SolidWorks Lesson Template for Teachers to Contribute
Cover Sheet for Exemplary Lessons/Units Project
Faculty Member Name:____Ann Wojnar__________ Date: ___8/15/06____
School District: Beaumont School_______________________________________
Teacher’s School email address: email@example.com______________
Title of Lesson/Unit: Building a Boutique Tissue Box Cover__________________
An Introduction to SolidWorks for a Math/Technology Club____________________
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) STEM Concepts Addressed:
As a part of Engineering Week, students will have an introduction to SolidWorks. After a brief
explanation of the SolidWorks environment and a teacher demonstration of some of the basic
skills in working with SolidWorks, students will have the opportunity to use the program on an
elementary level to create a Tissue Box cover. Skills involved are: simple sketching, extrude,
shell, fillet, extrude cut. They will conclude with creating and printing a drawing.
Length of instruction period: __60 minutes________
How many periods needed to implement lesson unit: ____1______
Grade Level(s) for use: Grades 9-12_______________________________________
1. Students will be introduced to some of the basic vocabulary and elementary features of
2. Students will be able to follow the directions to create a "Boutique Tissue Cover" that use the
procedures: sketch, extrude, shell, fillet, extrude cut, create a drawing.
3. Students will become acquainted with Engineering as a career choice.
Computer with SolidWorks
Tissue box cover for demonstration purposes
Handouts with directions needed for the Exercise; copies of Lesson 2 quiz page 48
Projector for demonstration purposes
Selected overheads from Lesson 2: Basic Functionality, Lesson 6: Drawing Basics
1. Speaker: As a part of Engineering Week, students will first listen to a guest speaker(an alum
who is an engineer) about what engineering is and what are some of the value of pursuing
engineering as a career.
2. Hands-on with SolidWorks: After a brief explanation of SolidWorks environment and
teacher demonstration of some of the basic skills in working with SolidWorks, students will have
the opportunity to use the program on an elementary level to create a Tissue Box cover. Skills
involved are: simple sketching, extrude, shell, fillet, extrude cut. They will conclude with creating
a drawing from the part and printing it.
Teacher Observation on the level of success for computer work.
Page 48 Lesson 2 Quiz - Partner with someone else to complete this.
Students will look at the following sites on the Internet
Solidworks for Students
http://www.discoverengineering.org/default.asp Discover Engineering
http://www.tryengineering.org/home.php Try Engineering
http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/ IEEE Virtual Museum
http://www.engineergirl.org/ National Academy of Engineering
http://engineeringk12.org/students/ ASEE Engineering K12 Center
Resources Used: SolidWorks Teacher Guide and Student Coursework_________
Copyrighted Materials: None
SolidWorks: Directions for Student Hands-On Experience - Page 1
Creating a Boutique Tissue Box Cover using SolidWorks
Part I: Create a Simple Shape
1. Start SolidWorks
2. Create a new part: File, New, Part
3. Change the Units to Inches: Document Properties, Units, Inches
4. Sketch a Rectangle: Choose Sketch, Right plane, Rectangle tool
Click at the origin and then sketch a rectangle.
5. Smart Dimension: 7.5 inches tall, 7 inches wide;
6. Extrude Feature: Extrude it 7 inches
7. Shell Feature: Select the bottom of the shape.
Hollow out the bottom using the Shell feature, .25 inch for the thickness of the sides
8. Fillet Feature: Round the corners. Fillet the four side edges 0.5 inch
9. Extruded Cut Feature: Sketch the circle on the top plane
10. Dimension the circle 4 inches. It should be in the centered on the top.
11. Extrude Cut Feature: create the opening in the top of the box.
12. Viewing the Box:
Rotate: Hold the middle mouse button and rotate the view
Isometric: Use the standard views button to return to the Isometric View
Color: Change the color of the outside body by Right click on one face
Choose Appearance, Color. Choose a color.
13. Save the part
SolidWorks: Directions for Student Hands-On Experience - Page 2
Part II: Create a Drawing from the Part
1. File, Make Drawing from Part
2. Choose the first Landscape template
3. Move the pointer into the graphics area.
4. The pointer changes to a cross shape with a preview of the front view.
Click to place the front view
5. Move the pointer up, and click to place a second view
6. Move to the right and click to place the third view (three dimensional view)
7. Move down and to the left to place a 4th view (three dimensional view)
8. Re-arrange the views if needed. You move a view by clicking and dragging when the
pointer changes to a two headed arrow.
9. Add dimensions to your drawing: Click Model Items on the Annotations toolbar.
10. The Model Items PropertyManager appears.
11. Under Import from, select Entire model to import all the model dimensions.
12. Under Dimensions: Click Marked for drawing to insert only those dimensions that
are marked in parts for drawings.
13. Select Eliminate duplicates to insert unique model items only.
14. Under Import into drawing views, select Import items into all views.
15. Drag the dimensions to position appropriately
16. Save as a Drawing and print