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  • Paperback: 1296 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118508408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118508404
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Lombard is a mechanical engineer and an independent SolidWords consultant. Because of the popularity of his SolidWorks blog (dezignstuff) and his sessions at SolidWorks World, he has built a reputation as the go-to resource for everything SolidWorks.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nicjolas crisp on 7 Oct. 2013
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This is an upgrade from my 2010 book - page quality and layout is good and the content (which is the main bit) is easy to use and relevent to a SW user. There isnt a cd/dvd this time which I would have liked as downloads are not always the best way forward for me. The UK still hasnt caught up with internet speed and unlimited data.. Overal a great book and I am sure that I will use it as much as the last and will be useful for at least a few years before I upgrade again.
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By Wendywoo on 12 Jan. 2014
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Book came very quick and as this is a present for my son l am sure he will make good use of it.
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By terry on 2 Dec. 2013
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this book is as hard to work out as the program. what you want must be in there some place, but its hell finding it. I wanted to know if I could use datum points. some people say yes. nothing at all in this book.
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By Iwan J. on 2 Jan. 2015
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Excellent! Fast delivery! thanks!
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Amazon.com: 36 reviews
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A good book but! 13 Aug. 2013
By SolidWorks user - Published on Amazon.com
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I give the book 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. It has many Pros vs. Cons but more Cons.

Pros:
It's a very comprehensive book packed with information on SolidWorks 2013.

Amazon offers it at a good price and the book covers most of the important aspects for the average user.

Delivery was great (two days).

Cons:
The print is very small and all screen shots are too light, unreadable and vary between board line usefulness.

I tried to contact the author using his stated blog. The blog is not active. He is now working for Solid Edge.

No CD in the book with the models. You will need to download all models from the Wiley site. Found no videos (he claims videos for the book).

Models are from older SolidWorks versions; so you will need to update them.

The tutorial modeling files are named incorrectly throughout the book vs. the Wiley site. You will need to search for the correct ones.

Do not use the drawing section if you are trying to learn or apply a drafting standard (ANSI Y14.5). Matt does not utilizes a drawing or dimension standard.

I'm surprise that more people have not addressed these items in their reviews.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Develop Safe Techniques - Avoid Caveats - Increase Productivity 8 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
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Good things: +4 Stars

1.) Comprehensive orderly introduction and in-depth exploration to all areas of Solidworks 2013 far in excess of the software suites Help files.

2.) Using the Kindle desktop App to read the manual is a priceless feature.

3.) A great amount of content which focuses on avoiding pitfalls , in some cases caused by developer supplied training content, in a refreshingly blatant manner. For example many of the developer supplied tutorials when finished do not pass manufacturability or other validation routines. Begging the question what was the point?

4.) A "large" per chapter reservoir of downloadable content for use with many hands-on lessons including some great full Assemblies. 39 fun filled Chapters covering virtually every nook and cranny of the software, it's strengths and weaknesses and how to leverage each function in a way that improves efficiency while building in Part and Assembles protection from the start. ( See notes below )

Cons:- One Star

A.) As I wade through Chapter 14, I have found that downloaded tutorial content references may or may not always correspond to the written textual references, so the tutorial modeling content files are there but may be named slightly differently.

B.) Searching within the corresponding Chapter content will eventually reveal the files, and as a bonus far more than is mentioned directly. This particular circumstance is proving to be a frustrating aspect of an otherwise very useful reference.

C:) Also there are chapters where similar or the same assemblies, parts etc. have corresponding but seemingly redundant Chapter content, however each iteration focuses on specific relevant tasks. This has created confusion, but again some patience is worth the increased proficiency.

Tips - I downloaded all of the content (*.ZIP) files into one folder entitled Solidworks 2013 Bible. This has to be done one at a time unfortunately if you purchased the Kindle Version which does not include the referenced DVD. I then expand each corresponding Chapter content, one at a time, to a project folder, and then finally populate Workgroup PDM on a Server, creating a living reference of sorts.

Well worth the price even with the aforementioned peculiarities. This Manual may help deter any reader from throwing the entire computer and software out the nearest window otherwise. Go from NOOB to Ninja in only 39 Chapters full of CAD excitement and intrigue published in beautiful Times Roman typeface! heh heh :-)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I coudn't reproduce easily the tutorials. 29 Sept. 2013
By Mec. Engineer. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have many years of experience learning all kind of software but I couldn't finish this book.
At page 147 I gave up after struggling with every single tutorial. The explanations are not clear at all.

After I watched some videos covering the basic funcionality in solidworks I could replicate the tutorial easily.

Better buy video tutorials.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A "Must Have" for me 7 May 2013
By Don Arthur - Published on Amazon.com
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The Solid Works Bible is just that. I don't read it cover to cover, I use it to find out how to do certain things that I am unfamiliar with. This guy's depth of knowledge is incredible and he has a very readable style of writing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Could be more better 11 Oct. 2013
By Tom Gose - Published on Amazon.com
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It needs better tutorial index, and examples of commands prompts. It difficult because of it's size, it takes awhile to look stuff.
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