The current Project Monocle work is creating a CAD model of the Cloudray Series C laser mirror and head set. My youngest and I have been working with calipers and micrometer to create measurements, though we probably want to adjust them to the nominal dimensions I see on their site for the dimensions that they give, rather than the measured dimensions, since I expect that their dimensions drive the CAM and if our models match the nominal dimensions instead of our measured exemplar, our models will be more useful for others. We’re doing this as a SolidWorks learning exercise, but will export in multiple formats when we finish. Since we do just a few features per session, it will take a while, but I guess there’s no real hurry!
If you have SolidWorks 2019-2020, you can follow along at
I’m very much new to this and have made plenty of mistakes, but I think that it’s roughly right. Note that it’s designed to test fit in CAD, not to reproduce the design; I haven’t modeled any threads, for example.
Here’s mirror stage 1:
I didn’t notice until after I was looking at the picture to compare that I’d forgotten to put one of the screws back in! Other than being different projections, they look pretty similar.
Here’s the second stage mirror assembly. Shares most of the parts with the first stage, but one part is shorter and has different slots, and the other two parts are utterly different. But I started with a copy of the first mirror, and changed the parts, so it’s basically the same design tree. Again, this model is good enough to use to validate fit in a model; not for manufacturing.
The laser head will be substantially more challenging to model.