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Peter Jensen’s son, Josiah, has always been a curious child, asking many questions. However, when he started asking his dad, “Hey, Dad, what’ya do at work today?” on regular basis is when Peter remembered feeling a little higher on his son’s totem pole of things that matter to a 12 year old boy.
When Peter worked in the aerospace industry, he would bring home posters and little gadgets that fascinated Josiah. To this day, Josiah still has an ATK F-22 poster hanging above his bed. Josiah had a myriad of questions for Peter when he walked through the door; “Was the work you did top-secret? Did you get to work on planes? Can I do that when I’m big? Did you bring me anything from work today?”
Today, Peter works at GoEngineer, the questions are different, but Josiah’s curiosity remains. “He has always asked me about 3D software, and when I explained different software and what my job entailed, it seemed he couldn’t get enough,” says Peter.
Since purchasing my Ducati in 1996, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with it. When the weather is right, the motorcycle is freshly detailed, and the engine mechanics are in complete adjustment, there is no better feeling in the world like aggressively shifting through gears at wide-open throttle cresting an apex of a turn while dragging knee on a back country road.
The downside to Ducati ownership is the required frequent maintenance:
- Incessant wear and tear of a racing dry clutch
- Multiple cold start attempts due to having racing carburetors
- Endless adjustments of the desmodromic valve assembly
- Replacement of the fragile camshaft belts
Enter 3D Print Technology
I have a soft spot for spending countless hours creating tangible items from blocks or rounds of metal in a machine shop. However, when reducing time-to-market, minimizing cost, or more importantly, returning my Ducati motorcycle to road-worthy condition, 3D Print Technology is the “go-to” additive manufacturing process to create parts, assemblies and tooling in many industries.
3D Scanning is the art of capturing real geometry by scanning physical products and getting them into a format to be used for diverse applications such as 3D printing, reverse engineering, inspection, and more.
Recently, I wrote about transforming JoeEngineer from a 2D image into a 3D solid model using SOLIDWORKS with Bringing 2D into the Next Dimension. Although I can create some very nice rendering using PhotoView 360, I wanted something a bit more tangible and set out to print Joe on a variety of our Stratasys 3D printers to create a life-sized head.
Joe’s Hair – Stratasys 250mc
Joe’s hair was not only the hardest to design, but it was also the most time consuming to print and post process. Important pieces to the hair process puzzle included:
Being a company that provides SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys products, services, and support, I recently decided to use these tools to take Joe from 2D to 3D.
Imagine taking a flat 2D drawing of a cartoon character and trying to bring it to life! How? Well, the answer is one face at a time (pun intended)!
Our Santa Ana, CA office was buzzing with fun and giggles last week. We welcomed an Irvine Girl Scout Troop to get an insider’s look at custom design and 3D printers in action. 11 troop members, aged only 8-9yrs old, were all but shy when it came to being an engineer for the day. They excitedly listened to Jeff Jordan, Applications Engineer at GoEngineer, as he walked them through the SOLIDWORKS design steps of creating a custom Girl Scout cookie. They got their design inspiration from a favorite cookie, the Thin Mint, then added the Girl Scout logo for fun.
The gap in work force skills in the United States today is becoming alarming. Our country and industries were built upon the hard work of our parents and grandparents. One of history’s largest generations is exiting the workplace in droves as the Baby-boomers retire. Over the next 10 years, there will be a huge hole left in our manufacturing and engineering industries. Many of the skills and knowledge that were taught to the baby boomers are no longer present in our education system – things have changed!
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Northrop Grumman—there is a good chance you recognize all of these names as aerospace and defense powerhouses.
If there is one common trend amongst all of these companies, it is their embracement of 3D printing (3DP) as a legitimate manufacturing tool. Alongside the automotive industry, aerospace and defense industries have been the driving forces behind 3DP’s revolutionary growth.
As it turns out the benefits of 3DP are quite universal so what works for large, multi-national corporations can also work for much smaller widget-makers and everyone in-between.