Recapping the 3D Scanning Event

Last week, I attended the 3D Scanning & Factory Design event in Louisville, hosted by Advanced Solutions. I would have to say, I enjoyed the presentation and learned some new things.

 Ed Martin, a Business Development Manager from Autodesk, touched on the benefits for a factory system integrator to use scanned data instead of hand measurements from the factory floor. One thing I learned from Ed was that the life cycle of an integrated system has four stages: Plan > Design > Install > Operate. The other item I learned from Ed is that the majority of the life cycle is spent in the Operate stage due to changes to the system.

Next, Steve Fudge from FARO showed the group how simple and easy it was to take 3D scanned data and use it with Autodesk ReCap Pro. Steve began by using the FARO Focus 3D laser scanner to scan the current room. He told us that the scanner has the capability to use a wireless connection, in order to receive scanned data files on a PC. After scanning the r…

Using Sketch Blocks to Create Assemblies

There are many ways to create assemblies within Autodesk Inventor. One technique is bottom-up designing, where you create each part independently of the assembly or other components. After all components are created they are brought together for the first time in the assembly. Using this technique, none of the design intent is shared between the components that make up the total design.

Autodesk® 3ds Max® & Max Design® 2014 - System requirements

3ds Max 2014 is supported on the following 64-bit operating systems and at a minimum requires a system with the following 64-bit specifications: 

Windows® 8 or Windows® 7 64-bit Professional operating system 64-bit Intel or AMD multi core processor 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended) 4.5 GB free disk space for installation 3-button mouse Latest version of Microsoft® Internet Explorer®, Apple® Safari®, or Mozilla® Firefox® web browser Refer to the Recommended Hardware Wizard for a complete list of recommended systems and graphics cards Autodesk is not responsible for errors or failures of Autodesk software arising from the installation of updates, extensions or new releases issued by third-party hardware or software vendors for the qualified software or hardware identified in this document (or for any other third party software or hardware that you may use in connection with Autodesk products).

 "With great power comes great responsibility." - Ben Parker

Create Points and Curves from Spreadsheets

Recently, I was doing some custom training for a OEM part supplier that designs and manufactures custom coil springs as well the tooling for the custom springs.

One of their processes is to generate a spreadsheet that will contain defined coordinate points to be used to generate a spring or coil shape. The coordinates of a point are a set of numbers that define its exact location on a three-dimensional plane. These points are found in what is called the Cartesian coordinate system.

Once this spreadsheet is generated they now need to create a 3D part model from these points using Autodesk Inventor. In the following video I will demonstrate how to bring in a spreadsheet of points and use them to create 3D geometry. 

"With great power comes great responsibility." - Ben Parker.

Autodesk Inventor - Creating Simple Surfaces

Some users of Inventor get a little anxious when they hear the phase, "create a surface with Inventor". Well never fear, if you can create a extrusion, revolve, sweep, or loft then you can create a surface.

A surface can be created with either a open or closed sketch profile. You also can create a surface from a single sketch or multiple sketches.

To create a simple surface that is linear you can just create a 2d sketch and then create some sort of curve. After the curve is created, then click finish sketch and select the Extrude tool. If you notice in the mini toolbar the Surface option is already select for you. This is because you have an open profile. To complete the creation of a surface, just enter your distance and select the check box.

If you want to create a surface from a closed profile then you will need to change the Solid option within the Extrude command to Surface.

The Extrude command is not the only tools that has the Surface option. You can find it on many t…

Creating Behaviors - Autodesk Showcase

It seems today that more and more marketing departments are asking Engineers to more and more with their 3D models. Marketing departments like pretty pictures that they can use in magazines and brochures. But these same people fall in love when you can make the animations from your models.

In the following video, I show you how to create animations with Autodesk Showcase.

"With great power comes great responsibility." - Ben Parker

Autodesk Showcase - Creating Alternates

Autodesk Showcase is a software that can improve the art of good communication. Especially when coming from the engineering team to their customers. Whether these customers reside inside or outside the organization. 
One tool that can make better decisions is the ability to create alternate lineups. These lineups come in three flavors: Model, Material and Positional.
Model alternate lineups will help focus on particular design aspects of the 3D model. This is done by hiding or display certain models within the graphics area. For example, you might have a wrist watch that may have the same face but may have different bands. 
Material alternate lineups allows you to assign different textures (materials) to one or more models then be able to switch alternatives quickly to review the material choices. If we use the wrist watch example, the band could be leather and that leather's color could be brown, black or white.
Positional alternate lineups will give you the option to move your…