Solidworks subway station

I wanted this to become an “every Friday” series, but with my habit of rushing and then giving up, I’m not surprised I’m making this post on a Tuesday. Anyways, this week’s model project was a subway station.

This is the first point where it started taking shape and looking like a subway station. When I was doing the pillars down the center, I realized the platform was too small, both in width and length. I tried using some of the dimensions from the T1 trains that run in Toronto and adding a little more length to all of the dimensions but I guess I was a bit off.


Next was adding the running rails and third rail.


This is the first rendering of the station with rails and everything on both sides.firstrender

I was really happy with the way the model looked so I wanted to add a staircase that led to a whole concourse level and even to a bus bay. I added a staircase and extended the tunnel to make more room on the top. As soon as I extended the rails, Solidworks started lagging so I couldn’t go any further than just the staircase.render1 render3

So that’s the model for this week. We’ll see what next week brings (and hopefully my computer will be up to it).

Canada’s Wonderland sign

Modelling things in Solidworks has become sort of a hobby. With every new attempt, I’m learning about more features and how to accomplish things in other ways. Earlier this week, I wanted to try modeling a building but that didn’t turn out so well. Today, I tried modeling something I’m very familiar with: the “old” sign from Canada’s Wonderland. It went through many changes over the years until it was finally removed last year. Here’s a picture I used for reference, taken with my crappy camera phone in 2011:


It began very well. I learned how to do arcs (for the Cedar Fair coaster logo) and how to use a picture to sketch something (the logo text). I ran into a lot of errors doing the text that I almost gave up at that point. I tried working around it, and eventually just turned off the warnings altogether.

cwsolidworks I also learned a lot about appearances in this model. Not only did I take coloring a little more seriously this time around (remember observation deck USA?), but I also used images on this model like the stone on the pillar and the Cedar Fair coaster. This is the final sketch with shading and borders:solidworks_final_sketch

And here are the “photoshoot” photos. They’re rendered at the maximum setting, which my computer did not like at all.final_front final_upwardfinal_dimetric

Windseeker turned Observation Deck Americana

3D modelling is a lot of fun, at least when dimensions and structure don’t really matter. I tried modelling Windseeker. I started with the top of the tower. When the “UFO” was coming together, I realized how thick I had made the tower. It looks a little chunky but whatever.


Next, I did some detailing at the base of the tower:

windseeker2 And this is what it looked like at that point:

windseeker3 I started an attempt to make the Windseeker lattice gondola structure with no good results. It’s just too complicated with my limited skills right now. I decided to make it a simple observation tower:windseeker4I didn’t bother adding cables or machinery. I felt it looked good enough since I was doing this to get more of a feel for the program. Any model I do is open to a revisit.

All that was left was to color/texture the thing. This was the result…..windseeker_USAGod bless the USA, even though I’m Canadian.

A few short notes:

  • The railings on the UFO are way too small. The model is shown with shading and borders. Without the borders, you wouldn’t see any railings because they’re that thin.
  • I need to start naming the different features in the model. Up to this point, I’ve been going with the program’s default names for everything so it can be a little more organized by manually naming important features.
  • I shouldn’t go with the first color scheme I come up with at 2 in the morning…

First Solidworks results

I’ve been meaning to learn how to use SolidWorks for a long time now. I was looking for a good book or guide on how to get started, not realizing until now that the program has some decent tutorials already in it. I went through the first ones that shows how to make a part and assembly, getting used to the different tools in the program. Here’s the final product from one of the tutorials:

solidworkspart1Of course, I had to try my hand at doing something coaster/ride related. I was able to make a single support column but I’m sure there is so much wrong with the file to a professional…support

I found a video tutorial on how to build a spiral staircase which was great except he stopped the video just before doing the handrail. After a full day of messing around, I managed to do it, along with a midrail.stairsfinalI still have lots of learning to do with this program but I’m totally enjoying it. I’m sure I’ll have lots more half completed models to show you soon.