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Revit Architecture

Revit Architecture

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

RKO backlot main hotel views

RKO backlot main hotel views (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revit Architecture

Those of us who know anything about BIM or Building Information Modeling know how much of an oh-so-joyous happy dandy fun time Revit Architecture can be.  With its tendencies for the user to have to be highly accurate in the development of a structure without having the ability to adjust measurements manually, Revit can be an extremely time consuming and often excruciatingly painstaking program to design fully developed construction in.

Rendering can be a whole other monster to deal with in itself.  Any project with a significant amount of At the school where I learned my Revit skills, we have wonderful 2 core processor Dell desktops which pretty much are good for doing a percentage of the floor plan work and unless you have several hours to spare, then forget about rendering big projects.  Especially if animation or 3DS Max plug-ins are used, then you should really expect to be spending a significantly lengthy amount of time rendering your projects.

Of course, now we have cloud-based rendering with the experimental plug-in dubbed Project Neon, located on Autodesk Labs which is in the beta phases and allows for the user to render their images through their Autodesk account instead of locally through their own computers.  But rendering a project is still very time consuming and the use of your Autodesk account is not always available (at such places like certain schools).  It is because of the complexity of the program and the time it takes to create each individual aspect of the entire program that the program in its entirety is not always taken advantage of in the workplace.

Just imagine the incredible and beautifully polished 3D designs that could be showcased during potential project bids in any given circumstance if the software were to develop with simplified convenience in mind.  Nevertheless, Revit still is a remarkable program and it is improving dramatically by the year.  I hope to see the day when rooms are created and developed with much simpler methods and randomly generated components and furniture are brought into the program.  These improvements, including the ability to freely manipulate measurements would make Revit an excellent program to use regularly in the workplace.

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Sunday, January 8, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Reverse engineering has shown itself to be very noteworthy for most trades that require new or improved products.  Industry businesses were able to individually see the benefits of reverse engineering for digital correction and renew, restricted data acquisition, commercial product edit, military espionage, access restriction circumvention and educational purposes throughout the demonstration by ReverseEngineering.com of their newest products at SolidWorks World in San Antonio, Texas early this year.

The company offers savvy customers with reverse engineering add-ons, specifically the latest scanning direct in Solidworks product.  This application by ReverseEngineering.com is their initial product to be marketed with direct laser.

It might sound overly technical, but reverse engineering is actually being used by industries that are required to determine the exact geometry of a product, device or system, or how it works.  Simply told, the software provided by ReverseEngineering.com allows industries to analyze physical parts to comprehend its surface geometry.  After this is done, industries are able to modify or improve the design of such parts, or create a completely new piece with additional functionality.

Amid the trades that gain an advantage through ReverseEngineering.com’s scanning direct in Solidworks and other software include the Metal Fabrication, Aerospace, Military, Tool and Die and Automotive industries.†  Their new reverse engineering products in Solidworks were initially distributed at the convention and multiple prospective clients had an opportunity to test drive these products.

Reverse engineering has come a long way from the time since it was primarily utilized to provide military advantage to a certain sector.  New methods are seemingly being developed nowadays no longer just for military purposes but more importantly to provide documentation for parts that are incomplete or which would prove to be more helpful once updated.†

ReverseEngineering.com was founded in 1986 to answer the worldwide rising requirements for 3D engineering applications, Computer Aided Design software, systems for Computer Aided Manufacturing and other scanning devices.  Over the years, their product line has increased and improved, thanks to comments from clients and the modernization of the entire 3D capturing methodology.

Many engineers from all over the world receive assistance from reverse engineering and laser scanning.  For one, they are easily able to check on a model and resolve issues concerning assemblies and fitting.  These laser scanning machines permit engineers to obtain the dimensions of machine or any pieces extremely efficiently.

ReverseEngineering.com’s laser scanning application is highly in demand for utilization in part analyzing, tooling and mold certification and alignment in the Aerospace and Automotive industries.  The software is also highly used for prototype parts scanning and mold and die inspection in Metal Fabrication industry.

Companies that contain machines that have never been provided with 3D CAD drawings because they are legacy systems can also get assistance through reverse engineering software.  Even parts or models with complex surfaces can be efficiently studied with reverse engineering software.

The secret to upholding a business’ competitive edge is to have applications that will ensure business processes like overhaul, repair and maintenance are efficient and more streamlined.  By making use of reverse engineering software, companies achieve this and beyond.

This information was brought to you by Reverse Engineering, a worldwide premier resource offering several integrated solutions for turbo-charging your reverse engineering MicroScribe process while providing a “model as you go” environment.

