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The Elements of Mechanical Design

James G. Skakoon
James G. Skakoon
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Engineers and designers use graphical representations for two important purposes:

1. As an aid to thinking

2. For communicating design ideas

There are two traditional types of graphical representation: orthographic projection and perspective drawing. Three-dimensional (3d) solid models have become a third type of graphical representation, and have largely replaced the other two for designing mechanical assemblies, both as a thinking and a communication tool.

Let's be truthful. 3D solid modeling is how mechanical design is done. Not every step of the way, and not by everybody, but it is the predominant tool for defining geometry during mechanical design. The advantages are overwhelming: exceptional visualization, continuity of effort, and simple, unambiguous communication.

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