Engine Lathe CAD Model
A SolidWorks/PhotoWorks rendering of a 12” x 60” engine lathe, circa 1897. Everything other than the landscape was created in CAD.
Lathe Headstock CAD Detail
Allen Engine Works Mill Engine
This mill engine, with a Porter governor, was 12” x 24” and single cylinder. This CAD model was based on the original builder’s catalogue, from around 1888. Bill created this in SolidWorks model, using the PhotoWorks photorealistic imaging add-in.
Pinnace Launch Engine CAD Model
This CAD view shows the engine during the design process, with the cylinder block hidden. The slide valve nut is pink, indicating to Bill that it was an unfinished part.
Twin Simple Steam Launch Engine
This is a 7” x 7” twin simple steam launch engine, modeled to actual size, and sectioned to illustrate assembly and function. The CAD model was based on designs from Machine Drawing and Design, by Ripper, published in London in 1879. The book was made to be a drafting exercise handbook for students. It’s likely that this lovely engine was never actually made. Bill found that all the parts fit perfectly, and the cyber model was fully functional and animated.
Twin Simple Engine Detail
A close view of the engine. Note the textures in the CAD rendering!
Dorpat Telescope CAD Model
Bill created this CAD model for Fraunhofer’s telescope in 2006, using the research and drawings he did in the mid 1980’s—when he made the 1/12 scale model for the National Geographic event.
Dorpat Observatory CAD
Bill’s rendering of the Dorpat Observatory, Tartu, Estonia (former USSR). Considering that the telescope tube is fifteen feet long, the image gives a good sense of scale.
Ferguson’s Mechanical Paradox Orrery
Ferguson’s Mechanical Paradox Orrery. This orrery demonstrates the position of the earth and sun at various times of the year. The CAD image was based on a contemporary illustration by James Ferguson, published in 1779.
Bill was fascinated by scientific instruments like this, and sought to share his CAD models with interested peers.
Orrery CAD Exploded View
The CAD model was fully animated, and geared to demonstrate function.
Steam Launch Engine Poster
D&RG Locomotive CAD Model
Bill’s rendering of a D&RG class C-16(60) narrow gauge 2-8-0 locomotive, shown as it was built in 1881. Bill created the CAD model from his own collection of copies of nearly all the original builder’s drawings. Because of that, the rendering is likely the most accurate assembly available today, and a vital resource for historians! More renderings of this locomotive can still be found on the Gould Studios website.
The D&RG Blackline Plan
These plans for the C-16 locomotive demonstrate some of the capabilities of SolidWorks.
Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad Mason Bogie
This was considered to be Bill’s “CAD Masterpiece,” the famous Denver, South Park and Pacific Mason Bogie, as built in 1879. Bill was awarded 2nd runner-up in the SolidWorks 2006 International Design Competition, competing with hundreds of entries by major firms from around the world.
Mason Bogie CAD Detail
A closer view of the backhead. Bill’s rendering was also featured in the May 2006 issue of Cadalyst Magazine, along with some podcasts and numerous websites, too. This cyber model represents the first time this loco has been seen in correct colors since the original was scrapped in 1881!
Mason Bogie Valve Gear
This model required over 400 hours of research and design. Bill made it in cooperation with experts including David Fletcher, from Australia, and Jim Wilke, a noted railroad historian and color authority to many museums.
Rio Grande Southern Locomotive
This locomotive was a 2-6-0 #11, from 1891.
Stephenson’s Patent 2-2-2 Locomotive
Another SolidWorks project that Bill completed down to the last nut and bolt. The original locomotive was from 1836.
Stephenson Boiler and Frame
This sectional view of the CAD model shows the amazing amount of detail incorporated. Keep in mind that each part was individually modeled!
Stephenson Frame and Running Gear
Another detailed view of the frame and running gear. Because the model is fully functional, moving the reverse lever also adjusts the “Gab” valve gear.
Stephenson Locomotive CAD
The CAD model could be rotated to any position, and parts or assemblies could either be hidden or made partially transparent for viewing.
Gould Engine Plan
From this plan to the rendering in the following image, it’s hard to believe the engine doesn’t actually exist.
Engine CAD Rendering
Here the engines appear to sit in a well-lit shop on a granite table, but it was all done in SolidWorks.
Miller 91 CAD Model
One of Bill’s projects was to model classic race cars in highly detailed 3D, and to offer them as quality prints. The Miller 91 was a popular race car of the 1920’s and 30’s. It is seen here in raw, unpainted metal. The following versions exhibit several famous paint schemes for the car.
1929 Packard Cable Special #18
1928 Perfect Circle Piston Rings #3
1/4 Scale Chevy Racing Engine
This 1/4 scale model of a Chevrolet racing engine is an example of 3D printing or “rapid prototyping.” It was produced using a FDM method (Fused Depositon Modeling) that builds up the object by depositing small drops of ABS plastic.
1/4 Scale Chevy Racing Engine
Note that details as fine as the ignition wires and linkages have been reproduced. The model was donated to the Craftsmanship Museum, where it is now on display.