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Part I: Laying the Groundwork.
Chapter 1: Understanding Basic Concepts.
Chapter 2: Surfacing Primer.
Part II: Understanding the Tools.
Chapter 3: Sketching with Splines.
Chapter 4: Sketching in 3D.
Chapter 5: Creating Curves.
Chapter 6: Using the Primary Shape Creation Features.
Chapter 7: Using Advanced Fillets.
Chapter 8: Shelling.
Part III: Using Secondary, Management, and Evaluation Tools.
Chapter 9: Using Secondary Shape Creation Features.
Chapter 10: Working with Hybrid Features.
Chapter 11: Managing Surfaces.
Chapter 12: Using Direct Editing Tools.
Chapter 13: Managing Bodies.
Chapter 14: Evaluating Geometry.
Part IV: Using Specialized Techniques.
Chapter 15: Modeling a Ladle.
Chapter 16: Modeling a Trowel .
Chapter 17: Modeling Blends.
Chapter 18: Modeling a Plastic Bottle.
Chapter 19: Modeling Decorative Features.
Chapter 20: Modeling Overmolded Geometry.
Chapter 21: Working from Digitized Data.
Chapter 22: Using Master Model Techniques.
Chapter 23: Post-Processing Data.
Posted July 21, 2008
The book states that you'll learn how to apply concepts, utilize tools, and combine techniques and strategies in hands-on tutorials. Sounds good, but it does not deliver. There is a lot of theory and very few tutorials. Use SolidWorks help and their tutorials. They are more informative. The author failed on several points: sloppy, poor layout, bad writing style, and too much copied information from SolidWorks tutorials.
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Posted May 29, 2009
I am really enjoying this book and it is loaded with good information. I will be getting the SolidWorks Bible 2009 also. I wanted to get this one as I am focusing on splines and surfacing right now. It is the area of SolidWorks that I am weakest. I have been using SolidWorks for 10 years and am a Certified SolidWorks Professional. The book does not have step by step but I believe this is more about theory than the how to. With surfacing it is more about what the tools are and why you use them.
The book has good information about surfacing and the why, when and how to use the tools needed. It also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each one.
Great job Matt!