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Many introductory CAD tutorials focus only on the software and train students to be skilled CAD operators. This book also places equal emphasis on creating engineering drawings that comply with accepted design standards. Although much effort and resources have been expended in technologies that reduce or eliminate the need for paper drawings, most organization still depend on engineering drawings in paper or electronic form.

Engineering drawings still are the most important means of communication between the design and manufacturing functions. They are also necessary for the maintenance and repair of consumer and industrial product as varied as automobiles, airplanes, earth moving equipment and cruise ships. Lastly, engineering drawings are legal documents and commonly used to determine and apportion fault in product liability lawsuits. Every engineering and manufacturing professional must be proficient at creating, understanding and using engineering drawings.

Target Audience

This book is written primarily for classroom instruction at the high school, vocational and college level. With that audience in mind, SolidWorks commands are introduced while designing a skateboard.

Experienced CAD professionals that want to learn SolidWorks on their own will also find the book useful. The book is organized in a way that allows experienced users to easily find and learn the commands needed to customize SolidWorks, and to create solid models, assemblies and drawings.


Our goal is to provide you with the tools to participate in the ongoing manufacturing revolution based on rapid prototyping. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the enabling tool that allows rapid prototyping. CAD is also the most effective tool to communicate design ideas. Our SolidWorks courses teach you to use one of the most popular and powerful software programs. It takes a long time to have command of a complicated software like SolidWorks, but if you follow our sequence of courses beginning with Introduction to SolidWorks you will gain expertise and confidence in a short time.