Cadalyst Author

John E. Wilson


John Wilson runs a design and drafting service in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, He is the author of 3D Modeling in AutoCAD and Mechanical Desktop 5 from CMP Books.


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A 3D Form Synthesizer   1 Jan, 2003
By: John E. Wilson

auto-des-sys, Inc. frequently refers to form•Z as a "3D form synthesizer" to emphasize the program's ability to manipulate digital data in creating 3D shapes, just as a music synthesizer manipulates digital data in creating music.

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Meshes and Nurbs   1 Dec, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

This month we will finish examining form•Z's tools that transform wire objects into 3D objects.

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Creating form•Z Skins   1 Nov, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

We continue exploring form•Z's tools for transforming wire objects into 3D objects this month.

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form•Z Revolutions and Sweeps   1 Oct, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

We examined form•Z's tools for creating wire objects, such as lines and curves, last month. This month we will examine two of the program's tools for transforming those wire objects into 3D objects.

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Wires and Walls   1 Sep, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

This month we continue our exploration of form•Z, a powerful yet moderately priced 3D modeler from auto•des•sys, Inc.

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form•Z Basics   1 Aug, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

form•Z is a versatile, moderately priced 3D modeler from auto-des-sys, Inc. used in designing a wide range of items from children's toys to skyscrapers. It runs on computers using either Macintosh or Windows operating systems.

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An Introduction to form•Z   1 Jul, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

form•Z is a general-purpose 3D modeler from auto-des-sys, Inc. Both Windows and Macintosh versions of the program are supported, and within each version you can purchase form•Z in any one of three levels.

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Creating TurboCAD Solids   1 Jun, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

Last month, after comparing the solid-modeling capabilities of IMSI's TurboCAD Professional to those of AutoCAD, I concluded TurboCAD is the more powerful modeler.

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TurboCAD: A Solid Performer   1 May, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

IMSI's TurboCAD Professional is in the same price range as Autodesk's AutoCAD LT, yet the former's capabilities for constructing 3D solid-models exceed those of AutoCAD itself.

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Points and Solids   1 Apr, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

Rhino is a powerful, yet modestly priced, 3D-modeling program from Robert McNeel and Associates. It runs on most computers using a Windows operating system.

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