CAD Modeling

Experience

I have worked fairly extensively with Solidworks in a few different capacities:

Concept-level models Top two examples at right

These type of models are designed to convey the concept, general layout, or basic functionality of a future design. These can be very useful when writing grants or proposals, as they allow for the use of "black-box" diagrams, which convey an idea but doesn't require the unnecessary work of modeling all dimensions in exact detail.

Prototype-level models Third example at right

These models are for use in system design, and all dimensions must be accurate. I most often made these types of models for enclosure and housing design. In these situations, I individually modeled all internal components exactly, and then arranged them in assemblies to consider different possible enclosure layouts. I then used these models as references to create the CAD models of the box/enclosure itself in Front Panel Designer.

Models for 3D Printing Bottom example at right

These models are created to exact dimensions, and are then 3D printed. I have used this to produce pieces for high-voltage standoff and baffle pieces for guiding airflow.

Beyond the tutorials included with the Solidworks software, I am dominantly self-taught. Because of this, and the variety of contexts in which I've modeled, I have become a flexible designer and can fluidly adapt to the needs of the specific project at hand. I most enjoy working on projects that represent real-life models, either before or after their creation, as I find the real-world validation very satisfying!

My design work has been deeply informed by the fact that after CAD modeling, I often construct the objects myself. As a result, I have developed an intuitive understanding of machining tolerances, an appreciation for design simplicity, and a solid ability to think through the challenges associated with manufacturing and assembly.

Concept-Level Models

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https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nV_AqE8LacNZdr81xOEbcTWaYXmu_zgjUYMUg7G-A2Sh8EoX3m_rvPqneoG2DSsTm9X6o_7mgNFXZ7NduWRIY1e3VwMG1r6ATznMvsOzVqimmbcv3RGZiyWLN7PRriY8mkNJz1vJRxlS8CHLcSHYUa38kYbG0TullXr_WplAmf8Qq-zdh0rCwZMf6MuzPi6qPl5onEixArfN28avBra7goueYTkzBVAeQ9vorulOu91Xm6l-SGWFSNR1GZpY4yxjAopAV7VadqHsN957pZpFB59lT7-PlqMUS8VQZ0Pj7f58sx1Rishuu2aBMSNRVr3GoggHscQlMeoCIiQHSNmGvgqp24xUJxBLpKpb_gl_hRZ9S9j7UZykeYhfqqZ2E2ivODY2l7jRNZaSLxaJpsND8dijfl3HTxRuJz3wKceqcjuwjxVMwi3h9lZ3qQwBZaLsbl3AdTns4y1xYBOjGZg_HtXOQrxpAAyLtG0bepLM36hS6483ixy3k0W4MfWdlQfB1vC5jZLEA4HYmGdlormmNsiNnLTe-jVtaKsUawVIeGcPz_Dh0tA5Sy95TMMMalIjkJ_tQXgJ-uGe5pt08xl83OYxKGYfqLw5=w1179-h906-no


Prototype-Level Models

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/mQ5oYPTLi6mqBX4CBIw7lwE96Gr1UMx5e2U3aHwLc9WFc6ffRaypIJ0r5TISHruIuabPnUx4E6WBIVDz9HWPyue1iEyHPSZZFPuZRPxFwRrocO_DfFk72lIwyiGOYv55nFRgejINZ0lNxR0HTzoeCNHccdJWAc-CxYKRJ9dQ7lLoYrjFERdAOZOVM_UpxbEyMbHfP01JF986jrpZuZVAvLlVR_W-Dkh5YoH02CavtlqtUMddAuPwMt3CwOcgLva-9H4v8xmH6swStG12mH-gPCrtEsUPKI9xIuLOfvuUcNKz9NRgEMo_aslNeH1ZbF_-sjfMFRpboTPCwlmGh-MRhhjPQ0XhiOcPunmTHK7YHkZHoJn5nfS-TCNSKgUIyTJE0g83YI2mC4VDGqRhETdIYqnzpYgZDfXkXrdxdoA4lag2CKoRw_5W4FtiQB9AJyAdCBxACfkLt_uRl80k_F8NsQ7RLMXKhyGDXpn7T1CQlBwlvD9-p14m-xO1X77ugCZFpy-TTnhTKWEP3WhAW2_Iv6LGx9BwP3baBdCDKPZ5jLvzDXhoMI2kdU-DCsjpom3ENt-iizaR5Nqc8Ynq403MHHEinocnxA1A=w904-h605-no

Models for 3D Printing

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/er07LP3GVuRyG3MUNwFkaS4Rmw4Xw3_zLuhsYgENqhMh2pocOmpleqafUSxOJPmvo__nGlAENLKJNs1oYZ1n9UwuuNjLvEIR7_hDdWhhzNh30Vx4FQG5GBm-fyO43JZZVC13IDAHgAnTuvlhloZO1Z-F5d1FYaVbgDEKOJ_ilWCC-J1enhmtxdMYaV6vbPVQ079XMN0l1X3zf0c3WHmJlcof6YSVKTH_nj0BLzoyd7H-_nueKMNqV-lmmLPeSG5DdAzrwVkv_S1ZmTqWJGPMr_ErLhCQ0sQZOXnlWpnE_PxWmzPVil5vmaZ1a6YLnlS8wK9t2IO_FPG47bW5L2c95-0CaS21ie9pK9Xp9uH3I9NxlEBFjxrNJZTCKBSIIFfkIVTdNSfpt_KlVkf8ACcaLPDYO3FxtFDDfnoY8oBbbbcHFbaTtbxWx3eU6mBe09GzLB7p01rhS-q54BylRsL6NNKarzxQ3sSp848KK_Ql9dKLqveRvmuKd7TDrn5tQo2249UPZgandOymktWZuiHQVL8kGtPql8vVlsiG9c89zQ-VfcMRjt2csjw1UXB7XrJvznrpgJ_wNFd1MO1ACcofDW4JqjENj_0U=w559-h563-no