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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.


Article
Explosive Scenes   30 Sep, 2000
By: John E. Wilson

In manufacturing industries, exploded view drawings, such as the one shown in are used extensively in assembly and service manuals

Article
Put an End to Those Features   31 Jul, 2000
By: John E. Wilson

All Mechanical Desktop 3D parts are made from sketched features, and all sketched features are made from 2D outlines (or profiles).

Article
Booleans and Mechanical Desktop   31 May, 2000
By: John E. Wilson

In non-parametric solid modelers, such as the one that is part of AutoCAD, complex models are typically constructed by combining basic geometric shapes through Boolean operations

Article
Parametric Glue   31 Mar, 2000
By: John E. Wilson

Drafting skills are not nearly as important in creating parametric solid models with programs such as Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop as they are in creating 2D drawings.

Article
Mechanical Desktop Features   31 Jan, 2000
By: John E. Wilson

Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop incorporates both feature-based and parametric technologies in the construction of 3D solid models.

Article
Smooth Sailing   30 Nov, 1999
By: John E. Wilson

Surfaces and edges that have shapes based on any geometry other than lines, circles and arcs have always caused drawing and drafting problems.

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The Lowdown on Layouts   30 Sep, 1999
By: John E. Wilson

In AutoCAD 2000, Paper Space has been given a new look and new power. It is now almost impossible to ignore, and it is time for you to reconsider Paper Space.

Article
Editing Solid Models in AutoCAD 2000   31 Jul, 1999
By: John E. Wilson

With the introduction of AutoCAD 2000, Autodesk finally provides some real editing tools for 3D solid models.

Article
Mechanical Desktop Copies and Arrays   31 Mar, 1999
By: John E. Wilson

Mechanical Desktop operations that have names similar to AutoCAD operations can be perplexing to those experienced with AutoCAD commands. They either work in a different way or produce different-sometimes subtly different-results.

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Points, Planes and Other Things   31 Jan, 1999
By: John E. Wilson

Despite marketing claims to the contrary, constructing parametric 3D models, such as those using Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop, is not at all like 2D drafting.