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Computer-Aided Design is the use of computers in the engineering design process. It involves drafting, modelling, simulation, optimisation, and creation of technical documentation. The term CAD is often used to denote software for computer-aided design.

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Manual vs Fusion360 calculation of natural frequency of beam

I'm trying to uncover the natural frequency of a mass-less beam with 2 masses attached but getting different answers from Fusion360 vs a hand calculation. L1=1m, L2=2m, m1=10kg, m2=10kg, Young's=...
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Freecad arc direction constraint

I've got the following sketch: (A vertical line of 3mm, 5mm from the center of the sketch, with an arc running from end to end.) FreeCAD indicates that this sketch is fully constrained. However, ...
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Get average shape from 10k + files

We have a ton of ergonomic data in STL files. We would like to use that data to define a basic shape for our designs. So what i am looking for an algorithm or software solution that is able to scan ...
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What is a good and citeable definition for surface-patches [closed]

I want to describe for a paper an algorithm that I developped with CATIA that uses the hybridshapefill function. The algorithm should be described more general. Therefore I want to find definitons for ...
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Automatic dimensioning

I have set of random points in the workspace as shown in the figure. I want to automatically dimension those points (Linear dimension only) in the best possible way by using any programming language ...
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Tolerances in a pin-hole assembly

Hi guys, can someone explain how to do this question? This question is under Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances and I am clueless on how to tackle problem like this. EDIT This is the explanation ...
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What is the convention for the origin coordinates of a CAD drawing?

Is there a convention to use (0, 0, 0) as the center of a CAD drawing? If so, why? Wouldn't it be easier to use (0, 0, 0) as the bottom left corner and start drawing on the positive coordinates?
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Conversion of orthographic projection to isometric projection [duplicate]

I'm new to engineering drawing, and I am having trouble drawing isometric projection from orthographic projections. Can someone give the steps/thought process behind this conversion? I can upload the ...
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Software correction of CAD or Gcode based on machine measurements

I own a CNC machine (Shapeoko 3 XXL) which I use to make projects that require good 90° angles, and I have been through several steps of improvement/calibration of the machine that are described in ...
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Trying to find proper Open source CAD Software For the Automatic Tooth Comparing [closed]

I am trying to do the Automatic Tooth's CAD Compare for Tooth crowns preparation. One software for this work is the PrepCheck software and do it like shown below (YouTube video)]6 So it must be done ...
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Design a Jig and Fixture for 3-axis CNC Milling Machine

Newbie Here!!! This is my assignment task. I am required to design a Jig and Fixture for 3-axis CNC Milling Machine. The workpiece will be a simple aluminium block and it will be cut and shaped into a ...
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Bulk edit or script multiple DXF files

I have several hundred .dxf files that are all pretty simple rectangles with MText inside. I am looking for a way to, in bulk, convert the MText to Polylines (TXTEXP) without having to open each file ...
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eDrawings Displays Text Differently Than Spinfire

I am generating a very simple DXF file with the netDXF library. The DXF is a polyine box with text in the middle. When I open the file in SpinFire and DWG Trueview the text is centered (image with H ...
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Intersection constraints?

Is it possible to constraint a line on another line by way of a perpendicular constraint? This also includes center points on other objects. What I am trying to accomplish is to move a rectangular ...
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How can I change the type of extrusion output in Siemens NX 12?

I´m new to Siemens NX 12 coming from Fusion 360. I´m having problems with the extrusion command in NX 12. I´ve created a sketch where I want to extrude one big body and then add with the second ...
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What what software tools do engineers use to programatically generate and parameterize 2D CAD designs

For many years I've been writing scripts to generate SVG graphics, first in stand-alone python scripts, then in Inkscape extensions, and then in various JS frameworks. I'm considering creating a web-...
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Solidworks Extrude Base/Boss - Base Extrude Doesn't Seem to Exist Anymore?

I've started using SolidWorks migrating from other software, Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E) and the Base/Boss terminology confused me. After significant research, I've found that a "base ...
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How do I interpret a fillet indication on a technical drawing

I'm reproducing in Fusion 360 an object based on a technical drawing, but I have trouble understanding what this means: When I read the Wikipedia article on Engineering drawing, abbreviations and ...
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FreeCAD - where are the library files?

I downloaded FreeCAD 0.18 from the Ubuntu Software (snap). I don't know where are the libraries, so i can do import FreeCAD and run standalone Python programs with ...
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Solidworks Loft error (guide curve not intersecting with profiles)

I am trying to add 'finger grooves' to my model of a brake lever and want to use a loft to do so. I have created (to my knowledge) all required sketches for the loft but SW gives me an error when ...
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What is “reversal” in mechanical engineering drawing?

I've come across these terms "reversals allowed" and "reversals not allowed" in a sample drawing while reading a GD&T course. What exactly are these terms? What do they mean?
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How did OXO manufacture this colander with such intricate wall feature?

Here's my guess, but I would love to hear another perspective. I think this is injection molded. This colander has draft angles and the two mold halves use an intricate step-like wall pattern to ...
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Autodesk Inventor Make Holes on Different Edges Based on One Line

I need to invent a construction based on standard square tubes with holes placed in certain distance from each other and from ends of the tubes: I also need to imagine the tube with holes as a ...
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In freecad, how do you copy a sketch geometry from one plane to another?

