SOLIDWORKS 2018 Reference Guide

A comprehensive reference guide with over 250 standalone tutorials

Published December 18, 2017
1024 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-63057-150-4


Key Features

  • A comprehensive reference book for SOLIDWORKS 2018
  • Contains 250 plus standalone tutorials
  • Starts with a basic overview of SOLIDWORKS 2018 and its new features
  • Tutorials are written for each topic with new and intermediate users in mind
  • Includes access to each tutorial’s initial and final state as well as video tutorials
  • This edition features additional instructor resources

In Detail

The SOLIDWORKS 2018 Reference Guide is a comprehensive reference book written to assist the beginner to intermediate user of SOLIDWORKS 2018. SOLIDWORKS is an immense software package, and no one book can cover all topics for all users. This book provides a centralized reference location to address many of the tools, features and techniques of SOLIDWORKS 2018.

This book covers the following:

  • System and Document properties
  • FeatureManagers
  • PropertyManagers
  • ConfigurationManagers
  • RenderManagers
  • 2D and 3D Sketch tools
  • Sketch entities
  • 3D Feature tools
  • Motion Study
  • Sheet Metal
  • Motion Study
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • PhotoView 360
  • Pack and Go
  • 3D PDFs
  • Intelligent Modeling techniques
  • 3D printing terminology and more

Chapter 1 provides a basic overview of the concepts and terminology used throughout this book using SOLIDWORKS 2018 software. If you are completely new to SOLIDWORKS, you should read Chapter 1 in detail and complete Lesson 1, Lesson 2 and Lesson 3 in the SOLIDWORKS Tutorials.

If you are familiar with an earlier release of SOLIDWORKS, you still might want to skim Chapter 1 to become acquainted with some of the commands, menus and features that you have not used; or you can simply jump to any section in any chapter.

Each chapter provides detailed PropertyManager information on key topics with individual stand-alone short tutorials to reinforce and demonstrate the functionality and ease of the SOLIDWORKS tool or feature. The book provides access to over 250 models, their solutions and additional support materials. Learn by doing, not just by reading.

Formulate the skills to create, modify and edit sketches and solid features. Learn the techniques to reuse features, parts and assemblies through symmetry, patterns, copied components, design tables, configurations and more.

The book is designed to complement the Online Tutorials and Online Help contained in SOLIDWORKS 2018. The goal is to illustrate how multiple design situations and systematic steps combine to produce successful designs.

The author developed the tutorials by combining his own industry experience with the knowledge of engineers, department managers, professors, vendors and manufacturers. He is directly involved with SOLIDWORKS every day and his responsibilities go far beyond the creation of just a 3D model.

New in the 2018 Edition

There is twenty percent additional homework examples for the instructors with support materials.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Quick Start
  3. System Options
  4. Document Properties
  5. Design Intent, Sketching and Sketch Entities
  6. Sketch Tools, Geometric Relations and Dimensions/Relations Tools
  7. Extruded Boss/Base, Extruded Cut, Fillet and Cosmetic Features
  8. Revolved, Hole Wizard, Advanced Hole, Dome, Curve and Thread Features
  9. Shell, Draft, Rib, Scale and Intersection Feature
  10. Pattern Features, Mirror Features and Coordinate System
  11. Swept, Lofted, Wrap, Flex, and Freeform Feature
  12. Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling and More
  13. Top-Down Assembly Modeling, Configurations and More
  14. Drawings and Drawing Tools
  15. Sheet Metal Features and Tools
  16. PhotoView 360, Measure and Mass Properties Tool
  17. Saving, Pack and Go, PDFs, Toolbox, Design Library, SOLIDWORKS Explorer & Parts Reviewer
  18. SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  19. Intelligent Modeling Techniques
  20. Additive Manufacturing - 3D Printing


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Product Details

Published December 18, 2017
1024 Pages
Binding: Paperback
Printing: Black and White
Print ISBN: 978-1-63057-150-4 | ISBN 10: 1630571504
eBook ISBN: 978-1-63056-409-4
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