- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Schroff Development Corp (October 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585031704
- ISBN-13: 978-1585031702
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,819,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Assembly Modeling with Solidworks, 2004-2005 Paperback – October, 2004
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About the Author
Marie Planchard is an engineering professor at Mass Bay College in Wellesley Hills, MA. Before developing the CAD program, she spent 13 years in industry and held a variety of management and engineering positions including Beta Test Manager for CAD software at Computervision Corporation. Marie is an active member of the SolidWorks Educational Advisory Board and the SolidWorks Drawing Advisory Board. As a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP), she presented at SolidWorks World 2003 & 2004. Marie is the founder and coordinator of the New England SolidWorks Users Group.
David Planchard is the President of D & M Education. Before starting D & M Education, he spent over 20 years in industry and academia holding various key Engineering and Marketing positions. He has five U.S. patents and one International patent. He has published and authored numerous technical papers on equipment design and manufacturing. David is a technical editor and reviewer for Cisco Press. He is a member of the New England Pro/Users Group, New England SolidWorks Users Group and the Cisco CCNA Regional Academy Users Group.
David and Marie Planchard are Co-founders of D & M Education and are active industry and education consultants. They are SolidWorks Research Partners, SolidWorks Solution Partners and co-authors of the following SDC Publications books:
Assembly Modeling with SolidWorks 2001Plus/2003, 2003.
Engineering Design with SolidWorks 1999, 2000, 2001, 2001Plus, 2003 and 2004.
Drawing and Detailing with SolidWorks 2001/2001Plus, 2003, 2004.
SolidWorks 2004: The Basics.
SolidWorks Tutorial 2001/2001Plus, 2003 and 2004.
Applications in Sheet Metal Using Pro/SHEETMETAL & Pro/ENGINEER.
An Introduction to Pro/SHEETMETAL.
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I am a Mechanical Engineer working in a small company; approximately 50 employees. I do not have the luxury to ask other engineers in my department for assistance, because I am the only Design engineer here! I had a formal SW training class 16 months ago; a one week bootcamp that was good, but I was overwhelmed with the amount of material and the speed in which it was presented. Over the past two years, I have been purchasing books on SW to build a resource library at my company. This book provides an easy to follow procedure with all of the required commands in bold. I like the way the authors use pictures to enforce the procedure. It was slow in a few areas, but it was a good review for me. This is the third Solidworks book that I have purchased from these authors.
I have contacted both authors in the past for assistances when I was working on an area that was not covered in their book or I required extra assistance. They are a great resource with a wealth of knowledge and experience in design. Both are Mechanical Engineers with equipment design backgrounds. I would recommend this book.
I have been doing CAD modeling for over 14 years, and am just moving over to SolidWorks from a far more intuitive but not parametric package.
This has been one of the most infuriating, and badly written textbooks I have ever seen or had the displeasure to use.
I started with book one, by the same Authors - SolidWorks 2003 Tutorial, which plods through the exercise at an excruciatingly slow pace. This book is way worse. The title of the book is Assembly Modeling in SolidWorks, but it is not until half way through chapter two that you actually model a very simple part. Chapter one is spent almost entirely on how to order your files and folders and the simple task of putting three components together to form an assembly; this is repeated three times or more over 60 pages. Simple tasks are made complex, while the important things are rushed over.
The authors have a poor grasp of the English language and appear unable to use tenses, everything is written in the present tense which is VERY confusing as chapters are structured to tell you what you will be doing, how to do it, doing it, and then a review of what you have done. Sometimes what you will be doing and doing it are mixed together in the body of an exercise, sometimes not. While you are building parts or assemblies the Authors are constantly showing you all the underlying complexities of SolidWorks, which becomes frustrating as it takes for ever to do the simplest things and only adds confusion.
My advice - look elsewhere.
The book also provides a good overview on using and creating Design tables, Bill of Materials and Custom properties to represent multiple design options. The book has various projects and desired outcomes and usage competencies. They are useful to learn and review existing design skills. The authors provide various industry scenarios that are interesting but are not very useful to me.
This book is very awkward for trying to learn this way mainly because the examples are way too complicated for demonstrating simple operations. I really think to get the most from this book you need to start at the beginning and work your way through - like you would do in a classroom setting - I'm guessing this is what the book might be written for and it might me a fine book in that setting.
My interest was to use the book as a reference to quickly learn solutions to specific problems I encounter while working on my own projects. For this purpose, the book did not meet my needs