Solidworks Interview Questions and Answers

In this article, we will discuss some of commonly asked solidworks interview questions. During telephonic or screening round interviewer ask these questions to get an idea about your expertise in solid works. For the final round they will prefer to give you some drawing and ask you to make 3D cad model and 2d engineering drawing.

Answers given here will give you a brief idea about the tool. To prepare answer in a better way we will recommend to do a self tutorial for better understanding.

What is Solid works ?

Solidworks is a computer aided design tool used for the design, manufacturing & simulation of mechanical products. It is used in complete product development cycle starting from concept design to Detailed design, Structural & thermal analysis, motion studies & engineering drawings.

What do you understand by a template in solid works?

Templates are used to save default settings for various modules of solidworks.

What are configurations in solidworks?

Configurations allow us to create multiple variations of a part/assembly model within a single file. They provide a convenient way to develop and manage families of models with different dimensions, components, or other parameters.

Go to configuration Manager -> Right click part/assembly name -> click add configuration -> write down configuration name and description -> Press ok

How to make a new Part / drawing / assembly template in solid works ?

Make all the required changes in part / drawing / assembly template and then save it as template.

What are convert entities and where it is used?

Convert entities are used in solid works to draw sketch with reference to any feature of a part.

Open sketch-> click model edge, loop, and surface -> click convert entities

What are the relations in solid works sketch and how they are used?

In Solidworks, relations are used in sketch entities and model geometry. They are important means of building in design intent. As we sketch, soliidworks automatically add relations. for example coincident, horizontal, vertical, midpoint, merge, pierce, co-linear, perpendicular, equal, parallel, co-radial, concentric, tangent, symmetric, equal slot, on edge, on plane, equal curvature etc

What do you understand by equations in solid works part and assembly module?

Equations are added in solid works to add a relationship in any two dimensions using global variables and mathematical functions.

How to make fully constrained Spline in solid works?

Following are ways used to define a spline

  • Tangent/vertical/horizontal relations to spline direction
  • Dimensions on spline control
  • Constrain the position of spline points.

What are sweep and lofted boss base tool in solidworks?

What are the types of pattern in solid works?

  • Linear Pattern
  • Circular pattern
  • Curve driven pattern
  • Sketch driven pattern
  • Table driven pattern
  • Fill pattern
  • Variable pattern

How to insert a reference plane?

Go to insert -> reference geometry -> plane -> select plane/ points/ line

What is shell command and why it is used?

Shell is used to make uniform/variable thickness of a solid body.

How to insert a reference image in Solid Works?

Open Sketch-> Click Tools -> Sketch Tools -> Sketch picture -> Browse picture -> open picture

How to insert a dwg file in SolidWorks?

Select Face of the part -> Click insert -> dxf/dwg -> open dxf/dwg file -> in import wizard select the unit and other properties

What is draft command and where it is used?

Draft angle is used to provide an angle to a wall from a parting plane. Draft angle is generally used to facilitate easy removal of part from tool.


What are exploded view in solid works?

Exploded view shows an assembly component spread out.

Go to insert -> exploded view or Go to configuration manager-> Right click configuration -> Click new Exploded View-> select the parts one by one  to be exploded -> select the direction or angle in which part need to be moved -> Click apply -> done

How to make multi-body part in solid works?

To make any part multi-body part  merge option need to be merged.

What is Hole wizard and how it is used?

Hole wizard is a tool inside solidworks that allows to quickly creating standard & customized holes within a part or assembly without using multiple features.

What is external reference in solid works?

External reference is used in solidworks assembly to make one part with reference to another in an assembly.

What are the types of pattern in solid works assembly?

  • Linear component pattern
  • Circular component pattern
  • Pattern driven component pattern
  • Sketch driven component pattern
  • Curve driven component pattern
  • Chain component pattern
  • Mirror

How we can copy complete assembly to one folder along with Drawings, all reference parts, colors.

Pack & Go feature is used in solid works to copy complete assembly with all associated parts, drawings and references

Open part/assembly -> Go to file -> Click pack & Go -> select the files to be copied in pack & go folder -> Add prefix or suffix -> select folder -> save

What are the types of mates in solid works?