Solidworks Surface Modeling

Solidworks Surface Modeling

Saturday, November 26, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Solidworks Surface Modeling

Hello again my faithful readers, I hope you are all doing well and your holiday festivities are bringing you wonderful tidings of joy this holiday season.  I am still working on patching things up with this website.  There have been a lot of hang ups in getting things smoothed and ironed out with the transfer of my old site to my new domain name, so I hope you will all be understanding and bear with me as these issues are resolved in due time.  I want to thank all of my loyal readers who have remained dedicated and faithful throughout the months since I first began my blog, and I look forward to more prosperous times and continued blogging in the future.  And of course, I bid you all happy holidays and I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday solstice.

Today, I would like to share something new and exciting for all of you drafter/designers out there who may have experience in working with Solidworks, or would like more experience in Solidworks surface designing through tutorials and step-by-step courses.  I have recently been introduced to a great site at solidworks-insight.com which has some wonderful beginner to advanced courses on solidworks design.  For those of you who are craving a more advanced project, there is also an Aston Martin you can download the .PDF instructional files for too!  Of course, nothing this good could be free, and it isn’t.  But for $15, you can learn some impressive Solidworks designing skills with the experience of designing your own Aston Martin!  Yes, you too can enjoy the wonder of what it would be like to be the designer for cars that the likes of secret agent men like James Bond 007 drive as his vehicle of choice!

For those of you who wish to take on an even bigger project, there is even an extensive yacht creation course available at www.yachttutorial.com.  This project will supposedly teach you to become a MASTER at Solidworks design.  However, like I said before, nothing this good could be free, and it isn’t.  The price to acquire the knowledge and skills to become a Solidworks MASTER is a rather large fee, indeed!  But for only approximately $370, you can learn some extremely valuable skills and create something worthwhile in the process.

I, myself, am currently working on an Audi R8 design which I acquired at www.solidworksaudir8.com.  This is a great course and it comes with a downloadable video player and many hours of videos to assist you step by step in creating this vehicle.  But, yes you guessed it.  NOTHING this good could be free, and of course….it isn’t.  But, for $137 you can design your own Audi R8 and be on your way to gaining essential Solidworks skills.

There are a lot of tutorials out there that give you good fundamental skills and knowledge with Solidworks.  However, there are a LOT of incomplete and corrupt tutorials out there as well.  A lot of what you these tutorials teach may or may not be the best and most efficient ways of working with Solidworks.  It would be my suggestion to take the best of what you learn from these tutorials and develop your own tactics in using the tools and quick selections to give you the best advantage in the use of the program, especially when time and speed are of necessity in a professional environment.

Sewing Machine Shopping

Sewing Machine Shopping

Sunday, June 26, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Sewing Machine Shopping

The fundamental tool for any dedicated cosplayer, is the sewing machine.  When you are looking to purchase your first machine, you will come to realize that there are many makes and models on the market, so it becomes difficult to decide on which machine you should purchase as your starter machine based on your sewing needs.  Finding the right sewing machine really depends on how you intend to use it, but before you give yourself a headache with all the possibilities out there, it’s worth asking some basic questions.  Here are 10 things to consider when purchasing a sewing machine:

