Monthly Archives: September 2013

Guide to Mechanical Design and Engineering Terminology

2013-09-24T14:38:31-04:00

If you're background is not one that has you familiar with commonly used terms in mechanical design, mechanical engineering, product development, CAD, or manufacturing, this page might be useful to you. Basically, it's intended to be a laypersons guide to the words and phrases that I'm used to using on a daily basis. This is mean to give you just enough information to be dangerous, or more importantly, have a basic background before you approach someone for help in this area. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments for other words and phrases and I'll do my best to keep [...]

Guide to Mechanical Design and Engineering Terminology2013-09-24T14:38:31-04:00

Elon Musk’s Take on the Future of 3D Design Tools

2013-09-06T12:29:16-04:00

New 3D Design Paradigm in Action? Elon Musk and SpaceX released a video yesterday showing what might be the beginning of a revolution in how we interact with 3D space: My Quick Thoughts Using a spaceball type of controller is the only alternative modeling interface that I've seen used with any frequency. Even then, most designers I've worked with in industry have stuck with a keyboard and mouse most of the time (myself included). While a spaceball is nice, it's only an incremental change in how you interact with 3D space on screen. Is Elon Musk's vision a disruptive shift in [...]

Elon Musk’s Take on the Future of 3D Design Tools2013-09-06T12:29:16-04:00

3D Rendered Business Cards Have Arrived!

2013-09-06T01:40:03-04:00

Last week I posted some images I rendered in SolidWorks to create some unique business cards. The idea was pretty simple. Moo.com let's you have as many different images for the backs of your card as you like. I thought it would be fun to generate up some 3D text describing the type of work I do here at Zalaco, and render that image with different colors/materials to add some variety to my stack of business cards. This first order was a bit of an experiment to see how the screen images translated to print (I'm not a graphic artist by [...]

3D Rendered Business Cards Have Arrived!2013-09-06T01:40:03-04:00