Certification Series – (CSWP) Part 2. Confident & Competent

Certification Series: CSWP - Segment 2

Welcome back! In our last post, my colleague Abigail, taught you how to work it like a pro ( a SOLIDWORKS Pro of course) when it came to your CSWP Certification. She focused on the first segment, which deals with modeling, and helped us understand that while it’s pretty straightforward, we should definitely prep and consider a few great tips.

Today, I want to push us into the next level. The second segment of the exam is a little different, and perhaps a bit more challenging since we’re now building on more knowledge. Follow along with me, Ryan Mack, to build your confidence and ensure you ace this too!


Overview of the Exam

The second segment of the CSWP (Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional) exam is designed to test your competency with creating and modifying configurations in SOLIDWORKS. The following topics will be covered in the exam:

  • Creating configurations from other configurations
  • Changing configurations
  • Creation of configurations using a Design Table
  • Mass properties
  • Changing features of an existing SOLIDWORKS part

Time: 50 minutes
Minimum of 77 points out of 104 points are required to pass

In the following sections, we will cover helpful tips to maximize your efficiency while taking the exam.

Experience Preparing and Taking Exam

Unlike Segment 1, Segment 2 does not have a formal practice exam provided by SOLIWORKS. However, you can make great use of your MySolidWorks account which is available to all users who have a current subscription. MySolidWorks has videos and tutorials that will guide you as you prepare for the exam.

If you’ve joined us for training, a great practice exercise comes from Lesson 10, Exercise 47, in the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Manual. Please reference solidworks.com/trainingfilessolidworks to download the content associated with this book. You will use the Configuration Manager to add configurations, modify the part, and control the suppression state of features and dimensions.

SOLIDWORKS Practice Exercise

A great way to speed up the configuration process is by using Design Tables. You can insert a new design table by going to Insert > Tables > Design Table. Here, you can create all your configurations in an Excel-derived window, and SOLIDWORKS is smart enough to automatically recognize sketches you created during the modeling process! It will prompt you with a dialog box where you can pick what sketches you want to control by holding down the Ctrl key.

Design Table
Modify Configuration Table

If you need to go back and modify your configurations, the modify configurations table is a valuable tool for working with either simple or highly complex sets of configurations. To start a Modify Configurations table, right-click on any feature, dimension, mate or component and select the “Configure Feature”, “Configure Dimension” or “Configure Component” command. You can add new features, mates or components by double-clicking them in the FeatureManager.

Configuration Feature

Learning Goals and Tips

I’d like to start this section by suggesting a few of my favorite tips that were shared with me before taking the Segment 2 exam.

In the Configuration Manager tab, you can double-click a configuration to activate it. You can also add a Configuration drop-down window to your SolidWorks user interface, so you can access your configurations even easier!

You can also add more features to a Design Table by double-clicking what you want to add! When a design table is open, double-click a feature in the graphics area to control the feature suppression. This will add states of Unsuppressed ‘U’ and Suppressed ‘S’. Also double-clicking dimensions adds them to the table. As you continue to add parameters this way, adjacent columns are activated automatically!

Adding Features to Design Table

And last, but not least, practice, practice, practice! Focus on the task at hand and minimize distractions wherever possible.

So there you have it – everything you need in order to build your confidence and showcase your competence for the second segment of the exam.  Still feeling nervous about the test?  Give us a call anytime, we are here to help.  From all of us here at DesignPoint, we want to see you succeed!