Mechanical Desktop 5.0 Update Guide / Edition 1

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Mechanical Desktop 5 Update Guide is the authoritative manual for Mechanical Desktop users seeking to take full advantage of the new features and functions of this latest release. This clear, concise handbook combines modular chapters and carefully engineered hands-on exercises to put readers on a direct path to maximizing the power of this popular 3D, parametric design tool. Coverage of topics such as Internet-enabled design, surface design, design productivity, modeling features, and Power Pack—which includes pre-drawn standard 2D and 3D parts and intelligent parts placement—is included and provides a cost-effective way for users of earlier releases to update their technical skills quickly. Keywords: Mechanical Desktop
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766834699
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Product Background IX
Requirements IX
Basics of 3D Modeling X
Terms and Phrases X
Overview of Part Creation X
Toolbars XIV
Book's Intent XIV
Special Sections XV
Book Notations XV
Tutorial Exercises XV
Files Included on the CD XVI
Acknowledgments XVI
About the Author XVII
Dedications XVII
Chapter 1 General Feature Enhancements I
Select Multiple Features in the Browser 1
Apply Color to Features 2
Transparent 3D Orbit 3
Control Ambient and Direct Lighting 4
New Termination Options for Extrude, Revolve and Sweep Features 7
Face Selection for Placed Features 8
Creating Design Variables in Process 9
Tutorial 1-1 General Feature Enhancements 10
Review Questions 16
Chapter 2 Sketching and Modeling Enhancements 17
Creating Text-Based Sketches 17
Creating Text-Based Features 19
Open Profile Features 20
Creating Rib Features using Open Profiles 21
Creating Bend Features using Open Profiles 25
Creating Open Profiles for Thin Extrusion Features 29
Editing Open Profiles 32
Creating and Editing Pattern Features 32
Tutorial 2-1 Text Sketch, Text Feature, Open Profiles and Rib Features 39
Tutorial 2-2 Open Profiles and Bend Features 43
Tutorial 2-3 Open Profiles and Thin Extrusion Features 46
Tutorial 2-4 Pattern Features 48
Tutorial 2-5 Axial Features 51
Review Questions 54
Chapter 3 Assembly Modeling Enhancements 55
Moving Parts Between Local and External Subassemblies 55
How Constraints are Handled when Restructuring Assemblies 57
How to Reorder Parts in Assemblies 58
Local and External Subassemblies Visibility 59
Tutorial 3-1 Assembly Modeling Enhancements 61
Review Questions 64
Chapter 4 Drawing Manager Enhancements 65
Active Part Selection in Scene Mode 65
Dimension to Arc-Shaped Splines 66
Power Dimension with Object Snaps 67
Move Multiple Dimensions 67
Viewport Enhancements 69
Create Non-Rectangular Viewports for Detail Views 69
Export Views to Multiple Formats 72
Tutorial 4-1 Drawing Manager Enhancements 73
Review Questions 78
Chapter 5 Web Based Enhancements 79
Navigate the Mcad Today Window 79
Web Based Functions 80
Find Software Updates 81
Find Discussion Groups 82
Review Questions 84
Chapter 6 Introduction to the Power Pack 85
Creating 3D Holes 86
Fasteners 90
Screw Connections 96
Shaft Generator 101
Steel Shapes 112
Power Commands 115
Tutorial 6-1 Creating Holes with the Power Pack 120
Tutorial 6-2 Fasteners 122
Tutorial 6-3 Screw Connections 124
Tutorial 6-4 Shaft Generator 126
Tutorial 6-5 Steel Shapes 128
Review Questions 131
Index 133
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