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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...

9. Use three-dimensional solid model layouts to find the best arrangement of parts and assemblies
10. Invert geometry to reveal new solutions
11. Build prototypes of everything—but not all at once
12. Separate strength from stiffness—and stiffness from strength
13. Never overlook buckling phenomena in parts and structures
14. Analyze and test for trends and relationships
15. Identify contingency plans to minimize risks in design
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