This was a pretty fun and informative practical build. I needed a stand for my HVLP spray gun so I could easily filter materials and fill the feed cup. It will also be handy for when I don’t want to empty the cup between coats of whatever I am spraying. These can be purchased, but I was having trouble finding one that would fit this small gun (for a reasonable price) so I though I would make one and, at the same time, use the opportunity to sharpen my ever struggling, but improving, Fusion360 skills.
So, a couple new to me techniques that I employed in this design…
Fusion360 allows you to import a photo into your design (in my case, I imported a profile photo of the spray gun taken with my phone) and scale it to actual size. I was then able to use the photo to essentially build the stand around the gun. This was invaluable in getting the various standoffs and cradles in the just the right position to hold the gun in the position I wanted it.
Additionally, after many aborted attempts and several YouTube videos, I was also able to hammer out a pretty easy way to make the diamond pattern on the base and the back by using the repeating pattern function. This also turned out to be a fantastic way to quickly make perfectly sized and spaced tabs and slots for assembly.
I know many of you on this forum probably have mad 360 skills. For those who don’t (myself included), but have always thought it might be useful and have wanted to learn, I would encourage you to give it a try or pick it up again. There is, admittedly, a fairly steep learning curve. I have been slogging my way through it for about a year now. If you have any interest, however, in making 3D objects out of an assembly of parts (including boxes which I know many of you do) I think you will find it an invaluable tool. Best of all, Autodesk offers a free hobbyist license. They deactivate a few features, but I have not so far found any of them to be necessary. There is also a wealth of instructional and tutorial videos on YouTube. This is pretty much how I have taught myself.
Anyway, happy making…however you may choose to go about it!