Mastering Mechanical Desktop Release 3: Surface, Parametric and Assembly Modeling / Edition 1

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Cheng's MECHANICAL DESKTOP® R3, SURFACE, PARAMETRIC, AND ASSEMBLY MODELING, covers the four design tools of Mechanical Desktop® using a step-by-step approach to give readers proficiency in using Mechanical Desktop® R3. The author uses examples from a variety of applications, which show how Mechanical Desktop® is used to design actual products. Careful attention to pedagogical devices such as chapter objectives, aims and overviews at the beginning of each chapter, as well as chapter summaries and exercises makes Cheng's step-by-step method simple to use in introductory Engineering/Design courses in universities, community colleges and technical institutes. Cheng's book also complements introductory AutoCAD® texts such as Cheng's Mastering AutoCAD® R14 (Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning 2000) and is a comprehensive reference for people using Mechanical Desktop on a daily basis.

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Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) applies Mechanical Desktop to construct non-uniform rational b-spline (NURBS) surface models and 3D parametric engineering designs, to construct an assembly from a set of solid parts, and to output 2D engineering drawings. Examples from a variety of applications demonstrate how to use the program to design actual products. Prior proper installation of the program is assumed. An appendix offers a brief explanation of all the commands. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534957605
  • Publisher: CL Engineering
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Series: General Engineering Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 727
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron K.C. Cheng is head of the Engineering Design and Appreciation Unit of the Industrial Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has over thirty years of experience in the area of teaching and practical training. He is responsible for the centre's computer aided design, automobile engineering, and integrative project training. For the past ten years Mr. Cheng has designed and initiated the integrative project training programs which are now widely implemented in the centre's undergraduate and graduate practical training programs. His area of specialization is the application of various computer aided design tools, including finite element analysis tools and product data management tools and he is now working on several integrative automotive projects building three wheel cars as well as four wheel electric cars. In addition to teaching and training, Mr. Cheng has written nineteen books, including books on AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/Desktop, Rhinoceros, and SmartSketch. He has also published a series of paper automata. Mr. Cheng has earned the following Degrees: ACP, LCP, Master of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree.

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION Engineering Design Tools / Mechanical Desktop Application Window / Command Interaction / Key Points and Exercises 2. NURBS SURFACE MODELING Surface Modeling Concepts / Wire Construction Tools / Surface Modeling Preferences / Infant Toy Project / Joy Pad Project / Desktop Visualization Tools / Mobile Phone Project / Surface Modeling Utilities / Operation on Solids / Scale Model Car Project 1 / Scale Model Car Project 2 / Key Points and Exercises 3. PARAMETRIC SOLID MODELING Parametric Solid Modeling Concepts / Part Modeling Preferences / Multi-Part and Single-Part Drawings / Sketching Approach - Extrude / Sketching Approach - Revolve / Sketching Approach - Sweep / Sketching Approach - Loft / Sketching Approach - Split Face / The Desktop Browser / Building-Block Approach / Design Variables and Table-Driven Parts / Split and Combine / Part Modeling Utilities / Key Points and Exercises 4. ASSEMBLY MODELING Assembly Modeling Concepts / Assembly Modeling Preferences / Design Approaches / Assemblies / Combining / Scenes, Exploded Views, and Scene Preferences / Assembly Modeling Utilities / Key Points and Exercises 5. ASSOCIATIVE DRAFTING Associative Drafting Concepts / Standard Practice and Drafting Preferences / Associative Engineering Drawings / Annotations, Dimensions and Symbols / Key Points and Exercises / APPENDIX / QUICK REFERENCE / INDEX

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