My real job is software development and I dabble on 2D design apps. This is a very common issue: You have a bigger "module", "part", "videoclip" or "chapter" and you need to break it down into constituent sub-parts. The Divide and Conquer Rule applies here.
The Coca-Cola vending machine seen below is a replica of a historic one. It was located in the 2nd. Floor Lunch Room in the Texas School Depository at Dealey Plaza, Dallas in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was found by a Dallas Police Officer within seconds/minutes of the shooting calmly drinking a Coca-Cola. The scene has been replicated in movies and 3D models, but never at the level of detail that my project demands.
From the movie "JFK" by Oliver Stone:
Simulation of Unknown Origin:
This one I rejected, have much better models:
In Freelancer, I hired a worker with SolidWorks expertise who has done several related models for my project (which is Free Open Source, BTW. Feel free to grab anything from the project's webserver below). I keep on telling them: "Break down the models in as many SLDPRT files as possible. Assume that this is done for manufacturing". I am interested in attracting the SolidWorks practitioners and aficionados. I want the door to be broken down in 3 parts (at least, maybe more later), and he tells me that it is impossible. He would have to start from scratch. (!!??)
I replied: "If software engineers, 2D designers, Excel and Word users, etc. were subjected to that limitation, the high-tech and whole world would be behind by at least a decade"
The files are here:
-Ramon F Herrera