SOLIDWORKS Quick Start introduces the new user to the basics of using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software in five easy lessons. This book is intended for the student or designer that needs to learn SOLIDWORKS quickly and effectively for senior capstone, machine design, kinematics, dynamics, and other engineering and technology projects that use SOLIDWORKS as a tool. Engineers in industry are expected to have SOLIDWORKS skills for their company’s next project. Students need to learn SOLIDWORKS without taking a formal CAD course.
Based on years of teaching SOLIDWORKS to engineering students, SOLIDWORKS Quick Start concentrates on the areas where the new user improves efficiency in the design modeling process. By learning the correct SOLIDWORKS skills and file management techniques, you gain the most knowledge in the shortest period of time.
You develop a mini Stirling Engine and investigate the proper design intent and constraints. The mini Stirling Engine is based on the external combustion, closed cycle engine of Scottish inventor Robert Stirling. In addition to 3D modeling, the engine can be used to teach and connect many engineering and physics principles.
Table of Contents
1. Overview of SOLIDWORKS and the User Interface 2. 2D Sketching, Features and Parts 3. Assembly Modeling - Bottom up method 4. Design Modifications 5. Drawing and Dimensioning Fundamentals
David Planchard is the founder of D&M Education LLC. Before starting D&M Education, he spent over 27 years in industry and academia holding various engineering, marketing, and teaching positions. He holds five U.S. patents. He has published and authored numerous papers on Machine Design, Product Design, Mechanics of Materials, and Solid Modeling. He is an active member of the SOLIDWORKS Users Group and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).
David holds a BSME, MSM with the following professional certifications: CCAI, CCNP, CSWA-SD, CSWSA-FEA, CSWA-AM, CSWP, CSWP-DRWT and SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator.
David is a SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner, an Adjunct Faculty member and the SAE advisor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Mechanical Engineering department. In 2012, David's senior Major Qualifying Project team (senior capstone) won first place in the Mechanical Engineering department at WPI. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, David's senior Major Qualifying Project teams won the Provost award in the Mechanical Engineering department for design excellence.
In 2018, David's senior Major Qualifying Project team (Co-advisor) won the Provost award in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Subject area: Electrical System Implementation of Formula SAE Racing Platform.