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Kevin De Smet last won the day on March 8 2011

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  1. I'd thought if you tried opening the file in Notepad or Wordpad, you'd be able to search for something like "2010" and "2011" and so on. But this does not appear to work. The file is barely even text readable, that's really not cool!
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    Difficult To Model In Solidworks

    Yeah. real men use DELCAM SHOEMAKER (so funny there's dedicated shoe cad!)
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    Difficult To Model In Solidworks

    No no, New Balance is a company and yes I believe only the soles designs. They do a lot of running shoes with complex soles so, it makes sense to be honest they'd use SolidWorks for their hard surfaces aka. the sole.
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    Difficult To Model In Solidworks

    Well, New Balance uses SolidWorks to model their soles. But not the uppers I think. *rant warning* eitherway shoe designs sucks! So whatever they're using they better STOP IT! or got off this insane fashion lifecycle where they got just 3 months to design a friggin' shoe. No wonder it sucks. *end rant*
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    Solidworks Draft Edge With Fillets

    SolidWorks doesn't handle draft well on fillets, I would put the draft on there before the fillets, and add the fillets afterwards. If you have no history tree you can use Features > Face > Delete Face (Delete and Patch) and select all the fillet faces to heal the geometry back to its theoretical sharp edges. Then draft and re-apply the fillets.
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    Software For Automobile Modelling

    Hehehe. Seat engineer. Classic! "What are you?" "I'm a seat engineer" ...well, I'd still take it tho'
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    Software For Automobile Modelling

    There are really two primary programs aimed at car body modeling, that's Alias Studio and ICEM Surf. Both were often specifically tweaked and enhanced for their automotive clients. Nevertheless they are approaching 15 years or more since their inception and it's not necessarily easy to work with them. They both use a nurbs/bezier patch modeling methodology. This means fighting with continuity a lot but, you can get some very nice models if you grow experience.
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    Solidworks Boundary Blend

    Hard to visualize, post some pictures or a parasolid model.
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    Beauty In Design

    I'm not a believer in this, when something is beautiful it's beautiful, when something isn't – it isn't. What might happen though is different people will look at things for different reasons, some will pay attention to the colors others the shape yet others its function. This simply weeds out designs that can't hack it on all of these front and so is not 'beautiful'. I'm also not a big fan of minimalism, others may find it attractive, but I find it boring.
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    Design Simplicity

    I'm not a huge fan of simple, because I think it's boring. Really that's about it. But there are always exceptions, as Koman touched upon and I agree more extravagant designs are less ergonomically widespread. I can't stand all those funky shaped big mice that are supposed to "follow your hand" and whatever they try to claim. Might work for some people though, but not for me.
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    C2~0 A coin phrased from Gray Holland's Periodic Table of Form, and this form fascinates me. I have started a page on Facebook for anybody to like or add photos of your own projects or examples of products you have seen with this design style that you really liked. Equally fine of course to just post them in this thread. I'd love to see them! http://www.facebook.com/pages/C20/147571635310414
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    How Can Consumer Products Be So Inexpensive?

    Many thanks for the explanation. And that's where my thread went, I was looking over here but didn't see it so I thought it got nuked by the account meltdown so decided to post again
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    How Can Consumer Products Be So Inexpensive?

    What about all of the upfront engineering and thinking to design a functional product? How can that ever get earned back without making not just "a" profit but a good profit. When does a company go break-even on a product? Is it expected to take years to reach that? Risky business.
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    Modeling Mannequin Form

    I don't suppose you have access to one, but this object is ideal for scanning and then using that as a guide for modeling. Solidworks Premium can handle scan data reasonably well if you don't have very large point-cloud data sets. For a single object like this it should be excellent.
  15. I understand consumer products are mass produced products. Profit in numbers. More often than not, the products are pretty good and of a fair level of quality. What I don't get is how they can sell for so little and still make a profit in the end? The price you pay in the store sometimes seems to hardly even cover the gas it took for shipping and handling! Of course I'm not complaining but I am intrigued to know how they manage to do it.

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