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A Comprehensive Introduction to SolidWorks 2011

Out of Print
Published May 5, 2011
818 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-655-4


Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of all the major SolidWorks tools
  • Designed to help both new and intermediate users become advanced users
  • Uses a hands on, step-by-step, tutorial style approach
  • Focuses on the areas of manufacturing processes, mechanical systems, and engineering analysis
  • Contains extensive examples from the CSWA and CSWP exams

In Detail

This textbook is written to assist students in colleges and universities, designers, engineers and professionals interested in using SolidWorks for practical applications. This textbook was created specifically for both new and intermediate SolidWorks users and will guide them to becoming truly advanced level users.

The textbook is divided into three parts. Part I covers the introductory principles of SolidWorks: simple and advanced-part modeling, assembly modeling, drawing, configuration and design tables, and part modeling with equation driven curves. Part II covers the intermediate principles of SolidWorks: reverse engineering, top-down design, surface modeling, toolboxes and design libraries, animation, and rendering. Part III covers the practice of SolidWorks.

Newcomers to SolidWorks should begin with Part I of the textbook, while intermediate users may skip ahead to Part II. After completing the first two sections, Part III puts the principles learned in the first two sections into practice with specific industry-based examples. The organization of this textbook helps readers find their best path to becoming an advanced SolidWorks user.

The focus of this book is on the areas of manufacturing processes, mechanical systems, and engineering analysis. The sections on manufacturing processes include the design of molds, sheet metal parts, dies, and weldments. The sections on mechanical systems include aspects of routing such as piping and tubing, power transmission systems, and mechanism design. The section on engineering analysis covers finite element analysis, FEA. Also, the ANSI and ISO standards have been used in this textbook.

This textbook is written using a hands-on approach in which students can follow the steps described in each chapter to model parts, assemble parts, and produce drawings. They create applications on their own with little assistance from their instructors during each teaching session or in the computer laboratory.

This textbook has a significant number of pictorial descriptions of the steps that a student should follow. This approach makes it easy for users of the textbook to work on their own as they use the steps described as guides. Instructional support is also provided, including SolidWorks files for all models, drawings, applications, and answers to end-of-chapter questions.

Some highlights of this textbook are:

  • New design tool based on ‘part modeling with equation driven curves’—chapter 7
  • Extensive coverage of sheet metal design—chapters 18 and 19
  • Extensive coverage of examples from CSWA and CSWP exams—chapters 4 and 8
  • Connections between Design and Analysis via SolidWorks Simulation—chapter 26
  • Approximately 1400 figures to enhance understanding of concepts covered

Table of Contents

  1. PART I: Introductory Engineering Design Principles with SolidWorks

  2. Introduction
  3. Geometric Construction Tools
  4. Features
  5. Part Modeling—CSWA Preparations
  6. Advanced Part Modeling
  7. Revolved, Swept, and Lofted Parts
  8. Part Modeling with Equation Driven Curves
  9. Assembly Modeling—CSWA Preparations
  10. Part and Assembly Drawings

    PART II: Intermediate Engineering Design Principles with SolidWorks

  11. Reverse Engineering using Auto Trace & FeatureWorks
  12. Top-Down Design
  13. Surface Modeling
  14. Tool Boxes and Design Libraries
  15. Animation with Basic Motion
  16. Animation with SolidWorks Motion
  17. Rendering

    PART III: Engineering Design Practice with SolidWorks

  18. Mold Design
  19. Sheet Metal Part Design-I
  20. Sheet Metal Part Design-II
  21. Weldments
  22. Routings: Piping and Tubing
  23. Power Transmission Elements
  24. Cam Design
  25. Mechanism Design Using Blocks
  26. Die Design
  27. Finite Element Analysis using SolidWorks Simulation


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