A Tutorial Guide to Mechanical Desktop 5 Powerpack : An Introduction to Modeling for Engineering Design / Edition 1

A Tutorial Guide to Mechanical Desktop 5 Powerpack : An Introduction to Modeling for Engineering Design / Edition 1

by Shawna Lockhart, Cindy M. Johnson
     
 

This tutorial provides a step-by-step introduction to the 3D modeling process and Mechanical Desktop 5, a powerful parametric 3D modeler for desktop computers. Novice modelers as well as those who have experience with AutoCAD or another 2D CAD program will experience the power of Mechanical Desktop as they complete parts assemblies, and drawings for two complete… See more details below

Overview

This tutorial provides a step-by-step introduction to the 3D modeling process and Mechanical Desktop 5, a powerful parametric 3D modeler for desktop computers. Novice modelers as well as those who have experience with AutoCAD or another 2D CAD program will experience the power of Mechanical Desktop as they complete parts assemblies, and drawings for two complete projects. Early tutorials gets students started quickly with basic part modeling and drawing creation, then reinforce these basics as students progress with more advanced modeling activities that introduce part modification, assembly modeling, working drawings, intelligent models using design variables, and using the model for visualization and analysis. Optional sections also introduce the use of Mechanical Desktop 5's Power Pack features for standard parts. This guide's learn-by-doing approach will help anyone who wants to get started with Mechanical Desktop 5, and is perfect for independent study or for use in an engineering graphics or 3D modeling course.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130291493
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
06/08/2001
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter begins with Objectives and concludes with Command Summary and Exercises.)
Getting Started with Mechanical Desktop.

Introduction to the Tutorials. Configuring Windows for Mechanical Desktop. Mechanical Desktop Configuration for Tutorials. Microsoft Windows and Mechanical Desktop. Interacting with Mechanical Desktop. Mechanical Desktop Online Help. Working with Documents. Exiting Mechanical Desktop.

1. The Mechanical Desktop Workspace.
Overview of the Tutorials. Introduction to Parametric Modeling. Launch Mechanical Desktop. The Mechanical Desktop Workspace. The Browser and Parametric Modes. File Management and Save As. Making Changes in a Parametric Model/Assembly. Controlling Your View. Named Views. Clipping. Shading Modes. Toggle Shaded/Wireframe. Printing a Rendered View.

2. Simple Part Creation.
Introduction to Part Modeling. Starting a New Part File. First Decisions for Solid Models. Using 2D Sketching Commands. Creating a Profile. Constraining the Profile: Geometric First. Creating a Feature from a Sketch. Setting Properties in the Browser Window. Selecting a New Sketch Plane. Creating a Profile for the Second Feature. Adding a Colinear Constraint. Using List. Extruding a Feature with Join. Renaming Features. Projecting Sketch Geometry. Adding Placed Features. Modifying Features.

3. Making a Drawing.
Starting. Paper Space. Printer Area. Adding Multiple Views. Improving Drawing Appearance. Layers. Changing theText Style. Dimension Styles. Tolerances. Setting the Current Dimension Style. Adjusting Views. Pictorial Drawing Views. Editing Views. Printing Your Drawing. Bidirectional Associativity. Creating Layout2. Creating a Template File.

4. More Part Modeling.
Useful Commands for the Sketcher. Using Mirror. Using Erase. Using Hot Grips. Using Crossing to Select. Making the Profile. Extruding the Base Feature. Work Features. Sketching the Front View. Construction Lines. Using Dimension Command Options. Intersecting the Feature. Removing Material with an Extruded Cut. Sketching the Center Block with Rectangle. Adding the Holes. Adding a Work Plane for Assembly.

5. Modifying Parts.
Parent-Child Relationships. Investigating a Model. Redefining the Model: Editing a Feature. Redefining the Model: Editing a Profile. Using Undo with Parts. Reordering Features. Adding a New Feature. Creating a Pattern Feature. Using Feature Suppression.

6. Creating Revolved Parts and More Part Editing.
Setting Up the Modeling Environment. Sketching the Stopper Part. Revolving the Profile. Creating the Pin Part. Editing a Sketch to Append New Geometry. Object Snap Overrides. Starting a New Part from an Existing One. Editing a Feature. Adding a Work Axis. Creating the Bolt. Using Polygon. Using Dimension Option: Angle, Align, Placement. Changing the Default Extrusion Direction. Adding the Chamfer.

7. Creating an Assembly.
Launching Mechanical Desktop 5 Power Pack. Starting a New Assembly. Assembling the Jack Parts. The Assembly Catalog. Assembly Constraints. Editing Constraints. Inserting the Bolt. Adding Stock Parts (Power Pack). Viewing the Assembly. Analyzing the Model. Activating and Editing a Part. Mass Properties. Localizing the Assembly's Parts.

8. Working Drawings from Models & Assemblies.
Starting. Creating a Layout for the Assembly Drawing. Exploded Assembly Drawing. Adding a Parts List. Adding a Shaded Image. Dimensioned Part Drawing. Notes. Moving a Drawing View. Specifying Tolerance. Adding a Section View.

9. “Smarter” Parts & Better Assemblies.
Using a Part Template. Sweeping the Side Rail. Using Equations in Dimensions. Creating a Smart Assembly. Modeling a Local Part within the Assembly. Creating a New Instance of a Local Part. Creating the Tray Part. Shelled Features. Exporting a Local Part. Adding the Caster Subassembly.

10. Getting Results from Your Intelligent Assembly.
Table-Driven Parts. Creating Active Part Design Variables. Creating a Table-Driven Part. Changing the Sketch to Use the Design Variables. Displaying a Table-Driven Part Configuration. Defining Global Design Variables. Creating a Table-Driven Assembly. Editing a Table of Variables. Mass Properties.

Appendix A. Command Reference.
Appendix B. Glossary.
Index.

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