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The SAILSetc Block 65-SE in 3D

Got bored, plus I wanted to add it to the 3D Vickers V8 IOM I'm working on, so I modeled a SAILSetc Block 65-SE through-deck block for RC sailboats. It also turns the sheet direction, so it's sometimes called a turning block.




NOTE: There was some concern on RC Groups that I had copied his product without permission. I have not copied his product. I have only made a 3D drawing of his product, and I have actually purchased three of his blocks for installation in previous or current boats. 

Here was my response on RC Groups:

"This is just a drawing of his block. It's not a real block. There is no value in a picture of the block. You can’t make an actual block from this 3D file any more than you could from a pencil drawing or photograph of it. It’s not a manufacturing file. There are no internal parts in this shell. It’s only a drawing of the outside of it.

It’s used to help model 3D designs so that you know where you place bits and you know how it will fit and how it will look. We do the same with various winches, masts, batteries, blocks, rudder posts, etc. It is fully expected that you would accurately draw various parts in your 2D paper plans to see if it fits... it is exactly the same in 3D.

Drawing in 3D doesn’t mean that you can magic up an actual part... that’s 3D “printing” and you need an extremely detailed engineering drawing with all the working parts included. 3D drawing and 3D printing are very different. I draw so that I can accurately use the actual purchased product later in the real boat and know that it will fit well and look nice.

Think of it as “... and this is where the block will go” in your planning for your boat. From a business point of view, this is also saying that I’ll be buying this part for my boat. In fact I already have one for my next build.

No one worries if you sketched out an accurate 2D picture of a winch that you intended to use in your boat with paper and pencil to see if it will fit or not. No one worries if an architect draws out a specific oven or other product for architectural plans. In neither case are people trying to make the actual product. Rather, they are actually planning on buying the product and drawing it out for their own planning. 3D is exactly the same but just using more modern tools than pencil and paper. It's only a drawing, not an actual product."

So bottom line, if you don't know about 3D modeling, please understand that a "drawing" or "3D model" is NOT an actual product. The drawing has no value. You wouldn't get upset at someone who takes a photograph of his block, so why would this be treated any differently? It's just a drawing."



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