August 14, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis describes how a detailed 3-D CAD model can be a great help to those in procurement, fabrication, and assembly.
August 12, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis explains why proofreading is not just the domain of copy editors and how a CAD software function can help with the proofing job.
June 23, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis investigates the CAD jockey’s role in the creation of markings on metal products, the different ways that these markings can be created, and some tips for ensuring the final marking is done correctly, no matter the process.
May 29, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
After defining the project in January, columnist Gerald Davis is now set to make a virtual prototype of the Shashlik Grill in 3-D CAD.
May 26, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Knowing the nuances of generating an image opens the door for a wide range of possibilities.
April 16, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through a hypothetical production development design exercise to show just how different product development CAD work is from production-ready CAD assignments.
March 24, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis shows that when you are 3-D modeling a tubular structure, it helps to be comfortable with 3-D sketching.
January 30, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the STEP file and how it can be used to interact with customers in a more complete way.
December 6, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating can be evaluated in terms of what the business needs.
November 26, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating is supported by buddy checks, databases, and report cards.
October 9, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the presentation of the estimate to the customer will require some preparation.
September 5, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
In the battle to deliver a competitive price, the estimator provides the ammo for a successful response to a customer’s RFQ.
August 9, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
In this eighth installment of columnist Gerald Davis’ series on job estimating, he delves into tools for improving the estimator’s crystal ball.
July 12, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
Lead-times for CNC preparation, tooling, and fixtures need to be included in the total lead-time quoted to the customer. How exactly? Gerald Davis dives into the details.
June 28, 2013 | By Gerald Davis
In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.