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SolidWorks Basics: A Project Based Approach, 1st Edition

  • Fred Fulkerson
  • ISBN-10: 083113593X
  • ISBN-13: 9780831135935
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

This illustrated handbook provides a complete course, taking readers step-by-step through the basic operations of SolidWorks. Written by an expert of this versatile program, it reveals how SolidWorks, a full two-way parametric design tool, can be used to create fluid models with myriad features. It can be used in virtually any setting, from four-year engineering community colleges and vocational/technical schools to industrial training centers. As a well-designed self-study manual, it also serves as a how-to reference for on the job use.


  • Explores how parts are broken down into logical features that are sketched and then extruded, revolved, swept, or lofted, and how features (holes, fillets, chamfers, and patterns) are placed onto a pre-existing part.

  • Illustrates how to add or subtract part features from the base body of a part, how to ensure dimensional changes update in the model and associated files, and how to geometrically link features to maintain parallel surfaces and relational dimensions.

  • Shows how to identify the physical properties of a model and animate the model showing its complete functioning within the assembly model.

  • Explains creating photorealistic images using PhotoWorks from parts or assembly to visualize the finished product

  • Reveals how to export individual parts to other programs to aid in applications such as machining or air flow analysis.

About the Author

Fred Fulkerson

Fred Fulkerson graduated from the Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario and from Conestoga College, General Machining program. He is a red seal certified General Machinist and is a certified Mastercam and SolidWorks instructor. He has been teaching for 15 years, the last nine at Conestoga College. He is currently a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department. Fulkerson lives just south of Cambridge, Ontario with his wife, triplet teenage daughters, two cats, two rabbits, a pond of gold fish and a Bassett hound. Any comments or suggestions about this book may be emailed to

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Basic Sketching
Chapter 3: Custom Templates
Chapter 4: Lego™ Minions™—Part I: Designing
Chapter 5: Design Tables with Excel
Chapter 6: Heat Sink
Chapter 7: Lego Minions—Part 2: Assemblies
Chapter 8: Lego Minions—Part 3: Drawing
Chapter 9: Lego Minions—Part 4: Revisions
Chapter 10: Bar Puller
Chapter 11: Bar Puller—Drawings
Chapter 12: Center Jig—Parts
Chapter 13: Center Jig—Assembly
Chapter 14: Turkey Call