This is a single cylinder engine I designed to be 3D printed and become a crankable demo model. It was lots of fun to design and I thought it would make for good tutorial material. As such, I went ahead and produced a 19 part series demonstrating its construction and presentation.

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I initially designed this in SolidWorks due to that program’s terrific constraints and motion study abilities. I then took that info and reworked it from scratch in TurboCAD – which then became the tutorial.

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This is a rotary table that I designed with the intention of creating a new video tutorial series. It was fun to design and to produce the series. I hope that you find the design and render appealing. A bit of thanks goes to Henry Hubich for answering my forum question about 36:1 worm gears. That little bit of info gave me the confidence to move forward with this design.

Within the tutorial the reader will be lead through each keystroke to produce all the rotary table components, with the exception of a few standardized parts, that are downloaded from vendors. The reader will also learn how to insert standard lighting, will learn how to utilize render scene luminance and establish a render scene environment. The reader will learn how to render their drawing and save it in a high resolution image format. Additionally, the reader will be lead through all the steps required to create an exploded view of the rotary table and print it out in PDF format.

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One of the fundamental concepts in TurboCAD, when it comes to drawing in 3D, is the use and understanding of workplanes. Most new users are initially overwhelmed by this concept, but once the user puzzles out what workplanes are all about they quickly realize that they weren’t that complex after all.

Each workplane tool, complete with a user-friendly explanation and example, will be illustrated within this tutorial and this will be done by having the reader work through various examples keystroke by keystroke. By the time the reader reaches the end of this tutorial any confusion about workplanes should have lessened significantly.

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Within the tutorial the reader will be lead through each keystroke to produce all the arbor press components that are illustrated above. The reader will also learn how to insert standard lighting, will learn how to utilize render scene luminance and establish a render scene environment. The reader will learn how to render their drawing and save it in a high resolution image format. Additionally, the reader will be lead through all the steps required to create an exploded view of the arbor press.

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Within the tutorial the reader will be lead through each keystroke to produce all the machinist tool chest components that are illustrated. The reader will also learn how to insert standard lighting, will learn how to utilize render scene luminance and establish a render scene environment. The reader will learn how to render their drawing and save it in a high resolution image format. Additionally, the reader will be lead through all the steps required to produce 10 drawing sheets utilizing both dimension and annotation tools.

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