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Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, LLC. is know among build-it-yourself enthusiasts for producing some of the world's most advanced plans-built projects.  Today, we are proud to be on the cutting edge of a technology that we believe will change the way home craftsmen enjoy their projects and hobbies.  These new CD-ROMs give the home workshop enthusiast many of the professional tools previously available only to manufacturers and design firms.

Printed Plans

         Printed plans will probably always exist.  But they do have limitations, just like any other form of printed communication. Limitations are due mainly to their two-dimensional nature, and the fact that the printed page is a fixed and passive medium.  In other words, users can only "observe" what the author has decided to present. But they cannot select what will be shown in drawings, nor can they ask questions and give commands. And with a printed construction manual, images are limited to the size of the printed page. A whole universe of possibilities opens up, once you make the transition to an electronic format. Plans and instructions can become dynamic and interactive, and users have more control over what they see. And there are lots of other benefits as well. 

Plans on CD-Rom

         The CD-ROM itself is just a convenient and widely accepted medium.  It's what's on the CD-ROM that counts. CDs contain the following:

  • Detailed construction manual with high-resolution photos and renderings showing step-by-step how to build the project.  

  • Complete set of 2-D CAD drawings that can be zoomed, panned, and printed on an ordinary PC running Windows.  

  • CAD-accurate 3-D computer models that can be zoomed, rotated, rendered, measured, and imported into other computer programs. 

  • All the necessary software for printing and viewing the 2-D CAD files, and viewing, rendering, and taking dimensions from the 3-D models.

  • Hyperlinks to a number of online services, including updates, FAQs, technical support, and free use of on-line classified ads. 

  • Video clips and/or computer animations showing the project in action.

Electronic Manual

         The electronic construction manual is formatted just like a traditional printed manual. The big differences include high-resolution images that can be expanded to fill the entire monitor, hyperlinks to the Internet, and the fact the manual never becomes dirty or worn. And for those who like to work from printed instructions, individual pages or the complete manual may be printed out. Another advantage is that reproduction costs do not go up with the number of pages. So more information can be provided within the same cost constraints.

3D Models

         The three-dimensional models are created in Rhino, which is a NURBS modeler designed for Windows. They are full-size, CAD-accurate electronic models built to an accuracy of one thousandth of an inch. Models can be imported into many animation and rendering products such as 3D Studio Max, Softimage, LightWave 3D, and others. And they can be imported into a variety of CAD, CAM, CAE, and rapid-prototyping tools, as well as other 3-D modeling programs such as Catia, Pro-Engineer, and SolidWorks. So technical users have the necessary electronic files as a starting point for creating custom modifications, if desired. 
         For non-technical users, one of the biggest benefits of having 3-D models is the ability to see how something is built from any viewing angle, and see what's inside and how it fits together. Using the simple build-in software, anyone with a PC running Windows can strip off the outside skin, individually hide or display parts, and take measurements in three-dimensional space. They can also make color renderings of their project from any viewing angle. Software for viewing the 3-D models is included on the CD-ROM, and no prior experience with 3-D programs is necessary. 
In addition, the 3-D files on the CD can be used for CNC machining and other automated fabrication and prototyping processes. This saves time and money, and it produces more accurate parts. 

2-D CAD Drawings

         Two-dimensional drawings are the traditional way of showing how something is built. 2-D CAD drawings follow a conventional drafting-style format, except that parts are drawn full size and in an electronic medium with much greater precision. This type of drawing format is typically used to show dimensions of the various parts. Although it's possible to include dimensions in a 3-D model, consider what happens when the model is rotated to a different viewing angle. One could end up viewing dimensions from the side, top, or from behind, instead of in plan view as intended. So 2-D CAD drawings are the correct format for showing dimensions. Since CAD drawings are done full size, they can be scaled down for printing on a particular size of paper, or they can be plotted in full size to provide full-size patterns. And they can be displayed on a computer where the user can zoom in for a close-up view of particular parts. Software for viewing and printing the CAD files on a PC is included on the CD-ROM.

Links to the Internet

         The Internet offers a rapid and inexpensive way to provide a number of services to users. Hyperlinks on the CD-ROM connect to areas on our website where users can get free updates, technical support, and network with others who are building similar projects. They also have free access to our online classified ads where they can locate parts and finished projects, or they can place a free ad of their own.

Video Clips

         Video clips are included on the CDs because they provide that human connection and "feel" for a project in a way that is nearly impossible to do with words.  There is something about actually seeing a finished project in action that gives us a better sense of what it's all about.  We believe that this is an important part of the instructional process.  Plus, it helps keep the enthusiasm going when a builder can see the finished project already being enjoyed.

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System Requirements

CDs are designed for computers having a Pentium processor and running Windows 95, 98, or NT.  For top performance, the 3-D viewer should be installed on the users hard drive, which requires 15 MB of free disk space.  If disk space is limited, the viewer may be launched directly from the CD-ROM.  A web browser is required.  The CDs will not work on a Macintosh computer.

Types of Projects The CDs are based on our existing build-it-yourself projects.   Following this initial release, new projects will be continually added to the line.

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Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, LLC.
P.O. Box 14465
Phoenix, AZ 85063-4465
Phone: 623-872-8010
Fax:  623-872-3476


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