  1. What can you afford? – Everyone has a budget and recognizing whether or not you can actually afford the machine that you want is the first step to choosing the one that’s right for you.  There is simply no point in looking at high-end machines if you have a limited budget.  Of course, there will always be a machine that offers much more if you spend more.  If you can only afford a $50 machine, then look around and see what quality second-hand machines are available, either at a dedicated retailer or on an auction site (but make sure any second-hand machine you buy has a warranty).  Remember that the cheaper the machine, the less likely it is going to last, so always but the best you can afford.
  2. How many stitches do you need? – Once you know your budget, you need to start thinking about what you really need.  What you need and what looks appealing are two very different things!  To sew successfully you only really need a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch.  These two stitches will allow you to do just about everything you want to do on a sewing machine.  Everything else depends on how you intend to use the machine.  Will you use other stitches on a regular basis?
  3. Can you adjust the stitch length? – While you may just use straight stitch and zigzag stitch, being able to adjust both the width and the length of these stitches can be invaluable.  Do you set your machine to the longest length and machine baste any new designs that you work on.  Do you set the stitch to its shortest length when you sew up wearable designs, to ensure small, tight stitches.  Do you constantly adjust the zigzag length and width for appliqué and finishing off edges.  While most machines offer variable stitch widths and lengths, some of the lower priced machines don’t, so it’s always worth checking.
  4. What attachments come with the machine? – Having a selection of presser feet can make all the difference to your sewing day, so it’s important to find out which attachments come as standard and which attachments are available to buy separately.  If you want to make clothing, then you should look for a machine that has a buttonhole foot, a zipper foot and a blind hem foot as standard attachments.  However, if you intend to make quilts, you will need a walking foot, a ¼” foot (the seam allowance for patchwork) and if you intend to freehand quilt then you’ll want a freehand embroidery foot.  For basic sewing, a selection of different width feet can be invaluable when switching between seam allowance widths, as well as for the zigzag stitch.  If the machine you’re thinking of buying doesn’t come with the feet you’d like, make sure they are available to purchase separately and that they don’t cost a fortune.  It’s also very useful to check how easily the feet can be changed.  A lot of machines just have feet that clip on and off, which really does save a lot of time if you find yourself switching back and forth between feet.
  5. How big is the motor? –  As a rule of thumb, the heavier the motor and the heavier the machine, the stronger the machine will be.  A strong, heavy motor will make it easier to cope with frequent use and heavier fabrics, such as upholstery-weight fabrics and denims.  A machine that is predominantly plastic will not withstand the kind of use that a machine with metal parts can.  Of course, if you know you’re going to need to transport your machine frequently, even if it’s just in and out of a cupboard, you need to decide if a heavy machine is impractical and whether you want to compromise with a machine that has a plastic body, but metal parts.  But the lighter the machine, the less it will be able to handle.
  6. What make is the machine and where is it being sold?  Brand really does make a difference with sewing machines.  All machines are not made equal and they don’t all have the same parts inside.  Back in the day, Singer made fantastic machines that lasted forever, but unfortunately these days, their machines are mainly made out of plastic, with smaller motors that just aren’t built to last.  So it’s not just about buying the name you recognize.  Always look at where the machine is being sold.  In a department store, you will be most likely to find brands like Singer, Brother and Janome.  These are all very successful brands, but they are more likely to be lightweight, hobby machines (Janome is the exception to this rule, as they’ve managed to produce both low-end hobby machines and high-end professional machines).  On the other hand, if you’re looking in a dedicated retailer, you’re much more likely to find brands such as Bernina, Pfaff, Huqsvarna and Juki.  These are all high-end machines that start off much pricier, but are aimed at and used by frequent stitchers.  These machines tend to be the ones mentioned by professional makers.  And they don’t tend to be available in the big department stores.  It’s always better to buy at the low-end of a good brand rather than the high-end of an average hobby brand.  And you should never buy anything with cartoon characters on it, because chances are it is not a good machine!
  7. How noisy is the machine? – This is something that very few people think about when looking at machines, but once you’re actually sewing it can really affect how and when you use it.  If you’re like most people and only have time to sew in the evening, (after work or when the kids are in bed), it can be a shock to get your lovely new machine home and discover that it sounds like a pneumatic drill and is keeping everyone in your household, including the neighbors, awake.  If you’re worried about the amount of noise you’re making when you sew, you are far less likely to use the machine.  So it pays to take your time when you’re choosing your machine, and research quieter machines.  Just keep in mind that if you’re testing the machine in a sewing shop, the ambient nose levels are likely to be quite high, so it can be really hard to judge just how quiet your machine really is.
  8. Mechanical vs. computerized? – Most of the high-end machines on the market are now fully computerized, with touch screens and programmable stitch sequences.  But they come at a price, and if budget is an issue then the question of whether to buy a mechanical machine or a computerized machine needs to be asked.  Modern mechanical machines tend to be lighter (even if they have a strong motor) because they have less parts, which makes them easier to carry around.  They are also easier to maintain, with covers that can be removed so that the motor can be oiled. Servicing is often cheaper as a result.  However, most of the good new machines are computerized or electronic, meaning that the machines have stronger motors and extra power, so they don’t struggle with heavyweight fabrics and constant use. Computerized machines also tend to have superior stitch lines, with more evenly spaced and therefore stronger, stitches.  They also have a lot more sewing options.  Computerized machines can be programmed, so that specific stitch sequences can be remembered, and they offer huge selections of decorative and embroidery stitches as well as automatic tie-offs, and thread cutting.  Which you buy really does depend on your budget, but if you’re going for a mechanical machine, it’s best to buy an older, high-end model, rather than a cheap, plastic model. It will last longer and even if it only offers the basics, it will withstand a lot more use.
  9. How often will you use your machine? – Everyone that sews wishes they had more time for it than they do.  If you recognize that you’re the sort of sewer that will probably only get the machine out every few months, to hem clothes or make some new cushions, then a high-end, all-singing, all-dancing machine may not be the best investment.  But a good quality electronic machine may enhance your sewing experience and encourage you to start sewing more often.  If you know that you’ve been bitten by the sewing bug and that the only thing standing between you and daily sewing is the lack of a good machine, then buying the best you can afford gives you plenty of scope for growth.  If money is an issue, recognizing your own sewing expectations is essential. If you rarely sew now, a new, expensive machine that requires a lot of learning is not necessarily going to make you sew more. But a solid mechanical machine that covers all the basics and only requires threading and plugging in will seem less daunting.
  10. What are your sewing expectations? – This is another question that will help you to recognize if your desire for that amazing, expensive machine is based on wishful thinking or a genuine need.  It’s also designed to find out whether you’re holding yourself back due to lack of confidence in learning something new.  If the thought of learning how to use a new machine fills you with excitement, then a machine with lots of options and exciting possibilities is the one for you.  But if the thought of all those buttons and programs makes you break out in a cold sweat,then there’s a chance that the huge instruction manual and all those symbols and patterns may put you off using your new machine.  Equally, if your ambition is to make heirloom quality quilts, then buying a machine that only has basic attachments will hinder you from achieving your goal and will most likely leave you feeling frustrated.  And if you want to get to the point where you can make your own clothes, then spending money on a machine that has variable stitch lengths, over-locking stitches and the ability to switch to a twin needle will be a good investment.
Blue Roof Bungalow in AutoCAD 2015

