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Introduction to SolidWorks

207 Pages · 2014 · 7.22 MB · English

  • Introduction to SolidWorks


    Introduction to


    SolidWorks








































    Mario H. Castro-Cedeño, PE


    Certified SolidWorks Associate






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    Motivation for Writing this Book


    My reason for writing another “Introduction to SolidWorks” book is to emphasize the role and


    importance of computer aided design (CAD) and engineering drawings in communicating design


    ideas. The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true in mechanical engineering


    design. Often it is impossible to describe a complex design in words and we must use


    engineering drawings.


    Many introductory CAD tutorials focus only on the software and train students to be skilled CAD


    operators. This book also places equal emphasis on creating engineering drawings that comply


    with accepted design standards. Although much effort and resources have been expended in


    technologies that reduce or eliminate the need for paper documents, most organizations still


    depend on engineering drawings in paper or electronic form.


    Engineering drawings are still the most important and efficient method of communication


    between the design and manufacturing functions. They are also necessary for the maintenance


    and repair of consumer and industrial products as varied as automobiles, airplanes, earth


    moving equipment and cruise ships. Lastly, engineering drawings are legal documents and


    commonly used to determine and apportion fault in product liability lawsuits. For all these


    reasons, every engineering and manufacturing professional must be proficient at creating,


    understanding and using engineering drawings.


    Target Audience


    This book is written primarily for classroom instruction at the high school, vocational and college


    level. With that audience in mind, SolidWorks commands are introduced while designing a


    skateboard.


    Experienced CAD professionals that want to learn SolidWorks on their own will also find the


    book useful. The book is organized in a way that allows experienced users to easily find and


    learn the commands needed to customize SolidWorks, and to create solid models, assemblies


    and drawings.


    All readers, students, as well as practicing professionals, will find that this is also an excellent


    reference book. The alphabetical index at the end of the book can be used to find information


    about the most common SolidWorks commands and examples of how they are used.


    Prerequisites


    To get the maximum benefit from this book, the reader must be computer literate and familiar


    with the complementary roles of hardware and software. In addition, the reader must be familiar


    with the Windows operating system. SolidWorks was one of the earliest CAD programs written


    specifically to run within Windows and takes full advantage of the Windows interface, and file


    naming and handling conventions.


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    How to Use this Book


    This book has two goals: first, it is a tutorial that teaches how to use SolidWorks at an


    introductory level, and second, the book also teaches how engineering drafting conventions and


    standards are used to communicate design ideas. The main text teaches the commands


    needed to create a solid model of a skateboard and then to use the model to produce working


    drawings. If the reader follows only the main text, the book is a step-by-step tutorial to gain an


    introductory knowledge of SolidWorks and of its most useful commands. To get the best results,


    read the step-by-step tutorial and practice with your SolidWorks software and computer as you


    read. The CD included with the book contains an audiovisual tutorial that follows the main text


    and is intended as an alternative for readers who prefer to see a demonstration instead of


    following written instructions. The CD can be ordered from the website www.cadeducators.com.


    The information that is not directly related to the skateboard model is included in the book’s


    sidebars and in the supporting website. The sidebars are self-contained and should be read


    independently from the main text. The sidebars:


    1) explain the use of SolidWorks commands and command options in detail, or


    2) introduce and explain drafting conventions and standards, or


    3) explain the role of CAD in the design process.


    All the sidebars in a lesson should be read before moving to the next lesson.


    The website is an integral part of the book. It has information about annual enhancements to the


    software and practice exercises. If you find that a figure in the book does not match your version


    of SolidWorks, visit the website to see what has changed.


    Together, the written and CD tutorials, the sidebars, and the website accommodate different


    learning styles. If a subject must be studied in greater depth than it is covered in the book or the


    website, consult the references at the end of each lesson.


    The book is divided into sections and each Section is further divided into Lessons. Every


    Lesson has questions and practice exercises. Questions are used to reinforce and expand the


    student’s knowledge of design and drafting practices. The practice exercises are to give


    students the opportunity to use the SolidWorks commands learned in the Lesson in new


    situations. For example, although English units are used in the text, some practice exercises


    use metric units instead.


    The Appendix includes two complete sets of working drawings. One set uses the ANSI standard


    and English units (inch and pound) and the other set uses the ISO standard and metric units


    (millimeter and gram). The drawings are to be used by the student to determine the dimensions


    needed to create the solid models, assemblies and drawings. Because the student is expected


    to find in the drawings the dimensions needed to create the models, the text rarely reveals


    them. The benefit of this approach is that the student becomes familiar with drawings and the


    information they contain. Classroom experience has shown that students will be comfortable


    with this approach.


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    The Appendix also has a list of all the commands on the Main Menu. To find additional


    information about each command and how it is used, the reader can use SolidWorks Help or the


    alphabetical index at the end of the book.


    Conventions


    • Click is used when pressing the left-button on the mouse.


    • Right-click is used for pressing the right-hand-button.


    • Click, hold and drag are the sequences used for moving toolbars or icons from one


    location to another.


    • Bold letters are used to indicate Windows commands.


    • Italic Bold letters are used to indicate SolidWorks commands.


    • Steps are numbered sequentially from the beginning to the end of the book.




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    Acknowledgements


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