The Certified SolidWorks 2008 Associate CSWA Exam Guide is written to assist the SolidWorks user to pass the CSWA exam. SolidWorks Corporation offers two levels of certification representing increasing levels of expertise in 3D CAD design as it applies to engineering: Certified SolidWorks Associate CSWA, and the Certified SolidWorks Professional CSWP.
The CSWA certification indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of 3D CAD design and engineering practices and principles. The main requirement for obtaining the CSWA certification is to take and pass the three hour, seven question on-line proctored exam at a Certified SolidWorks CSWA Provider, “university, college, technical, vocational, or secondary educational institution” and to sign the SolidWorks Confidentiality Agreement. Passing this exam provides students the chance to prove their knowledge and expertise and to be part of a world wide industry certification standard.
Commercial customers can obtain information on taking the CSWA exam through the SolidWorks Customer Portal.
At this time, the CSWA exam is given in both SolidWorks 2007 and SolidWorks 2008.
Goals of the book
The primary goal for this book is not only to help you pass the CSWA exam, but also to ensure that you understand and comprehend the concepts and implementation details of the CSWA process. The second goal of this book is to provide the most comprehensive coverage of CSWA exam related topics available, without too much coverage of topics not on the exam. The third and ultimate goal is to get you from where you are today to the point that you can confidently pass the CSWA exam. Therefore, the chapters in this book, which are outlined in the introduction, are geared toward helping you discover the topics that are on the CSWA exam, pinpoint where you have a knowledge deficiency, and determine what you need to know to master these topics.
The intended audience for this book and the CSWA exam is anyone with a minimum of 6 - 9 months of SolidWorks experience and basic knowledge of
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engineering fundamentals and practices. SolidWorks recommends that you review their SolidWorks Tutorials on Parts, Assemblies, Drawings, and COSMOSXpress as a prerequisite and have at least 45 hours of classroom time learning SolidWorks or using SolidWorks with basic engineering design principles and practices. The SolidWorks models in this book were created using SolidWorks 2008 SP2.1.
How the book is organized
The CSWA exam is split into five categories. Questions on the timed exam are provided in a random manor. The first chapter is a general review of the SolidWorks 2008 User Interface. The other five chapters in the book address a key exam category. The chapters provide individual short practice tutorials to review the required competencies. The complexity of the models along with the features progressively increases throughout each chapter to build knowledge and to simulate the final types of questions that would be provided on the exam. All models for the 110 plus tutorials are provided on the enclosed book CD along with their solution. Copy the provided CD folders to your computer. Use the chapter models in each chapter folder; initial and final. Learn by doing! The following information provides general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.
Chapter 1: SolidWorks 2008 User Interface
Reviews the SolidWorks 2008 User Interface and CommandManager: Menu bar toolbar, Menu bar menu, Drop-down menus, Context toolbars, Consolidated drop-down toolbars, System feedback icons, Confirmation Corner, Heads-up View toolbar, and more.
Chapter 2: Basic Theory and Drawing Theory (2...
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