Robert Q. Riley Enterprises: Product Design & Development
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February 07, 2000


Build-It-Yourself Goes High-Tech
Advanced Computer Technology for the Home Craftsman

          SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --  Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, LLC, a Scottsdale design firm, Monday announced a new line of CD-ROMs under development that could revolutionize the way build-it-yourselfers practice their favorite pastime. The CDs use CAD drawings and three-dimensional electronic models to show non-technical enthusiasts how to build their own cars, boats, hovercraft, submarines, and other high-tech projects. Until now, this type of computer technology was almost exclusively reserved for large manufacturers. According to company President, Robert Q. Riley, first-year sales are expected to exceed $6 million when a complete line of CDs is released to retailers later this year. Wired magazine reviews the company and their new CDs in the March 2000 issue.
          Manufacturers have almost entirely switched over to computers to design and manufacture products. "Modern CAD systems are faster, more accurate, and they make it easier to actually build things," said Riley. "We’ve simply packaged the electronic output in a way that makes it easy for the average consumer to use." "For the price of a CD-ROM, any home-workshop enthusiast with a PC can now have the benefits of advanced computer technologies previously available only to large manufacturers," said Riley.
          According to Riley, their CD-ROMs solve the problems caused by the fact that conventional printed plans can only show fixed views of how an item is built.  So certain details can end up hidden behind other parts, and it is often difficult to see precisely how the various pieces fit together. The CDs contain three-dimensional electronic models of the project, so all the components are clearly visible, and it is easy to see how individual parts relate to each other. Using the simple built-in software, users can view the models from any angle, zoom in for a close-up look, and strip off the outside skin to see how their projects are built on the inside. In addition, they can make realistic color renderings of their project. And machine shops can use the electronic files on the CD to quickly machine special parts. The CDs also contain two-dimensional CAD drawings that can be viewed on an ordinary PC, or printed out on a standard printer.
          A CD for building a small jet engine that produces 130 pounds thrust is already available at the company’s website at Another CD, due for release in March, shows how to build a futuristic carbon fiber recumbent bicycle. Three-wheel sports cars, electric and hybrid cars, personal watercraft, hovercraft, and a one-man submarine are in the works for upcoming release on CD-ROM. "Our customers are mainly interested in mechanical types of projects," said Riley. "But this technology can be applied to any type of instructional product, from assembly instructions to projects as complex as building your own home."


Robert Q. Riley
Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, LLC.
P.O. Box 14465
Phoenix, AZ 85063
Phone: 623-872-8010
Fax: 623-872-3476


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