|Customer Rendering of the Month|
|LINEFINDER - PROTOTEK CORPORATION|
TECH-NET'S NEW (OLD) PROJECT
As you know it takes an actual real life project to learn a new CAD system. I have just realized, besides IRONCAD, I really have never 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 seem to be so many hoops to jump through to do a simple design. I never really warmed up to the Part, Assembly and Drawing separation. I have always used an "Explicit Modeling System" using Boolean operations or at least having it available to design my parts and assemblies in one file. I realize now that many in the industry have never known that you could design this way. It is actually quite amazing that files from 10 years ago can be so easily modified.
THE ORIGINAL LINE FINDER!! Take a look at our website at this project, it is a great story.
THE RELEASED NEW VERSION!! 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 taken Using the right side dovetail to cut the groove in left side.
from the original
part and then subtract the right dovetail to
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 to this with a part from any CAD system that can export a solid.
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.
If you are having a problem with your existing system please feel free to give me a call and we may have an easy, inexpensive solution.
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