Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Gerald Davis

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Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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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3-D CAD Modeling Figure 1a

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Getting a handle on 3-D CAD modeling

July 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides the reader with a brief overview of some of the handy 3-D CAD tools he uses when doing basic modeling techniques.

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Unfolding truth about flats

June 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the usefulness of unfolding parts on the computer screen.

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Machined-part modeling in 3-D CAD

May 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through the 3-D design of a coupling that needs to be machined. He starts off with a bad example of how to do it and works his way toward a much better process.

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CAD pedestal design

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3D CAD modeling of sheet metal parts

April 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

The main variation in sheet metal modeling technique is when to let the 3D CAD system know that the part is to be treated as sheet metal. Columnist Gerald Davis walks us through three different ways to accomplish this.

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What CNC programmers wish you knew

March 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

State-of-the-art CNC programming systems speed the first stage of CNC programming by allowing the programmer to import CAD models to define the geometry of the part. That's just the first part, however. To really speed up the design phase, CAD programmers should keep several tips in mind.

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Essential CAD: A starting point

January 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Before a company purchases a CAD software package, the management team should start with a list of priorities that it expects the software to address. Of course, these priorities should be tailored to the company's mission. It's also important to keep in mind some of the basics of the virtual design world before the actual purchase takes place.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 12

December 1, 2004 | By Gerald Davis

Editor's Note: This is the twelfth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about establishing a continuous improvement program."Continuous improvement," I grumbled. There are excellent books on this topic and I have read a...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 11

November 1, 2004 | By Gerald Davis

Editor's Note: This is the eleventh episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." He has been advised to develop a feedback system and to become a master of metrology.My guru missed my joking attempt at yoda-speak. "Meteorology is the study of weather,...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 10

October 12, 2004 | By Gerald Davis

Editor's Note: This is the tenth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about understanding that your niche is only part of the strategic planning job."Remind me of what you have tried so far to improve your cash flow," my...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 9

September 14, 2004 | By Gerald Davis

Editor's Note: This is the ninth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about business network tiers, and the guru has asked Gerald to identify which tier his job shop is in.I sucked in my gums and tried to ape his sagacious...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 8

August 10, 2004 | By Gerald Davis

Editor's Note: This is the eighth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about communication among operator, machine, and management—the "work unit."I started to answer his question about how a piece of equipment...

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