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by Arclight
February 22nd, 2007, 8:53 am
Forum: transportation
Topic: Virgin Galactic Spaceship design
Replies: 2
Views: 2040

Aargh, so much lens flare...
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and they really should have rendered a motion blur on those turbine blades. As it is they just look bad.

Neat video though. I couldn't tell if the seatbelt buckles were mounted on the body-suits?
by Arclight
January 19th, 2007, 1:44 am
Forum: transportation
Topic: Toyota out-GMs GM again
Replies: 7
Views: 3156

Yeah...I think Honda really missed the boat on that. I remember some ad material talking about how it was "just like driving a regular civic".

Oops.
by Arclight
January 19th, 2007, 1:41 am
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: injection moulding process for ipod skin?
Replies: 7
Views: 3080

The exact process is patented by Apple. You probably won't find out how it's done. All i know it that is is two layers of co-moldedpolycarbonate, not white paint. Can you confirm this? I would find that Apple would be hard pressed to patent an over-molding process that has been in existance for som...
by Arclight
January 9th, 2007, 11:06 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Architectural rendering with Photoworks?
Replies: 4
Views: 1563

Just a comment on madheros' post....if you use Photoshop too add your depth of field, don't use the gaussian blur tool. It doesn't make a realistic, optically-accurate soft focus. If you have CS2 (maybe CS does it too), learn to use the Lens Blur tool, which is amazingly powerful.
by Arclight
January 9th, 2007, 11:02 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Rendering Stainless Steel in imagestudio
Replies: 2
Views: 1489

The previous post is a lie, and irrelevant. The key to rendering metals in any package is to get the proper reflections in them...you need an environment. Either set an environment map on the material, or use a HDRI environment. It's been a while since I used Imagestudio, so I don't know exactly whe...
by Arclight
January 9th, 2007, 10:48 am
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: injection moulding process for ipod skin?
Replies: 7
Views: 3080

The exact process is patented by Apple. You probably won't find out how it's done. All i know it that is is two layers of co-moldedpolycarbonate, not white paint. FWIW, I once made an appearance model with a similar surface treatment, and I ended up painting the underside of a piece of thick acrylic...
by Arclight
January 9th, 2007, 2:25 am
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: does silicone rubber float?
Replies: 6
Views: 6033

Most, if not all, silicones sink. From firsthand experience. They're *almost* neutrally buoyant -- a few pockets of air (10% by volume would almost certainly do it) will make it float.
by Arclight
December 10th, 2006, 1:35 am
Forum: transportation
Topic: World's lowest car
Replies: 10
Views: 5320

What's the appeal of a $150,000 wristwatch? You don't dare wear it outside, because it might get damaged or stolen. You get it because you can, and to show it o ff once or twice a year. I'll bet the owner drives a minivan or a family sedan to work every day. Where's the engine, exactly? And for that...
by Arclight
November 7th, 2006, 7:00 pm
Forum: sketching
Topic: line weight
Replies: 7
Views: 5757

What I was taught was that "if you can reach behind it, it's bold". So basically....not just outside lines, but any line that represents an edge with space behind it in the page. Try it on a sketch sometime -- look at every line and ask yourself "does that represent something I could reach behind". ...
by Arclight
November 7th, 2006, 6:56 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Finished Linework Scanning
Replies: 7
Views: 2497

Skinny's got it. Whenever I'm scanning line work, I scan in grayscale @ 300 DPI slightly underexposed, then adjust the white and black points in photoshop. Usually all this involves is dragging the white slider down a little bit into the histogram and playing with the 50% one. Sometimes I'll put a l...
by Arclight
November 7th, 2006, 6:52 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: NEW mac book por w/ intel duo core II !??!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2070

If you're going to be representing the design profession, learn to speak. It's just better for all of us. At my school we're currently testing the MBPs to see if they (under windows) could be qualified by the school for student use. This basically means testing solidworks, since all the other progra...
by Arclight
November 7th, 2006, 6:45 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: Putting together large blue foam models
Replies: 19
Views: 13265

I use water-based contact cement (specific brand is LePage, I think). There are no organic solvents, so there's no chance of it eating the foam, and it's much less toxic (can says non-toxic, but I dunno...I wouldn't eat it) than the petroleum-based stuff. You have to let the cement dry fully on both...
by Arclight
November 7th, 2006, 6:33 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: Thin Walled Plastic
Replies: 5
Views: 2467

Can you actually get 60% (or even 30%) glass fill in a product with .5mm walls? I'd expect the flow to be absolutely terrible....
by Arclight
November 7th, 2006, 6:31 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: moldable chipboard
Replies: 8
Views: 3709

I'm not sure what you're asking for. In the first paragraph you say you want a paper pulp, but in the title and second paragraph you say you want chipboard? It's definietly possible to mold paper pulp into 3D shapes. Maybe talk to some other manufacturers? There are way too many egg cartons and fast...
by Arclight
October 25th, 2006, 4:52 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: solidworks help please!?
Replies: 8
Views: 2624

Can we see a screenshot, or even the file itself? That would help troubleshoot the exact problem.