GrabCAD Engineer’s Spotlight: Robert Voogt
Robert Voogt is a GrabCAD Engineer from Delft, Netherlands. A member since November 11, 2010, Robert has been around for so long he probably qualifies as a GrabCAD Elder. His CAD design for a Brembo Brake-Disc is the 5th most downloaded item on GrabCAD, popularity that he attributes to the fact it ‘looks like the real, but does not “eat resources” when used in car renders.’
While studying Industrial Design, Robert (centre) works at 3Delft as a CAD drafter, creating working scale models for offshore installations. Robert joined GrabCAD when he was just getting into CAD – some of his first uploaded works were student projects. He says, “I simply stumbled upon GrabCAD early 2010. First I didn’t want to share my models, but I then realized that if I created these models and other people could use them, they had more purpose.”
Some of the first stuff he posted included a series of rather unique coffee-makers. They were ‘a result of a simple exercise from a certain course I followed back in 2009.’ When asked what he would do differently, Robert replied, “There was no sketching or planning at all with these models, so if I had to do it again I would take more time and work out the details first.” He continued, “It’s really a shame that these kinds of projects never occurred again in my study. Feedback from the GrabCAD community is always helpful.”
Robert doesn’t rely too much on GrabCAD’s library for parts in his own projects, but likes to render other people’s models to improve his own skills. Being able to download other user’s complex and high quality designs means he can learn to render other people’s work and receive comments on it.
Critical feedback on CAD design is the fuel that drives the production of professional and elegant work. Students, more than any other GrabCAD user depend on commentary for their work. ’Feedback’, Voogt states ‘is the key to success, and on my models I didn’t get a lot of feedback sadly (perhaps because they are replica’s of existing objects) I think some people are afraid to give feedback, because it might give the impression of criticism instead of feedback.’