Chapter 1. Getting Started

1.1 Introduction

As the preface indicates, this book is written with a focus on achieving CAD design and modeling, and CAM modeling and manufacturing tasks instead of on SolidWorks, its menu/tree structure, and syntax. Of course, we do explain SolidWorks in detail and show how to use it to accomplish these tasks. In other words, we cover SolidWorks as a powerful design and manufacturing system, rather than a software program. This approach makes the reader engaged and eager to learn SolidWorks.

This book does not require prior knowledge of SolidWorks or the CAD and CAM subject matters. Contrary to its name, the book takes a student with no background in CAD and CAM modeling and gradually and systematically builds ...

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