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Mastering SolidWorks
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Introduction xxxiii Part I Introducing SolidWorks Basics 1 Chapter 1 Introducing SolidWorks 3 Installing SolidWorks for the First Time 3 Starting SolidWorks for the First Time 6 Identifying SolidWorks Documents 9 Understanding Feature-Based Modeling 15 Understanding History-Based Modeling 16 Sketching with Parametrics 19 Understanding Design Intent 21 Editing Design Intent 21 Working with Associativity 24 The Bottom Line 24 Chapter 2 Navigating the SolidWorks Interface 25 Identifying Elements of the SolidWorks Interface 25 Making the Interface Work for You 47 The Bottom Line 59 Chapter 3 Working with Sketches and Reference Geometry .61 Creating a New Part 61 Creating a Sketch 62 Identifying Sketch Entities 64 Driving Sketches with Smart Dimensions 83 Using Tools on the Dimensions/Relations Toolbar 86 Inferencing in Sketch 89 Exploring Sketch Settings 90 Using Sketch Blocks 92 Working with Reference Geometry 93 Tutorial: Learning to Use Sketch Relations 98 Tutorial: Using Blocks and Belts 102 Tutorial: Creating Reference Geometry 105 The Bottom Line 109 Chapter 4 Creating Simple Parts and Drawings 111 Discovering Design Intent 111 Creating a Simple Part 113 Creating a Simple Assembly 125 Creating a Simple Drawing 128 The Bottom Line 142 Chapter 5 Using Visualization Techniques 143 Manipulating the View 143 Using the View Tools 149 Using the DisplayManager 157 The Display Pane 173 Part II Building Intelligence into Your Parts 181 Chapter 6 Getting More from Your Sketches 183 Editing Sketch Relations 183 Getting More from Dimensions 189 Working with Sketch Entities 189 Using Sketch Pictures 193 Using Sketch Text 196 Using Colors and Line Styles with Sketches 198 Using Other Sketch Tools 199 Sketching in 3D 201 Tutorial: Editing and Copying 204 Tutorial: Controlling Pictures, Text, Colors, and Styles 208 Tutorial: Using Metadata 211 Tutorial: Sketching Calculator 212 The Bottom Line 214 Chapter 7 Modeling with Primary Features 217 Identifying When to Use Which Tool 217 Understanding Fillet Types 231 Using Chamfers 253 Tutorial: Bracket Casting 256 The Bottom Line 260 Chapter 8 Selecting Secondary Features 261 Creating Curve Features 261 Selecting a Specialty Feature 267 Tutorial: Creating a Wire-Formed Part 280 The Bottom Line 282 Chapter 9 Patterning and Mirroring 283 Patterning in a Sketch 283 Mirroring in a Sketch 289 Working with 3D Patterns 291 Understanding Pattern Types 295 Cosmetic Patterns 307 Mirroring 3D Solids 308 Tutorial: Creating a Circular Pattern 310 Tutorial: Mirroring Features 311 Tutorial: Applying a Cosmetic Pattern 313 The Bottom Line 314 Chapter 10 Using Equations 317 Understanding Equations 317 Using Global Variables 326 Using the Modify Box 327 Using Expressions 329 Controlling Suppression States of Features 329 Linking to External Equations 330 Tutorial: Using Equations 330 The Bottom Line 333 Chapter 11 Working with Part Configurations 335 Using Design Tables 355 Creating a Simple Design Table 357 Using the Configuration Publisher 364 Tutorial: Working with Configurations and Design Tables 365 The Bottom Line 368 Chapter 12 Editing, Evaluating, and Troubleshooting 371 Using Rollback 371 Reordering Features 378 Reordering Folders 379 Using the Flyout and Detachable FeatureManagers 380 Summarizing Part Modeling Best Practices 383 Using Design for Change 385 Using Evaluation Techniques 387 Troubleshooting Errors 397 Tutorial: Utilizing Editing and Evaluation Techniques 406 The Bottom Line 412 Part III Working with Assemblies 413 Chapter 13 Building Efficient Assemblies 415 Understanding the Purpose of Assemblies 415 Identifying the Elements of an Assembly 423 Using SpeedPaks 432 Using Subassemblies 433 Using Folders 438 Working with Tree Display Options 440 Tutorial: Arranging Assemblies 443 Tutorial: Managing the FeatureManager 446 The Bottom Line 447 Chapter 14 Getting More from Mates 449 Applying Mates 449 Mating for Motion 459 Working with Advanced and Mechanical Mate Types 462 Editing and Troubleshooting 471 Examining Mate Options 474 Reviewing Mate Best Practices 475 Tutorial: Mating for Success 477 The Bottom Line 480 Chapter 15 Patterning and Mirroring Components 483 Component Patterns 