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Gain a first-hand understanding of computer modeling concepts as you discover the secrets of using Mechanical Desktop 6 to construct 3D parametric solid parts, generate assemblies, produce 3D NURBS-based surface models, and output 2D engineering drawings! New from Autodesk Press, Maximizing Autodesk Mechanical Desktop is a must" for mechanical engineers and engineering students alike. Unlike cookbook-style tutorials, this book propels readers to an understanding of computer-aided design theory while offering in-depth instruction in the whys and hows of using Mechanical Desktop to save time and enhance productivity. The first chapter begins with an overview of computer modeling concepts, explains how 3D objects are represented on computer, and introduces readers to the Mechanical Desktop 6 user interface (including use of the desktop browser). Using carefully engineered examples and exercises, subsequent chapters lead readers through the ins and outs of each of the four Mechanical Desktop modules: part modeling, assembly modeling, surface modeling, and engineering drafting. Instruction in converting AutoCAD solids to Mechanical Desktop solids, editing static base solid features by leveraging AutoCAD solid editing tools, and using the feature exchange add-on is also included to empower readers with the expertise needed to fully exploit the power of their software.
1 Computer Modeling Overview Computer Modeling Concepts Using Mechanical Desktop Options Summary Review Questions 1 2 Parametric Sketching Overview Parametric Sketching Concepts Options Constructing Parametric Sketch Desktop Browser Sketching Techniques Summary Projects Review Questions 25 3 Part Modeling I Overview Visualization Sketched Features: Extrude, Revolve, and Bend Boolean Operations Editing Mass Properties Attributes Summary Projects Review Questions 57 4 Part Modeling II Overview Work Features Sketched Features: Rib, Sweep, and Loft Placed Features: Hole, Thread, Fillet, Chamfer, Shell, and Pattern Summary Projects Review Questions 103 5 Assembly Modeling Overview Assembly Modeling Concepts Design Approaches Manipulating Assembly and Component Definitions Analysis Assembly Options Summary Projects Review Questions 201 6 Assembly Scene Overview Assembly Scene Concepts Scene Exploded Views Trail Lines Scene Manipulation Scene Options Summary Projects Review Questions 253 7 Surface Modeling I Overview Surface Modeling Concepts NURBS Surface Construction NURBS Surface Editing 3D Wires Construction 3D Wires Editing Utilities Surface Modeling Options Visibility Summary Projects Review Questions 271 8 Surface Modeling II Overview Surface Modeling Tools Summary Projects Review Questions 357 9 Part Modeling III Overview Surface Cut Combination of Solid Parts Part Splitting Face Draft Face Splitting Design Variables Scale Mirror Make Base Part Convert AutoCAD Solid Base Feature Editing Solid Part Export Feature Exchange Collaboration Summary Projects Review Questions 451 10 Engineering Drafting I Overview Engineering Drafting Concepts Engineering Drawing Construction Engineering Drawing Views Annotations Drawing Export Summary Projects Review Questions 525 11 Engineering Drafting II Overview Assembly Drawing Construction Annotations Summary Projects Review Questions 603