Been meaning to sit down and tackle Fusion 360 (or any 3D modeling SW) for a while and for no good reason I finally started yesterday. Main catalyst: The excellent YouTube tutorial by Taylor Stein: Designing a Lasercut Laptop Stand with Fusion 360. It’s been linked to here in the Forum by at least seven people and I can’t remember who’s post was the one I first saw so I’ll just say thanks to all of you.
So, for anyone who is a little intimidated to sit down and try Fusion 360 (like I was) here’s how it went for me: Watched the video yesterday, opened the tool and watched it again with lots of pauses and rewinds while designing a Phone stand on the fly (pretty similar to the project in the video, but with some variations to keep things interesting), “finished” but with enough issues that I started fresh today, designed Phone Stand II, finished for real, exported to Inkscape to make the cut files, slammed it into UrForge with some unmasked birch, fast glue up, and DONE.
Ugly? Heck yes, but as a learning exercise it is awesome. Here’s the pics of the progression:
In terms of rapid learning and prototyping, it was a great day. Not bad for less than 24 hours and starting with Zero 3D modeling experience.
Still tons of things to work on: The kerfs made the joints a bit loose, my camera accuracy in the UrForge is way off (may need to clean), and maybe a little design style wouldn’t hurt. But I’m really excited about the 3D options this will open up. Will be diving into more tutorials, now.
Hope everyone is having as much fun as I am.