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Post by Amedee » February 17th, 2016, 12:46 pm

Just opening this thread if you want to share something about Fusion360 and not Hijack Jonny's SpaceClaim post :roll:

For most of the things I am printing I am using OpenSCAD, it is great, but when you start playing with chamfer and fillets things start to be very complex.

I tried different software without being really convinced.

My requirements were:
  • Availabitlity on Mac or Linux (I have no Windows license)
  • Be affordable. It does not need to be free, but I am a pure hobbyist, I am not selling anything so I can't afford big names like SolidWorks or Inventor
  • Engineering oriented (I am not into vases and things like that -- not offense to the 'vase guys', it is just not what I am doing)
  • Parametric
I recently started using Audodesk Fusion360, and so far I like it.
  • Fit the above requirements -- It is a commercial product, with a free license for hobbyists
  • Relatively easy to start with
  • Generate STLs, can invoke Cura directly
  • Does CAM as well -- this not relevant for 3D printing, but ties nicely with my CNC mill project, so I could use the same suite for both
Only thing I do not like too much is that it is a cloud based offering -- we'll see how it goes with that.

For the Mac users: do NOT install Fusion360 from the Apple App Store, download it from the Autodesk site -- the App Store version does not have the option take a hobby license at the end of the trial period!
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Re: Fusion360

Post by LePaul » February 17th, 2016, 12:57 pm

Wow, your timing is excellent, I just got an email from Fusion 360 a few minutes ago.

How does it invoke Cura?

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Post by Amedee » February 17th, 2016, 1:07 pm

Maybe my wording was not correct in the sense it does not run the slicer (that is: it does not generates the GCode file), but in the 3D Print menu will open Cura with the model (STL) loaded:
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Re: Fusion360

Post by Meduza » February 17th, 2016, 1:38 pm

I use Fusion 360 for most all of my designs, it has been my go-to cad software for about 18 months now: https://www.youmagine.com/meduza/designs

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Post by LePaul » February 17th, 2016, 1:41 pm

Meduza wrote:I use Fusion 360 for most all of my designs, it has been my go-to cad software for about 18 months now: https://www.youmagine.com/meduza/designs
You've been busy, there's a lot of neat items!

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Re: Fusion360

Post by ivan.akapulko » February 18th, 2016, 1:21 am

There is a lovely version with a student license on a huge Assembly of programmes from Autodesk. There just and inventor, and Fusion 360 and another 7 or 8 large CAD subsystems. And its free.

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Post by Amedee » February 18th, 2016, 1:54 am

Yes, for students almost all Autodesk products are free. My daughter always uses AutoCAD and friends.
For myself, beyond the fact I am no longer student since a very long time, I find AutoCAD too complex for the casual user: if you do not use it on a regular basis, you tend to forget the commands and you need to start over again.
I find Fusion360 much more approachable and intuitive.
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Re: Fusion360

Post by reibuehl » February 18th, 2016, 3:39 am

I used OpenSCAD before I started using Fusion360 because I liked the way I could clearly specify and later adjust dimensions compared to Sketchup. But I was always missing the interactive, visual part from Sketchup. Fusion360 combines both in a very nice way.

My current challenge in Fusion360 is to find out how to re-use existing sketches in different locations. I can't get it to copy a whole sketch to a different plane.
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Post by Dim3nsioneer » February 20th, 2016, 2:53 am

reibuehl wrote:I used OpenSCAD before I started using Fusion360 because I liked the way I could clearly specify and later adjust dimensions compared to Sketchup. But I was always missing the interactive, visual part from Sketchup. Fusion360 combines both in a very nice way.
Exactly the same here. And it is not buggy... ;-)

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Re: Fusion360

Post by LePaul » April 6th, 2016, 3:31 pm

So....what's the best way to learn Fusion 360? I was surprised Lynda.com doesn't have a thing for it...but I found some videos on YouTube :)

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Re: Fusion360

Post by reibuehl » April 6th, 2016, 3:39 pm

I liked the webinars from the Autodesk Youtube channel. The guy that does the Layer-by-Layer videos on the Adafruit Youtube channel also has a number of entry level videos but he speaks too fast for me as a non-native speaker and is generally a little bit less "organized" than the people doing the webinars for Autodesk.
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Re: Fusion360

Post by Amedee » April 6th, 2016, 4:01 pm

I am more a 'learn by doing' guy... I start a 'project' and when I a stuck I search for an howto for what I need.

The problem with video training is that videos are not always showing what you are interested in, and by the time you need to use a particular feature you forgot how to do it ;)

Having said that, I really like the videos from John Saunders (NYC CNC Youtube channel). He has a 'Fusion Friday' show with practical examples and it starts when he was starting with F360, so you get the basics.
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