Solidworks is a powerful tool for designing parts. When I think that I have mastered the program, I see stuff that makes me want to learn how to do it. This sort of thing, for instance. I don’t have a 3D printer right here, but I do have a makerspace with printers nearby and some ideas for projects. Now all I need to do is crank up Solidworks and draw them up.
Why is manufacturing important? I wish that I didn’t have to point this out, but apparently many people don’t really understand the difference between service work and work that actually adds real value in goods. The problem is that services just push money around without actually producing any real assets.
There’s been a ton of good stuff lately on building a web platform. Right now, I suspect that for anybody who does anything remotely creative knowing how to create and build a presence on the web is going to be essential.
“How It’s Made” is a quirky program on the Science channel. What it is a demonstration of how various products are made. Each segment is about 5 minutes long and on the cable channel the program will have four or so to make up the 20 minute show(1/2 hour with commercials). Here’s a short segment from a typical show. This one is for vacuum rated ball valves.
Back in the 1930’s and through the 1960’s GM. Fisher Body ran a program and a competition to get young, mostly boys but I don’t think girls were excluded, inspired into making and creativity. This was the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild.
When I was working on the sheet metal post, I had forgotten this article in Make Magazine on how to make a spot welder. Having a spot welder is very useful when working with sheet metal and small parts. It’s also a good start project to develop skills that will help you later.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of innocence is drowned | The best lack all conviction, while the worst | Are full of passionate intensity. -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming