I am still around, even if I haven’t had anything to write since June. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been so busy, but that wouldn’t be truthful. I’ve just been at a complete loss as to what to write about. The last thing I wrote was actually for Develop3D magazine, though it hasn’t been published as of yet. Even then, it was about Solid Edge…
What’s got me typing away today? I was thinking about a project we just finished up for the Amazon Paperwhite. By ‘we’, I mean Imagicorps. Anyway, we were tasked with creating an interactive area for consumers. There were various elements that needed to go into it: seating area, individual ‘pods’, a device bar, informational graphics and other bits and bobs. The coolest part, in my opinion, was the pods. They were designed in SolidWorks (duh) and are compound curves. While they didn’t seem like they’d be overly difficult to design, they did present some challenges. One half of one side is a door. Looking down from the top, the left and right sides are concentric, but the seating area inside is rectangular. Then there’s the round acrylic windows that fit in each of the side panels, including the door. Oh, and when the potential customer sat down, the acrylic had to go from clear to opaque.
There were other things, too, that we had to figure out, but my point of it all is this: you can design anything in SolidWorks. In the 15 years or so that I’ve been using it, I’ve designed a multitude of different things. From hydroforming presses to gate operators to sonar cases. Add in some anti-piracy training facilities, my girlfriend’s deck and other miscellaneous things (including a book case for the aforementioned project) and one can see the versatility in just my short resume. Add in all the other examples that are out there and it becomes even more evident.
As soon as I get 2014 up and running again, I’ll share my thoughts on it. Hopefully, it won’t be another 4 month gap.