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SolidWorks Surfacing and Complex Shape Modeling Bible 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470258231
ISBN-10: 0470258233
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Create customized models that are ready for manufacture or prototyping

If you want to gain proficiency and expertise with SolidWorks surface modeling, this is the resource for you. You'll learn how to apply concepts, utilize tools, and combine techniques and strategies in hands-on tutorials. This Bible covers the range from sketching splines and shelling to modeling blends and decorative features. Complete with professional tips and real-world examples, this inclusive guide enables you to coax more out of SolidWorks surfacing tools.

  • Gain total control over splines

  • Discover when to apply Boundary, Loft, or Fill surface features

  • Make use of SolidWorks direct editing capabilities

  • Interchange between solids and surfaces

  • Learn to use master model techniques

  • Work from digitized data

  • Utilize model evaluation techniques

Companion Web site
The companion Web site, www.wiley.com/go/solidworkssurfacingbible, contains start to finish points for the tutorials in the book as well as finished example models.

About the Author

Matt Lombard is an independent SolidWorks consultant. Because of his popularity with SolidWorks user groups and through his SolidWorks Web site and online forums, Matt has built a reputation as a go-to resource for everything SolidWorks. He also serves on the SolidWorks User Group Network committee.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 485)
  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470258233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470258231
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I believe this to be the best SolidWorks book for advanced part modeling currently available on the market. This is a good and informative book aimed at the intermediate/expert SolidWorks user.

A good understanding of SolidWorks is required to get the most from this book.

The book covers all the advanced features available in SolidWorks in detail and where it can it tells you where you would use a particular feature.

The title is self explanatory. This book is primarily aimed at people that do consumer product design where appearance and smooth surfaces are required.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because I believe there is always room to make things better. That said, this is my best SolidWorks book yet.
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This is the only book like it I have found available anywhere for SolidWorks. It is better than the surfacing book for Rhino because of the detail of data. What I like most about this book is that it explains why things work or even why they don't work. This is important for real users. Its definitely not a beginners book, but I've been using SW for about 3 years, having used Pro/ENGINEER in another job for several years, and all of the concepts were understandable. The book shows the strengths and flaws of SolidWorks for surfacing work. This book is in color with good quality paper, better than the Solidworks 2009 Bible by the same author (black and white and printed on thin paper).

One thing I found interesting was that it is grouped into different sections,one for just explaining features, another for showing examples of what features can do, and the last section for showing general techniques consisting of several features, like how to make smooth end caps, or fading a sharp edge into a smooth face, and some wacky stuff too. It does a good job of showing a wide range of techniques.

I think if you really do work like this, you will learn much from this book. If you are a casual SolidWorks user, it may be too much work to understand it.
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If you are expecting a step by step tutorial you should look elsewhere. I purchased this book as a supplement to the SolidWorks help files and in that regard it is most excellent. It explains quite well what the built in help function utterly fails to. This book mostly provides a description of what the tools actually do in theoretical terms and then gives some basic guidelines for when to use what. If you are expecting cold hard examples, look elsewhere, and I would be surprised if you found them anywhere because there are nearly limitless ways to create surfaces and infinite surfaces that can be created.
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The book is perfect for small companies or individual users that need training on surfacing but don't have the resources for classroom time. The book covers all of the tools available and then goes into the sections that really help, actual modeling techniques. The author goes through several curvy models and shares his thought processes for picking the best modeling approaches. Extremely helpful for those who aren't sure where to start.
On the down side, the same companies or individuals who don't have the resources for classroom time are also likely not able to afford to continually upgrade. And so if they have Solidworks 2007 or earlier then the samples files, (which are 2008), cannot be used. This puts a big damper on the learning potential. Sample files are one of the best ways to study modeling techniques, but in this case they are out of reach for a potentially large group. It should not be a surprise to the author that not everyone upgrades. In fact his September 23, 2008 blog entry (written well after the book came out) has this in it - "I still have projects in 2007. I get rare projects in 2008, and I've already done several projects in 2009."
So, good job on the book. Well written and a fun read in sections. But not being able to take advantage of the sample files hurts.
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This book is not as good as the author's "bible" in that this one does not have as many step by step tutorials. This one covers Solidworks 2008 and 2007 mostly. I was impressed with the author's bible book so I ordered this one too. If he added more tutorials instead of writing mostly theory and details of Surfacing it would be easier too learn. The print quality of the book with colored images is very good. It did not come with a cd of tutorial files and the book in pdf format. You are told to visit website for tutorial files. So I recommend the book but it is not for beginners.
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This is book is a must-have for the serious SolidWorks student. The topics covered represent basics and advanced concepts that are applicable to any version of the program. The surfacing tools, themselves, really havn't changed all that much for a very long time. It's all about understanding the basics and developing your own workflows.
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I have been working in SolidWorks for around ten years. In that period of time there has been a great deal of change in the program. I find that my skills are generally good, but lacking variety across all of the available SolidWorks features; so this book, along with Matt's other works have become a staple reference for me whenever I get "stumped."

Matt has approached this book with obvious first-hand and detailed understanding of both the strong and weak features of SolidWorks Surfacing aspects. You will likely find, as I did, that even the fundementals that he covers will hold some valuable recommendations and methods.

I will be keeping this book close at hand.
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