Design 0100
An afterschool program featuring: 
Three Dimensional Modeling and Design 
Using SolidWorks
Saint Joseph-Marquette School, Yakima
Class Chalk Board
for 4/22
Please decide on what you want to do for your Student Design Project.  Bring this idea to class for discussion next week.  Bring your thumb drives.

An updated Mercy Building instruction guide is available at the link below with dimensions for all of the exterior walls.

For our next class we will continue  measuring and modeling the Mercy Building this time on the interior walls, start on the students individual design projects.  Click on the following link for additional information: 4/22

Click on the following helpful links or scroll down:
Student Handouts
Handouts from class
eDrawings Viewer
Free viewer download.
Allows you to view your models from any computer.
SolidWorks One-Minute Tips
Freeform - Adding a Deformed Surface: Push and pull any 4-sided surface into the shape you want to create ergonomic shapes
SolidWorks Success Stories
Check out SolidWorks users Design Gallery of success stories from high school and college students.
SolidWorks One-Minute Tips
Sketch Blocks and Mechanisms: Quickly simulate the motion and interaction of mechanisms using sketch blocks 
SolidWorks One-Minute Tips
Dimensions and Calculations: Just about any calculation, simple or more advanced, can be achieved directly in SolidWorks
Click on the following folders for weekly assignments or scroll down:
Second Quarter November 12
November 19
Thanksgiving Break
December 3
December 10
December 17
Christmas Break
January 7
January 14
January 21
End of the 2nd Quarter
January 28
February 4

       February 11, SWW,no class
February 18
February 25
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25
End of the 3rd Quarter
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29
May 6
May 13, Posters for M&SN
May 20
June 3 Last class, wrap up



November 12
Class Summary:

Initially the students were introduced to a couple of assemblies that were modeled in SolidWorks.  These assemblies were loaded on each computer so that the students could get some hands on experience playing with simulations and motion.

The first were the "Bevel Gears" which were a  set of gears set at 90 degrees from each other and assembled on a mounting bracket.  The gears were mated in such a manner so that they could only rotate about their center axis.  This simple machine allowed students to turn a handle on one gear in order to move the other one.  A "motor" was also placed on one of the gears with settings that could be changed.  This was also demonstrated to and manipulated by the class.  Click on the image below for a link to an eDrawing assembly of this model including the animation:

The other assembly was the "Sarrus Mechanism" another machine that translates circular motion into linear motion about a vertical axis.  This too had a motor on it.  Click on the image below for a link to an eDrawing assembly of this model including the animation:

Both machines were popular and demonstrated to the class just a few of the many capabilities that SolidWorks provides.

A slide show was then shown showing many models that were designed in SolidWorks including buildings, heavy machinery, architectural elements, consumer products, photo real renderings and 3D printing.

The next item we covered in class was a hands on freeform demonstration where students were introduced to and played with a number of new 3D tools including "Extrude Boss/Base", "Extrude Cut", "Shell" and "Fillet".  This part of the class allowed for the actual building of a SolidWorks part.

We started the model as shown in next weeks section below, which we will try to finish next week.
November 19
Class Summary:

We covered a number of things in class last Wednesday.

For the benefit of some students who could not make the first class and as a refresher for the returning students we performed another freeform model exercise.  In this exercise we revisited last week's functions plus had an  introduction to the draft tool.  The draft sub-command to the "Extrude Boss Base" and the "Extrude Cut" allows for the creation of cones and funnel type objects.  We also visited the "Fillet" feature which puts rounds and fillets with specific radii on sharp corners. 

We then took this freeform model and saved it on the students' personal thumb drive both in the SolidWorks and the eDrawings format.  The eDrawings format allow the students to reopen and explore their work at home once this free viewer is loaded on a computer.  Please see the link below for the website with download information: eDrawings Viewer
December 03

Class Summary:

We covered a number of things in class last Wednesday.  Our main feature was the modeling of a pencil showing a number sketching and 3D feature techniques.  We will finish this up in our next class with a couple different file formats sent home on the thumb drive for home viewing.

