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SolidWorks Surfacing and Complex Shape Modeling Bible
 
 

SolidWorks Surfacing and Complex Shape Modeling Bible [Kindle Edition]

Matt Lombard
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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.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20453 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470258233
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005USEDJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lombard knows his stuff 8 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You need to feel quite comfortable with SW basics before attempting to approach this book successfully.

The 1st part of this book (page 3 to 276)can be a little bit boring, with only some minor and limited examples... but you start seeing Lombard's working philosophy: he discusses the SW tool with the rigor of an engineer, and wants the reader to be conscious of both Solidworks' strengths and weaknesses. You start seeing why SW Corp values this guy as a good assessor.

The 2nd part is where you start getting much more action, tips and step-by-step tutorials (not all the time though; Lombard suggests u develop your own best practices). He also approaches some models taking in account how the final product will be manufactured, which in my opinion is great!

I'm now finishing Chapter 18 (modeling a plastic bottle), but I already consider this book a very valuable resource.

SUGGESTIONS:

1) A new book with a greater number of step-by-step tutorials of more complex and cooler industrial products will be very welcomed. If an industrial designer could co-write it with Lombard adding tips on ergonomy, functionality and rendering (i.e. with PhotoView360) I would buy it straightaway.

2) If Lombard designed a new book orienting the SW modeling even more towards manufacturing processes I would certainly buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on surfacing 1 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
It starts off with curves, goes through to surfaces and then starts explaining (in detail) the various features that allow you to get there.

In this book you really get a lot, you get:
the theory behind surfacing in Part 1
all features related to surfacing in Parts 2 and 3
worked examples in Part 4

Also covered, although in less detail; is working from scandata, overmolded geometry, master modeling techniques and some presentation tips.

This book is highly recommended for:
solidworks users who have always wondered about surfacing, and how to utilize them
solidworks users who know some surfacing, but want to further their knowledge about surfacing
any user that uses a similar tool (inventor, catia, pro/e) and wants to know surfacing in solidworks, many topics are valuable and not solidworks specific

This book is not what you're looking for, if you:
have no experience with Solidworks at all
want to do class-a surfacing
want deep mathematical theory on surfaces and NURBS
want elaborate technical specifics of how to model manufacturable parts (such as plastics)
want in-depth explanations on working with scandata

Note, however, this book doesn't try to be any of the "is not what you're looking for" things and totally rocks at being all of the "is highly recommended" things!
Highly recommended!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidworks Surfacing and Complex Shape Modeling 11 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
Great book for Solidworks users with an up to date knowledge of solid feature creation and manipulation in SW2007 and SW2008, but now requiring to use surfacing techniques.

Needs a good working knowledge of SW basics. Publishers web site has tutorial samples for download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars indispensable guide 5* 10 Aug 2011
By Vix
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having moved jobs i had to become a solid worker rather than a pro engineer so i found this book, along with the basic bible very helpful to guide me through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality and unique 27 Feb 2009
By Ronald Bolling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for advanced part modeling 6 May 2008
By Mark Landsaat - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book great! Sample files... not so good. 27 Oct 2008
By MPB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpfull for those already familiar with SolidWords 22 Feb 2009
By Ethan Harstad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 19 Feb 2011
By AegisFX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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