One of the softwares that I really enjoy using (but haven't had much reason to do yet) SolidWorks. Although this is typically my 3D modelling tool of choice, I have also worked in Fusion 360.
Below are some of the projects I completed for my intro to CAD class.
type - class
As a warm-up to the class, we had to choose several ordinary objects to model. Because I had some high school experience with SolidWorks, I felt comfortable experimenting with a notoriously difficult aspect of the software - curves. Two of the objects I chose were a Command Hook and a fork.
The key to my success in this case was using a lot of offset planes in combination with strategically placed extrude cuts.
1. Image of a Command Hook // 2. Screenshot of my Command Hook model // 3. Image of a fork // 4. Image of my fork model
After completing our basic objects, we had to find an item that had five to eight individual parts, which we then modeled and created full engineering drawings for.
I chose to model a generic disposable razor because it's easily one of the most common mass-produced objects that I buy, so I figured I might as well understand the manufacturing processes that go into it.
After taking the razor apart, I took careful measurements and detailed notes on the features that defined its look. I had never looked at a common object in such a light before — I saw where the injection mold left it's mark, and understood where excess material removal was optimized to save a few cents with each razor.
Once the model was complete, I created annotated engineering drawings for five pieces. The drawings can be found below:
1. Disassembled head on a woman's disposable razor // 2. Side image of a woman's disposable razor // 3. Exploded view of the razor model // 4. Close-up image of the razor head // 5. Close-up screenshot of the modeled razor head