This is a CAD package that goes a lot further than the free Autodesk 123D Design I've been using previously. The main advantage seems to be the parametric structure to the programme which allows each part to have a complete history of non-destructive changes. Parts are initially designed separately, then brought together to create an assembly. There are lots of alignment and constraint tools available to do this to a high degree of accuracy.
My plan is to at least learn at least enough CAD to be able to draft my projects and have them 3D printed from time to time. Here we see a plan for a very simple (and probably somewhat naive) device to help me digitize 8mm movie film. I've been messing about with something like this made of card and foamboard, so getting it made in plastic ought to be something of an improvement.
|Geomagic DesignCAD drawing of assembly. Motor, sprocket, film channel and film strip combined.|
So it's a stepper motor with a sprocket wheel attached and a film channel to guide the film through. Maybe not rocket science, but it's a mechanism and will need to be made with some precision if it's to work in any way at all. One day I'd like to 3D print this at home, but in the meantime, it's off to Shapeways.com with my .stl files again...
|CAD drawing of 25 tooth sprocket wheel to fit on motor shaft.|
|CAD drawing of film channel (guides the film by its edges) and housing for motor.|