Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Gerald Davis

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Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling with surfaces, patterns, and configurations

June 20, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the use of equations, configurations, design tables, and specific modeling tools for creating 3-D models of paper and cake.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Comparison of two animation tools for creating walk-through tours

May 23, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating walk-through animations. The use of a camera following a path is discussed.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: A review of animation tools to improve the work flow for moviemaking

April 18, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating animations. The use of dedicated software is discussed.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using animation tools in design review

March 28, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis shares some best practices when it comes to creating animations and movies for design review purposes.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using 3-D geometry to create interactive documents

February 15, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the similarities between drafting and illustrating. The use of dedicated software is considered.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using 3-D geometry for more than creating 2-D drawings

January 27, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates file linking between 3-D CAD and published literature. Some published formats are easier to produce with postprocessing software.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using images and live demos to explain a product’s function

January 4, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis explores the use of “mates” as he reveals how to make a hand drill operate the same way in the 3-D model as it does in the real world.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Making CAD magnets

November 11, 2015

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Does your shop have special punching tooling that it would like to use more? Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates how to prepare a CAD model of the punching tooling that a customer can download into its own CAD tooling library and possibly incorporate into future jobs that may end up with the job shop.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: In-context modeling

October 28, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis continues his work on a go-cart body. This time the focus is on modeling weldments with an eye on accommodating future edits.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Forming sheet stock

September 8, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates the flexibility of forming tools in CAD modeling by working on the body of a not-ready-for-prime-time tricycle.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven design

August 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through the creation of a hex nut and shows how this exercise can be applied to other threaded creations.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design alignment

July 21, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of how to use CAD to address the inclusion of a flat-head screw and a countersink in a 3-D design..

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Document management

July 6, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of using document management tools with a CAD workstation.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for function

May 27, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of using CAD to develop a better design.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for manufacturing

May 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides an overview of using CAD to develop a better design, which leads it to being more manufacturable.

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