The Commands Guide Tutorial for SolidWorks 2012 is a comprehensive reference book written to assist the beginner to intermediate user of SolidWorks 2012. SolidWorks is an immense software package, and no one book can cover all topics for all users. The book provides a centralized reference location to address many of the tools, features and techniques of SolidWorks 2012.
This book covers the following:
System and Document properties
2D and 3D Sketch tools
3D Feature tools
Pack and Go
Intelligent Modeling techniques and more.
Chapter 1 provides a basic overview of the concepts and terminology used throughout this book using SolidWorks 2012 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 be 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 (18 total) provides detail 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. All models for the 240 plus tutorials are located on the enclosed book CD with their solution (initial and final). 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 design to compliment the Online Tutorials and Online Help contained in SolidWorks 2012. The goal is to illustrate how multiple design situations and systematic steps combine to produce successful designs.
The authors developed the tutorials by combining their own industry experience with the knowledge of engineers, department managers, professors, vendors and manufacturers.These professionals are directly involved with SolidWorks everyday. Their responsibilities go far beyond the creation of just a 3D model.
Table of Contents Introduction 1. Quick Start 2. SolidWorks System Options 3. SolidWorks Document Properties 4. Design Intent, Sketching and Sketch Entities 5. Sketch Tools, Geometric Relations and Dimensions/Relations Tools 6. Extruded Boss/Base, Extruded Cut, Fillet and Cosmetic Features 7. Revolved, Hole, Dome and Curve Features 8. Shell, Draft, and Rib Features 9. Pattern Features, Mirror Features and Coordinate System PropertyManager 10. Sweep, Loft, Wrap and Flex Features 11. Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling and more 12. Top-Down Assembly Modeling and more 13. Drawings and Drawing Tools 14. Sheet Metal Features and Tools 15. SolidWorks PhotoView 360 and Measure Tools 16. Pack and Go, PDFs, SolidWorks Toolbox, Design Library and Explorer 17. SimulationXpress, Sustainability/SustainabilityXpress, and FloXpress 18. Intelligent Modeling Techniques Appendix Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am able to learn what is being taught, and I am learning a lot, but there are many typos in this book. Several times I've had to use the solution files to understand missing lines or improperly referenced templates. (In addition to starter files for the tutorials, they also give you all the files in a completed state so you can see how they expected it to come out.) I suspect that I am not the only engineer constantly shaking her head at this obviously rushed for release book.
I am hesitant to pass it along to others in the department, but I really am learning. I suspect I may be answering many questions while others plod through it.
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