For a while, this glass sat on its own.
A Typeface Opportunity in Onshape
Unrelated to the glass, PTC Senior Software Engineer Ben Hetherington recently introduced new sketch text fonts in Onshape. I was excited about this as I’ve had a lifelong interest in fonts. While testing out the new fonts to build sketch profiles, I decided to go a bit further.
I started thinking of one of my favorite film scenes from "American Psycho". If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it is a little “severe,” to say the least. Still, there is a theme of taste, design, and an obsession with aesthetics in the story, all epitomized in a scene where a few businessmen in the ‘80s compare business card designs. This is when my Onshape mind lit up.
Assembling the Dream
I was compelled to recreate this business card scene, Onshape-style. Given my Tarantino-like obsession with authenticity, I knew I’d need to go big or go home. After getting a decent screenshot of each business card from the movie, I planned to redesign them in Onshape.
I learned when I made my chess set last year that something that could be a part or Part Studio is often better off as an assembly simply because the components can be managed more independently downstream. Consequently, I decided to:
Model the text of each business card as a sketch.
Create a small extrude cut into each card to simulate the pressed letter printing.
Create a thin extrusion to model the letter ink.
Create a composite part of all the ink extrude bodies.
Mate each ink composite part into the cut indentations of the cards in separate assemblies.
Mate each business card assembly to a table in another assembly.