Course Outline

Introduction to Industrial Automation

  • What is industrial automation?
  • Overview of automation systems and components
  • Role of CAD in automation design

SolidWorks Basics for Automation

  • Review of SolidWorks interface and key features
  • Designing basic components and assemblies
  • Introduction to parametric design for automation components

Designing Automated Systems

  • Understanding motion studies for automation design
  • Design of conveyor systems, robotic arms, and pick-and-place mechanisms
  • Integration of sensors and actuators in SolidWorks

Simulation and Analysis

  • Using SolidWorks Simulation for load analysis in automation systems
  • Simulating the range of motion, collisions, and efficiency
  • Predictive maintenance and design optimization

Interfacing with Real-World Systems

  • Exporting designs for manufacturing
  • Generating BOMs (Bill of Materials) and documentation
  • Interfacing SolidWorks designs with industry-standard automation software

Advanced Topics in Industrial Automation with SolidWorks

  • Designing with pneumatics and hydraulics in SolidWorks
  • Advanced motion analysis for complex automation systems
  • Integrating IoT and smart devices with SolidWorks designs

Final Project and Review

  • Students will design a complete industrial automation system using SolidWorks
  • Presentation and feedback on the final projects
  • Review and Q&A session

Summary and Next Steps


  • An understanding of basic mechanical design principles
  • Experience with CAD software (preferably SolidWorks)
  • Basic CAD experience with GD&T


  • Mechanical Engineers looking to specialize in industrial automation
  • CAD Designers aiming to upgrade their skills for automation projects
  • Industrial Automation professionals seeking to integrate SolidWorks into their workflow
 35 Hours

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