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SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition

SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Greg Jankowski, Richard Doyle

ISBN: 978-1-118-05147-4

Feb 2011

384 pages

Select type: E-Book



Whether it’s your first venture into 3D technical drawing software or you’re switching to SolidWorks from something else, you’re probably excited about what this CAD program has to offer.   Chances are, you figure it’s going to take awhile to get the hang of it before you can begin cranking out those perfectly precise 3D designs. SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition, can help you dramatically shorten that get-acquainted period!

SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help you get up and running quickly on the leading 3D technical drawing software. You’ll see how to set up SolidWorks to create the type of drawings your industry requires and how to take full advantage of its legendary 3D features. You’ll discover how to:

  • Work with virtual prototypes
  • Understand the user interface
  • Use templates and sketch, assemble, and create drawings
  • Automate the drawing process
  • Review drawings and collaborate with other team members
  • Define and edit sketches
  • Create dimensions and annotations
  • Print or plot your drawings
  • Leverage existing designs

Sample files on the bonus CD-ROM show you how to apply the latest version of SolidWorks and accomplish specific tasks. Even if you’re brand-new to CAD software, SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition will have you feeling like a pro in no time. You’ll find you’ve entered a whole new dimension.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


Part I: Beginning the SolidWorks Journey.

Chapter 1: Getting to Know (And Love) SolidWorks.

Chapter 2: Taking Control of SolidWorks.

Chapter 3: Building Blocks for the Virtual Prototype.

Part II: Design Intent and the Virtual Prototype.

Chapter 4: Do What I Mean, Not What I Sketch.

Chapter 5: Making Better Parts.

Chapter 6: Putting It All Together.

Part III: The Devil’s in the "Drawing" Details.

Chapter 7: Creating Drawings.

Chapter 8: Speeding It Up: Automating the Drawing.

Chapter 9: Changes, Changes, Changes.

Chapter 10: Leveraging Your Existing Designs.

Chapter 11: Printing and Plotting.

Part IV : Playing Nicely with Others (And Picking Up Your Toys).

Chapter 12: Managing the Clutter.

Chapter 13: Collaborating with Team Members.

Chapter 14: Viewing and Reviewing Documents.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Becoming More Proficient with SolidWorks.

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Extend and Reuse Your Design Information.

Chapter 17: Ten Resources for the SolidWorks Community.

Appendix: About the CD.