Hey! I’m on ENGINEERvsDESIGNER!

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.

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

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

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

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

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