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And now, for something a bit silly... (How It's CADded Pilot/Test Episode - PVC Fitting)

alnisalnis Member, Developers Posts: 447 EDU
edited August 2020 in General
So, I had a silly idea and decided to make this haha. It's a crossover in the styles of CGMatter (super fast Blender tutorials) and How It's Made (TV show documenting manufacturing of various goods). Essentially, the idea is to make a quick, funny CAD tutorial that's fun to watch even you aren't a mechanical engineer/CAD user, but if you are one, there are little workflow tricks that might help you out. The narration and music are inspired by the narration and theme song of How It's Made.

This is a pilot/test episode, so things may be a bit rough around the edges. Please let me know any feedback you have!
Student at University of Washington | Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | Currently an Onshape intern: [email protected]


  • bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member, User Group Leader Posts: 785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can hear the How it's Made theme music play in my head as I watch the video. :) 
    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

  • john_hauckjohn_hauck Member Posts: 52 PRO
    I like the "flow" of the video.  :)

    From this and your table video, you clearly can see various ways to design a configurable model. You seem to be able to accomplish a task with the least amount of steps, while keeping the design open to modification. I think it might be interesting to have a video series that shows multiple ways to create a part like this with the pros/cons of each approach. For example, in your above model, the 45 degree elbow is not like the one below, because of your approach. I guess I'm just baiting you to do more, because I enjoy watching.

  • bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member, User Group Leader Posts: 785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    When is the next episode?
    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

  • alnisalnis Member, Developers Posts: 447 EDU
    @bryan_lagrange the music is from the YouTube music library, so it's free to use on any projects, including commercial ones. It's called "Movin" from "MK2" and sounds surprisingly similar to the actual how it's made theme!

    @john_hauck Thanks! That sounds like a good idea for a video series. In this case, my goal was to make a model that's fast to make & easy to use from an assembly and BOM perspective, but that was at the expense of having an accurate shape and looking like the real thing. It would be fun to show a few approaches for modeling, e.g. "fast," "for rendering & visualization," "for 3D printing," etc.

    As for the next episode, my current video is taking quite a long time to make. It will be a more musical/higher production value video in the style of Epic Rap Battles of History, except with CAD programs :) It's a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of work!

    Sorry for the late responses!
    Student at University of Washington | Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | Currently an Onshape intern: [email protected]
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