You see that image to the left with the weird purple guy shooting green out his hand? That’s actually your brain being whipped repeatedly with the enjoyable sound of SolidWorks video training, but not just any video training, oh no.

This is Inspirtech SolidWorks 2010 tutorials, on your computer, in SolidWorks and if full-effect with 150 examples clearly dictated in the finest Canadian accent you’ve ever heard. Al Whatmough has set up this entire course and we got a tidbit from him on why in-context video training is so important.

Al, what’s the big deal about learning SolidWorks in-context?

“As software becomes easier and easier to use the question is not “how to use a tool” but “When to use a tool”. By offering In-context training which is project-based, students can learn both how and when to use SolidWorks effectively. Because these resources are digital, content can also be searched quickly to find specific help.”

So basically, here’s the deal. I’ve gotten to know Al over the past couple years. I tried his 2009 training and thought it was pretty good. It made sense to access all the tutorials right from inside SolidWorks. It was a little simple for me and moved slow, so I told him it probably needed to move a little faster and have some more in-depth topics… He did it, and the new 2010 training has some of the best explained content I’ve seen, and the explaining is very important. Here’s an example…

You can get the full overview here, and if you’re a novice user or want to be able to explain how to work in SolidWorks a little better, the $84.95 would be worth it. *Update!* – Al mentions below in the comments – “Anybody that buys my training and uses coupon code “SolidSmack” gets $15 off!”

Here’s the rundown of the features…

  • Structured Learning for users with NO SolidWorks experience
  • SolidWorks TaskPane Integration
  • 2 PC license so you can watch on one PC and following along on another!
  • Over 150 Examples, Exercises & Projects
  • Covers everything on the CSWA Exam & More
  • Free Support & Updates for 1 Year

Personally, when I go through training, I tend to tackle the instructor for no reason, when they’re not looking, So, this works out great for me. You?

Disclaimer: I’m pretty good friends with Al Whatmough, the creator of this software. I’ve used this software before for no charge. He didn’t pay for this post or for dance lessons.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.