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CAD & 3D Modeling
Success Stories
on Mac & Windows

Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D modeling software helps define the leading-edge in many of the world’s most advanced industries on both Mac and Windows.

Has Ashlar-Vellum CAD or 3D modeling software contributed to one of your successes? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Maybe you were able to think through a particular design problem, beat your competition to market, work within a challenging infrastructure, create more freely, save time or save the world. Whatever the case, we’d like to share your success with the world. We’ll set up a telephone interview and write the story. Click here to learn how to share your CAD or 3D modeling success, on either Mac or Windows, with the world.

I’ve used most of the major CAD systems on the market, but in my experience there is not much to match the flexibility, and sheer value, of Cobalt’s translation tools for 3D geometry—and then there’s the modeling!
Kevin Quigley, Quigley Design
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Full List of the Success Stories

Story Software Designer Object Area
of Interest
Topics
A Doggone Good Idea Xenon Stephen Reiss Dog Wheelchairs Consumer,
Mechanical
3D Printing,
Ease of Use,
Precision Modeling,
Design for Manufacture
A New Way to Skin a Ski Graphite,
Cobalt
Walter Arnold Ski Piercing Consumer,
Mechanical
3D Printing
from 3D Models,
Ease of Use,
Speed of Design
Slipper Satin & Ribbons Graphite Michele Fremont Die Cut
Paper Lights
Consumer,
Furniture
& Home
Furnishing
Ease of Use,
Versatility for Art
or Engineering,
Client Visualization,
Design for Manufacture
It All Starts with a Cobalt Model Cobalt Ken Ballard Precision
Medical
Connectors
Electronics,
Medical,
Business & Technology
Concept Development,
Speed of Design,
File Translation
Mud, Snow, Sand, Meet Technology Cobalt Trey Hermann Aluminum Bumpers Mechanical,
Automotive
Transportation
Ease of Use,
Speed of Design,
Mac Compatibility
Students Success Using Graphite™ Graphite Cœur d’Alene
High School
FIRST Team
Robot Mechanical Ease of Use,
Fast Learning,
Concept to Product
The Art of Engineering in Cobalt™ Cobalt Troy Gleeson Fluid-dampened Servo,
Portable Theatre
Mechanical,
Automotive,
Environmental,
Architectural
Superior Geometry Creation,
Range of Tools
Retired by Design Graphite Merrill Hall Pilot Boat,
House Remodel
Architecture,
Marine
Retired Licensing,
Ease of Use,
Speed of Design
High Stylin’ in Xenon with Freestyle Systems Dryers Xenon Blair Hopper Weightless
Blow-drying
System
Electronics, Business
& Industry, Mechanical
Ease of Use,
Intuitive Interface,
Create Any Shape
Always Seen in the Best Light Xenon Blair Hopper High-lumen
LED Lighting
System
Electronics, Business
& Industry, Mechanical
Ease of Learning,
Mac Compatibility
Crafting the Dream:
The Art of Furniture Design & Fabrication
Xenon Jueri
Svjagintsev
Custom
Furniture
Furniture Design,
Woodworking
Precision Models & Drawings
Photo-realistic Rendering
Client Visualization
Model Development by Virtual Fabrication
Success is No Shock for American Suspension Graphite Vince Costa Motorcycle Suspension Systems Transportation Speed of Design,
Precision Drawings,
Patent Drawings
Walkin’ in Sunshine: The Joy of No Electricity Bill Cobalt Martin Brunt Solar Arrays Solar Engineering,
Architectural Design
Parametrics,
Ease of Learning,
Return on Investment
Innovate to Differentiate Cobalt Fred Puksta Kitchen Cabinet Face Frame Kitchen Cabinet Design Patent Drawings
Concept through Manufacture
Precision Drawings
Studebaker:
Iconic & Immediate
Argon John Houlihan Studebaker Automotive
Transportation
Surface Modeling
Training Closes the Circle for Henge Docks Cobalt Matthew Vroom,
Alex Bagden
Mac Docking Station Consumer
Electronics
Training, Rental Licenses, Reach for Your Dream
A Stiff Shot of Successo Xenon John Bicht Espresso Dosing Hopper Business
& Industrial
Mechanical Design
Ease of Use
Keeping the Fun Factor in Design Xenon Jonty Sherwill Retail Space, Docks, Marine Equipment Architectural Design
Product Design
Conceptual Design Mac/Windows
Illuminating More than Product Design Cobalt Celso Santos Lamp, Assembly Instructions, Packaging Design Consumer Product Design
Housewares
Enhanced Visual Communications
New Access to Outer Space Graphite,
Cobalt
Greg Jones Spacecraft Payload Modules Spacecraft Concept through Manufacture
CNC
Catching a Dream in Midair Graphite Robert Perless Metallic Sculpture Artistic Sculpture
Environmental Graphics Design
Conceptual Sketch to Precision Engineering Drawing
The Wizard of Whiz Cobalt Jean-François Jacques Airport Scooter Vehicle Design
Transportation
Award Winning Design
Design Iteration
