anyone have any solutions instead of buying an expensive auto cad software ? want to make boxes and other 3d objects
Free Autocad equivalent made by Solidworks. I use this a lot.
Export directly to SVG.
Awesome I’ll look into it
I use AutoDesk Fusion 360. It’s currently free for hobbyists. You have to renew your free license every year.
How do you sign up for free ?
i figured out how to get it… but how do you export a file to use in the glowforge?
I use three different methods, but most often I do this, YMMV:
- I use sketches like normal to create 3D solid bodies (extrude material thickness)
- I create a new “output” sketch on the face that I think of as the “top” when cutting (I have automatic projection turned off)
- I project the face on to that new sketch and close the sketch
- I right click on the sketch in the navigator and choose “Save to DXF”
Then in Inkscape, I have a “Glowforge” template that is 20"x12" but in mm (because I like them better) with guides for cut limits and engrave limits). I create a new document on that template and:
- Import the dxf I saved out from Fusion 360
- Do any tweaking I need, usually adding colors to things I want to be separate operations on the Glowforge
- Save as SVG (the community recommends Plain SVG, but I usually just use Inkscape SVG and it seems to work anyway)
Then in app.glowforge.com I import that svg and away to the races.
Other folks find that the Laser DXF plugin (adjusts for kerf) and/or the Shaper Origin plugin stream line their workflow, but I’m a control freak so I like having a sketch I can edit in Fusion that is the output I want.
There’s also free Sketchup Make, but it’s not so good for curves and lacks Fusion 360’s parametric awesomesauce.
i appreciate the help !!
There is also Freecad, and opensource cluster of programs and the evolution to Babacad that solves some of the problems with freecad