges in some of these areas:

  • Sketch entities – lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, centerlines
  • Sketch tools – offset, convert, trim
  • Sketch relations
  • Boss and cut features – extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts
  • Fillets and chamfers
  • Linear, circular, and fill patterns
  • Dimensions
  • Feature conditions – start and end
  • Mass properties
  • Materials
  • Inserting components
  • Standard mates – coincident, parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric, distance, angle
  • Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references
  • Drawing views
  • Annotations

The intended audience to take and pass the CSWA-Simulation exam is anyone with a minimum of 6 – 9 months of SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Basic View Creation
  • Engineering Mechanics – Statics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Finite Element Method / Finite Element Analysis Theory
  • Applied concepts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation:
    • Top-level
    • Defining Static Analysis Study
    • Applying Materials
    • Working with Solid and Sheet Metal models
    • Defining Solid, Shell, and Beam elements
    • Applying and modifying Connections, Contact Set, and Contact Type
    • Defining Standard and Advanced Fixtures and External loads
    • Knowledge setting and modifying of SI/English units
    • Defining Local and Global coordinate systems
    • Understanding the axial forces, sheer forces, bending moments, a factor of safety
    • Defining Connector properties such as Contact Sets, No Penetration, Bonded
    • Setting up and modifying plots to display in the Results folder
    • Working with Multibody parts as different solid bodies
    • Creating different mesh types, quality, and parameters for parts and assemblies
    • Selecting different solvers as directed to optimize problems
    • Determining if results are valid and make sense
    • Understanding the types of problems SOLIDWORKS Simulation can solve
    • Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Help

Exam may feature hands-on challenges in some of these areas:

Segment 1:

  • Creating a part from a drawing
  • Using linked dimensions and equations to aid in modeling
  • Using equations to relate dimensions
  • Updating parameters and dimension sizes
  • Mass property analysis
  • Modifying geometry on initial part to create a more complex part
  • Modifying parameters on the part at different stages while maintaining all other dimensions and design intent

Segment 2:

  • Creating configurations from other configurations
  • Changing configurations
  • Creation of configurations using a Design Table
  • Mass properties
  • Changing and/or rearranging features of an existing SOLIDWORKS part

Segment 3:

  • Creating an assembly
  • Adding parts to an assembly
  • Doing collision detection when moving a part in an assembly
  • Interference detection
  • Basic and advanced mates
  • Inserting subassemblies
  • Replacing a part with another part in an assembly
  • Creating a coordinate system
  • Using a coordinate system to perform mass properties analysis

Standard SOLIDWORKS tools that may be covered in the exam include:

  • Sketch entities – lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, centerlines
  • Sketch tools – offset, convert, trim
  • Sketch relations
  • Boss and cut features – extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts
  • Fillets and chamfers
  • Draft
  • Shell
  • Hole Wizard
  • Linear, circular, and fill patterns
  • Linked dimensions
  • Equations
  • Mirror
  • Dimensions
  • Feature conditions – start and end
  • Multi-body parts
  • Rib
  • Feature scope
  • Mass properties
  • Move/Delete face
  • Materials
  • Restraints
  • Inserting components – new and existing
  • Standard mates and advanced mates
  • Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references
  • In-context features
  • Interference detection
  • Suppression states
  • Move/Rotate component
  • Assembly features
  • Collision detection in an assembly
  • External references
  • Design tables
  • Dimensions and model items

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of SOLIDWORKS MBD functionality:

  • Reference Dimensions
  • MidPlane
  • Size Dimensions
  • Annotation Views
  • Intersection Geometry
  • 3D PDF Tools
  • DimXpert
  • Auto Dimension
  • Tolerance Style
  • Notes
  • Tolerance Status
  • Flag Note Bank
  • Location Dimensions
  • 3D Views
  • Copy Scheme
  • Pattern Feature
  • Defining PMI
  • Annotation Views

Exam features 3 categories of questions:

  • Multiple choice questions about general topics in simulation and FEA, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • Manual calculations of loads and stresses in simple cases
  • Several hands-on challenges in many areas of SOLIDWORKS Simulation

The hands-on section of the exam features challenges in many of these areas of SOLIDWORKS Simulation functionality:

  • Static, Frequency, and Thermal studies
  • Working with Solid and Shell elements
  • Working with Beams
    • Definition of beams and trusses
    • Beam loads
    • Beam results
  • Applying loads and restraints
  • Planes of symmetry
  • Non-uniform loads
  • Mesh controls
  • Use of configurations to compare designs
  • Convergence of results
  • Result forces

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of SOLIDWORKS Drawing functionality:

  • Basic View Creation
  • Section Views
  • Auxiliary Views
  • Alternate Position Views
  • Relative to Model Views
  • Broken-out Section
  • View Focus when creating 2D geometry
  • Transferring sketch elements to/from Views
  • BOM Table creation and modification:
    • Top level
    • Parts-only
    • Indented
    • Part configuration grouping
    • Missing items
    • Accessing custom properties in BOM
    • Using equations with BOM data
  • Item numbers and their display
  • Hide/show components
  • Linked notes
  • Importing Model Items

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of SolidWorks Weldment functionality:

  • Weldment profile creation
  • Placing the Weldment profile in the Weldment profile library
  • Basic and Advanced Weldment Part creation
  • Weldment corner modification
  • Placing gaps at corners and segment intersections
  • End Caps
  • Gussets
  • Weldment Part modification
  • Trim/Extend Command
  • 3D Sketch Creation
  • Cut List Folder management in the Weldment Part
  • Cut List creation in the Weldment Drawing

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal functionality:

  • Linear Edge Flange
  • Curved Edge Flange
  • Miter Flange
  • Closed Corner
  • Gauge Tables
  • Bending calculation options
  • Bend Allowance
  • Bend Deduction
  • K-Factor
  • Hem
  • Jog
  • Sketched Bend
  • Forming Tool
  • Unfold and Fold
  • Flatten

Note: Excel should be installed on the computer you are running SOLIDWORKS to ensure that your Gauge Table functionality works properly for the exam.

The following topics will also be included on the SOLIDWORKS 2011 version of the exam:

  • Convert to Sheet Metal Feature
  • Hem Improvements
  • Sheet Metal Cut List Properties

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of the SolidWorks Surfacing functionality:

  • Spline Creation
  • 3D Curve Creation
  • Boundary Surface
  • Loft/Blend Surfaces
  • Filled Surface
  • Swept Surface
  • Planar Surface
  • Knit Surface
  • Trim Surface
  • Untrim Surface
  • Move Face
  • Extend Surface
  • Fillet
  • Thicken
  • Offset Surface
  • Ruled Surface Creation
  • Guided Curves
  • Spline Creation
  • Split Solid Body

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of the SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools functionality and Mold Industry knowledge:

  • Parting Line Creation
  • Cavity Tool
  • Draft Analysis
  • Undercut Analysis
  • Mold Cooling Problem
  • Max Mold Opening
  • Parting Surface Creation
  • Runner and Sprue fill
  • Shrink / Scale factor
  • Shut-off Surface Creation
  • Modifying Shut-off Surfaces
  • Create Side Cores
  • Create Tapered Interlocks
  • Surfacing:
    • Ruled Surface
    • Planar Surface
    • Knit Surface
    • Filled Surface
    • Extend Surface
    • Trim Surface
    • Lofted Surface

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas of SOLIDWORKS Electrical functionality

  • Electrical theory
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D
  • Electrical design
  • Installation

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