483 Using Local Component Patterns 484 Using Feature-Driven Component Patterns 491 Creating a Chain Pattern 492 Understanding Other Pattern Options 494 Tutorial: Creating Component Patterns 495 The Bottom Line 497 Chapter 16 Working with Assembly Sketches and Layouts 499 Looking at the Techniques 499 Using the Layout Feature 505 Tutorial: Working with a Layout 507 The Bottom Line 513 Chapter 17 Using Assembly Tools 515 Placing Parts without Mates 515 Using Proximity Tools 520 Selecting Components 528 Reading Assembly Performance Evaluation Results 532 Using Defeature 533 Using the Hole Alignment Tool 534 The Bottom Line 535 Chapter 18 Using Libraries, Assembly Features, and Hole Wizard 537 Using Library Features 537 Creating Library Features 543 Creating Assembly Cuts 551 Making Fillets and Chamfers in Assemblies 554 Using the Hole Wizard 555 Creating Weld Beads 558 Working with Envelopes 560 Understanding Smart Components 562 Using Smart Components 563 Auto-Sizing Smart Components 566 Making Smart Components 568 Tutorial: Working with Smart Components 576 Tutorial: Working with Library Features 579 The Bottom Line 586 Chapter 19 Controlling Assembly Configurations and Display States 589 Using Display States 589 Understanding Assembly Configurations 592 Tutorial: Working with Assembly Configurations 600 The Bottom Line 604 Chapter 20 Modeling in Context 605 Understanding In-Context Modeling 605 Dealing with the Practical Details of In-Context Modeling 615 Using Other Types of External References 630 Tutorial: Working In-Context 631 The Bottom Line 635 Chapter 21 Editing, Evaluating, and Troubleshooting Assemblies 637 Working with Mates 637 Editing File Management Issues 645 Evaluating Assemblies 651 The Bottom Line 654 Chapter 22 Working with Large Scale Design 657 Using Large Design Review 657 Creating a Walk-Through 661 Creating a GridSystem 663 Transferring Data with the IFC File Type 667 The Bottom Line 668 Chapter 23 Animating with the MotionManager 669 Familiarizing Yourself with the MotionManager 670 Using the Animation Wizard 674 Animating the View 683 Animating with Key Points 691 Animating with Basic Motion 696 Using the Mate Controller 700 The Bottom Line 702 Part IV Creating Drawings 703 Chapter 24 Automating Drawings: The Basics 705 Comparing Templates and Formats 705 Creating Drawing Templates 720 Creating Blocks 725 The Bottom Line 726 Chapter 25 Working with Drawing Views 727 Creating Common View Types 727 Creating Other View Types 740 Using Display Options in Views 751 Distinguishing Views from Sheets 756 Tutorial: Working with View Types, Settings, and Options 756 The Bottom Line 762 Chapter 26 Using Annotations and Symbols 765 Using Notes 765 Using Blocks in Drawings 775 Using Symbols 779 Using Center Marks and Centerlines 780 Tutorial: Using Annotations 782 The Bottom Line 784 Chapter 27 Dimensioning and Tolerancing 787 Putting Dimensions on Drawings 787 Adding Tolerances 799 Using Dimension Styles 802 Aligning Dimensions and Annotations 802 Tutorial: Working with Dimensions and Tolerances 805 The Bottom Line 808 Chapter 28 Using Layers, Line Fonts, and Colors 809 Controlling Layers 809 Controlling Line Format 813 Hiding and Showing Edges 815 Tutorial: Using Drawing Display Tools 816 The Bottom Line 818 Chapter 29 Working with Tables and Drawings 821 Driving the Bill of Materials 821 Using Design Tables 830 Placing Hole Tables on Drawings 832 Using Revision Tables 834 Using General Tables 836 Working with Tables in Models 836 Tutorial: Using BOMs 837 Tutorial: Using Hole Tables 841 Tutorial: Using Revision Tables 843 The Bottom Line 844 Chapter 30 Creating Assembly Drawings 845 Combining Parts and Assemblies on the Same Drawing 845 Using Multi-Page Templates 847 Using Views with Special Assembly Functions 849 Using Color in Assembly Drawing Views 860 Setting Up Drawings of Large Assemblies 861 Tutorial: Creating a Simple Assembly Drawing 866 The Bottom Line 869 Part V Using Advanced and Specialized Techniques 871 Chapter 31 Modeling Multibodies 873 Using Powerful Tools Effectively 874 Understanding Multibody Techniques 876 Managing Bodies 897 Tutorials: Working with Multibodies 902 The Bottom Line 906 Chapter 32 Working with Surfaces 907 Introducing Surfaces 907 Understanding Surfacing Terminology 908 Surfacing Tools 