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Scan&Solve Pro Analysis: Spirit of the Rivers

For generations before axe first struck timber to develop the current civilization of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the land was inhibited by culturally rich indigenous people. To commemorate those who once inhabited the area and so graciously protected the land, the bronze monumental sculpture Spirit of the Rivers  is being built on the shores of Lake Michigan (read more about Spirit of the Rivers…

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Added by Will Sixel on November 1, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Assessing caster mount design

The object to be studied is a table saw with two wheels on one side of it.  To make it fully mobile, two additional caster mounted wheels will be added to the opposite side of the table saw…

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Added by Will Sixel on August 19, 2015 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Evaluating CNC plasma cutter support stiffness

This blog post will delve into another structural design problem that was solved with Scan&Solve.  A CNC plasma cutter was designed and a question arose regarding the end plates…

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Added by Will Sixel on July 24, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Analyzing tube failure with Scan&Solve

This story starts with an unexpected failure, as many engineering problems do.  My hope is to show the great utility of Scan&Solve at every stage of the design process.

Two tabs were being used as a bolt mount attached to steel tubing.  However, the steel tubing failed, causing the tab to break away. The tab appeared to have failed from the bottom first, then the tab separated after flexing away from the tubing. The top tab, now having to bear the entire load, then deformed as…

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Added by Will Sixel on June 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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