What’s a week without a list of fun models you guys have uploaded and shared with others? Here we go again…
Can a coat hanger mould be fascinating? Yes it can! Just look at this rendering (and the rest of them) for a 8 cavity coat hanger using the Cool-One system. The mould model for Alibre comes from Sebastian Finke.
Concept sports cars are dime a dozen but every now and then one of them shines through. This concept sports car for Catia comes from Stelu Harsan. If anyone can help him with converting it into a STEP file then just drop him a comment.
Vladimir Izmailov has uploaded a recumbent tadpole trike for SolidWorks. If you’re not familiar with this type of pedal-powered transportation device then it’ almost like a bike except that you lie down, it has 2 wheels in front, has extremely low center of gravity and rides like a co-kart. Wait, doesn’t sound much like a normal bicycle at all :)
What would you do if you owned a 5 kg / 11 lbs 6-axis robot that only had one arm but was extremely good at using it? We’re trying to come up with the answer ourselves but meanwhile check out this little baby by Sugi Tjiu - Kuka kr-5 r850 robotic arm
3D human CAD models are a hot commodity, they are sought after, they’re never good enough and the good ones are never free. Hide Waka made it to this list second time in a row with the upload of these funky 3D human models for SketchUp.
You can buy a simple Tesla turbine for about $450. Or you can just do what J.S. Koerpel did - model it yourself and then build one out of old hard drives, some plexiglass and other bits and pieces. He’s also sharing the photos of his real life model. Mr. Kerpel’s Tesla turbine model is available for SolidWorks.
We often wonder "does it work?" when browsing the models in GrabCAD. This time we had to alternate to "but does it float?" Let’s hope Damián Hardeo knows his stuff and this sporty looking kayak is really a worthy water going vessel. Available for Pro/Engineering Wildfire and as a STEP file.
Modeling toys is a great way to learn new tricks (and they are a great rendering exercise too), I’m sure every engineer in the world has borrowed a toy from their own kids, their nephew or neighborhood kids to fire up their CAD software of choice and turned that plastic thing into a 2D/3D model. Nikola Pilipovic gave this treatment to a Bager toy.
Speaking of kids, this Scooby Do surface model gets a special mention. The original author is Mike Wilson who created it back in 2001 and allowed free usage and distributions. It seems to be making rounds on the internet and ended up in GrabCAD in SolidWorks format. I wrote to Mike yesterday and he said: ". I'm happy to see people are still interested in the model!"
I’ll finish up the list with something from the heavy duty department. You know these shoulder mounted leaf blowers that are advertised on TV? Well, forget about them. What you want is this tractor mounted 3pt PTO driven strip blower used for orchard work. Great stuff from Nick Van Laar, available for Alibre and as a STEP file.
Update: Looks like I’ll have to add +1 :
Initially Saeed Kazmei’s model of a Asus U50 VG laptop for SolidWorks was on my list of models I’ll mention but then I discovered that Saeed had forgotten to upload the part files. Saeed reacted quickly and now you can download the whole assembly.
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