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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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Digging Deeper Into Rhino Surfaces   28 Feb, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

Our exploration of Rhino's surfaces continues this month, as we look at more ways to create surfaces and tools for modifying surfaces. Rhino, which is short for Rhinoceros, is a powerful, yet moderately priced, 3D modeling program from Robert McNeel & Associates

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Scratching the Surface of Surfaces   31 Jan, 2002
By: John E. Wilson

This month, we continue our exploration of the 3D modeler Rhino as we look at its surface-making tools.

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Building Rhino Frameworks   31 Dec, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

This column continues to explore Robert McNeel & Associates' 3D modeler Rhinoceros. This month we'll take a closer look at its tools for creating curves.

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An Introduction to Rhino   30 Nov, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

When this column was conceived, 3D modeling was generally restricted to expensive programs that ran only on costly UNIX workstations. AutoCAD, though, was an exception that offered a practical means for many of us to create 3D models.

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Dimensions and Models   30 Sep, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

It is difficult to get excited about AutoCAD 2002, because it contains very little that is new, and it contains nothing new for creating or editing 3D wireframes, surfaces, or solid models. AutoCAD 2002 does, however, have a new feature that will benefit those of you who work with 3D solid models.

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A Mechanical Desktop User's Look at Inventor   31 Jul, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

For the last year and a half Autodesk has had two programs–Mechanical Desktop and Autodesk Inventor–that essentially do the same sort of work and serve the same market.

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Flying Through Space   31 May, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

Unlike 2D work in which you invariably look straight down on the World Coordinate System's xy plane, you use a variety of viewing directions when you construct 3D models.

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Surfaces and Solids   31 Mar, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

Although most people concentrate on Mechanical Desktop's parametric solid-modeling tools, the program also has a decent set of surface-modeling tools that can make smoothly curved shapes.

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A New Openness   31 Jan, 2001
By: John E. Wilson

Release 5 of Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop, profiles no longer need to form a closed loop. In fact a profile can be as simple as a single line.

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Back To 2D   30 Nov, 2000
By: John E. Wilson

Even though transferring data directly from computer 3D models to the machines that manufacture parts is becoming increasingly common, you often still need to make fully dimensioned multiview 2D drawings from your 3D solid models.