December 10

This was a much smoother class with most students following the step by step handout for the modeling of the pencil.  Of course most needed help at some point during the class and it is very helpful having some of the students who had finished their design taking the time to help some of the other students in the class.  We finished the pencil and gave the students an opportunity to print out their creation on the class printer.  They also saved an image of the pencil as a jpg image file and as an eDrawing file on their thumb drives.  Please look for these when they get home.  If you have not done so please download the eDrawings viewer at the link below:

eDrawings Viewer

After the pencil, we finished the class by starting the Connection Block.  We will finish this next week and hopefully import this into a drawing format showing the 3 primary and an isometric view as shown below.

For the balance of the quarter each class will feature the construction of different models showing different modeling techniques that eventually may be applied to a student designed project.  This format will consist of demonstrations, as we have done the past couple of classes plus new handouts with step by step instructions.  Please look for these instructions when your children come home on Wednesdays.
December 17

We finished our Connection Block as shown below following a step by step handout like last week.  We also started our SolidWorks drawing using the Connection Block as the object on the sheet similar to the last image below.  Some students finished this while the rest of the class will complete it at our next session.  Andrew Sader and Jacob Pesek were very helpful in class helping me around the classroom with some of the other students.  Thanks again boys.

January 7

This class was smooth with most of the students catching on with their design work and staying on task.  There are still some disruptions but they are becoming less frequent.  I would encourage those students that are caught up to help other students like Peyton did this week.  This is a much better approach than playing games or talking.  Also, the 4:30 break is getting too long and will have to be confined to a quick snack in the playground area only.

We finished the Connection Block Drawing with most students printing this out and saving it as an eDrawing file.  Please ask your students for these when they come home.  This drawing format will be used on every design project from now on and contains typical information used in fabrication documents.  The drawing model that I brought in showing how the three primary views are derived will be available for the next couple of weeks for study. This model should help in the understanding of the concepts involved in putting these documents together and why they are used.

We started the Chair design and will finish up this next week.  Individual design influences will be part of this project.  The project will end with an eDrawing model and and a printed drawing and eDrawing drawing.

January 14
The Chair was a little difficult for some in class.  To be efficient with our time we paused construction of the chair and inserted what we had into a drawing template similar to the Connection Block drawing from last week.  We will visit the chair again and compete it in a couple of weeks. 

I then demonstrated the construction of the Tire which has far fewer steps.  We will work on this next week. 

Please note:  While waiting for help, or if some are finished with the current project, I will make available the next project for students to work on.  I do not encourage playing computer games while waiting. 

As an incentive for those that help in class, as was noted above, I will be giving out vintage baseball cards.  I'll give these out one at a time when I ask someone to help another or if I catch someone helping voluntarily.  These cards are from a collection spanning 20 years starting in 1985.

Regarding our next project, the Tire utilizes the Revolved Boss/Base feature.  This features relies on a sketched circle of a specific diameter and distance from a centerline axis.  The circle is then rotated about this axis to form the Tire.  After fabricating the simple Tire we will then "edit" the Tire sketch and add treads to it.  See the image below:

Check out the Student Handout link for the handout 
for the above design or any of the designs for this class.


January 21
Class summary:

This was a great class.  With a change in projects and a simpler design there was high enthusiasm and participation by most of the students.  The vintage baseball card giveaway, as an incentive for participation and for helping other students, was also a hit.  The baseball card incentive will continue as long as the enthusiasm holds. 

We started the class with the simple Tire design then modified this design by adding treads.  We then worked on the Wheel as shown below.  Most of the class got both done and some students printed out both models.  They should also have saved it as an eDrawing file for home viewing.  We will polish up any lose ends on these designs next week.  We will then finish the Wheel assembly project with a Tire and Wheel drawing.  Please look for these two drawings next week.  For what we covered in class today see the images below.  Also check out the  Student Handout link for the handouts on the Tire and Wheel and for any of the other designs that we have done in this class so far.

