Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Gerald Davis

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Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

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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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design as a process

May 5, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis uses CAD to explore different means to design a metal widget.

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

February 16, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows why using a design table makes sense for those models in which reasonably limited changes take place.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Metal marking

January 28, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the CAD operator through the process of creating a drill index.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Surface modeling techniques

December 18, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through some of the CAD tricks necessary to create a 3-D model of a series of drill bits.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Cap-offs, springs, and threads

December 3, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD operators how to use two separate design functions to create the same cap-off treatment.

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