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Not good for learning parametric modeling
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
I read this entire workbook and did every single exercise cover to cover. I am simultaneously taking a parametric modeling course at my local community college. I do not recommend this book to those who seek to learn how to perform parametric modeling or how to make precise mechanical functional parts. At best, you'll get a surface familiarity with Fusion 360 and you could probably make some aesthetic art models that do not require precise measurements. For example, the car phone assembly exercise "eyeballs" some critical measurements such as the size of the ball socket and the stem slots, but these sizes are critical to functionality of the device. At the end of the exercise, you end up creating something that looks functional, but actually is not because of the lack of precise measurements. Many critical exercise steps in the book also lack adequate explanation or substeps. Compared to my parametric modeling class, this book runs the risk of giving you bad CAD drafting habits, especially for functional modeling. I wish there was more in-depth explanation of the various commands and some good habits and tips for industry-grade CAD designs.
I have had better luck with the CAD textbooks from SDC Publishing, such as "Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360." They are more thorough and provide a deeper understanding of the software.