Explore Design in 3D
History Tree
Parametric Constraints
Innovative Kitchen Design Made Easier in Cobalt™ Cobalt Fred Puksta Kitchen Cabinets Architectural Design
Kitchen Cabinet Design
Drafting Assistant
In Loving Memory Cobalt Fred Puksta Memorial Bench Stone Sculpture, Environmental Ease of Use
Design to Production in One Xenon Michael Golino Office Furniture Office Furniture Concept through Manufacture
CNC
Watching Conceptual Design Take Form Graphite,
Cobalt
Luc Heiligenstein Sports Watch Sports Watch
Consumer Products
Intuitive Interface
Ease of Use
Create Any Shape
Cobalt™ Makes the Differential Cobalt Dale Speakes Ferrari Differential Automotive Intuitive Interface
Ease of Use
Sketches and Constraints
Listen to the Sound of that Ferrari Cobalt David Wiener Ventures Audio Speakers Consumer Electronics Virtual Prototyping
Concept through Manufacture
CNC
Xenon™ Changes Designer’s Point of View Xenon John Bicht Espresso Packer Business & Industrial
Mechanical Design
Speed & Accuracy of 3D
Easy to Learn
Rendering
Cobalt™ Delivers Speed & Savings Cobalt David Evett Stereo Amp, Furniture Furniture
Electronics
Product Design
Easy Design Changes
Beautiful Rendering
Return on Investment
Lounging in Luxury Argon Mark Robson Lounge Chair Furniture Design Precision Modeling
Mac
Flying the Beige Skies of Mars Graphite,
Cobalt
Bob Parks Mars Flier Spacecraft Ease of Use
Conceptual Sketch to Precision Engineering Model
Cobalt™ Helps Win Grand Prize Cobalt Nelson Au Digital Camera Consumer Electronics
Product Design
Award Winning Design
Easy to Learn
A Designing Machine Graphite Wallace Beaudry Machines for Manufacturing Mechanical Design
Machine Design
Concept Development
Speed of Design
CNC
File Translation
Champion Racing Engines Cobalt Kelley Roberts Engine Parts Mechanical Design
Engine Parts
Automotive
Ease of Use
Speed of Design
In the Spirit of Great Design Cobalt Celso Santos,
Christian Albanese
Sun Umbrella Consumer Product Design
Award Winning Design
Design Iteration
Enhanced Communications
Not Your Daily Grind Graphite John Bicht Espresso Maker Business & Industry
Mechanical Design
Ease of Learning
Ease of Use
Streamlined for Success with Argon™ Argon Bob Meyer,
Jason Pippenger
Manufacturing Fixtures Mechanical Design
Manufacturing Equipment
Ease of Learning
Ease of Use
File Translation
Taking the Devil out of the Details with Cobalt™ Cobalt Martin Brunt Artistic Dragons, Atrium Trees Artistic Sculpture
Environmental Graphics
Speed of Design
Precision
Enhanced Communications
File Translation
Clearly a Great Design Cobalt Nelson Au Pocket Drive Consumer Products
Electronics
Award Winning Design
Ease of Use
Enhanced Communications
File Translation
Ice Cream Dream Machine Cobalt Nick Dearden Ice Cream Machine Mechanical Design
Industrial Design
Virtual prototyping
Complete Package
CAM
FEA
A Model of Patience Cobalt Kiyoaki Shin-i Vacuum Nozzle Mold Mold and Model Making Easy to Learn
File Translation
Mac
Drafting Assistant
Rather Be Fishing? Graphite Chuck Villarreal Fishing Gear Mechanical Design Easy to Learn
Easy to Use
Productivity
File translation
Thinking Inside the Box Xenon Michael Golino Office Cubicles Furniture Design Easy to Learn
Easy to Use
Cobalt™ 3D Modeling Helps Make History Cobalt Burt Rutan SpaceShipOne, White Knight Space Craft Ease of Use
Efficiency of Design
Cobalt™ Helps Create Mayhem Cobalt Patrick Tatopoulos,
Dave Kindlon
I, Robot’s Sonny Mechanical Design
Industrial Design
Integration of Mechanical and Industrial Design
File translation
Sailing the Shallow Waters Cobalt Antonio Dias Design Sailboat Marine Design Integrated 2D and 3D
Solid Modeling
Ease of Use
Furniture with Zen Appeal Cobalt Fred Puksta Dining Room Set Furniture Design Solid Modeling
Speed of Design
Ease of Use
Art, Ceiling Fans & Square Roots Cobalt Mark Gajewski Ceiling Fans Home Furnishings Rendering
Modeling
Selling Ideas
Novice Users Win Competition Cobalt Rodney Mackrell,
Tee Smith
Rollup Computer Electronics
Student
Award Winning Design
Easy to Learn
Easy to Use
Easy to Understand
Finding Form for the MapJack Cobalt Kevin Quigley Network Test Tool Electronics
Plastic molding
Fast Concept Design
Easy Design Iteration
CAM
Precision Solid and Surface Modeling
File Translation
Blends
Shelling
Right the First Time Cobalt Kevin Quigley Molded Case Electronics
Plastic Molding
Draft
Fast Modeling
File Translation
Optimizing the Optima Cobalt Kevin Quigley Plastic Mugs Molding Associativity
Photo-realistic Rendering
A Sweet First for Starbucks Cobalt David Ryan Chocolates Molding Solid Modeling
Dare to be Square Cobalt Kevin Quigley Bathtub Home Furnishing Design Revisions
History Tree
Simplicity Pays Off Cobalt Andy Marshall Guitar Amps Electronics Visualization
Fast Design