Here comes MAXshot!

We’re very excited to announce that today we placed our order for the MAXshot photogrammetry add-on for our Creaform EXAscan.  What does this mean exactly?  Well if you check out this previous post on the demo we had on the MAXshot you’ll see that the MAXshot is a range extending option.  This does some really … Continue reading

Carbon Fiber Cup Holders – Painted and Delivered

The cup holders came back from Santa Cruz Auto Body, and I must say they look fantastic.  They did an excellent job clear coating them – we were pretty ecstatic to see how well they came out.  They’ve gone off to the upholstery shop to be installed, not sure if we’ll get any pics back … Continue reading

VariEze N388DT – Start of Engine Mods

It’s been a crazy few weeks of some really cool projects, much to the detriment of this blog.  Some of these will be sharable here in the future, but for now, they are under wraps.  However, at the end of this week, James had some time to start modding the VairEze O-200 a bit.  There … Continue reading

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

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