Beginner's Guide to SolidWorks 2012 - Level I

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Published March 2, 2012
408 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-698-1


Key Features

  • Designed to teach new users the basic concepts of SolidWorks and good solid modeling techniques
  • Uses a task oriented approach to learning SolidWorks
  • Focuses on the processes to complete the modeling of a part, instead of individual commands
  • Covers commands found on the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam

In Detail

This book is intended to help new users to learn the basic concepts of SolidWorks and good solid modeling techniques in an easy to follow guide. It will be a great starting point for those new to SolidWorks or as a teaching aid in classroom training to become familiar with the software’s interface, basic commands and strategies as the user completes a series of models while learning different ways to accomplish a particular task.

At the end of this book, you will have a fairly good understanding of the SolidWorks interface and the most commonly used commands for part modeling, assembly and detailing after completing a series of components and their 2D drawings complete with Bill of Materials.

The book is focused on the processes to complete the modeling of a part, instead of focusing on individual software commands or operations, which are generally simple enough to learn.

The author strived hard to include the commands required in the Certified SolidWorks Associate test as listed on the SolidWorks website, as well as several more.

SolidWorks is an easy to use CAD software that includes many time saving tools that will enable new and experienced users to complete design tasks faster than before. Most commands covered in this book have advanced options, which may not be covered in this book. This is meant to be a starting point to help new users to learn the basic and most frequently used commands.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The SolidWorks Interface
  3. Part Modeling
  4. Special Features: Sweep and Loft
  5. Detail Drawing
  6. Assembly Modeling
  7. Analysis: SimulationXpress
  8. Collaboration: eDrawings


Up until this year the Student Design Kit (SDK) was included with each SolidWorks textbook from SDC Publications. However, the SDK Program has been terminated by SolidWorks Corporation.

Students will now have access to free copies of SolidWorks through a different mechanism. When a school purchases its SolidWorks license a number of free licenses are available for students. In order to determine how many free licenses are available for students, instructors need to contact SolidWorks directly.

The contact person at SolidWorks is Chris Morse. Her telephone number is (781) 810-5443. Her email address is She will provide software license codes and work with you to make sure that you have enough licenses for every student.


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Product Details

Published March 2, 2012
408 Pages
Binding: Paperback
Printing: Black and White
Print ISBN: 978-1-58503-698-1 | ISBN 10: 1585036986
eBook ISBN: 978-1-63056-102-4
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