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

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:

PointDeviation, MinBox

Two cool little Rhino3D tricks to pass along today.  I was doing some prep work for my November 29th webcast on the new T-Splines retopo tools, and I was looking for an easy way to calculate the deviation between my T-Spline surface and my scanned .stl mesh.  I was looking around at paid options, when … Continue reading

T-Splines Webinar: New Reverse Engineering Tools in T-Splines for Rhino

I’ll be presenting a webinar hosted by T-Splines on November 29th on the ins and outs of the new T-Splines V3.3 retopo tools.  I’ll be covering the methods of taking scanned mesh data and applying T-Spline surfaces to that data.  You can register for the webinar here.  Hope you can make it!

Creaform MAXshot Demo

While out here on a sales trip, Jarrod Schmidt – my Creaform sales rep, dropped by to demo the MAXshot option for my EXAscan 3D laser scanner.  What is the MAXshot?  In a nutshell, it’s a range extending option for the EXAscan.  As I outlined in my first post on the EXAscan, the error is … Continue reading

T-Splines V3.3 Sneak Peek – Re-topo tools will blow your mind

Well folks, here it is, the thing I’ve been dying to blog about.  T-Splines version 3.3 is nearly here, and for some reason the stars have aligned with my purchase of an EXAscan laser scanner and this newest T-Splines version.  I must be lucky, but whatever it is, I have literally been doing happy dances … Continue reading

Maximizing Toolpath Quality with madCAM

I’ve been using madCAM to generate all my toolpaths for a few years now, and I have to say I really love it.  Since the machine I use is 3-axis, I’ve been using the entry level version, which sells for $750, which puts it squarely in the “budget” range of CAM software.  That being said, … Continue reading

New Gear In, Old Gear Out!

While I made my little old Mac mini soldier on for a long while (too long I would say!) the time has come for a brand spanking new computer!  New computer day seems almost as exciting as new car day, but it’s a whole lot cheaper.  Perhaps this means I should get a new computer … Continue reading

L-39 Tips – First Set Flying, Second Set Delivered

Greetings from Reno!  I’m happy to report that I’ve finally got to see some of my L-39 handiwork in action.  There is an Australian based L-39, Race 66, which is sporting the first set of L-39 wingtips I manufactured.  They are looking quite nice, if I do say so myself, and I even got to … Continue reading