February 13, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis explores the world of exploded views as he prepares the 3-D model to be much more than just a graphical representation of the part to be fabricated.
January 10, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis focuses his 3-D CAD skill on designing a welding table. He invites readers to participate in the creation of this support structure.
December 20, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD users how to create a feature for the library so that it may be used in other models.
November 30, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis offers fabricators guidance in dealing with an engineering change order to a 3-D CAD model.
October 20, 2011
After demonstrating how a 3-D concept model can be turned into a production model, which is useful for as long as the project has the green light, columnist Gerald Davis takes a look at how you can take a concept model and turn it into a simple flat layout for CNC fabricating equipment.
September 9, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis is looking to refine a 3-D model so that it is easier to laser-cut. To do so, he relies on a popular addition to his modeling software package.
August 1, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis walks the fabricator through a 3-D modeling process to learn how to work with a file that has broken elements.
July 18, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis provides some tips on getting that 2-D drawing--derived from the 3-D model--to manufacturing in the best shape possible.
March 14, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis reminds us that CAD modeling has its limitations and that it's still necessary to build a prototype rather than just relying on simulation.
March 10, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis bypasses CAM software and uses his 3-D software to create a nest of parts.
February 1, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis tackles a fabricating project that every shop takes on every so often: the shop cart.
January 17, 2011
Columnist Gerald Davis provides readers with an idea on how transforming a 2-D sketch into a 3-D model can prove helpful in bettering a customer's original design.
December 16, 2010
Wrapping up his design work on the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis now turns his attention to preparing final versions of
November 8, 2010
Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis has turned his attention to the sliding charcoal plan, but this particular component challenges the top-down modeling approach that has been used up until this point in the project.
October 26, 2010
Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik
Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues
working on the top-level assembly. This time
he's modeling two skewer supports.