About

I’ve Enjoyed Working on A Lot of Interesting Projects …

Drysuit Scuba 'Cold-Water' Diving in Alaska

Drysuit Scuba ‘Cold-Water’ Diving in Alaska

On this website, I will share photos & CAD Photo-Realistic Renderings of my current projects, as-well-as Future Concept ideas … Some projects below water ~ Most above … There will be lots of experimenting … Results, etc.

Unfortunately there are many items I can’t show due to their proprietary nature
… However, will try to share as many of the ‘Just-for-Fun‘ projects as I can.

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iPhone Controlled Toy Submarine with GoPro Live Video

Also attempt to share SolidWorks Designs with others …
( Click on Any Image to See a Larger View )

SolidWorks CAD Software Photo-Realistic Rendering of Hydraulic Parts

Many SolidWorks Design Examples can be Downloaded at GrabCAD.com
https://grabcad.com/charles.metaldesigner/projects?page=6

Download Free SolidWorks CAD Examples from GrabCAD.com

Note ~ I had to remove my ‘Area 51’ joke from this website because I got a few comments from people that because live in Las Vegas … *sigh* … Some individuals actually believe I work out in the ‘Area’… *LOL* … maybe? 😉

Mini-Sheet-Metal Bending Press for Small Home Workshops

Mini-Sheet-Metal Bending Press for Small Home Workshops

With that said, the purpose of this blog is to help me organize thoughts and to remember concepts at a later date, and also to log the dates of concept design ideas.   This blog is not secret; therefore, if you happen to find it and wish to read the blog, please ENJOY!!

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3D-Printed R/C Micro-Rock Crawler ‘Concept’ Designed for Lynx Micro Tech

Sometimes help others with their Projects like these R/C Micro-Rock Crawlers

Screen-View of SolidWorks CAD Engineering & Design Software

Click to View 3D-Printing Micro-Crawlers
( Designed with SolidWorks )

The Original CAD Photo-Realistic Rendered 'Concept' Micro Rock Crawler Design

The Original CAD Photo-Realistic Rendered ‘Concept’ Micro Rock Crawler Design

I will be adding many Concepts & Projects to this Blog over the next few years.

Aluminum Vise Created with 3D-Printed Split-Patterns

Many of the CAD & .STL Files Can be Found on my GrabCAD Site …

https://grabcad.com/charles.metaldesigner/projects

Gumball Machine Concept as an Old Style Fuel Pump

Gumball Machine Concept as an Old Style Fuel Pump

Also SolidWorks Tutorials for Beginners …
… YouTube  →  SolidWorks Tutorial Video

Tutorial Videos for Individuals Learning to Use SolidWorks

I enjoy Metalworking , so there will be lots of Welding & Machining  …

Notch Cut in Tool Holder for Set-Screw to Hold Better

Notch Cut in ‘Radius Cutting’ Tool Holder for Set-Screw to Hold Better

… There are lots of Machining Projects Photos & Videos
Lathe Carriage Stop Digital Indicator

Another View of Vice Being Drilled on the Milling Machine

Another View of Vice Being Drilled on the Milling Machine

Casting Metal with 3D-Printed Patterns

3D-Printed Patterns with the Aluminum Metal Castings

3D-Printed Patterns with the Aluminum Metal Castings

… also create random posts of SolidWorks CAD Photo-Realistic Renderings …

22HP V-Twin Engine SolidWorks CAD Rendering

This 670cc V-Twin engine has the correct dimensions & weight ( and center of gravity ) for use in SolidWorks Assembly projects …

Testing a Hydraulic Pump Mount Design on the CAD Engine Model

Testing a Hydraulic Pump Mount Design on the CAD Engine Model

… also post whatever else seems interesting on a particular day … or night …

Silk-Scree Unit whereby every part will fit into several Flat-Rate unlimited weight USPS shipping boxes which saved over a $100 in shipping expense because weight of parts was no longer an issue …

