Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 09:16:22 -0600

Author: "Zigmund J. Peacock"

Subject: Re: file extensions & adopting standardized programs


Taplers, the most imortant thing to remember here is that the lowest common
denominator [ie format] for the drawings is the most important thing here.
All the palaver about drawing programs doesn't mean a damn thing if the
drawings don't get into your hands. I personally won't waste my schools money
for a good CAD type programme. Use Paint or the equivalent if it MS it is
mac/pc friendly and we all can see what I or anyone else is talking about.
I have a number of demo sketch' I have generated along the way that are
just that, the imortant thing is that YOU get the general idea take it to your
machinist and have them build it. If your machinist's are like mine they take a
reasonable sketch and convert it into machine language and build it anyway you
tell them.
My guys love it when I roll into the shops, they know it will be a fun
project with some practical and even fascinating ideas transmitted from its
The part of the reason the LDDP died was the demand for machine drawings!
TOO MUCH WORK for any one school to take on!
That is not the driving force rather the driving force is getting the idea
in your hands and heads.
How you do it is up to you and the requirements of your school, our
machinist have two different languages for 4 machines, they will build from a a
back of the envelope sketch if necessary.
If I send you sketch and you have a detail that bothers you look in my sig
file get my phone # and call me, that way it gets done and we don't get caught
up in the myriad details that will kill the project before it ever gets
I can whip of a Paint sketch fairly quickly, it takes hours and hours to
produce a good machine drawing in a CAD programme.
That's a lot of 2 centing but that's how I feel. Zig

Zigmund J. Peacock
University of Utah/Physics
115 SOUTH 1400 EAST #201 Tel 801 581 6602
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84112-0830 Fax 801 581 4801

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