I'm trying lesson two for the 3rd time. Trying to putting a lip on a simple part, I seem to have hit a speed bump. Twice now I have closed the lesson in frustration wondering what I had done wrong. I may have gone too fast in the part where an existing face is used to create sketch geometry and the resulting extrusion looked nothing like the example. Oh, why don't they just have a LIP command, for God's sake!
So now I'm already 30 minutes into the 30 minute tutorial and feeling retarded.
It turns out I wasn't following directions. Through the part about forming a lip, one must just blindly follow instruction even if reasons as to why sketch geometry is being creating may not be clear. SolidWorks may have left explanation out so the lesson would not seem so wordy.
What have I learned? Don't race ahead and try to outsmart the program, for one thing. I was also reminded that MCAD programs like SolidWorks, while easier to use than ever before, are still not child's play. Not everything will be a push button. There is still some skills to be mastered, some memorization. Mastery will come if time is invested and patience is practiced.