Post by suctionhose on Jan 15, 2017 12:27:41 GMT
And you are right, we are all at different places, with different skills, resources and interests. The role of the computer in our lives and what it can do will vary accordingly. As a retired 68 year old engineer, I could not do without my computer anymore than I could without my over the yard arm beer at 5:00PM each day! I'm not using the computer all day like the kids with their phones, but I use it for ME stuff for an hour or so most days.
Very true! I'm pleased the exact flavour of individual interests has been mentioned. I have generally found the CNC camp fiercely defensive of their choices - why I don't know as the skills, knowledge and tools, different as they are, are equally deserving of credit as any "idea to reality" exercise has ever been. (Buying a part is not making it but the maker is the maker using whatever tools he/she chooses)
To the observer, there is often a standoff between Traditionalists and Modernists each trying to justify their legitimacy. I don't hold that view myself but I have felt some degree of ridicule from people when I say I don't want to change. There is this "force" these days that has people blindly computerising everything possible "because it must be better".
Yes I'm cynical. Now that I've had a live taste of 3D, here's why it is unlikely to ever play a significant role in my model engineering:
1. It's a personal choice, but I want to experience the skills that created the prototype I'm reproducing.
2. I use computers but don't enjoy using computers. (They're a necessary evil with great benefits in certain areas...)
3. Use of 3D, unless I retool for it basically brings other people into my private space. It's personal time. Leave me alone!
4. The expense of making parts through hiring others' services is prohibitive in a model. (counter intuitive - is that the modern expression for "it doesn't make sense"?)
5. Outsourcing parts to others robs me of the opportunity to make them myself! I doubt I could finish a model relying on other people to do things. A) Cost & B) Time
Anyway, I do feel model engineering is a very broad field. People within it's boundaries have many, many motivations - not always compatible - but equally deserving of recognition.
I nudged the 3D subject to see what it's about. For my purposes I find it computer heavy with no sensible result. As you say there are different tools for different jobs....
What are you building atgordon if I may ask?