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SolidWorks 2012 Part I - Basic Tools

Parts, Assemblies and Drawings

Published December 6, 2011
643 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-696-7


Key Features

  • Starts at an introductory level designed for beginners
  • Comprehensive coverage of beginning to intermediate tools and techniques
  • Uses a step by step, tutorial approach with real world projects
  • Covers the creation of parts, assemblies and drawings
  • Features a quick reference guide and a Certified SolidWorks Professional practice exam

In Detail

SolidWorks 2012 Part I - Basic Tools introduces new users to the SolidWorks interface, SolidWorks tools and basic modeling techniques. It provides readers with a strong understanding of SolidWorks and covers the creation of parts, assemblies and drawings. Every lesson and exercise in this book was created based on real world projects. Each of these projects have been broken down and developed into easy and comprehensible steps for the reader. Furthermore, at the end of every chapter there are self test questionnaires to ensure that the reader has gained sufficient knowledge from each section before moving on to more advanced lessons. This book takes the approach that in order to understand SolidWorks, inside and out, the reader should create everything from the beginning and take it step by step.

Who this book is for

This book is for the beginner, who is not familiar with the SolidWorks program and its add ins.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: SolidWorks 2012 User Interface
  2. Setting System Settings
  3. Document Templates
  4. Basic Solid Modeling - Extrude Options
  5. Basic Solid Modeling - Extrude & Revolve
  6. Revolve Parts - Ball Joint Arm
    Derived Sketches - Center Ball Joint
  7. Rib & Shell Features - Formed Tray
  8. Linear Patterns - Test Tray
    Circular Patterns - Spur Gear
    Circular Patterns - Circular Base Mount
    Curve Driven Patterns & hole Wizard
  9. Part Configuration - Machined Block
    Understanding and repairing errors
  10. Modeling Threads - Threaded Insert
  11. Bottom Up Assembly - Ball Joint Assembly
    Bottom Up Assembly - Link Assembly
  12. Using Advanced Mates
    Limit Mates and Cam Mates
    Using Cam Followers
    Using PhotoView360 – The Basics
  13. Layout Assembly
    SolidWorks Animator - The Basics
  14. Drawing Preparations
  15. Assembly Drawings - Links Assembly
    Assembly Drawing – Alternate Position Vie
  16. Drawing Views - Machined Block
    Detailing - Machined Block Details
  17. Sheet Metal Drawings - Post Cap
    2D to 3D Convert AutoCAD into SolidWorks
    e-Drawings - Soft Lock Assembly
  18. Configurations Part I: – Button Assembly
    Configurations Part II: Assembly & Drawing
  19. Part - Design Tables
    Assembly - Design Tables
    CSWP Core Preparation Practice
    Student Testimonials
    SolidWorks 2012 Quick-Guides


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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