  • Standard mates: coincident, parallel, perpendicular, tangent concentric, angle, distance
  • Advanced mates : Profile center, symmetry, width, path mate, linear/linear coupler
  • Mechanical Mates: Cam, slot, hinge, gear, rack pinion, screw, universal joint

What is the application of interference detection in solid works and how it is used?

In assembly it is used to verify interfering between the parts.

Go to Evaluate-> Exclude any component from this study if required -> Check different options as per the requirement -> Calculate

What is the application of clearance verification in solid works and how it is used?

In solidwork assembly, it is used to verify the design clearance in between any two parts.

Go to Evaluate-> Click Clearance verification -> Select the parts or faces -> define minimum acceptable clearance -> Calculate

What is design table?

Design Table is used in an assembly to control the configuration with the modification in excel sheet. 

How to make an assembly configuration in solidworks?

Go to configuration Manager -> Right click part/assembly name -> click add configuration -> write down configuration name and description -> ok

How to calculate weight of a product using solid works?

Define Material of the part-> to evaluate -> mass properties

How to find center of mass of a part/assembly in solid works?

In part/assembly: Insert -> Reference Geometry -> Center of Mass

In drawing View: Insert -> Model Items -> in model Item property manager under reference geometry click center of mass

To view center of mass: Go to view-> Hide/Show -> center of mass

How to convert a solid part into sheet metal using solid works?

Go to sheet metal -> Select Fixed face -> give sheet thickness and internal radius value -> Select bend edges -> it will automatically select rip edges (you can modify rip edges) -> Select type of corner and corner gaps -> give k factor value -> click ok

How to generate BOM in solid works?

Go to insert -> table -> Bill of Material

What are the forming tools in sheet metal?

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How to change k-factor, bend allowance or sheet thickness in solid works?

Go to feature manager -> right click on sheet-metal -> Edit feature -> modify K-factor or thickness

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What is miter flange in solid works?

Why jog command is used in solid works?

What are file properties in solid works and why they are used?

What are the commonly used tools in solid works surfacing?

  • Extrude
  • Revolve
  • Sweep
  • Loft
  • Boundary Surface
  • Offset
  • Fill Surface
  • Extend
  • Trim
  • Untrim
  • Knit

What is speed pack in solid works assembly?

Speed Pack is used to create a simplified configuration of an assembly without losing references. If you work with very large and complex assemblies, using a SpeedPak configuration can significantly improve performance while working in the assembly and its drawing.

What is the difference in suppress and hide in solidworks?

Suppressed part in solidworks is like a deleted part in an assembly while the hide is like removed view of part in assembly.

What is suppressing tool in solidworks?

Suppressed part in solidworks is like a deleted part in an assembly that is easy to undo. When a part is suppressed all dependencies from that part is also suppressed (features, mass, BOM)


List out the major or basic components of Feature Manager Design tree?

Explain how you can engrave text to part in Solidworks?

Sketch -> Write Text -> Extrude Cut / Extrude Base

What are light weight components in solid works assembly?

Solidworks assembly can be loaded with its active components fully resolved or lightweight.

  • When a component is fully resolved, all its model data is loaded in memory but while its lightweight, only a subset of its model data is loaded in memory. The remaining model data is loaded when required.
  • Performance of large assemblies can be improved significantly by using lightweight components.
  • Loading an assembly with lightweight components is faster than loading the same assembly with fully resolved components.
  • Assemblies with lightweight components rebuild faster because less data is evaluated.

Following assembly operations on lightweight components can be performed without resolving them:

  • Add/remove mates
  • Edge/face/component selection
  • Assembly features
  • Measurements
  • Section properties
  • Mass properties
  • Exploded views
  • Physical simulation
  • Interference detection
  • Collision detection
  • Annotations
  • Dimensions
  • Assembly reference geometry
  • Section views
  • Advanced component selection

What is the application of Circuit Works in Solidworks?

Circuit Works is used to create 3D models of electronics cad data. Generally it is used to convert PCB data into solid works.

Conclusion :

As explained above, question given here are for reference only. For face to face interview, interviewer can ask to prepare a cad model from 2D drawing.    

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