Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Day in History

Today was a historic day of sorts.

Although it wasn't directly applied to the vehicle we're designing, I designed the first part at Local Motors with the newly installed SolidWorks 2008 software. After getting used to the new interface and setting up the tool bars etc. they way I like, I had a bracket we needed to mount the pressure regulators for the compressor in the shop drawn, cut (using the PlasmaCAM table at Factory Five), and bent in under an hour.

This could have been done faster, but I made a few design changes after cutting the prototypes on the plasma table. Still, this would have been a far more arduous task if I had to cut them by hand, especially since the octagon hole had to be a very precise fit for the regulator to fit snug. It could have easily taken me 2-3 times longer if done by hand, and to be honest, it wouldn't have come out nearly as precise despite being pretty handy with a cutting wheel or plasma cutter.

As we get into the heart of the development process, I'll have much more exciting drawings to share, but I thought I'd take a minute to acknowledge what today MEANT more so than specifically what I DID.

A simple beginning, but a beginning nonetheless.


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