3D Modeling

3D modeling refers to the process of describing objects mathematically in 3D dimensions. 3D Modelers can make a 3D model from an abstract idea or from 2D dimensional directions. For example cubes are made of squares. If you were to draw a cube on paper, that cube would consist of multiple squares adjoined at different edges. 3D Modelers are useful for companies to create a product that can be manufactured in the real world. 3D models can also be 3D printed which is useful in the case that a company needs have a new product prototype quickly.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.

Beginner

Solidworks, guide to basic functions:

Length: 30-60 Minutes

Description: 3D modeling refers to the process of developing objects that are represented in two dimensions as three dimensional objects. For example cubes are made of squares. In addition, if you were to draw a cube on paper, that cube would actually be a two dimensional drawing that represents an object that we understand to be three dimensional. There are many different 3D Modeling softwares available on the market but, in this techkit we will be using SolidWorks to learn about 3D modeling.

Intermediate

Solidworks, rapid prototyping

Length: 30-60 Minutes

Description: Rapid Prototyping refers to the process and techniques that can allow people to quickly make a scale model of a physical part using some kind of modeling software. For this tech kit, Solidworks will be used to quickly produce some spinning tops that can be readily modified.

Advanced

Solidworks, assemblies and simulations

Length: 30-60 Minutes

Description: A simulation is a process that imitates some kind of phenomenon either in real life or within programs. Depending on the scale, cost, or safety of testing a product it might be more efficient to simulate its functions digitally before moving on to live testing. Digital simulations have been getting more realistic in recent years due to advances in computer hardware and software. In this tech kit we will build off previous knowledge and simulate how an assembly might react to forces it experiences in the real world or how it may move when in operation.

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Makerbot: Replicator Z18

Type: 3D Printer

Quantity: 1

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Makerbot: Replicator 2X

Type: 3D Printer

Quantity: 1

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Anet A8 3D Printer

Type: 3D Printer

Quantity: 1

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Cube 3D Printer

Items included: 3D Printer

Quantity: 1

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SolidWorks

Type: Modeling Software

Description: SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows.

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Tinkercad

Type: Modeling Software

Description: Tinkercad is a free, simple, online 3D design and 3D printing application for everyone. It is used by designers and hobbyists to make models and prototypes