911 Tutorial: Working with Surfaces 926 The Bottom Line 933 Chapter 33 Employing Master Model Techniques 935 Master Model Tools and Techniques 935 Using Pull Functions 937 Using Push Functions 940 Tutorial: Working with Master Model Techniques 943 The Bottom Line 947 Chapter 34 Using SolidWorks Sheet Metal Tools 949 Using the Base Flange Features 949 Making Sheet Metal Parts from Generic Models 983 Using Other Methods 989 Using Multibody Techniques with Sheet Metal 991 Tutorial: Working with the Insert Bends Method for Sheet Metal Parts 992 Tutorial: Using the Base Flange Sheet Metal Method 995 The Bottom Line 999 Chapter 35 Creating Sheet Metal Drawings 1005 Making Sheet Metal Drawings 1005 Getting the Flat Pattern 1006 Making Drawings of Multibody Sheet Metal Parts 1012 The Bottom Line 1015 Chapter 36 Creating Weldments and Weldment Drawings 1017 Sketching in 3D 1017 Using the Weldment Tools 1022 Using Nonstructural Components 1032 Using Sub-Weldments 1032 Working with Cut Lists 1033 Creating Weldment Drawings 1038 Tutorial: Working with Weldments 1040 The Bottom Line 1046 Chapter 37 Using Imported Geometry and Direct-Editing Techniques 1049 Understanding the Basics of Imported Geometry 1049 Understanding the Traditional Role of Direct Editing Tools 1060 Understanding the Strengths and Limitations of Direct Using SolidWorks Direct Editing Tools 1062 Tutorial: Importing and Repairing Solid Geometry 1067 Tutorial: Flex and Freeform 1069 The Bottom Line 1072 Chapter 38 Using Plastic Features 1073 Using Plastic Features 1073 Using Plastic Evaluation Tools 1093 The Bottom Line 1102 Chapter 39 Using Mold Tools 1107 Working with the Mold Tools Process 1107 Working Manually with Mold Tools 1122 The Bottom Line 1124 Appendixes 1127 Appendix A The Bottom Line 1127 Chapter 1: Introducing SolidWorks 1127 Chapter 2: Navigating the SolidWorks Interface 1127 Chapter 3: Working with Sketches and Reference Geometry 1128 Chapter 4: Creating Simple Parts and Drawings 1129 Chapter 5: Using Visualization Techniques 1130 Chapter 6: Getting More from Your Sketches 1130 Chapter 7: Modeling with Primary Features 1131 Chapter 8: Selecting Secondary Features 1132 Chapter 9: Patterning and Mirroring 1133 Chapter 10: Using Equations 1134 Chapter 11: Working with Part Configurations 1135 Chapter 12: Editing, Evaluating, and Troubleshooting 1135 Chapter 13: Building Efficient Assemblies 1136 Chapter 14: Getting More from Mates 1137 Chapter 15: Patterning and Mirroring Components 1138 Chapter 16: Working with Assembly Sketches and Layouts 1139 Chapter 17: Using Assembly Tools 1140 Chapter 18: Using Libraries, Assembly Features, and Hole Wizard 1141 Chapter 19: Controlling Assembly Configurations and Display States 1142 Chapter 20: Modeling in Context 1143 Chapter 21: Editing, Evaluating, and Troubleshooting Assemblies 1143 Chapter 22: Working with Large Scale Design 1144 Chapter 23: Animating with the MotionManager 1145 Chapter 24: Automating Drawings: The Basics 1145 Chapter 25: Working with Drawing Views 1146 Chapter 26: Using Annotations and Symbols 1147 Chapter 27: Dimensioning and Tolerancing 1148 Chapter 28: Using Layers, Line Fonts, and Colors 1149 Chapter 29: Working with Tables and Drawings 1150 Chapter 30: Creating Assembly Drawings 1150 Chapter 31: Modeling Multibodies 1151 Chapter 32: Working with Surfaces 1152 Chapter 33: Employing Master Model Techniques 1153 Chapter 34: Using SolidWorks Sheet Metal Tools 1155 Chapter 35: Creating Sheet Metal Drawings 1159 Chapter 36: Creating Weldments and Weldment Drawings 1160 Chapter 37: Using Imported Geometry and Direct-Editing Techniques 1161 Chapter 38: Using Plastic Features 1162 Chapter 39: Using Mold Tools 1165 Appendix B Finding Help 1169 SolidWorks Help 1169 SolidWorks Website 1170 Customer Portal 1170 Appendix C What's on the Website 1175 System Requirements 1175 Customer Care 1176 Index 1177

About the Author

Matt Lombard is the author of all six SolidWorks Bibles as well as several video tutorials and the Dezignstuff.com blog. Since 1995 he has been a mechanical engineer, working in plastics design, microelectronic assembly, contract design, and CAD consultation. He uses SolidWorks every day in his job, and is known throughout the SolidWorks community.

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