Beginner's Guide to SolidWorks 2012 - Level II

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Published March 2, 2012
418 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-701-8


Key Features

  • Designed to teach intermediate users advanced topics and techniques
  • Covers sheet metal, surfacing, top-down design, parametric modeling, mold design, welded structures, and more
  • Uses a task oriented approach to learning SolidWorks
  • Covers commands found on the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam

In Detail

Beginner’s Guide to SolidWorks 2012 – Level II starts where Beginner’s Guide – Level I ends, following the same easy to read style, but this time covering advanced topics and techniques.

The purpose of this book is to teach advanced techniques including sheet metal, surfacing, how to create components in the context of an assembly and reference other components (Top-down design), propagate design changes with SolidWorks’ parametric capabilities, mold design, welded structures, and more while explaining the basic concepts of each trade to allow you to understand the how and why of each operation.

The author uses simple examples to allow you to better understand each command and environment, as well as to make it easier to explain the purpose of each step, maximizing the learning time by focusing on one task at a time.

This 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.

At the end of this book, you will have acquired enough skills to be highly competitive when it comes to designing with SolidWorks, and while there are many less frequently used commands and options available that will not be covered in this book, rest assured that those covered are most of the commands used every day by SolidWorks designers.

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

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Multi Body Parts, Sketch Editing and Other Tools
  3. Sheet Metal and Top Down Design
  4. 3D Sketch and Weldments
  5. Surfacing and Mold Tools
    Final Comments


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
418 Pages
Binding: Paperback
Printing: Black and White
Print ISBN: 978-1-58503-701-8 | ISBN 10: 158503701X
eBook ISBN: 978-1-63056-099-7
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