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SolidWorks® 2010 Bible by Matt Lombard

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Chapter 5. Using Visualization Techniques

In SolidWorks software, visualizing geometry is part of the overall mission of the software. Visualizing 3D CAD data is more than seeing shaded solids or shiny surfaces; it includes being able to see the interior and exterior at the same time and using sections, transparency, wireframe, and other tools. In AutoCAD, the visualization is entirely in your head. You have to imagine what the 3D looks like given the 2D views. SolidWorks takes it so much further than just being able to see things in 3D; you can look at some parts of an assembly in wireframe while others are transparent and others are opaque. You can see a part with a reflective appearance. You can create section views in parts and assemblies to visualize internal details.

My aim with this chapter is to show you important capabilities that will expand your SolidWorks knowledge, at the same time, provide some of the awe and wonder we sometimes experience while using incredible 3D tools to do actual work. I start with visualization tools and pass through to some more advanced visualizations tools and techniques. If I sound a little enthusiastic about this topic, it is because visualization ...

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