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5 Minutes of onshape

traveler_hauptmantraveler_hauptman Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 419 PRO
The discussion about how to show off Onshape in 5 minutes made me wonder, how much actual modeling can one do in 5 minutes? So came up with a little exercise to warm up with. The rules I started with were: 5 minutes of planning on paper then 5 minutes of modeling as fast as you can. It turns out that I severely underestimated what I can do in 5 minutes of modeling and 15 or 30 minutes is a more reasonable length of time. I tried to record the session but my computer ate the video file before it could save it. Next time... Here's the result. I selected the body of a little quadcopter on my desk as the inspiration. Spent 5 minutes strategizing what sequence of features would be necessary and then started modeling.

5 minutes got me this:

At 10m I had figured out a shelling approach for this situation(I rarely use it):

At 30m I had the rough model and had reached the point I had originally thought I might be able to get to in 5:

And at 45m I had refined it be dimensionally close to the original and cleaned up the propeller guard area. It's not quite ready for injection molding but not far off either....

It was a fun exercise. I learned a bit about shells and boolean operations that I didn't know before. I'll definately be doing it a few more times.

The model is here: https://cad.onshape.com/documents/47a4d745edd94562829ebae0/w/794cc7d251cd4ce2bd4edf15


  • stevehessstevehess Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 98
    That's great stuff @traveler‌ , thank you.
    Steve Hess \ Onshape Inc.
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,081 PRO
    I had a go at this with a light arm mechanism, I saw this while in the emergency dept at the hospital with my son on Christmas day, he end up with about 50 stitches in his leg after being empaled on a tree branch. I was ponding how to do this in Onshape while he was getting X-rayed not much else to do while waiting and waiting.

    Took me a bit over an hour to get a working assembly. Now to fill out and modify (could be another 4 hours to get all detail), might make a good work lamp for the shed if I can be bothered bring it out of cad to the real world.


    I will cut the screen shots down next, got to go and  get ready for camping tonight. Bruce.

    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • kevin_quigleykevin_quigley Member Posts: 306 ✭✭✭
    You had wifi signal in A and E? Impressive!
  • traveler_hauptmantraveler_hauptman Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 419 PRO
    @barbart77 That's pretty cool.
  • Jimmy_BarreraJimmy_Barrera OS Professional Posts: 7 PRO
    Thanks for sharing the quad copter model.  I'm going to demo Onshape here at Cimquest in our next quarterly; this gives me great material to use.
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