It is a engineering piece of software built to create blue prints like phones, computer, wall clocks. When I used this software it was complicated, as your measurements have to be correct to build it. You first find the coordinates that is easy like x,y or x,z or y,z and should begin with the centre . Then cut out any dimension and then give a 3d image. Then cut for that piece then do the other pieces.
At that point when you have all the pieces join them and create your final item. The 2009 version is $299.95 that is quiet a lot of money but I guess it is necessary for all engineering. I would not get Solidworks if I did not want to be an engineer. Also, it is has a lot of data for it to operate too. If you only want to see the product, it can be seen in another file and then you do not need to buy Solidworks. Usually when you finish a piece and if you have if too many measurements or too little it does not define the item. I had a leaving cert problem because of it. I believe all planning for engineering should be done on Solidworks instead of on an A3 page that might get lost or have mistakes on it or become messy so that you could not see the drawing clearly.
When you’re doing the DCG project( Leaving Cert) you will see how identical the real thing is to your finished project. I am not familiar the latest version of Solidworks but I would imagine it is very inpressive.