T-Splines Tip: A different way of matching T-Splines to NURBS surfaces/VSR Analysis

Well, this has been a crazy few weeks, much to the detriment of my blog.  We’ve laser scanned a classic race car.  James is right now flying home from Texas after doing some scanning work on a Gulfstream 2.  Tomorrow I’ll be out near Reno doing some laser scanning.  Unfortunately, very little of this current … Continue reading

Learning modo – Square One

Image courtesy of Mike James – Mike James Media Every year I try to tackle one new piece of software.  This year, I’ve decided to dive right into the sub-d world with modo.  Generally speaking, you can divide modeling software into two categories – NURBS modeling packages like Rhino3D, Alias, Catia and such – and … Continue reading

Convair 240 – T-Splines Nose/Cockpit Modeling

One of the hardest parts of modeling an old airliner like this is the front – there’s a lot going on surface wise.  Furthermore, when making a surface like this with traditional NURBS modeling packages, there’s a lot of small transitional surfaces to make it all work and flow nicely, which means that it’s difficult … Continue reading

ENGINEERvsDESIGNER and other podcasts

Spending many hours cooped up in the design studio, it’s pretty important to me to have a steady stream of interesting media to consume, lest my brain shrivel up on itself.  So, for this post, I figured I would highlight some of the podcasts I’ve been listening to as of late.  First up is ENGINEERvsDESIGNER, … Continue reading

48″ Convair 240 for Electric RC

My whole love affair with CAD/CAM got started about somewhere around 2004 when I decided to start building balsa model airplanes again.  I was very involved as a kid in building and flying radio control aircraft – mostly Antiques/Old Timers, which are pre WWII designs.  But, with college and work and such, there was a … Continue reading

Jack O’Neill Bust Laser Scan/MakersFactory

There’s a relatively new learning institution here in Santa Cruz called MakersFactory, and it’s a wonderful thing.  Want to get access to 3D printers?  Or learn how to use SketchUp?  Get a patent?  Learn about the ins and outs of running a small business?  MakersFactory is that spot for all that and more.  MakersFactory gives … Continue reading

Carbon Fiber Cup Holder – Molds Finished

Well the molds for the carbon fiber cup holders we designed are all finished, and I have to say they’re some of the nicest molds I’ve made.  They just came out super clean, and should make very nice parts.  It’s a two part mold – the top piece that forms the front face and bottom … Continue reading

Giles G-200: Cowling Design Progress

Well, I suppose this post is going to wrap things up for the year.  I’ve spent some time this week working on various projects, and also upgrading our office space (more on that in a week or so), but it feels good to be finishing out the last work day of the year making some … Continue reading

Giles G-200 – Laser Scanning

I returned to Sonora last week to re-scan the Giles G-200, this time with the Creaform EXAscan laser scanner.  I had previously digitized much of the Giles with the FARO arm, but once we decided to also do the plenums, I realized that a laser scanned model of the engine would be very helpful.  It … Continue reading

Carbon Fiber Cup Holder

We’ve been playing around with designing some carbon fiber cup holders for an aircraft interior.  This provided a nice opportunity to play around the KeyShot, which is what I use for rendering.  Other than the scanned data looking quite coarse (not surprising since it wasn’t rebuilt and just rendered as-is) I was really happy with … Continue reading