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A Comprehensive Introduction to SolidWorks 2012

Out of Print
Published October 19, 2012
910 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-707-0


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, electro-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 students 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, electro-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.

Whats new in this version

The 2012 version of this textbook has been updated to incorporate the new features of SolidWorks 2012. This edition also features five new chapters that include coverage for a niche area in Electro-mechanical Engineering applications for a one-semester course in SolidWorks: Aluminium profiles from manufacturers’ websites for 3D extrusion (chapter 26); Power transmission elements: gear drive systems; belt and chain drives (chapter 22); Cam systems (chapter 23); Geneva mechanism (chapter 27); Event-based Motion Analysis (chapter 28).

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. Aluminium Profiles from manufacturers websites
  28. Geneva Wheel Mechanism
  29. Event-based Motion Analysis
  30. Electrical Routing
  31. Customized Internal and External Threading
  32. Sustainability Design for Parts
  33. Finite Element Analysis using SolidWorks Simulation


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 christine.morse@3ds.com. 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 October 19, 2012
910 Pages
Binding: Paperback
Printing: Black and White
Print ISBN: 978-1-58503-707-0 | ISBN 10: 1585037079
eBook ISBN: 978-1-63056-093-5
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