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by Lowe9
December 14th, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Can you guess this Material & Process?
Replies: 5
Views: 3558

Re: Can you guess this Material & Process?

The top is definitely diecast, you can tell from the cylindrical ejector pin bosses. From the photos, it's hard to tell if the part is aluminum with the outside face polished or zinc with the part plated. Leaning towards polished aluminum due to the underside not looking plated. Going to step out on...
by Lowe9
November 27th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: modeling the rear surface of iMac
Replies: 8
Views: 10825

Re: modeling the rear surface of iMac

Slightly off-topic: is making those 'tangency reference' surfaces really superior to simply selecting 'normal to profile' when making lofts or boundary surfaces? I get why that won't work for Surface Fills. IIRC, there shouldn't be a difference using "normal to profile" when doing symmetric parts- ...
by Lowe9
November 27th, 2018, 10:56 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Learning Solidworks for ID
Replies: 10
Views: 27774

Re: Learning Solidworks for ID

Last link to check is from Ed Eaton at the Dimonte Group who's presentation about SW and ID is bar none the best... http://dimontegroup.com/news-resources. Also if you can at all track down Matt Lombard's "Surfacing Bible" (it's out of Print)... is as insightful today as ever. You get that there's ...
by Lowe9
November 27th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: design employment
Topic: Updating my portfolio after being out two years
Replies: 5
Views: 5524

Re: Updating my portfolio after being out two years

The included Solidworks tutorials are useful to learn the different surfacing features and what each one does. Once you have an understanding of how to use the different features, challenge yourself to model a real-world object. Computer mice are usually a good bet. I've been presenting ID focused p...
by Lowe9
November 26th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: modeling the rear surface of iMac
Replies: 8
Views: 10825

Re: modeling the rear surface of iMac

I came up with two different ways of going about it in SW. The first is quick and dirty with the Suface Fill with guidance surfaces that mimic that "flat" portions that the highlights reveal along the outboard top and side areas of the display. This result reveals pretty good zebra stripes, but I'm ...
by Lowe9
November 13th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: students and schools
Topic: Daughter wants design&enginering, where are programs?
Replies: 11
Views: 11714

Re: Daughter wants design&enginering, where are programs?

A former coworker of mine had a degree from Northwestern University in Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing & Design Engineering. He was a top-notch design engineer but had also taken some crossover courses in traditional ID topics.
by Lowe9
September 18th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: furniture
Topic: Eames, tandem bench
Replies: 9
Views: 23053

Re: Eames, tandem bench

Removing the vinyl would give you the fiberglass look, but the vinyl chairs used rivnuts that show through the top side of the shell once you've removed the vinyl and foam. The fiberglass chairs have rubber "shockmounts" bonded with adhesive to the underside of the shell.
by Lowe9
July 23rd, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: CAD Render-Rama
Replies: 48
Views: 43547

Re: CAD Render-Rama

And a few more Eames renders. Everything modeled in SW, rendered in Keyshot, post in Photoshop.
by Lowe9
July 23rd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: CAD Render-Rama
Replies: 48
Views: 43547

Re: CAD Render-Rama

Really nice stuff! - was that actual work for Herman Miller or just a side project? Would be interested to hear what you used for the leather creases and fiberglass shaders as well. I wish it was work for Herman Miller! It's a personal project I started in 2016 for a presentation I gave at SOLIDWOR...
by Lowe9
June 19th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: CAD Render-Rama
Replies: 48
Views: 43547

Re: CAD Render-Rama

I create each of the plies as a separate body in SolidWorks so that way a distinct material can be applied to each body. I first create the primary surface, then thicken, then copy the bottom surface, thicken again, etc etc for each of the plies. This technique has the advantage of creating edges th...
by Lowe9
June 18th, 2018, 8:08 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: CAD Render-Rama
Replies: 48
Views: 43547

Re: CAD Render-Rama

Getting back into Keyshot after a 5+ year hiatus. Everything is modeled in SolidWorks; glamour renders in Keyshot, surface layout render in SW Photoview. Post in Photoshop.
by Lowe9
June 13th, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Where to sell high end furniture?
Replies: 10
Views: 3308

Re: Where to sell high end furniture?

100% agree with what iab said. I build custom live edge coffee tables (http://www.lowedesignco.com) as a hobby and did my first show in December of last year at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The show was huge (600+ vendors) and I didn't really know what to expect going in. I brought three coffee ...
by Lowe9
April 11th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Product Renders
Replies: 42
Views: 46468

Re: Product Renders

Here's an example of render that look like the noise was intentionally added. Or it could have been only been added to the background to better match the textured plastic? Regardless, I've seen this trend more and more over the past couple years, especially in portfolios of newer designers. https://...
by Lowe9
April 10th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Light pipes - guidelines&softwear
Replies: 8
Views: 15303

Re: Light pipes - guidelines&softwear

Based on your CAD mock up, the light pipe you've proposed won't work. If you really want to get into the details of light pipe design, this design guide covers pretty much everything you would want to know. http://www-eng.lbl.gov/~shuman/XENON/REFERENCES&OTHER_MISC/Lightpipe%20design.pdf If I was at...
by Lowe9
March 27th, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: Drop Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 8387

Re: Drop Testing

Thanks all for the feedback. The clients internal corporate structure dictated that each of the product requirements set out in the product spec document were met before any kind of tooling was purchased. But without the tooling, you can't do a proper drop test in the actual material with real world...