Designing CAD models in 3D is hugely beneficial for visualization and avoiding interferences. While we design in 3D in AutoCAD, we are limited to 2D screen shots (unless a DWG viewer is downlaoded) to share with our clients. Microstation by default has the ability to "print" a model to a 3D PDF (a trick I … Continue reading Convert AutoCAD models to 3D PDF
This spool holder has seen some miles in the last year and I noticed it had cracked and miraculously still holding on! So I went back to the drawing board! I had originally found this on thingiverse.com but I redesigned for narrower spools. (I can't help myself, I have to tweak everything somehow!) In this … Continue reading Spool Holder Redesign
More designing and 3D printing! I was worried about my ink bottles falling over and leaking everywhere so I jumped on Fusion360! While I was at it I added a convenient home for the syringes too. If you closely you can see where the handle broke off of the rack and I'll have to beef it … Continue reading 3D Printed Ink Rack
I can only imagine how much time was involved with prototyping in the past with sketches, drawings, and verifying measurements... Now it's as simple as creating a model, hitting print, then test fitting it! As you can see in the pics above 3D printing has high accuracy!
The customer here wanted an embossing tool with her own logo. So I removed the original plates, grabbed an image of her logo, and jumped into Fusion360 and came up with this design to print on my 3D printer! As with any new designs there are trial runs, which I benefit from 3D printing in house … Continue reading Custon Embossing Plates
I wanted to be able to hand out USB Drives with my portfolio with a unique cover. The choice was obvious, custom 3D printed covers! I found some drives on Amazon, cracked the case and reverse engineered it, and designed my own case.
Using 3D models is much easier to visualize than the old 2D dwgs. I knew that I definitely wanted this feature in my website but since I'm not a web coder I needed 3D modeling for dummies! After some research I found that SketchFab works great with WordPress! First you upload a 3D model to … Continue reading Add 3D Models to WordPress!
I finally got Inventor installed and ran through the tutorials and tried a "real world" test run. It is very similar to Fusion360 and adds quite a few bells and whistles. The shaft and worm gear wizards we very impressive and are huge time savers!