Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products, Staff Picks, Ziggi) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-14
Azizi Tucker from California has a dream job: he designs and engineers race cars. But don’t be fooled: it takes endless hours of hard work to create custom-designed pieces of art on four wheels. Recently, Azizi shared the behind-the-scenes secrets of bringing one of his race cars to life. And it involves the Ziggi-HD Document Camera — another fine-tuned piece of art, if we do say so ourselves.
Azizi often deals with one-of-a-kind models, leading to a real scavenger hunt of car parts from multiple manufacturers. The time and money involved in buying dozens of similar parts and seeing if they fit was an investment Azizi couldn’t afford to make. Instead, he used Ziggi-HD in a way we never anticipated.
Using Ziggi-HD’s high-def camera, swing-arm and swiveling head, Azizi captured every aspect of the potential part he needed. He then exported that image into Solidworks, a 3D design program. This allowed him to calculate, resize and create the piece — cheaply and quickly — with a 3D printer. After some trial and error installing these prototypes, he knew exactly what he needed, and he ordered the precise part from the manufacturer. Pretty cool, huh?
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Azizi also needed a clutch alignment tool. This small tool is only needed once every couple of years, so it tends to get lost in the garage. Azizi could have ordered it, but he had a better idea. He used Ziggi-HD to capture the clutch —going so far as to use a mirror to ensure the camera was perfectly square to the tabletop. How’s that for ingenuity? He then 3D-printed the tool from the image.
Last but not least, Ziggi-HD was used a bit like a microscope when it came time to solder two tubes for the chassis of the car. Such soldering needs to be very precise. By zooming in to the soldering “scar,” Azizi and his workers could ensure the work was up to their high standards.
What a ride. Azizi’s clever use of Ziggi-HD proves that doc cams are perfectly at home in the garage. So what do you say — care to take the Ziggi-HD Document Camera out for a spin?