TooTallToby Blog


Will Onshape Make It Into The Finals?


AircraftJunkie | Oct. 24, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

The first 2 matches of the ELITE 8 round were livestreamed on Saturday October 21st and O...M...G... were they EXCITING!

With Victor K. beating Joost, Ansys SpaceClaim was eliminated from the Tournament. Equally nail-biting was the match in which IVAN the REASONABLE beat GoldenSpamfish.

On Saturday October 28th the last matches before the LIVE FINALS event (with in-person studio audience) will see ArronC go head-to-head against Pranav:

AarconC vs Pranav

And to determine if the FINALS will have any competing CAD systems, the match between Imants and Jehan Refaa will bring the ELITE 8 to a close and set up the runners for the FINALS on November 11th:

Imants vs. Jehan Refaa

Will Onshape make an appearance in the finals, or will Solidworks be assured each of the top 4 places in Too Tall Toby's 2023 World Championship of 3D CAD Speedmodeling? Join us to find out, Livestreaming on Saturday October 28th at 15:00 GMT.

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Toby's Position On Solidworks Contour Select


AircraftJunkie | Oct. 24, 2023, 3:33 p.m.

Solidworks Logo

Contour select has evolved a lot in SW, and so my position on it has evolved as well.  I used to be a lot more cautious about using it, but now I'm pretty confident in it's functionality and find myself using it more and more often, for production work.

It's great to be able to layout a bunch of useful elements of the design, all in 1 sketch.

The one thing to avoid is making a sketch TOO COMPLICATED.  The "keep your sketches simple" mantra should always be remembered, and is especially important for newer users.

Overly complicated sketches are both a nightmare to troubleshoot, and can cause a significant performance hit to SolidWorks, because of how sketch solving works (specificially with regards to endpoint merging).

So, in summary, if there are several features that make sense to be "designed together" because of dependencies, I have no problem suggesting the use of contour selection and shared sketches.  But if there's no clear reason/benefit, then making simple sketches, "one for each feature" is probably a sound strategy.

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Counting Down... The Elite 8


AircraftJunkie | Oct. 17, 2023, 11:49 a.m.

The Livestream on Saturday October 21st at 15:00 GMT is going to be EPIC!


Four competitors will be whittled down to two who will be heading off to the Finals on November 11th.

The winner of the Black Bracket will be decided as GoldenSpamish battles IVAN the REASONABLE:

Black Bracket

For the Blue Bracket, JOOST will face off against Victor K.:

Blue Bracket

Don't miss out, join us live on YouTube on Saturday October 21st 2023 at 15:00 GMT.

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