Archive for January, 2010

Bike Frame Tutorial

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


Below is an excellent three part tutorial on how to use an image as a starting point to create a 3D model.

In this example, Nick Johnson of CADSoft Solutions Limited in the UK uses a jpeg as the basis to recreate the 3D frame of a mountain bike.

The movies are high definition so feel free to enlarge when you play.


ACIS: Sixteen Years and Counting!

Monday, January 18th, 2010

I was first introduced to ACIS in 1992 by Bruce Morgan of Spatial. punch_sideFor those of you unfamiliar with ACIS, this is the underlying modeling kernel in ViaCAD and Shark. At that time I was responsible for Lockheed’s internal CAD development group. Bruce came in with his ACIS sales hat on with the mission to get Lockheed to incorporate ACIS components into our CAD tools.

What he set into motion though was something quite different!


Shark V7 Reference Card

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Do you keep forgetting where the thicken surface to solid tool is located? The reference card which comes with all our ViaCAD & Shark products may be the thing you’re looking for. We recently updated the Shark FX card for V7. This reference card is a handy reminder for keyboard short cuts, mouse functions, viewing commands, as well as tool palette locations for tools. Click on the image below to download the Shark FX V7 reference card in PDF format.