The Wheel below, serving as a hub for the Tire, is made in a similar manner as the Tire.

Putting the two together in an assembly is an easy third step.

January 28
This week we finished up our Tire and Wheel models.  We then created a Wheel Tire Assembly and inserted it into our drawing template.  The drawing should have looked like the one below.  If you are not getting drawings home please talk to your student or myself.  I can not keep track of everyone in the class and I suspect some may not be completing their work.

February 4
We made a deviation from the plan of finishing up the Wheel and Tire assembly drawing in favor of working on assemblies. 

We first made modifications to the wheel adding a feature then rotating that feature around the axis of the wheel similar to the image below.  This was a free form design that was intended to show rotation of the wheel when properly placed into an assembly.

We then caught the class up on the Wheel Tire Assembly.  There were some students who did not have the Tire and Wheel completed so we worked on that then put them together into the assembly.  Other students worked ahead on their Wheel Mount. 

Towards the end of the class I demonstrated the placement of a virtual motor on the wheel then put them together in the Wheel-Wheel Mount assembly.  With the Wheel Mount stationary, the wheel was able to rotate around the axis.

The end result of these assemblies involving the wheel will be the creation of a vehicle that can be run on a test track which we will accomplish over the next three or four weeks. 
February 18
This was a good class today in spite of some interruptions.  We completed our drawing of the Tire-Wheel Assembly.  This should have come home with your student.  Those who had extra time worked on adding treads to the Tire and cut outs for the Wheel or started the suspension items. 

February 25
This was a great class today, very productive.  We finished the Wheel Mount and Axle, made the modifications to the Tire and Wheel then worked on the suspension elements.  Getting the folder named Go Cart created was a bit time consuming at the beginning of class.  Some students are not bringing their thumb drives which slowed things down and a basic unfamiliarity with file structures was also a hindrance. Please bring thumb drives to class and I will continue working on file management with SolidWorks.

March 4
This was a productive class.  I introduced the students to techniques involved in assemblies in SolidWorks with a number of students following along.  I anticipate finishing up these assemblies and starting on the Go Cart assembly next week. 

A developing problem is with some students not bringing their flash drives to class.  This results in SolidWorks models not being available for use in class and models developed in class not being taken home.  This wastes a lot of time.  Please bring in your flash drives.  Now that all the students in my class have the SolidWorks Student Design Kit for home use using the flash drive to carry your models with you between school and home is very important. 
March 11
Great class this week, very productive.  I demonstrated the completion of our simple Go Cart design that we have been working on.  Henry was the first to complete it in class!  For the other students I would encourage completing the parts and assemblies at home including adding color to the different components as shown below.  Call me if you need any assistance, 899-2732.  I will try and get the cart to run on a test track on Thursday.  If it works we will complete our cart in another class period soon then run it on a student designed track of their own.

March 18
We started our architectural project last Wednesday.  As a practice exercise we started a small model using the computer lab.  First we measured the room locating the doors and windows referencing a corner of the lab.  We then put it together into a quick assembly. 

After the break we went outside and started to measure up the exterior of the building starting with the front wall (south exterior wall).  Although not a great example of architecture it is a simple and basic structure that will be easy to comprehend and model in SolidWorks.  As we were measuring the building we talked about what lay behind the walls and how the Mercy Building was put together.
March 25
We continued our architectural project this past Wednesday.  At the beginning of class, as an example of typical builidng construction, I demonstrated a SolidWorks model of a 2 x 6 wall corner.  As I mentioned in class, this wall model is probably similar to what can be found in the Mercy Building.  This model included 2 x 6s including base plates, studs, top plates, exterior sheathing, siding, and drywall walls and ceiling.  The purpose of this demonstration was to show what may be hidden in the walls and how to build a similar structure.  See the images below.