Blue Roof Bungalow in AutoCAD 2015

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Blue Roof Bungalow in AutoCAD 2015

Well, I stumbled across a wonderfully small and totally eccentric AutoCAD project that is available online at www.IzzCAD.com, which is a Blue Roofed Bungalow style house.  This project was a lot of fun and a good learning experience for anyone who is new to AutoCAD and wants to learn the basics of 3D architectural modeling and drafting.  Downloading the project off of the website costs around $8, but I believe the price is absolutely worth it, since you get videos and tutorials of this project along with tutorials and videos of an office layout project, and two other wonderfully designed, completed house project drawings as well.

I would like to mention that the videos for the house project are incomplete, and there are times where it is up to the imagination of the designer to fill in the blanks, so to say.  Also, the project design was created in metric measurements, and the videos and tutorials are shown using metric measurements as well.  But, anybody who is new to AutoCAD will learn relatively quickly that it is essential in architectural drafting and modeling to set up your drawing measurements or UNITS, previous to beginning any design or line work in the program.

The tutorials show the beginner how to this as well as other basic preparation commands and setup parameters that are involved with initializing an architectural design drawing, such as creating a title block for your project layout.

Another topic of interest that the tutorials focused a lot on is roof inclination and taper calculations.  The important number to have for setting the angle of your project’s roof is the degree of taper, which is the number that you input into your taper angle command when you extrude your roof design.  This is a simple calculation, but it is essential to have the roof inclination angle number, so that you can subtract it from 90 degrees to come up with the degree of taper for your roof.  But, a lot can be learned from these simple tutorials, and this information can prove valuable in future drafting or modeling endeavors.

AutoCAD 3D Cottage

AutoCAD 3D Cottage

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

AutoCAD 3D Cottage

Hello everybody, I just recently completed a fun little AutoCAD project that I wanted to share with you, which is an AutoCAD 3D Cottage.  It is a simple design and the materials and textures involved in the project make it look like an old, rustic, mountain getaway cottage.  It is a fun little day project and it is good practice for anyone who is into graphic design or drafting and design to work with and learn some fundamental tools and capabilities of the program.

The tutorials, which are shown above, are very nicely presented (maybe with the exception of the music), and are very thorough and detailed compared with most tutorials and videos of this nature that you will find on video streaming services such as YouTube.  Yet, as it is with many tutorials you find online, there are also a couple of problem areas that I came across while following the procedures, and I would like to share these with you.

The first is the IMPRINT command, which was used in the video to merge the outline of the foot path to the ground area in front of the cottage in order to form a combined entity with divided face features for pasting the grass and rock materials to their designated areas.  This command did not work the way it was shown in the video at all, and I was left to design my own extruded foot path and move the created foot path extrusion into place.

The second problem area is applying the rock material to the bottom foundation sides of the cottage.  As you can see from my pictures, the rock material resulted in vertical lines on left and right sides of the cottage, as compared to what the rock material was supposed to look like in the front and back sides.  I tried to change the sample and offset settings for the material image, as well as rotating the material image and bump texture image as well, but to no avail.  Maybe if I had messed around a little bit more with the material properties, I might have come up with a solution, but the resulting rendering of the cottage shows the stripes on the left and right sides.  Maybe we can pretend that it has wood siding on the left and right foundation sides for now!

Also, I did not complete the tutuorial in its entirety and added the ground leaves that are shown in the tutorial in my project.  But, the end result still came out looking not too bad.  Maybe there are some grizzly, log cabin, mountain pioneer drafters out there that can out do me.  Whatdya think?