Bird House Project

This isn’t your great grandpa’s shop class bird house; not that that project was a bad one…

A great project to learn or reinforce advanced processes and tools in Onshape. This can be used in class, or virtually, and can also be used as a going beyond project.

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Onshape Advanced Tools

So you think you know all there is to know after the basic tutorials huh? No no, that was just the tip of the iceberg!

In this set of tutorials Jim shows us the more advanced tools like Loft, Helix, Wrap, Work Planes, and Sweep. There are also a couple projects you can do with your kids to get them going using advanced tools: the Holey Ball and Bird Feeder.

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Winter Snowflake Challenge

Youtube PlaylistSnowflake Challenge

Introduction:

You have been approached by your high school’s tech club to help them design a snowflake style ornament for their annual fundraiser.  This year they would like to offer an ornament that has been laser cut.  They have a few requests for you to consider while helping them design this year’s ornament. Download the Snowflake Challenge, Check out the first video in the playlist for an introduction and let’s get started!

Constraints

Please read all of the constraints on the dowownload before you start, but here are the basics:

  • The final product must be 1/8” thick
  • Final design must fit in a 2.9” x 2.9” square.
  • Material is 1/8” thick acrylic or wood.
  • It should be simple in design: Use the tools you have just learned about in Inventor.
  • Design must have at least one patterned feature:
    • Circular or Linear
    • Mirror or curve

Resources:

Watch the videos below, and use what you have learned in class to complete this assignment. The first video is an intro to the project. Please watch it first! The other videos are review of what you learned in class about patterning and can be found in the playlist below.

Conclusion:

Did you make some cool examples? Send us some pictures or post them on social media with #CNJWinterSnowflakeChallenge Can’t wait to see your ideas!

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Onshape Assemblies

Question:

Hello, Does anyone have a simple assembly video for OnShape? 

Answer:

Are you using a Chromebook? That makes it a bit more challenging, and you may want to try watching this video first. If not, watch the video below. Still having troubles? Check out the Methodology below, and watch the video clip!

Follow this methodology…

  1. Insert the parts, click on green check when done.
  2. Right click on the part, and orient them the way you want.
  3. Choose the constraint (mate)
  4. Hover over the face of the first part you want to mate (zoom if necessary.) Pause….
  5. Then hover over the point on that face that you want to constrain… click on it.
  6. Hover over the face of the 2nd part you want to mate (zoom if necessary.) Pause….
  7. Then hover over the point on that face that you want to constrain… click on it.
  8. Flip & Reorient axis until you get it the way you want it..
  9. Then click on the green check mark.
  10. Below is a repeat of these exact steps above!

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OnShape Revolve Tool- Basic to Advanced

Real World Shapes Activity Basic Revolve Activity
Complex Revolve Activity

Introduction:

Sometimes it’s hard to get started with a basic tool in 3D modeling because it seems daunting. Here’s a great way to get started with the revolve tool and then move right into it’s more advanced features. Go as far as you want, or as far as you are supposed to. In this six video series Jim gives your students a reason to use it, and then takes them through a couple activities to practice with the basics, and then sends you on a journey to make some pretty amazing parts with an advanced activity.

What To Do:

  1. Download the Real World Shapes Activity Above and watch the first two videos below: Revolve Examples and Concepts and Practice
  2. Use 3D modeling software to complete the Real World Shapes activity, and add your screen captures to the document and hand in to your teacher or add it to your portfolio.
  3. Download the Basic Revolve Activity and watch the How to Dimension Video below.
  4. Use 3D modeling software to complete the Basic Revolve activity, and add your screen captures to the document and hand in to your teacher or add it to your portfolio.
  5. Download the Complex Revolve Activity and watch videos 2A, 2B, & 2C below.
  6. Use 3D modeling software to complete the Complex Revolve activity, and add your screen captures to the document and hand in to your teacher or add it to your portfolio.

Video Tutorials:

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