The Tale of the Floatie-AutoCAD Fiasco (Chloe CW)

All of the girls in matching plaid skirts have been hard at work on the presentations for this week’s final.  We will present in front of real professionals and the pressure is on.  The other three member of my group have been working on the presentation.  I have been researching the materials we need to use.   But, who has been working on the

Original sketch of floatie belt with all of the measurements.  This was used to create the 3D model.
Original sketch of floatie belt with all of the measurements. This was used to create the 3D model.

AutoCAD 3-D model?

Now, for a funny little story about miscommunication.  I thought one of my group members was working on the 3-D model, and she was, for a little while.  Then, she went to work on other things with the rest of the group and I thought the model must be done. However, when I inquired about AutoCAD I heard to my surprise that the 3-D model wasn’t very far along at all.  The rest of the group seemed unconcerned and spent their time fussing over the presentation, not to say that the presentation isn’t important, it’s just that the AutoCAD model is also a required component.  I saw no one willing to take up the challenge of finishing our model, so I stepped up to the plate and here begins my quest.

I first had to reintroduce myself to AutoCAD.  About half of the first class spent working on it was lost to confusion and mishap.  I had to redo all of the measurements.  I found to my dismay that I couldn’t do that without redoing the original sketches, which then made me have to redo the 3-D extrusions and rotations.  By the end of the first class I finished the new and improved floatie belt.  I started on the belt buckle, and being the ambitious person that I am decided that the belt buckle should be made in separate pieces so that it can actually snap together.  Unfortunately, I forgot that I needed to create a second document for it.  All of the documents can eventually be put together, but they must be originally created separately.  I spent the second day transferring the models to different documents, which is still a work in progress.

Original photo of the Guppies working on the final drawings.
Original photo of the Guppies working on the final drawings.

The presentation is in two days and I still need to make the arm floaties and finish the belt buckle and find a way to attach everything.  I feel like I can’t possibly finish even though I am staying after school tomorrow to work on it.  This quest seems to be nearly impossible, but I’m confident I’ll find a way to finish the model before the presentation on Wednesday.  I am moving forward as fast as I can despite this rather large setback.

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