This senior undergraduate level textbook is written for Advanced Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, as well as CAD/CAM courses. Its goal is to assist students in colleges and universities, designers, engineers, and professionals interested in using SolidWorks as the design and 3D printing tool for emerging manufacturing technology for practical applications. This textbook will bring a new dimension to SolidWorks by introducing readers to the role of SolidWorks in the relatively new manufacturing paradigm shift, known as 3D-Printing which is based on Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology.

This new textbook:

  • Features modeling of complex parts and surfaces
  • Provides a step-by-step tutorial type approach with pictures showing how to model using SolidWorks
  • Offers a user-Friendly approach for the design of parts, assemblies, and drawings, motion-analysis, and FEA topics
  • Includes clarification of connections between SolidWorks and 3D-Printing based on Additive Manufacturing
  • Discusses a clear presentation of Additive Manufacturing for Designers using SolidWorks CAD software

"Introduction to SolidWorks: A Comprehensive Guide with Applications in 3D Printing" is written using a hands-on approach which includes a significant number of pictorial descriptions of the steps that a student should follow to model parts, assemble parts, and produce drawings.

section 1|398 pages

Introductory Engineering Design Principles with SolidWorks

chapter 1|27 pages


chapter 2|21 pages

Geometric Construction Tools

chapter 3|68 pages


chapter 4|36 pages

Part Modeling—CSWA Preparations

chapter 5|85 pages

Advanced Part Modeling—CSWA Preparations

chapter 6|45 pages

Creating Revolved, Swept, and Lofted Parts

chapter 7|24 pages

Part Modeling with Equation-Driven Curves

chapter 8|31 pages

Assembly Modeling—CSWA Preparations

section 2|201 pages

Intermediate Engineering Design Principles with SolidWorks

chapter 11|32 pages

Top–Down Design

chapter 12|33 pages

Surface Modeling

chapter 13|63 pages

Toolboxes and Design Libraries

chapter 14|10 pages

Animation with Basic Motion

chapter 15|19 pages

Animation with SolidWorks Motion

chapter 16|7 pages


section 3|429 pages

Engineering Design Practice with SolidWorks

chapter 17|15 pages

Mold Design

chapter 18|26 pages

Sheet Metal Parts—I

chapter 19|103 pages

Sheet Metal Parts—II

chapter 20|25 pages


chapter 21|10 pages

Routings in Piping and Tubing

chapter 22|41 pages

Power Transmission Elements

chapter 23|18 pages

Cam Design

chapter 24|16 pages

Mechanism Design Using Blocks

chapter 25|12 pages

Die Design

chapter 27|16 pages

Geneva Wheel Mechanism

chapter 28|11 pages

Event-Based Motion Analysis

chapter 29|11 pages

Electrical Routing

chapter 30|21 pages

Customized Internal and External Threads

chapter 31|11 pages

Sustainability Design for Parts

chapter 32|32 pages

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

chapter 33|18 pages

Evaluating the Cost of Machined Parts

chapter 34|21 pages

Finite Element Analysis Using SolidWorks

section 4|106 pages

Introductory 3D Printing

chapter 35|6 pages

Overview of Additive Manufacturing

chapter 39|10 pages

Building Tall Parts Using Surround Support

chapter 40|6 pages

Vacuum Forming

chapter 41|10 pages

Design for Assembly Manufacturing

chapter 42|21 pages

Design Guidelines for Advanced Build Options

chapter 43|11 pages

Design for Functionality