Silk-Screen Printing Unit that Breaks into Small Parts for Inexpensive Shipping

Silk-Screen Printing Unit that Breaks into Small Parts for Inexpensive Shipping

… High-Res SolidWorks CAD Drawings of projects … ( Click and Zoom-in )

Adding Different Colors to CAD Drawings Helps Viewers See the Parts

Adding Different Colors to CAD Drawings Helps Viewers See the Parts

 

Design Plans can be Viewed & Downloaded from GrabCAD.com
https://grabcad.com/library/gantry-lift-table-complete-plans-1

 

Cuts Down on Mistakes When One Can Match the Part Number with Color

Cuts Down on Mistakes When One Can Match the Part Number with Color

 

Example of SolidWorks CAD Dimension Drawing with Matching Color Parts

Example of SolidWorks CAD Dimension Drawing with Matching Color Parts

I try to show building images and Finished Project photos to compare with the SolidWorks CAD Design drawings to show how accurate the design process can be from Start to Finish …

Table that Moves Up & Down to Allow Me to Pull Jeep Under it

SolidWorks Photo-Realistic CAD Renderings help visualize what an item will look like when finished … Even down to the Paint Colors and Product Labels …

SolidWorks Photo-Realistic Rendering Shows the Real Colors of the Project

SolidWorks Photo-Realistic Rendering Shows the Real Colors of the Project

I also enjoy to collaborate with other on 3D-Printing & Metal Projects …

3D-Printed Design to Hold a Cooling Sensor & Frozen Gel Packs

My goal is to provide fabricators with more information about 3D-Printing.

3D Printing a Hard Hat Cooling Prototype Design for 100+ F. Heat

After each project I try to write an post with CAD renderings of the design process and also images of the finished 3D-Printed parts.
Example:  3D Printed BBQ Door Hinges

Finished 3D Printed Part Created for a ‘Just-for-Fun’ 3DP Collaboration Project

Please feel free to contact me in the COMMENTS area …

3D Printed Mount to Cool Workers’ Heads in the Las Vegas Summer Heat

I design a lot of Flat-Patterns for people that with to have bent metal parts …

Motor Cover Designed with SolidWorks out of Bent Sheet Metal

SolidWorks allows me to dial in the perfect bend deductions & allowances so finished parts come out to the correct dimensions when they are bent in a press brake.

Flat-Pattern Sheet Metal Design that includes the Bend Deductions

Fit-Ups can be tested in SOLIDWORKS before any parts are cut saving $ …

Different View for a Belt Sander/Grinder Designed with SolidWorks

If you are a MAKER and/or have a YouTube Channel or designing a special project item and would like assistance creating a Flat-Pattern designs for bent sheet metal parts, please let me know because I enjoy helping out GRATIS for those wishing to test out parts cut with WaterJets, etc.

ProtoMAX has a great Water-Jet for Smaller Workshops …
https://www.protomax.com

ProtoMAX Water Jet for Smaller Workshop Areas

Thank You Miss Brenda for the Photo of the Bighorn sheep for Silk-Screen!

Silk-Screen Rendering Photo of Desert Bighorn Sheep by Miss Brenda

Silk-Screen Rendering Photo of Desert Bighorn Sheep by Miss Brenda

I don’t sleep much, so if going to work long hours at night on SolidWorks CAD drawings, I might as well be comfortable: therefore, created a computer stand/table which allows the monitor to reach over my LazyBoy Chair.

Computer Table Unit Designed in SolidWorks and then Fabricated

Computer Table Unit Designed in SolidWorks and then Fabricated

With this setup I can easily see the computer screen & TV at the same time and work for long hours on CAD model design without getting sore.

LazyBoy Chair SolidWorks CAD Work Area

LazyBoy Chair SolidWorks CAD Work Area

–CHEERS… 

Acting_Silly_4_Camera

Acting Silly for the Camera … CHEERS!!!

