CAD Tech News (#19)

11 Jun, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff

▶ User Profile: Inventor in Training

Ernesto Mosqueda is always striving to expand his design skills — and to use his growing knowledge to improve everything around him.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

It's not surprising that machinist Ernesto Mosqueda works at Disneyland — a place built around bringing imaginative visions to life. From the earliest days of his career, Mosqueda has had a knack for spotting opportunities for improvement, designing practical solutions, and putting them into action. His lifelong commitment to learning has supported this drive to invent, leading him from drawing on graph paper to designing in SolidWorks.

Ernesto Mosqueda

Cadalyst: Currently, you perform preventive maintenance on theme park rides and attractions. How did you become interested in this type of work?

Ernesto Mosqueda: Starting when I was 7 or 8 years old, I helped my Dad in his garage. I was intrigued by all those moving parts — taking those engines apart and putting them back together. Before I could go out and play, I had to put in a couple of hours helping out in the garage.

My father never let me give up when I was tinkering with things, and I've done a lot of things — welding, fabrication, design, landscaping — I've been all over the board. He also made me appreciate starting at the bottom and working my way up; I learned the value of gaining experience.

Tell us how you were introduced to CAD.

More than ten years ago, when I was a self-employed designer of food-processing equipment, I did everything on graph paper. I could draw in 3D and understand the front, back, and sides of parts, and the customers would approve the work based on those drawings. Dimensions, callouts, exploded views, detail views — they seemed to understand the designs just fine. But there were a lot of things that couldn't be done on paper, such as seeing clearances and materials, and conducting motion studies.

Later on, when I was working at Day-Lee Foods, my boss was using SolidWorks to design a conveyor system that would roll tortillas to make frozen taquitos. I saw him rotating a 3D object on his computer screen and thought, what software is this? I had to know more about it; I was really curious about the software and its abilities. Read more »

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is the editor in chief of Cadalyst.

▶ Modo 901 Expands the 3D Content Creation Universe

Enhancements to The Foundry's latest release include the incorporation of MeshFusion, which was formerly a plugin.

By Randall S. Newton

The new edition of The Foundry's Modo, released May 27, ups the ante in the crowded field of multipurpose 3D content creation software. Modo has developed a diverse set of users in fields as varied as industrial styling, game character design, animation, and rendering for commercial art. Modo 901 delivers new features for all these users, while at the same time improving under-the-hood basic performance.

In a surprising move, The Foundry is recommending a specific computer and graphics card to Modo 901 users. "We recommend using the HP Z440 Workstation with an Nvidia Quadro K4200 graphics card," the company said in a prepared statement. "This combination gives you the performance you need for advanced GPU [graphics processing unit] functions now available in Modo 901."

Modo has a following among professionals in manufacturing, as well as in media and entertainment. Image courtesy of Mike James for The Foundry.
Modo has a following among professionals in manufacturing, as well as in media and entertainment. Image courtesy of Mike James for The Foundry.

It is easy for CAD users to think of general-purpose 3D modeling tools such as Modo as being all about the artistic side, dismissing them as tools for making shiny blobs — or blobby monsters. But expectations are rising: that blobby monster may need to be printed in 3D; the cherry-red car hood model may be headed to both the factory and the advertising studio. Turning an artist's vision into a final product — whether that product is a film character or a physical product — requires precise geometric manipulation as well as free-form styling. Read more »

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Randall S. Newton is principal analyst at Consilia Vektor, and a contributing analyst for Jon Peddie Research.


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Innovation in the Digital Age
June 25, 2015
11 a.m. ET
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) strategic management consulting and research firm, will host this webinar describing use cases appropriate for PLM and collaborative innovation using a systemic innovation case study from Procter & Gamble. Read more »

Conquering the Chaos: How BIM Can Help Improve Project Coordination
June 25, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Autodesk webinar will explain how Autodesk BIM 360 and Autodesk Navisworks 2016 can help construction professionals better manage cross-discipline project teams with building information modeling (BIM). Read more »

2015 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC)
July 20–24, 2015
Hollywood, Florida
This 31st annual event provides a professional venue where attendees can network and learn about the latest innovations in the field of portable 3D industrial measurement technologies. Read more »

Building Content Summit 2015
July 22, 2015
Washington, D.C.
This one-day event will focus on better understanding the unique challenges related to BIM content. Read more »

Revit Technology Conference 2015
July 23–25, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Attendees of the fifth North American Revit Technology Conference can learn from some of the world's top instructors and industry experts. Read more »

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