The episode of ENGINEERvsDESIGNER that I was interviewed for a few weeks back is now up.  It was a blast talking with Adam and Josh about everything from reverse engineering to cake baking.  You can check it out here if you like.

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

Impeller – Surface Rebuild

Whipped out a nice little surface model of this impeller that we scanned, and I must say I’m quite happy with the result.  Here is a screenshot of the final surface: Much of this was done with just standard Rhino commands, but the vertical surfaces of the vanes had a very slight draft to them, … Continue reading

Fun with EXAscan – Water Pump

Doing body panels and composite parts with the EXAscan is dead easy, but getting very nice clean scans of mechanical parts takes a bit more practice.  I feel like we’re finally getting confident with scanning these trickier parts.  Aaron Burhoe of Burhoe Machine Works wanted a water pump housing and impeller scanned, and we were more than happy … Continue reading

Reverse Engineering Tools in T-Splines for Rhino Webinar – Archive Available

I had a lot of fun doing a webinar yesterday for T-Splines on the new retopo snap tools, which allow you to take a .stl mesh file, and apply a T-Spline surface to it.  If you missed the webinar, or want to watch it again, you can do so here:

Audi A3 Hood Scan – Take 2

I spoke with Jarrod at Creaform this morning, and he said “hey uh, looks to me like you need to recalibrate your EXAscan.”  So, I ran the calibration procedure and re-scanned the hood, and got a very nice and tidy result: Now that’s more like it!