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I am an Engineering Technician who has spent 40 odd years involved with getting things made. I have designed and drawn, ordered materials programed and operated plasma and laser cutting machines. As I have worked mostly in smaller companies you get to wear many hats and do whatever is needed to get a project completed. Started my design and drawing the old fashioned way on a drawing board then started CAD with the best 2D cad of its day Generic CADD which I still have a copy on an old machine I use to drive my antique pen plotters. The pen plotters are great for entertaining children though of limited use for real work. Autocad from version 10 on was what my main tool in the 1990's being only useful as a 2D tool as 3D was awkward and not as quick for most work. My world changed when I discovered Solid Edge in 1999, 3D modeling became practical, quick and faster than the 2D approach. Solid Edge and Solid Works are my definite preference over Inventor which I have never liked. My main CAD tool now is Geomagic Design which is as I see it, the best deal going, far cheaper than both Solid Works and Inventor and a better product than inventor. I would like to be able to afford Solid Works but working on my own the amount of work I would need to produce and sell does not add up. Geomagic Design delivers technically and economically and is the most practical CAD for me to use. As I have worked in 2 different Government Departments I took advantage of the policy they then had of allowing a generous amount of time to further education as long as you keep passing your exams and did NZ Certificate of Engineering which was at the time the basic draftsman qualification. In 1984 had enough of the soul destroying work environment of the standard Government Department and took up an offer to play banjo, mandolin and button accordion in a professional Irish Pub Band, for anyone interested, this band can be found here which I did for the next ten years. As the money was not great, during the day I worked on contract commissioning heating and ventilating plant, with updating all the drawings to as built being part of this. Manual drawing then CAD as CAD became the normal way of drawing. As CAD became the normal approach to producing engineering drawings from about 1993 I spent little time commissioning HVAC plant and much more time as a contract CAD technician. Over a 5 year period I got to work alongside the best CAD Techs in town and picked up many skills that I would not have gained staying in one place. Mostly used autocad but spent 3 weeks on microstation drawing roads for the local city council. Worked for about 3 years in a steel fabrication workshop designing fuel storage systems and general engineering projects. That company wound down and was taken over by a bigger company along with the core staff. At the new company continued on with the work I had been doing as well as programing a plasma cutting machine. The new company also is one of the main fan design and build companies in New Zealand though I had little to do with the fan side of the business, at the end of my time at this company did some work on some large fans for the largest milk powder dryer in the country at the time. The engineer that had designed this type of fan had done all the clever stuff I just scaled up the existing model to the required size and generated the drawings. This company had progressed from autocad to mechanical desktop, tried inventor for about 6 months then had the good sense to change over to solid works as it was much better for modeling the fans and scaling them up and down to meet the duty required. An engineer I worked with previously also has organized me to work for him producing drawings and designs for a range of fans and dust collectors and filters. I have found the fans to be interesting to work on and await with interest as each new model is built and tested to see if it performs up to spec. I have my CAD models of the fans fairly well sorted. With fans the geometry stays the same for each fan type and everything can be driven from the rotor dia. required for the performance required with a few edits to accommodate different motor frame sizes and rotor hub sizes. Get your model right drive the main dimensions from equations from the rotor dia. and it is quick and easy to generate the drawings and cutting files for a complete range of sizes. I am now basically semi-retired and to stop myself from going insane from being bored, I do a bit of volunteer work, restoring old trams for the Tramway's Historical Society at Ferrymead. We get to do all the things not done much anymore. The other volunteer work I do is assisting at an adult literacy and numeracy program run by a local community college.


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