Whether you are a new user of SolidWorks or a professional who wants to improve your skills, this book was written for you. Learning any software can be difficult at times. You launch the software for the first time, and you feel overwhelmed, not knowing how to even start a new document. In 3D CAD programs, it can be especially difficult. Many times a whole new vocabulary and a whole new creative environment are introduced.
In this book, you will learn how to use the software—it covers everything from what you see when you open SolidWorks for the first time to 3D solid modeling and to how to create high-resolution renderings of the desk-top lamp that you will create by following the examples. With plain-English step-by-step tutorials, you will create 3D parts, assemblies, and drawings. Not only will you learn how to create models and drawings, but you will be introduced to some of the reasons why certain techniques are used and how to put them to use in your daily job.
As with previous releases, SolidWorks 2010 has introduced many new tools and commands to make your daily life easier. You will be introduced to the new tools in parts, assemblies, and drawings, including the new mouse gesture support, the changes to reference planes, the Dimension Palette in drawings, and many more. You will also learn how to create various templates and how to customize your workspace, all meant to increase your productivity. Although many of the more advanced modeling techniques are not covered in this book, any level of user will still be able to find something new about the software.
At the end of it all, you’ll use the model of the lamp to create photorealistic renderings using the newly updated PhotoView 360. In 2010, PhotoView 360 was updated with even more tools to create renderings rivaling that of PhotoWorks. With new ways of controlling scenes, support for background images and custom environments, and new camera effects, you can create images that bring your models to life. As with all the chapters in the book, you will learn how to create your own images with step-by-step tutorials.