Master Solidworks 2021 - 3D CAD using real-world examples

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Master Solidworks 2021 - 3D CAD using real-world examples

The 2021 version of the bestselling Solidworks 3D CAD course - learn modelling for any use, from 3D printing to pro use!

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

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Course Description

Progress from complete beginner to Solidworks 2021 master in one single course!

Solidworks is one of the most popular and powerful 3D CAD programs in the world. Millions of people use it to design everything from 3D-printed toys all the way up to fully-working mechanical vehicles. Now you can join the ranks of Solidworks users, and learn to create your own models completely from scratch!
Why this course is different
There are many Solidworks courses online, but none quite like this one:

  • We use real world examples during learning! This allows you to relate to your lessons more easily and so remember and understand them better!

  • Taught by a Solidworks professional! The instructor been using Solidworks since 2006 and has even taken a range of official Solidworks-certified training courses. The instructor currently works as a Product Design Engineer and uses Solidworks every day to design all sorts of things for real clients  - no academic-only experience here!

  • No prior knowledge needed. This course is designed to take you from having never used any CAD program before to being able to model almost anything you can imagine!

  • Understand the wider context of CAD use. As well as explaining the basic CAD techniques this course also details how they relate to real world uses, such as 3D Printing and injection molding. 

  • Built on previous feedback! This course is built upon the instructors other best-selling Solidworks courses (2015, 2018 and 2019), and on the feedback from over 20,000 previous students alone.

  • Fully updated for Solidworks 2021! The course has been completely redesigned and optimised for the 2021 version of Solidworks and now includes specialist Features like the Thread Tool, Mounting Bosses, Snap Hooks, Lip & Groove, and more.

About this course

This courses includes:

  • 19 hours of high-quality original video.

  • All sections contain additional resources such as downloadable models and drawings, made specially for the course.

  • On-hand support. Have a question? We are always here to support any questions and take a look at your progress.

  • No prior knowledge needed. We take you from complete beginner all the way to mastering Solidworks!

You will learn 

Over the course of twelve detailed modelling you'll learn the entire range of Solidworks skills, including:

  1. Circuitboard - Solidworks Basics, Sketching, Extrudes and Cuts

  2. Pencil - Multi-Body Parts, Revolved Boss/Base and Cuts

  3. Pencil Sharpener - Assemblies

  4. Headphones - Swept Boss/Base, Splines and 3D Sketches

  5. Coke Bottle - Swept Cuts, Helixes and Threads

  6. Computer Mouse - Lofted Boss/Base and Splitting Parts

  7. Key Fob - Modelling from Photographs

  8. Lego Figure - More Complex Assemblies and Advanced Mates

  9. Drawer Box - Configurations and Drawings

  10. Raspberry Pi Enclosure - Importing Parts and Draft Angles

  11. Bicycle Fork - 3D Curves and Sweeps

  12. Gamepad Controller - Ribs and an Entire Recap of the Earlier Techniques

  13. Course Conclusion and Future Learning!

The course is taught using Solidworks 2021 but the models and resources used will work with any version newer than that.  If you have a previous version (2015-2020, or earlier) then you can still take the course. Please get in touch and I'll send the files for older SolidWorks versions! 

The techniques used are also common to many different CAD programs - so you can learn on Solidworks then easily transfer these skills if needed.

So sign up today, and begin your first steps in the exciting world of 3D modelling!

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who would like to learn 3D CAD, whether for professional or personal use!
  • You may be a product designer wishing to expand your skills, a hobbyist looking to start 3D printing or an engineering enthusiast.
  • You may already know basic CAD and be looking to expand your skills, or you may be a complete beginner.


What will you learn in this course:

  • By the end of the course students will be able to confidently use Solidworks 2021 to produce a whole range of 3D CAD models. All of the basic features will be covered using real-world examples

  • Understand Solidworks 2021 within a wider context of use, including areas such as 3D printing, molding and general manufacture.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • You should be able to use a Windows PC at a basic level

  • A copy of Solidworks 2021. Other versions can also be used but some minor details may be different, and the example files may not open properly.

Master Solidworks 2021 - 3D CAD using real-world examples


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

3 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction to the Course 00:43 00:43
  • play icon What is CAD and Why Use Solidworks? 04:45 04:45
  • play icon How to use this Course 03:11 03:11
Model 1: The Printed Circuitboard (PCB) - Solidworks Basics, Sketching, Extrudes
21 Lectures
Model 2 - Pencil - Multi-Body Parts, Revolved Boss/Base and Cuts
11 Lectures
Pencil Sharpener - Assemblies
16 Lectures
Headphones - Swept Boss/Base, Splines and 3D Sketches
11 Lectures
Coke Bottle - Swept Cuts, Helixes and Threads
13 Lectures
Computer Mouse - Lofted Boss Base and Splitting Parts
12 Lectures
Keyfob - Modelling from Photographs
13 Lectures
The Lego Figure - More Complex Assemblies and Advanced Mates
12 Lectures
Drawer Box - Configurations and Drawings
8 Lectures
Raspberry Pi Enclosure - Importing Parts and Draft Angles
12 Lectures
Bicycle Fork - 3D Curves and Sweeps
4 Lectures
Gamepad Controller - Overall Course Recap, Ribs and Parting Line Analysis
11 Lectures
Course Conclusion and Future Learning!
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Johno Ellison

Johno Ellison


I am a UK design engineer who specialises particularly in Solidworks 3D CAD modelling.

I have a wide range of Design Engineering experience covering areas including mechanisms, 3D printing, materials selection, rapid prototyping and other design and manufacturing techniques.

I have more than twelve years of Solidworks experience and hold a First Class Honours degree in Sustainable Product Design from a Top 25 UK university. I have also completed a range of Solidworks-certified training courses in the UK.

I particularly enjoy working on projects which solve mechanical problems using innovative ideas and mechanisms. I previously trained as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force and am a keen mountain biker, and these experiences and skills feed into my love of mechanical design.

I have travelled extensively. Prior to becoming a full-time freelancer I drove a vintage London Black Cab from London to Sydney, passing through fifty countries, setting two Guinness World Records and raising over £20,000 for the British Red Cross, before writing a book about the adventure. This innate curiosity to explore and investigate how things are done differently around the world provides me with a wide range of design inspiration.

I have been freelancing full-time since 2013 with hundreds of satisfied clients from every continent except South America. These clients range from individuals with a simple “shower thought” idea, to large companies with more rigid development processes, to entrepreneurs who have completed successful Crowdfunding campaigns and now need to develop their products for market.

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