I enjoy sharing projects created by other people, of which I taught how to use SolidWorks, to encourage new people to learn to use SolidWorks … and one of those projects is by Jim the creator of Lynx Micro Tech
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Several years ago I started working with Jim to design 3D-Printed Chassis & Rims for R/C Micro Rock Crawlers using SolidWorks CAD software …
We have never met in person, nor have we talked on the phone; instead, this was a design experiment by two individuals (2,000 miles apart) to create items using only email correspondence, videos, and SolidWorks File Sharing.
Items are now being sold … and I consider my part finished … so thought I would UPDATE the Project … and add a little history of the process how we went from the ‘Concept’ Micro-Crawler designs to Jim learning how to use SolidWorks and making very creative CAD designs & 3D-Printing STL files all on his own.
My involvement was initially drawing Jim’s 2D drawing ideas into SolidWorks to create 3-Printing STL files, which then led to teaching Jim how to use SolidWorks by making Screen-Capture Tutorial Videos of how to draw the Crawler parts.
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One of the first ‘Concept’ Designs was a 3D-Printed ‘Tuber’ Chassis Design …
Videos were a great way to share design ideas and future concepts …
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SolidWorks allows you to put graphics/logos on items with a ‘Decal‘ Feature
… then we worked on other ideas including the ‘Scorpion’ Chassis design …
I came up with a lot of concepts … Some Jim liked … Some not so much *grin*
Glowing Chassis didn’t make the cut *Laughing*
I still think the ‘Dual-Servo‘ Scorpion Design Concept has promise …
Just Having Fun!! … Actually Jim was very kind & inviting of all new ideas.
… and Some ideas grew on Jim after a while like the ‘Dual-Rim‘ Concept …
Drew in all the R/C parts so we could ‘test fit’ items in SolidWorks Assemblies
SolidWorks ‘Simulation‘ allows new parts to be tested within the CAD software before being 3D-Printed or Laser Cut … It doesn’t cost anything to make mistakes during the drawing phase, but fixing mistakes during the fabrication phase can become very expensive … especially if making ‘injection molded’ parts.
Originally Jim would come up with 2D drawings and I would create 3D CAD models and Photo-Realistic renderings using SolidWorks CAD Software …
SolidWorks Simulation allowed us to test out the limits of the Crawlers …
The ‘Split Chassis‘ part of the design is a concept I came up with one night when I could not sleep ~ As I was looking at a 2D drawing Jim had emailed to me, thought why not split the chassis in half to lower the 3D-Printing height?
Thus less support material would be needed in the 3D printing process.
We found the cost of 3D-Printing the full size chassis used a lot of extra expensive 3D printing support material; therefore, the choice to ‘split’ the chassis into 2 parts and connect them with tubing lowered the final 3D-Printing cost.
I wasn’t sure if splitting the chassis was something Jim would want to do or if the design would work; therefore, on my own I test printed the design on my home 3D Printer and built a simple prototype … The design worked, so I showed the SolidWorks concept to Jim & gave the 3D-Printed Prototype to a friend’s kid.
Some of the items he used in future designs of the Goat Micro Rock Crawler …
It was a lot of fun coming up with designs & photo-realistic CAD renderings …
After seeing the abilities of SolidWorks Jim purchased his own copy of SolidWorks and asked if I would teach him how to use it.
Of course I agreed and started making Screen-Capture videos as I drew in the designs we were working on so he could see how to use SolidWorks by Dassault Systèmes.
Learning is all about interest; therefore, if one works on items you are interested in while learning SolidWorks your progress will go much faster …
Jim retired and sold a Robotics Company, so it goes without saying he is a very intelligent person and learned SolidWorks quickly as I continued to design items with him … Now he does everything in SolidWorks on his own.
Now Jim is an expert using SolidWorks to create Laser Cut Parts as-well-as 3D-Printed parts of which he sells online through Shapeways.com and his website.
Now I get to sit back and see what new innovative items he comes up with!!
Jim did the Laser Cut part designs completely by himself … Well Done Jim!!
If you would like to see more of Jim’s designs they can be seen at:
Very Excited to See All the New Designs Jim Comes Up with in the Future!!
Once again … Well Done Jim you took it to the Next Level!!
… and then some More!! Whoo Hoo!!!
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