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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part III

March 1, 2010

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Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill,columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance so that the designer ends up with a design that allows him to explore various changes to the size of the overall product while having the component parts stretch or shrink automatically

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill

January 15, 2010

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Gerald Davis begins this year with a series of product development case studies, taking an idea and creating the virtual model of it.For this first installment, Davis designs a barbecue grill.

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Flat responsibility in sheet metal modeling

September 23, 2009

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The most important role of a CAD operator is to verify that the design can be flattened. Columnist Gerald Davis provides some guidance on that subject.

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Top-down modeling

July 1, 2009

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A reader has a question about modeling an assembly comprised of three plates and tubing. Columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance.

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The most important output of 3-D CAD modeling

June 1, 2009

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The most important output from a CAD system is the bill of material. Columnist Gerald Davis gives us an idea of just how much detail should go into creating a BOM.

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Love of loft in 3-D CAD modeling

May 1, 2009

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Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.

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Getting swept away in 3-D CAD modeling

April 1, 2009

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Like an extrude or revolve, a sweep is a tool for modeling a 3-D shape. A sweep consists of three basic elements--a profile, a path, and a set of rules for "sweeping" the profile along the path. A sweep can be a powerful tool when modeling 3-D shapes, according to columnist Gerald Davis.

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Modeling in a 3-D CAD system

March 1, 2009

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Among the tools in the 3-D CAD toolkit—extrudes, revolves, sweeps, and lofts—the first two can be used to create identical parts, but they don't work the same way. Depending on which process you choose, the time the computer needs to model and rebuild the part can vary substantially.

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Dimensioning in a 3-D CAD system

February 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains that preparing a 3-D CAD model without dimensions may look great, but it doesn't really do anybody any good. For example, a 3-D CAD model with dimensions helps quality control inspectors.

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Sketching in a 3-D CAD System

January 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes different approaches to sketching in a 3-D environment.

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The real world of 3-D CAD assemblies

December 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes the benefits of working with 3-D CAD assemblies.

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis discusses the importance of delivering a clear illustration and how it can make an impact on the final fabricated product.

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Thinking inside the box

October 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis delves into why top-down design might be useful when modeling a metal fabrication in 3-D CAD.

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3-D CAD strengthens customer bond

September 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis asks his fabricating readers if they know what it truly takes to keep up a fully functioning 3-D CAD software system.

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One easy piece to model

August 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis believes it's a shame when a shop doesn't use its 3-D CAD software to its fullest potential. That's why he takes the reader through a modeling tutorial.

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