Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Gerald Davis

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Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Shop Management | Articles

Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Sheet metal modeling

December 7, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis shows seven different ways to deliver the same 3-D model.

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Shop Management | Articles

Job shop estimating: A historical perspective Step 2

November 28, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis continues a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this second installment, he describes how an estimator can use the shop’s manufacturing history to refine the predictions of future expense.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling a ribbon cable

November 8, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers techniques for adding ribbon cable connections to 3-D models

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CAD/CAM Software | Articles

Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling a cable harness

October 17, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers techniques for adding parametric harness connections to models.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Changing the hierarchy and file names within CAD assemblies

September 15, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides file organization and renaming guidance, so that the CAD operator doesn’t make a needless mistake that can boost frustration and reduce modeling efficiency.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product development modeling with fabrication as the end goal

August 16, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reveals that delivering a straightforward CAD model might make sense for a project that will require alterations down the road.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design evolution from invention to manufacturing

July 11, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers how designs evolve from invention to manufacturing and how various CAD techniques might best be used.

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

June 20, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 Management | Articles

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

April 18, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 Management | Articles

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

January 4, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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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