3D Modelling

An engineering student at Washington State University, Keenan, has gained some proficiency with the 3d modelling software “Solidworks”.
Beauty Shot 1
I don’t believe that he is a fly fisher, but somehow he stumbled across this blog, whereupon he decided that one of my reel plan sets would be good material for 3d modelling.
Beauty Shot 2
I hope that he also has time to get his homework done.
Beauty Shot 3
He has re-created all the reel parts as 3d models, and then made an assembly of the parts.
Beauty Shot 4
To create these images, he used the “rendering” feature. This applies light sources to give the appearance of a photograph.
Beauty Shot 5
Maybe I should quit machining reels, and just draw them.
Odd Angle 2
I was an engineering student in the fall of 1967, and took an “Engineering Graphics” course. It wasn’t much fun carrying the drawing board and T-square across campus. There was no way to disguise the “nerd” factor.
Odd Angle 3

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3 Responses to 3D Modelling

  1. Jerry Hilgenberg says:

    Excellent post. Although I must say — I doubt the student “somehow stumbled” across your blog. I expect he was deliberately searching for a blog site with careful, well-dimensioned drawings, good photography and production documentation, and succinct writing. Your site offers the perfect starting point for a classroom project such as this.
    Which leads me to ask: Do you still create your production drawings manually, or have you set aside the drafting board and t-square?

  2. dave49 says:

    I still work with pencil, straightedge, and compass but no drawing board and T-square. I made up a drawing form using “Cadstd” that has a title block an a faint grid at 5 squares/inch.
    Am having increasing trouble learning to use new software.
    Keenan said that he found my site while searching for information on gear cutting. Seems to be a very capable and engaged guy. I would gladly write him a recommendation letter when he is ready to look for a job.

  3. Brad Eaton says:


    Been reading through your site over the last few days and am thoroughly impressed. I actually sell the tool, SolidWorks that you cite and am trying to design my own fly reel as well. I’ve got a few variations but none as complete as yours. We also sell 3D printers, which is my goal, to print a reel design and have a working prototype – hoping some day to actually machine it.

    Keep up the great work. And I hope the Lamiglass works out. I built a 7″ 3x a few winters ago and it’s quickly become my favorite to throw dries with.


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