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NRG's Capstan Project modeled in Shapr3d for iPad


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Hi All, 

 

With a return to onsite work slowly approaching full-time, my modeling at home has taken a severe and gut-wrenching slow-down.   For context, I commute 2.5 hours each way, 5-days a week.   I take a bike, a bus, a boat and a train - so lots of down time just sitting.   Ive been looking for ways to scratch that itch and express my interests in ships and ship modeling when I cant be at the bench at home and started messing around more seriously with available "soft-CAD" programs available on things like iPad.   Some time ago I discovered Shapr3d and used it to design and build my home workshop and found it incredibly useful and very intuitive to use.   This is not a full-featured CAD program, and it is likely that a seasoned CAD user will likely find it limiting.   However, if you simply want to tinker casually without being bogged down by 1000 features you'll never use, and are looking for a way to build things when you cant be in your workshop than this is a great option.   

 

When I first picked it up I had ZERO experience and learned the program pretty quickly.   The available online tutorials help a great deal.  

 

In the last week, I used the practicum designed by @tlevine available at NRG to build the British capstan project virtually.   I did all of this work in 2 hour stints while traveling to and from work, using the pdf of the plans to model each component and then assemble.   I still intend to build this project in wood very soon, but for the time being found this little exercise well worth it.   In either case, its a great way to prototype ideas and work out designs.   I tried to build as close to the specs and steps outlined in the practicum.  In a way, I think Im better prepared to have a go at the real thing as now Im intimately aware some of the complicated aspects of the model design.

 

Modeling the beams and carlings...

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Modeling the capstan step, marking out, bolt holes and brakes...

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Grate ledges, grates....

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Barrel, Drum Head, Welps, Chocks, Chains

 

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Final Assembly, Completion

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Edited by Justin P.
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