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Golden-Ratio

Under Ocean

 

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22 responses to “About

  1. steve

    Just found you’re blog. Bravo!
    I especially enjoy seeing the balance of “design first then fab” vs “fab and figure it out”. You’ve been bookmarked

  2. I’m looking for some interesting projects and makers to feature on maker2maker.com, please check us out and drop us an email via the site if you would be interested 🙂

  3. Dear Sir/Madam

    The Design and Technology Association is developing a resource for UK secondary D&T students on Systems & Control, including the uses and options available, and would like to feature an image from your website in a PowerPoint presentation for students.

    We would appreciate it if you are able to allow the image’s use. We will of course acknowledge the source with a weblink? The link is to https://ctmprojectsblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/page/2/

    Would you please let me know if this is acceptable.

    The D&T Association is an educational charity that promotes design and technology and provides teaching resources for its members and others.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us at info@data.org.uk

    Kind Regards
    Jacqui Eborall

  4. Interesting Charles! I appreciate your help. The world needs more people like you =)

    • Keeps me up-to-date with SolidWorks CAD Software features when I am spending a lot of time in the Workshop… Gives me a reason to come in early and work on some CAD designs for people to help them express their 3D-Printing ideas. Within just a few more years, much of manufacturing will be done with some form of Additives manufacturing … Metals, Concrete, Plastics, etc… and I feel most engineers and designers should start familiarizing themselves now with some form of 3D-Printing to prepare for the future. Thank You for the Note. CHEERS!!

  5. Tom

    Awesome blog! Found it while looking at my RC crawler wondering if 3D printed parts would be strong enough, knew someone had to have done it. Thinking SLS nylon may be strong enough for a 1/10 scale crawler frame, might have to try it out. What program do you use for your renders? I am fortunate enough to be proficient in Solidworks but unfortunately am not as good at metal fab as you are so most of my designs remain on the computer. And am yet to learn proper rendering and tend to just use the Solidworks renderer with pre made materials which doesn’t come out great.

    Also love the iPhone submarine!

    Cheers.

    • Sorry it took so long to respond I have been busy building Metal items. I use SolidWorks PhotoView-360 to Create the Renderings and .GIFs … Jim Frye is selling these 3D-Printed Crawler chassis online and he has re-designed the crawler even better using his knowledge of Micro-Crawlers and Robotics. One night when I could not sleep I took some 2D-Drawings of Jim’s and came up with the 3D SolidWorks Concept model for the R1-Crawler that is now called the GOAT. I am not sure the web address for Jim’s sales but if you find it let me know. CHEERS!!!

  6. Stan

    any more info on the go pro sub? I’d like to explore the idea of using one to study underwater behavior of dolphins.

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  8. Gnanabharathi

    Hello Sir I want your “small workshop lift table” design part and its report for my study purpose. Kindly send me that report as soon as possible

  9. Ian

    Very interesting blog about your powder coating ‘box’. Maybe I have not seen the relevant page on your blog – but I was wondering what spec your computer is for running SW ?

  10. Lupe Garcia

    Hello,

    looking to build a silk screen print. Noticed your post. Do you have any detailed plans?

    Thank you

    • I did it a while back but I can check so see if I have the plans on a back-up computer drive … Let me know if you are still interested, just noticed you note today a month later 🙂

  11. Hey! I’m Brook, CEO of Printrbot. You obviously have skills. I love the little rendering of the sub thing 😉 and the micro rock crawler. Always wanted to do an open source 3d printed one. what do you do for a living? Do you release any open source projects? I’m always looking to promote pet projects from the 3d printing community at large.

    All my best,
    Brook

  12. Kevin

    Would you create another set of aluminum handles for drill press and sell? I have looked around and think I have run into similar issues of finding a replacement that will last. Mine are a 3/8″-16 thread and will need three.
    Thanks!

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