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Reusing 3D CAD Models for a New Product


LINEFINDER -  PROTOTEK CORPORATION

 LINEFINDER REDESIGN!!

 

 

TECH-NET'S NEW (OLD) PROJECT

 

As you know it takes an actual real life project to learn a new CAD system.  Besides IRONCAD, I have never really used a history based product.  My experience with Pro/E, Solid Edge, Inventor and Solidworks have been brief. Not so much that they can't do the job, but there just seems to be so many hoops to jump through to do a simple design and to do a change on a complex part can sometimes be formidable. I also never warmed up to the separate Part, Assembly and Drawing design environment. I have always had direct edit functionality available to design my parts and assemblies in one file.  I realize that many in the industry have never known that you could design this way. The original project was done in 1998 and we did the modification in 2008, it is actually quite amazing that parts from 10 years ago can be so easily modified.

 

This modification was done with SpaceClaim, it was originally done in IronCAD. I took SpaceClaim on as a product in 2008. It is now a well known direct edit only package. I found that SpaceClaim did not add any capability to what I was already providing my customers. IronCAD could do all of the direct editing just as well and also included flexible history based design.

 

When Larry Smith requested this change and I thought it would be a good time to learn SpaceClaim. Direct editing is very easy to use and it took me around 6 hours to make this change while learning the program. All direct edit packages have similar operations and it is very easy to get up and running in the different packages. I like to say "There are very few complex parts with direct edit."

 

THE ORIGINAL LINEFINDER!! Take a look at our website at this project, it is a great story.

 

THE PROTOTEK PROJECT REVIEWED!! Is it live or is it Memorex?

After years of successful sales, my good friend, neighbor and customer, Larry Smith, President of Prototek contacted me to modify the upper body of the Linefinder. This was going to be an extensive modification of the handle. It would be almost an impossible task in a history based system. I imported the part using ACIS for the translation and started modifying the parts. This project was a bit complicated since there was draft everywhere.

The original part.                                                             Modified part.                                                       

 

Step One. Started Cleaning things up.                                           More Clean up.

 

 

Left side mirrored copy. Added the bottom support flange    Using the right side dovetail to cut the groove
taken from the original part and then subtract the right       in left side.
dovetail to create the mating groove.

 

As you can see this would be a horror show in a Pro/E paradigm product. It took me about 6 hours. I have a few more dove tails to put in.  The customer was elated. I could do this with a part from any 3D CAD system, many times reading the native CAD file directly.

 

Imagine having a system that the design is instantly available to change with no need to go through a complex list of features to understand before attempting any change.

 

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Here are some images of the 3D printed parts or .stl and the molded parts.

3D printed or .stl parts

 

 

molded parts - Notice that the bosses were revised by the mold designer.


 

 

Both of the handles assembled.

 

                        

 

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