14 Jun, 2004 By: Laracella Sheridan

2004 Mechanical CADDIES

Cadalyst CaddiesEach year, our mechanical CADDIES design competition draws more and more excellent entries. In this and in our AEC competition (May 2004), students continue to amaze us with their talents. We look forward to the design work these folks will do when they hit the workforce. A round of applause for our diligent judges: Bill Fane, Tony Hotchkiss, Mark Huxley, Don LaCourse, and Joel Orr. We asked the judges to look at each piece with these qualities in mind: artistic merit, technical quality, and creative use of software. Artistic merit carries the most weight and creative use of the software the least. Thanks also to our loyal sponsors (see below). Now, on to the winners in this year's mechanical CADDIES competition!

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The Ultra Sonic Writer, created by Matthew Carter, is a small MP3 music player designed to look at home on a professional's desk. He used discreet 3DS max 4.2 and CorelDraw 9 on a Xeon 3D BOXX workstation with 1.7GHz dual processors, 1GB RAM, and an ELSA GLoria III 64MB graphics card.

2nd: Rado Ivanov, Studio R22, H2ROLL Pitcher.
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3rd: Jim Guthmiller, Aerostar Int'l Inc., Hot Air Balloon Burner.
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Vincent Jaramillo of ADD INC. designed these Tanks using Bentley MicroStation, discreet 3ds max, and Cebas FinalRender on a dual Pentium 4 3DBOXX workstation from BOXX Technologies. Judge Don LaCourse commented that this image is the best reflective model of all the entries.

2nd: Chris Mills, Mills Design, Drawing, Parts, and Assembly.
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3rd: Jesse Sandifer, Ryan Iltis, and Brian Cole, Green Grass Studios, Lil' Chickwalker, Hydraulics Study.
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Graduate student Roland Stern completed Mobile Grandstands for his thesis. He used AutoCAD 2002, 3ds max and Vray, and Adobe Photoshop on a Pentium 4 workstation.

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Joseph J. Park designed these Hydraulic Glass Panels as part of his undergraduate studies at the School of Visual Arts. He used Autodesk's AutoCAD 2000, VIZ 3, and Photoshop 7 on Dell workstations.

2nd: Joseph J. Park, School of Visual Arts, Industrial Green House.
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3rd: Michael Jobe, Futuristic Robot.
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Special thanks to our 2004 sponsors:


ArchVision™ is the leader in image-based content creation, management and delivery solutions. Products include a growing library of RPC™ content ranging from people, trees, shrubs and fountains to image-based automobiles and office objects. is a provider of A/E/C CAD content, including thousands of 3Dsymbols - high quality, yet low cost, ready-made and custom-order 3D models in file formats for all major architectural CAD programs - as well as thousands of 2D A/E/C drawings and construction details.

Hewlett-Packard Company
HP provides a wide selection of large-format printer/plotter products, technology and solutions specifically designed for demanding AEC and CAD applications.

The Dimension 3D Printer offers a fast, low-cost alternative for building functional 3D models. Dimension models are built layer-by-layer using ABS plastic and enables you to test form, fit and function. Once you see and feel designs come to life with Dimension, it’s hard to imagine designing without it.


@Last Software

Described as "3D for the rest of us" @Last Software's SketchUp is the must-have 3D conceptual tool for everyone from professional designers to amateurs.

3Dconnexion is the worldwide leader in 3D motion controllers for CAD markets. Over 250,000 design professionals use Two Handed Power with a motion controller in one hand and a mouse in the other to increase their productivity.

ACS Software is the developer of the AutoEDMS document management and workflow solution, for workgroups and multi-site enterprises. ACS Software services engineering and manufacturing markets.

  SILVER features over 160 AutoCAD add-ons and utilities including CAD to PDF, viewers, blocks managers, symbols, hatch utilities, and much more from over 50 Software Vendors.


Alibre redefines professional 3D CAD with Alibre Design, the easy-to-use low-cost application for 3D parametric solid modeling, and unique on-demand support via the Alibre Assistant.

Got drawing details? Use layers? Is your Network full? ArchMedia, Inc. creates solutions that increase your productivity with our AutoLib, AutoLayer, and AutoErase utilities for AutoCAD.


auto?des?sys is the developer of form?Z, a hybrid 3D solid and surface modeler with drafting, photorealistic rendering, radiosity, animation, and a full range unique, state of the art 3D modeling operations.


PDF and DWF unite with AcroPlot Pro. Batch convert AutoCAD, Word, cals, gp4, tiff, and more to both PDF and DWF in just minutes. Two great formats from one easy-to-use interface.

ETECAD, Ltd. was established in June 2000 with the mission to develop CAD-related applications. The company's objective is to provide high-quality, easy-to-use, and affordable software solutions for all CAD users: planners, architects, engineers, draftsmen, and others.

Do you work with AutoCAD-based software? Architects, engineers and designers around the world use GlobalCAD add-on products to boost productivity and manage their design data more effectively.

A global leader in design technologies, Nemetschek N.A. has developed CAD software for the personal computer since 1985. VectorWorks, our flagship product, is one of the world's best selling CAD products.

PRO-CAD Software Ltd. develops a complete line of 2D and 3D piping design and modeling software for AutoCAD users.

Realworld Imagery, Inc. is the premier producer of photo-realistic people, plants, vehicles, seamless textures collections for design visualization. The AEC professional's choice since 1988.

Thomas Industrial Network is a leading provider of Internet sourcing and marketing solutions for industrial buyers and suppliers., powered by Thomas Register of American Manufacturers and Thomas Regional Directory, offers a comprehensive online resource for industry, including detailed product information, company information and computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. Additional information is available at

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