By popular demand this will be an interactive blog to show how 3D solid modeling can make the design and build process of woodworking, or almost any project, more fun and with better plans.
The 3D modeling program is Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express which is a FREE program from PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation) that I have been using since 2000 (then know as Solid Designer).
If you want to join this adventure, go to the download site, check the PC requirements, download the application (either 32 bit or 64 bit depending on you PC setup), install the program for you current operating system, and get ready for some easy modeling!
Opening Screen of Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express
When you open the Creo application you should see something like the following screen. The dialog box in the center is one of several tutorials to help get started and you can try these tutorials at any time. You probably can’t really see the detail of the total screen but at this point it is not that important.
Interactivity can be done with PM or emails directly so please let me know how each of you want to proceed!
The next entry will start with a real simple model!
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