Animation had always been an interesting thing for me and I keep on doing experiment with animation in SolidWorks. SolidWorks has recently come up with its new version of “Creating Animations with SolidWorks step-by-step”. And when I was asked for reviewing the book I was full of joy as this will be my first chance to learn more about the animation from a step by step guide.
The book contains 35 easy-to-understand tutorials and practice exercises, each building upon the previous lesson. The best thing is that everything has been explained via step by step, enhancing your skills on SolidWorks animation as you progress from simple to more complex animations. There are case studies and practices files included at the end of each chapter to make your grip more stronger on animation and revise what you have learned through out the chapter. Total 536 pages book which also include DVD-ROM containing files (SolidWorks 2010 version) for tutorials and practice exercises. The book costing $89.95 can be order via SolidWorks online store.
The quick overview is that it’s a good book every SW animation beginner or who wants to enhance his/her skill with animation, should have this book as there is lot of stuff to try and learn. I’ll be posting more about the book as I progress with the chapters blogs. You can also learn more about the book on Gabi Jack and Rob Rodriguez blogs
Chapter 1: Explains what is Animation, why it is required and how to create it. And what different types of Animations can be created with SolidWorks Animator.
Chapter 2: Explains easy steps on creating simple animation and get you started with animation. Also discusses on saving the animation.
Chapter 3: Explains editing the timeline and key points.
Chapter 4: Explains creating/editing and tweaking the view orientations. Also explains use of perspective view.