My Cartier watch design in Solidworks

 
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Lately I've been interviewing for a new position and have been learning a lot about where I stand as a designer and where I want to go. One area where I would like to improve is with my CAD skills. CAD is a very powerful tool for designers, especially when you are trying to make an idea work for manufacturing. Seeing an idea go into production is an area where I would like to have more involvement.

With this exercise, I chose to model a Cartier sketch from a prior Sketchwars entry. At Dell, I was using Creo. Most companies use Solidworks, so I thought this would be a good way to become more familiar with that program. A lot of techniques are applicable, but the interface is different from Creo.

Personally, I really love watches. I consider watches to be a form of jewelry, another way to express your style. I'm a big fan of Nixon, Bell and Ross, Cartier and other fine watches. This has been a really great exercise, and I'm looking forward to honing down the details.

Learning Solidworks and updating my portfolio

 
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Right now I’m in the process of revamping my portfolio. I took out some projects and even added a few. I’m currently in the process of revisiting a personal project that I’ve worked on while at Soulcake. It was a rebranding exercise, and I chose to rebrand Hoover.

This project ended with a polished sketch, but I wasn’t confident in my CAD skills in 2014. I’ve learned much since then and have been using this project as a way to learn Solidworks. It has been an interesting challenge going from Creo to Solidworks. A lot of the fundamentals are the same, but the interfaces are different.

I had a critique about this project recently and I’m in the process of a redesigning this vacuum cleaner. I did some additional research and have a better idea of how this vacuum cleaner will fit into the marketplace and the audience for this design. The next step will be to do some ideation and update this design for 2019.

A golf driver for Sketchwars

 

My former coworker mentioned to me that this weeks topic for Sketchwars will be golf club drivers. We both worked together at the design consultancy, Soulcake many years ago. At the time, Cobra-Puma Golf was a major client of ours. I spent many long nights sketching drivers and irons. It was challenging, but a lot of fun. We were allowed to go crazy. With a golf club driver, we could explore the possibilities of form, color materials and graphics. There was a lot of freedom with the designs.

This particular design, is based off of Cobra-Puma Golf’s F8 driver with a side and rear mounted weight location. I was initially inspired by the B2 bomber, and also incorporated elements from newer Lamborghinis. The overall design is sporty and aggressive.

An 80s Toyota Previa pickup sketch

 
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Some time ago, designer Michael DiTullo posted a picture of a hacked Toyota van with a pickup bed. I thought it was really cool, and decided to do a sketch of what this would look like if it was fixed up. I imagined a JDM spec’ed front end with period era 4 spoke wheels. A diamond plate pickup bed would be a durable than the plywood box in the photo. I really enjoyed working on this sketch and I may sketch more modified cars in the near future.