When I think of Mechanical modeling, I generally envision robots and futuristic objects. But that is just a small subsection of Mechanical Modeling and overlooks the growing field of modelers using Blender for product design and prototyping, as well as our large number of car modelers. In fact Mechanical modeling encompasses everything that is not organic. Somewhat of a no-brainer statement, but true, none the less.

I don't think most of us give much thought to how much of our world is actually mechanical at this point. Or how it got built and in use to the point that we no longer give it much thought.

Well, it started with ideas that were tested, built, then were put into practice. There have been programs around for some time that have become industry standards. And lately Blender has been making an impact on these work-flows.

Blender is a great program to experiment with your ideas. Not only can you design the next new marvel, you can alos animate it and see how it would actually work.

While Mechanical modeling in Blender can be at times cumbersome, new features and tools are making it easier all the time, as the articles and tutorials in this issue will show. To that end, we have gathered together a nice variety of articles/tutorials showing some tips and tricks to creating Mechanical models with blender.

I hope you enjoy and learn as much as I have from this issue.

Happy Blending!