SOLIDWORKS API Fundamentals: Designing Productivity Tools



This course introduces students to the SOLIDWORKS Application Programming Interface (API). The course focuses on the fundamental skills and concepts central to building automation tools. Lessons include macro recording, VB foundations, part and drawing automation, and creating utility scripts. Users will actually create routines to serve as examples they can take back for their own projects.

Classroom Course 3 Days

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Lesson Breakdown

Lesson 1 – Using the Macro Recorder
Lesson 2 – The API Object Model
Lesson 3 – Setting System Options and Document Properties
Lesson 4 – Automating Part Design
Lesson 5 – Assembly Automation
Lesson 6 – Drawing Automation
Lesson 7 – Selection and Traversal Techniques
Lesson 8 – Adding Custom Properties and Attributes
Lesson 10 – Customizing the SOLIDWORKS User Interface
Lesson 11 – Notifications
Appendix A – Examples


Microsoft Visual Basic

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What Our Clients Say

One of the best instructor/professors I have ever had. Easily relatable and easy to follow. Always asked if anyone needed help and walked around occasionally to look for trouble.

Mitchell Taylor

LDI Industries

The SOLIDWORKS training I received at GSC has turned me into the expert “Go to Guy” at my company.  For the times when I cannot answer my colleagues questions, GSC is one call away.  They give me the answers quickly so I can go back to being an expert!

Ryan Keenan

J.W. Speaker Corporation

The Solidworks Essentials class was packed with information delivered in a well-paced, clear format. The environment was inviting and comfortable, the people were very friendly and helpful, the instructor was a superb teacher, and the entire experience inspired creativity. The knowledge I’ve gained through this course will surely add great value to my skillset as an employee. I’m excited to take more courses at GSC!

Tory Meyer


One of the best training sessions I have taken in my 32-year career. The instructor showed a complete mastery of the subject, but could still meet students where they were starting from, and lead them to a better understanding of the material.

Mitchell Hein

CMD Corporation

Everything about the training was awesome. I have been using SOLIDWORKS for 6 years prior to taking the Essentials class, and I picked up a lot of tricks I didn't know.

Product Designer

Overall I was surprised to see how similar the online class was to the in person classes. I thought that the lecture part was identical as far as my eyes were concerned.