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About the Author

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 and degrees. He holds five U.S. patents and one International patent. 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, Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). David holds a BSME, MSM with the following Professional Certifications: CCAI, CCNA, CCNP, CSWA, and CSWP. David is a SolidWorks Solution Partner and an Adjunct Faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Mechanical Engineering department.

Marie Planchard is the Director of World Education Markets at SolidWorks Corporation. Before she joined SolidWorks, Marie spent over 10 years as an engineering professor at Mass Bay College in Wellesley Hills, MA. She has 14 plus years of industry software experience and held a variety of management and engineering positions. Marie holds a BSME, MSME and a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) Certification. She is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

David and Marie Planchard are co-authors of the following books:

  • A Commands Guide for SolidWorks 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008
  • Assembly Modeling with SolidWorks 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005-2004, 2003 and 2001Plus
  • Drawing and Detailing with SolidWorks 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001/2001Plus
  • Engineering Design with SolidWorks with Multimedia CD 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001Plus, 2001 and 1999
  • Engineering Graphics with SolidWorks 2011, 2010 with Multimedia CD
  • SolidWorks: The Basics with Multimedia CD 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003
  • SolidWorks Tutorial with Multimedia CD 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2001/2001Plus
  • The Fundamentals of SolidWorks: Featuring the VEXplorer robot, 2008 and 2007
  • Official Certified SolidWorks Associate Examination Guide, Version 3; 2011, 2010, 2009, Version 2; 2010, 2009, 2008, Version 1; 2007
  • Official Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) Certification Guide with Multimedia DVD, 2011, 2010
  • Applications in Sheet Metal Using Pro/SHEETMETAL & Pro/ENGINEER
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: SDC Publications; Pck Pap/Dv edition (June 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585036587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585036585
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Failed my first exam and had to look at how to speed things up.
The Solidworks exam is after all - only about speed.
I'm usually fairly methodical and careful in how I do my work - as the senior designer in my company care is more important than speed.
Bought the book - set up a second screen as recommended - study the methodology and passed the 3 stages fairly easily.
The dvd was a little bit of an idiots guide but the main points were covered.
Thank you - I now give the other engineers curry
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I'm the Solidworks Richmond Users Group President and I've been whittling away at passing this test for a while. I spoke with Avelino from Solidworks Certifications and asked for some tips and tricks plus a little strategy and he pointed me straight away over to the book and said to be sure to review it good. I did and especially loved the demonstrated lessons on the DVD, especially good for Visual learners like myself. The book helped me know the style of what to expect and reduced my pre-test anxiety. Good Job Dave!! and thank you Avelino!! BTW I Passed!!

Mac Baker - CSWP
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I have used the authors CSWA certification guide and was very pleased with it. The CSWP guide was a bit disappointing because unlike the Associate guide which had multiple test question examples it was limited to one example of each section. I think it would have been more effective if multiple questions on each section was offered. Other than this I feel the book was very helpful in preparing me for the certification test.
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After passes the CSWA a few years ago I been wanting to try the CSWP but if truth be told I was scared! I've found from going through Segments 1 & 2 of the book that my fear was for the most part unfounded. I found that I actually knew more than I thought. This confidence building alone is worth the price of the book. I found that the videos are exceptional and easy to follow. I would watch one and then flipped over to SolidWorks and do the examples. Marie points out some things that I could do faster and better which is good for test taking as time is critical.

If you've been holding back on taking the CSWP then you need to buy this book! I'll comment with my exam results as soon as I take the test.
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Not worth it. I honestly don't feel that I'm any more prepared for this exam than I was before the book. Overall - free online resources are more helpful.

The entire first section review is of the sample part that is free from SolidWorks. It does offer a step-by-step solution for the creation of the part but YouTube also offers this for free.

The review of the second section is short, to say the least.

The review for the third section is beneficial but again, free online resources are just as helpful.
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Another great item from these authors; I use this book for my advanced CAD class along with the SolidWorks on-line tutorials. At the end of the semester my students are required to obtain the CSWP certification as their capstone for the course. The book is well written, focused and the DVD explains it as well. I'm glad to see that a book like this was written for a very important industry certification.
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Good book for refrence & have greats ilustrations to take the test step by step. Thats great for people that have intermediate to advanced skills in Solidworks.
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Doesn't really help conceptually, but more of a step-by-step how to for the CSWP. Not what I wanted, but okay
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