I'm using FreeCAD, and I would like to copy all the geometry in a 2D sketch to another plane. So you have a 2D drawing on XY, and you want the same geometry to be copied to XZ. I can't seem to find an ...
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Setup Invention Process in Engineering CAD Software

I need to develop a collapsible metal construction. I have a few specific prerequisites. Generally speaking, it will be something like a big construction toy, but not be a toy. It has the specific ...
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Different results for every cloud compare aligning module

I have tried cloudcompare and the aligning ICP module like this: and give transformation matrix lie this: For one STL file twice and get different result for under 0.1 value in max distance like ...
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I need a roller setting where I input a 1 feet fabric and need it to be reduced and compressed about 9 inches and released back as 1 feet fabric

I have a requirement where I need to input 1 ft wide flexible 5mm thick fabric into a roller setting where my width is reduced to 9 inches and compressed and released back as 1 ft. I thought of using ...
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Help understanding this dimension sheet

I am trying to currently model a few parts for my custom 3D Printer. I have found some flanged lead screw nuts i'm going to use, but i'm having a hard time reading the dimension sheet. Specifically, ...
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How can I draw an angled wall with constant thickness per slice along an axis?

This questions is hard for me to formulate, so here is the problem: During these Covid-19 times, my dad (a mechanics manufacturing teacher) made two articles (1, 2) on how to design and model custom-...
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Cloudcompare Cut at specific coordination by one reference cut (third part of question)

according to these two previous question: Cloud compare Cut at specific coordination by one reference cut and : Cloud-compare Cut at specific coordination by one reference cut (second part of ...
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Cloudcompare M3C2 vs C2M signed distance outputs (reference cloud problem!)

I have two mode which using the cloud compare for comparing those together, i used the ordinary distance compare method ( C2M signed method) with this parameter as you can see here: and for more ...
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Moving extrusions on bent surface

Hi there I found my self with a broken pair of headphones for which I am designing a spare part in Inventor right now. (Using Inventor Professional 2020). I have the problem that I have a set of ...
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Calculating and Designing a Ring Gear for LEGO

I'm working on 3d printing a planetary gear for LEGO. I've got a constrained set of planetary + sun gears and was looking into designing a custom ring gear. I've read a little bit into the design of ...
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Solidworks motionstudy/motion study causes parts to “jump”

(solidworks files here) I've made a small assembly thet mooves smoothly manually, but when I try to moove it the same way is motion study, it collides is a strange way... what can be the cause of ...
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Banking progression in NASCAR tracks

the Bristol Motor Speedway is 0.533 mi long racetrack. The road is banked and circular. The straights are banked to 6–10° and turns to 26–30°. I have made a small diagram for ilustration. Before the ...
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How to model Motor Windings in Solidworks?

I want to model a DC motor in order to eventually do some simulations (temperature/cooling related) and I'm wondering what is the best way to model the motor windings? I've seen a few video's on how ...
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How do you create a mounting device for a PCB if the PCB's mounting hole positions aren't documented?

I'm trying to create a place for these PCBS to mount onto: https://www.amazon.com/ELEGOO-Prototype-Soldering-Compatible-Arduino/dp/B072Z7Y19F/ref=pd_cart_vw_crc_1_2/133-3052301-7665733?_encoding=UTF8&...
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Creating an extrude in creo parametric 5

I’m trying to create the following extrude. I have created a crankshaft based on the following sketch: I then removed material as follows, which is placed on the rear surface of the shaft. The ...
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How do I create nano-scale mesh electronics in Solidworks?

I'm trying to complete a project for my solidworks course and it involves nanoelectronics. The idea is to create a mesh array of field effect transistors (FETs) that will monitor the firing of neurons ...
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Cube vertex/corner blending/fillet algorithm

I created fillets/blending for a cube corner in 3 cases. For the first case, the 3 radius are equal. The blending surface is a sphere patch. For the second case, two radius are smaller than the ...
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Assign a name to surface in CAD STEP file

I have a CAD model designed in FreeCAD and need to export it to a STEP file (neutral CAD format) to be used in numerical anaysis software. I would like to assign names to selected surfaces in order to ...
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Bendable flaps on sheet metal

I'm trying to cut some bendable flaps on aluminium sheets for hooking/clipping onto some fabric. The flaps I have in mind look like this: Are these common features? Does anyone know the geometry of ...
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Wireframe parts in Siemens NX

This is probably a fairly basic question for seasoned Siemens NX users, but I can't find a solution anywhere. I have a large assembly and I would like to set certain components to wire frame view, ...
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Trying to get a plane at a certain distance and angle

I'm working with solidworks and trying to make a plane at a certain distance and angle from another plane. Just for some context, I want to do something like this: My plan was to create a plane at ...
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Design automation using fluid dynamics simulations

I have a question about design automation or generative design. There is a company that creates pumps. Their work-flow is following: 1) create design of a pump using CAD 2) create mesh for ...
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SOLIDWORKS - 3D Sketch of Trombone

My task is to create a 3D Sketch of a trombone like the one below My professor recommended defining the points 1-4 and putting a spline through them. I did that, but my resulting design looks weird. ...
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What CAD software is this?

In Rocket Lab's presentation video, at around 00:21, you can see some engineer work with CAD software. Here's a screenshot: Can anyone recognize which software they're using? Asking for a friend.
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Getting From 3D a model to CNC router

Apologies if this is not the correct SE for this sort of question. But, this is the only place I've seen an appreciable number of CAD questions. If this isn't appropriate for engineering.se, a pointer ...
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Solidworks static simulation having issues

I've got everything set. Material is aluminum alloy 6061. I've set the component contacts to no penetration. I have a contact set where both blocks meet and keep getting the same error. The bottom ...
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Getting the elevation of a specific point of a elevation gridline

In a highway Project, I have to design a road connecting to roads together. The map I have on AutoCAD is a elevation gridlines map and I have x, y and z coordinates but I don't know how to get an ...