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Feb 28, 2010, 04:40 AM
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Mar 02, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Here are a few of my past projects in Lightwave v9.5.. more to come from Solidworks and Rhino..
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).
Mar 02, 2010, 04:01 PM
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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.
Mar 02, 2010, 04:53 PM
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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.
Great info thanks. So as not to hog up ‘showcase’ space, I for one would be very interested in any Rhino > SW workflow examples & experiences in a separate post if you ever care to throw something together. I’m just at the getting-to-know-you stage of SW-2010, so far blown away by the power. But that’s been confined to mostly ‘mechanical’ type components & simple assemblies. I have this feeling when I work my up to freeform surfacing again, I’ll be comparing it to how I did things in Rhino. Are you using T-splines plugin with Rhino, or just standalone?
Mar 02, 2010, 05:13 PM
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Great info thanks. So as not to hog up ‘showcase’ space, I for one would be very interested in any Rhino > SW workflow examples & experiences in a separate post if you ever care to throw something together. I’m just at the getting-to-know-you stage of SW-2010, so far blown away by the power. But that’s been confined to mostly ‘mechanical’ type components & simple assemblies. I have this feeling when I work my up to freeform surfacing again, I’ll be comparing it to how I did things in Rhino. Are you using T-splines plugin with Rhino, or just standalone?
Here is one project i did with Rhino(standalone), and a render of it in Lightwave. The tooling is still at the 5-Axis shop, so no final pictures of the real thing yet.
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Mar 02, 2010, 05:26 PM
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Here is one project i did with Rhino(standalone), and a render of it in Lightwave. The tooling is still at the 5-Axis shop, so no final pictures of the real thing yet.
Cool.
Strange looking 'cockpit' though... normally the navigator & copilot chairs are not opposed like that... and with water jet orfices!...
Mar 02, 2010, 05:47 PM
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Cool.
Strange looking 'cockpit' though... normally the navigator & copilot chairs are not opposed like that... and with water jet orfices!...
Here's an instrument panel.. a jpeg captured from Solidworks, the plug after it came off of the 5-Axis, and the final parts installed in the plane.
Mar 03, 2010, 01:17 AM
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That's some deadsexy work right there. Thanks for sharing!

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Mar 03, 2010, 04:23 AM
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Here's an instrument panel.. a jpeg captured from Solidworks, the plug after it came off of the 5-Axis, and the final parts installed in the plane.
Wow, impressive. You live in Orlando too, do you know if there is a place where I could have my model cut in wood or foam?

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Mar 03, 2010, 03:20 PM
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Wow, impressive. You live in Orlando too, do you know if there is a place where I could have my model cut in wood or foam?

G.
I work closely with a shop out in Merritt Island named Composite Technologies. They have a 10'x20'x6' DMS 5-axis router, and a 8'x8' Motion Master. They also have a laser scanner to scan in hand fabricated parts. They will cut in wood or foam. I'm working on getting a website set up for them now which will showcase their capabilities and their equipment.

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Mar 03, 2010, 05:09 PM
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Assuming we are still an aeromodelling group..

Knurling on the prop driver took ages to find a way...
Mar 05, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Here is one of my designs. This was actually done mostly in TurboCAD but then the wing was redone and I switched over to Rhino. It's nothing fancy, but it sure flies nice.
Mar 19, 2010, 06:16 PM
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Mr Mulligan. The original is a rubber-powered SIG kit with some 20" wing-span. Drawn in Alibre Design.

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Mar 20, 2010, 04:12 AM
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I like that Jochen. VERY much. You should kit that and sell it.
Mar 20, 2010, 12:15 PM
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Vintage,

I thought this was an old kit, but I just saw that they are still selling it for something like $10. SIG Kit FF-23. With the tiny 2.4 GHz equipment out now she may even fly radio controlled.

Jochen


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