Giles G-200 – Wheel Pants, 3D PDF Exports

I figured I would start with something easy on the Giles surface modeling, since I haven’t done any really intensive CAD work in about a month.  The wheel pants seemed like a great place to start, since they are a stand alone surface that does not have to directly integrate with the cowling.  I started … Continue reading

Capturing “Clean” Planar Sections for the FARO arm

With a mechanical FARO arm, one of the biggest challenges when scanning aircraft structures is in getting just the right data.  What you ideally want is the simplest, most orderly points which will get the job done.  On some projects, that’s a relatively easy task.   On the Giles G-200 cowling project, digitizing the back of … Continue reading

Giles G-200 Cowling – Digitization Complete

Well after about two and a half days of work, the digitization is complete on the Giles.  This has been my most extensive digitization project to date, due to the fact that it’s not just a cowl I need to make.  Since the wing root fairings and the gear leg fairings intersect the cowling, they … Continue reading

Giles G-200 Cowling – Onsite Digitization

Well the real “meat” of the Giles G-200 cowling project has begun.  I flew out to very very hot Sonora, California yesterday morning so I could scan the aircraft and engine.  It was an absolutely beautiful flight from Watsonville to Columbia – very still air, great visibility and very little traffic.  I removed the back … Continue reading

T-Spline Tip: Understanding Basic Topology

Recently, T-Splines asked me to help them develop some training materials for their software, which I was more than happy to help with.  The video below talks about how to better understand the concept of topology when transitioning to T-Splines.  The example is the Giles G-200 cowling which I will be working on in a … Continue reading

Giles G-200 Cowling

I’m very happy to report that I’m starting a project on a Giles G-200 cowling.  My friend Aaron Burhoe of Burhoe Machine Works up in Sonora, California is building a Giles G-200.  For those unfamiliar with the Giles, it’s a single seat unlimited acrobat, made primarily of carbon fiber.  He’s been unhappy with the stock … Continue reading