Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual FAST START

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For all CAD (computer aided design), Design, and Mechanical Drawing courses. Designed to provide fast and easy learning of the extensive capabilities of the Mechanical Desktop designing program software, this text/tutorial features a "Visual Fast Start" and "for more information" format for each topic-together with practice drawings-and covers the full range of topics, including the "power pack" and "FEA" (finite element analysis). Both instructors and students will become productive with the software much faster than with conventional texts-allowing more time for designing and less time simply learning commands.

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Mechanical Desktop 6 Visual Fast Start covers the newest release of Mechanical Desktop, but is also compatible with earlier releases. Teaching from the command entry and icon formats makes this text easy to follow and will have you up and running with MDT quickly. The text also includes coverage of Mechanical Desktop PowerPack and Internet tools.

This highly visual text includes the following features:

  • A handy learning CD with video training clips for each of the chapter topics
  • Easy to follow step-by-step command sequence procedures
  • Numerous illustrations and screen captures make the learning sequences easy to follow
  • Chapter-ending drawing projects reinforce your learning
  • Covers the steps for creating models and assemblies
  • Includes the use of the "PowerPack" pre-modeled hardware components
  • Addresses FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and Solid Mass Properties commands
  • Covers Internet tools that are now an integral part of Mechanical Desktop

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With today's incredible technological pace, even the most dedicated technologist has a constant feeling of "running uphill" when it comes to learning new software. There is so much to learn and so little time. We know we need to learn the new software, we know all the promises this new technology has to offer, but when can we possibly dedicate the necessary time? This is where Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual Fast Start comes in.

Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual Fast Start is exactly what the name implies, a highly visual, very fast method of learning. You will find that this text works like your own learning process, visually! As you read, your mind develops pictures. These pictures develop into concepts, and your mind then attempts to translate them into steps or processes. This process takes time and can make the learning process difficult and painfully slow. With Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual Fast Start we speed this process by going directly to the visual stages of learning. We provide the visual steps that are necessary to make learning complex topics easy and actually fun to learn. Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual Fast Start uses carefully laid out step-by-step processes and pictures of the concepts. You will not only learn faster, but will also absorb more details and get the full benefit the software has to offer.

Each chapter of Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual Fast Start has 3 parts:

  • A brief process explanation and step-by-step tutorial
  • A section entitled "For a deeper understanding about"
  • "Real-world" practice drawing projects

The tutorials will give you the initial jolt of understanding, whereas the "For a deeper understanding about" section will satisfy that need for detail once the concept is mastered. The finishing touches are added as you practice the "real world" projects at the end of each chapter. Each of these sections is designed to make learning Mechanical Desktop fast, easy, and FUN! Whether you are a new student to Computer-Aided Design software, or a long-time veteran, Mechanical Desktop 6: Visual Fast Start will prove you really can conquer the new and complex design software.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Special thanks are due to the "wizards" at Autodesk who continue to amaze us with better, faster, and easier to use Computer-Aided Design software tools. I would also like to acknowledge the reviewers of this book: Lou Moegenburg, University of Wisconsin, Stout Campus, and David Steinhauer, Tidewater Community College (VA).

Also, thanks to Jon, James, Reese, Aimee, and my wife Sally for all their patience and love.

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