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SolidWorks is an immense topic, especially if you are new to the software. There is a lot to know and a lot to write about. While I have made every effort to be complete in this book, I’m sure there are some niche topics that have gone untreated. In this edition, I rely more on video introductions for each chapter to demonstrate some of the basic concepts.
Who Should Read This Book
This book is primarily meant as an encyclopedic desk reference for SolidWorks Standard users who want a more thorough understanding of the software and process than can be found in other available documentation. As such, it is not necessarily intended to be a guide for beginners, although it has elements of that. Nor is it necessarily intended as a classroom guide, but it could be used for that as well. This book will take you into areas of technical application where training classes don’t go—and into best practices you won’t find anywhere else.
What You Will Learn
To keep the size of the book down, I have tried to avoid topics found only in SolidWorks Professional or Premium, although some discussion of these topics was unavoidable at times. While the book does point out limitations, bugs, and conceptual errors in the software, in every case this is meant to give the reader a more thorough understanding of the software and how it is applied in the context of everyday design or engineering practice. I believe that you don’t know how much you can do until you find the boundary—so I frequently push past the limits of the software.
The overall goal of this book is not to fill your head with facts, but to help you think like the software, so that you can use the tool as an intuitive extension of your own process. As your modeling projects get more complex, you will need to have more troubleshooting and workaround skills available to you. Along with best practice recommendations, these are the most compelling reasons to study this book.
This is not a book about machine design, nor industrial design, nor even engineering. This is a book about how to use SolidWorks as a CAD design documentation tool. There is some assumption that you are familiar with general design and engineering practice and terminology.
What Is Covered in This Book
You will find enough information here that the book can grow with your SolidWorks needs. I wrote the tutorials for most of the chapters with newer users in mind, because for them, it is most helpful to see how things are done in SolidWorks step by step. The longer narrative examples give more in-depth information about features and functions, as well as the results of various settings and options.
This book includes many details that come from practical usage and is focused on the needs of professional users, not on student learners. My preference is to teach concepts rather than button pushes, because if you understand what is going on, you can find the button pushes for yourself. This book is divided into five parts. You will find that some topics are visited multiple times, such as sketching, mates, templates, and so on. When a topic is visited more than once, it is because there are many aspects to that topic. One such example is sketching, which includes simple sketches, sketch relations, sketch editing, troubleshooting, 3D sketches, shared sketches, and more. Sketch information is found in at least 10 different chapters. It cannot be consolidated because shared sketches are an advanced technique, while simple sketching is not.
* Part I: Introducing SolidWorks Basics
This part explores the basic concepts and terminology used in SolidWorks. You need to read this section if you are new to the software and especially if you are new to 3D modeling or parametric history-based design.
* Part II: Building Intelligence into Your Parts
This part takes a deeper look at creating parametric relations to automate changes.
* Part III: Working with Assemblies
This part examines the tools available to users within SolidWorks assemblies. Assemblies enable you to put parts together in different ways. You can create motion and animations, check for interference and clearance, and look at the data in many different ways.
* Part IV: Creating Drawings
This part goes through the tools and techniques for creating drawings from your SolidWorks parts and assemblies. Drawings are the industry-standard way of communicating designs, inspection requirements, and manufacturing processes. Part IV examines several types of advanced techniques, such as surface modeling and multibody modeling. This is information you won’t find in other SolidWorks books, explained here by someone who uses the functionality daily.
* Part V: Using Advanced and Specialized Techniques
Specialized functionality, such as sheet metal and plastics, requires detailed information. Part V includes these topics because they are key to unlocking all the power available in SolidWorks. Part V examines several types of advanced techniques, such as surface modeling and multibody modeling. This part also contains information you won’t find in other SolidWorks books, explained here by someone who uses the functionality daily.
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