I wrote a tutorial on how to import a SolidWorks model into Maya. In this how-to I also describe how you can make a SolidWorks cleanup-button in Maya, very useful if you import to Maya a lot!!!
I wrote instructions on how to get started on realistic rendering aswell.
It’s not completely finished yet, but it’s already very usefull
you can find it here:
Render a SolidWorks Model in Maya
It’s on Wikibooks, which means that if you think you know how to do something better or something should be done differently, you can edit the tutorial directly! Anyone is allowed to do that! good luck!