Making Dreams Come True with Cloud-based CAD

This article is authored by student intern Nathan Ng who worked in the 3DEXPERIENCE® lab in the summer of 2019 under the guidance of Mark Rushton, Product Portfolio Manager at Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS®.

Since I was a kid, the piano has always been a huge part of my life. I remember hating practicing as a kid, mostly because my parents had forced me to play the piano to begin with, but that’s beside the point. As I got older, I grew to love playing, and I figured that it’s about time to extend my passion for music beyond just playing.

My current keyboard is a Yamaha P-35B with a standard music rack. A lot of the songs I play are lengthy, so the rack can’t hold all the sheets. So, I tape some sheets to the wall behind the piano. But, to improve on using tape and potentially (definitely) stripping paint off the walls, I thought I’d test my CAD skills by creating a sheet rack extender using 3D Creator’s xDesign app on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. I think it came out pretty well.

I designed the extender to hook on to the sheet rack and potentially other extenders. The large open spaces save material and make the extender lighter. The thinner top-right section allows for additional extenders to slide on and remain securely connected. I modeled my actual sheet rack at home in 3D Creator so I could be sure the extender would fit.

To create an accurate model of my piano I measured all its components. Within a day or so in 3D Creator, I had modeled a keyboard, bu why stop there? I then modeled a grand piano and a bench.The piano contains the full 88 keys, three pedals, a complete set of strings and hammers, and the company logo on the music stand. But, I didn’t stop there. To virtually fulfill a childhood dream of visiting Carnegie Hall in New York City, I made my own version.

This “Mini Carnegie” (shown in image above) takes inspiration from the real building. The stage wall design is a vague replica of Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Want to see the performers better? Check out the luxury balcony seats, each with cushioning and armrests. With almost 300 seats in the mini concert hall, 30 of which are in the balconies, it’s impossible not to have a great view.

This fun project was a great way to learn 3D Creator. If you have questions, or comments to share, please make them below. Click on the banner below to try out 3D Creator or other solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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