Originally Posted by ptxman
Very nice. So specific to your aircraft modeling efforts, why Lighwave over SW & Rhino? (you obviously have ALL the tool goodies
). Sorry I dont know anything about LW but am somewhat familiar with the other two. Does LW lend itself better/faster for 'big picture' conceptualization & styling? Can it export into anything that a cnc/prototyping machine could understand? (Im thinking sooner or later the enginnering types are going to want access to those renderings in some format).
I use lightwave to do concept sketches and quick 3D visualizations. I also use it to make quick 3D representations of 2D paint scheme designs for aircraft, which is what 3 out of the 4 renderings I posted were. For me, it serves a completely seperate use than that of using Solidworks or Rhino. You can use lightwave to make StereoLithography models, but I haven't tried that.
I do generally use the models created in Lightwave as a plan when i'm starting my Solidworks models, but that's where the connection ends. Solidworks is my prefered package of choice, and i use it mainly to do indutrial and mechanical design type stuff, with the ability to do some quick FEA on structures. I've worked with Catia, Solidworks, UG NX6, Pro-E, AutoCAD, and a few other CAD packages, and Solidworks seems to fit me the best for the projects that I work on.
I've used Rhino for 2 Projects, and it feels like a more advanced 3D version of AutoCAD. It works great for doing surfacing, and allows a lot more freedom in freeform surfacing than Solidworks does, but i wouldn't try to replace Solidworks with Rhino for any of my big projects.
If i get clearance, i'll try to post more of my projects to give a better idea of what's been done.