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CAD Consulting: Now Open for Business

  • May 23, 2010 4:48 AM

It is my intention to begin looking for CAD Consultant work. I believe that I have accrued the necessary skills to begin marketing myself in both Audio Technology and CAD Consulting. My focuses will be on the following:

  • Original Design Work: Someone needs a mechanism or system designed. I will design the system from scratch, with attention being paid to requirements, cost, and material needs.
  • Drafting from Design: A potential client has either a printed drawing or digital draft of a component, and requires a 3D model for either machining or further design work.
  • Drafting from Part: A potential client has the actual part, and need it accurately measured and modeled.
  • Drafting Continuation: A potential client has some parts of an assembly or mechanism, but needs the gaps filled.
  • Systems and Solutions: A potential client has a challenge that requires professional level design and system level solutions. Design work would be done to meet these needs.

As I am a college student (Still studying away in Music Tech!), my rates for this would be very reasonable. If one were interested in hiring or contracting me for CAD work, one could contact me at craig AT hickmanfamily [DOT] com.

Programming Lighting – A Milestone

  • February 19, 2010 5:23 AM

Part of the resume building I’ve been working on has included lighting programming, and I believe I’ve hit a milestone. I have now programmed my most complex show to date. I do my programming in the Jands Vista software, on an S1 console. Our installation includes 35 fixed lights (Source 4′s), 16 gel scrolling fixtures (Apollo Smartcolor 7.25 scrollers mounted on Source Four Pars), 6 Robe ColorSpot 250′s, and six chinese off brand LED floor lights. A quite capable installation, and one that has proven to be quite the educational benefactor. 

So my milestone is this: Individual clips per song, each with openers, builds, faders, and automated releases to advance to the next song. Each clip is assigned to a Playback fader on the S1 console (I wish I had more of these… A T2 would be wonderful!) to allow for organic adjustment in the middle of a live show. The system handles all of this with ease, so I’m looking forward to pushing it to the limit in the future.