We then started the Mercy Building Assembly.  The first task was to create a base sketch that will drive the design of the floor and walls of the building.  SolidWorks allows the building of parts within the confines of an assembly.  We used this technique for the buildng of the floor and exterior walls (which may have been a little confusing at first).  Once these are built we will revert to individual parts and then include them into the assembly after making them rather than during assembly.  This technique will make more sense to the students.  Parts that will be made this way include the doors and windows, siding plus other elements that students may want to add.  The interior walls will be added on the base assembly sketch. 
April 8
This week we finished modeling the hole cutouts for the windows and doors on the south side of the Mercy Building.  Some the elements that we used in modeling this were collinear sketch relations with the first door, hole dimensions and hole placement dimensions from the south west building corner.  We then went outside and measured the east and north sides of the building.  Next we will model these building sides in SolidWorks.

Look for measurements on the east and north sides of the building this weekend.

Part of the fun with this project is modeling some of the features found on and in the building.  I stated that I will assign some of these to the students to model and share with the rest of the class for inclusion into their models.

I asked the class to consider what they would like to do for their Student Design Project.  We talked about some options including a bike, sports stadium, skyscraper and a drinking fountain.  I also asked the students to make a decision by next week so that we can start this project soon.
April 15
For this week we will finish measuring and modeling the exterior of the building.  I will also assign feature models (fixtures that can be found both in and outside of the building) to each student.  Once modeled, these features can be shared with the rest of the class for inclusion into their own Mercy Building models.  These may include: exterior lights, fire alarms, electrical enclosures, exterior heat pumps, playground equipment, drinking fountain, windows and doors.  This will be a fun break from doing the same thing as a class and allow the students an opportunity to show off their modeling skills. 

With the start of our last quarter please have your Individual Design Project ideas handy for discussion for this class.
April 22
For this week we will measure and modeling the interior of the Mercy Building.  When done with this portion of the modeling the building should begin to resemble the real one and will be fun to play with. 

Parts of the buildng that wil be modeled by some of the students include the doors by Isaac, David will be modeling the exterior stairs, Jacob the front sign, Andrew the exterior heat pumps and Clavin some of the playground equipment.  Isaac has already started the doors modeling an exterior door both with and without a window.  David has started the stairs and soon will be adding the railings.  More work on these projects will be will be performed this week.

Below is the model of the building that we have done so far.

Class Syllabus:


  • The format of the class will be both in the form of instruction and in providing guidance on design projects.
    • Initially the class will be hands on instruction. 
    • As the class progresses, more emphasis will be placed on guidance toward individual student projects. 
        • Students will be choosing their own design projects at the beginning of the third quarter or earlier. 
    • Teacher and parent involvement is encouraged.
    • Space is limited to 15 seats.
      • Priority will be given for those that reserve first.
  • SolidWorks is quickly becoming the industry standard for 3D design.  For more information on SolidWorks click on the following links: 


    For some demo videos visit the following link:

  • To get this program started, SolidWorks has donated 15 seats of the software for this year only.  Enrollment is limited to those seats. 
  • This class will be taught on Wednesdays right after school from 3:15 to 5:30 in the computer lab.
    • Starts November 12.
    • Class will extend through late May so that students can design their Math and Science projects. 
    • There will be no class on days that school is out of session or on half days. 
    • The Wednesday meet time is flexible and can be changed with the consensus of participants.
  • The cost for the class will be $104 per quarter payable at the beginning of the quarter.
    • Total for the year is $312 covering the three remaining quarters of this school year. 
    • A portion of this year's tuition will be used to purchase the software for next year to keep the program running.
Student Responsibilities:
  • Come prepared and ready to learn.
  • A flash or thumb drive with at least 1GB of storage so that students can save their work. 
  • I am told that it might be a good idea to have parents send snacks to school with their children, on design days, so that they can eat something before class. 
  • There can be no eating or drinking in the computer lab.
Instructor: Chris Scarlett To register for the class or for any questions feel free to call or email me

An introduction into 3D design using SolidWorks will be the focus of this class.  A student designed project of their choice, will be the goal.