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Avelino Rochino, SolidWorks Certification Specialist, Headlines FredSWUG’s Second Meeting


FredSWUG’s second meeting was held last Thursday, March 31st at McQ, inc.  Avelino Rochino, SolidWorks’ East coast Certification Program Specialist, stopped in to present on the SolidWorks weldments package and certification test.  Avelino wrote the CSWP Weldments exam, and is an invaluable source of information on the topic.  The presentation included a basic lesson in weldments, tips on passing the CSWP – Weldments exam, and free coupon codes for all the certification tests for attendees. The presentation is below, but first, here’s a quick overview:

  • The CSWP Advanced Weldment exam covers:
    • Weldment profile creation
    • Placing the Weldment profile in the Weldment profile library
    • Basic and Advanced Weldment Part creation
    • Weldment corner modification
    • Placing gaps at corners and segment intersections
    • End Caps
    • Gussets
    • Weldment Part modification
    • Trim/Extend Command
    • 3D Sketch Creation
    • Cut List Folder management in the Weldment Part
    • Cut List creation in the Weldment Drawing
  • Weldments are not assemblies, they are single multi-body parts
    • This makes design changes and cut lists easier
  • Weldments are based on profiles, created from sketches and saved as a library feature to a special Weldment Profiles folder (found under Options >> File Locations)


  • The structural frame of the weldment is created from a single 3D sketch.  Structural members are created by assigning a desired profile to the entities of the 3D sketch.
  • Since SolidWorks 2009, structural members can be created in groups.
    • A group can be comprised of any contiguous sketch segments OR any parallel segments
    • This greatly simplifies models by eliminating trim features. Instead, members are automatically trimmed based on their group hierarchy.
    • Hierarchy is assigned based on creation order, and other logic tests.


  • Weldment segment positioning/trimming/extending
    • Use ‘Locate Profile’ and ‘Alignment’ commands to position segment correctly.
    • Use ‘Trim/Extend’ command to adjust length of segment to match desired geometry
      • Trim multiple segments to multiple faces or bodies at once
      • Use Keep/Discard flags to specify sections to keep


  • Trimming at intersections is based on Weldment groups
    • Group hierarchy can be edited by clicking the intersection dot, and changing the Trim Order
    • Lower-numbered Weldment groups will be trimmed before higher-numbered groups.
    • Equally-weighted members will be trimmed equally


  • Weldment bodies are automatically populated with angle, length, and shape custom properties, which can be used in drawing cut lists.


  • Did you know: Subscription service customers are entitled to one free core (CSWA or CSWP) and one free Advanced (weldments, surfacing, etc) exam every six months?  Go to and click on “CSWP Offers for Subscription Service Customers.”


Check out the full presentation (with sample files) here: Weldment Presentation – Avelino Rochino


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4 Replies to “Avelino Rochino, SolidWorks Certification Specialist, Headlines FredSWUG’s Second Meeting”

  1. Awesome information once again! Thanks a lot!

  2. Malay Desai says:

    I tried to open presentation link and it is not available now. Is there any way I can get the presentation? I am preparing for CSWPA-Weldment and thought it would be very helpful for me.

    1. MegaHertz604 says:

      Sorry about that, it must have stayed behind when I transferred blog services. Try now.

      1. Malay Desai says:

        Thanks Dan

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