Squeeeeeee! (Fusion360)


#1

Okay, so I’ve been playing with a design and instead of just knocking something out quickly at the beginning, (which I’ve been kind of forced to do due to time constraints lately), I actually took the time up front to set up a few variable parameters in it.

By the way @markevans36301 …I used your box joints tut for the rectangular array… stupendous time saver! Thanks for that tip!

Just received the supplies I was waiting on to actually cut and build it, and realized the design was going to be too large for the pitiful quantity of supplies I received, so I placed another order and went back to the design.

Input one number to completely change the dimensions and the whole thing changed! Makes the final design completely customize-able.

Sweeeeeeeeet! :sunglasses:

Back to designing… I am so squeee over this…

(Now if I can just find time to rework the problem child…different file.)


#2

Not that I’ve seen the tut but that is the joy of parametric design.

It will be hard going to other drawing packages once you master CAD :slight_smile:


#3

So you are just going to tease us and move on? That is cruel.

And for the box joints, you are welcome. I watch hundreds of YouTubes so you don’t have to! :blush:


#4

We’ll be posting his tuts one of these days pretty soon. :wink:

Chuckle! I can’t build it without the supplies. I’ll post the proto-type for the problem child tonight, though. Even though that one is going to take a major overhaul.


#5

I see I need to learn and then teach rendering…


#6

ROFL! Nope, this one is a surprise…in case it doesn’t work out. :laughing:

Also going to be a stepping off point into inlay for me…(aside from that bling tray, which was more of a cutout thing)…so I’ll need to pick @marmak3261’s brain about the engraving depth settings for the veneers.


#7

Oh, wow, I sure hope it works out so we can pick your brain.


#8

This is the main reason why I prefer Fusion over any vector package. The ability to make adjustments non-destructively. And also to flip to different points in your history to make feature changes.


#9

I still have so much to learn with the whole parameterization thing though…most of which, I’m sad to say, I’ve forgotten since the summer when I worked on it. :confused:

(Sometimes the results of my attempts at parameterizing something turn out to be pretty amusing though.)


#10

Parameters gone wrong:


#11

I feel much better now! :grin:


#12

Recently I did a box for a project and had to use AI, instead of CAD, and OMG, I realized how accustomed you get to constraints based sketching. Yes, AI has a sort of measurement system, but not even in the same league as a real CAD system. Of course splines, etc are pathetic in CAD compared to the insanity of AI’s incredible curve manipulation…


#13

That’s why I like to use both. Each has it’s strong points for different kinds of design.

When you get into the 3D modeling - F360 (or Rhino) have a ton of benefits - but for quick manipulation of more natural shapes - you can’t beat Illustrator.

And I frequently just import the Illustrator results into F360 for extrusion - best of all worlds, saves a ton of time. :relaxed:


#14

Yeah, although I have to say, when I made the test heart valves for @markevans36301 to test GF’ing the power mesh, the loss of dimensions when I moved from OnShape to AI was a bummer. AI does import DXFs but not well. This will be a slight transition for me back to 2D design, since I am so used to 3D CAD on a daily basis (I do use AI, but for artwork not CAD like stuff). The challenge I find with Fusion is that it is both a regular rigid constraint and sketch based CAD and a freeform cad, which I find problematic when people mix them (you don’t have to but you can) when I go to do a precision fit off their designs and design intent is weirdly mixed…


#15

Yeah there are some issues with importing into AI from the CAD programs. I expect we’ll work something out eventually. :relaxed:

I’ve been going back and forth about even mentioning them to @Rita at this point. It’s not something that Glowforge is responsible for fixing, but they might be able to give us a way to work around some of the problems they introduce later.

And they should be a non-destructive change. We’ll see.


#16

Shrek looks like Nemesis of Resident Evil