spinningmagnets wrote: ↑
Nov 23 2017 8:14pm
Time to boot up Fusion360
Any advice for someone starting out on Fusion 360? BBS has their own program for 2D, which I found to be very easy and intuitive, but I am looking into 3D printing, and Fusion 360 keeps getting recommended to me.
We've been using Fusion 360 at our 3D animation studio when we need to cross over into CAD design. So far, I think it is the best overall compromise of functionality and ease of learning for someone not doing CAD work full time. That said, there is still a learning curve. But they have their own online tutorials and there are a number of them on YouTube as well.
My biggest complaint is that the system gets slow and more prone to errors and odd behavior when projects become large and complicated. My second complaint is that they make changes and update the software somewhat frequently. While getting new and improved features is nifty, changes mid-project can be annoying and disruptive. But I'd think Fusion 360 would be a very good choice for just about any e-bike project that I can imagine.
I'd love to show some stuff that we've done in Fusion 360, but it is still under NDA at this time. Bummer.
Oh - as for specific advise on learning. What always has worked best for me is to define a simple project and jump in. For e-bikes, maybe it is a battery case or torque arm. But just pick something and slog through until it is done. Just jumping in and doing tutorials in order to learn has never worked well for me. I need the exploration to be goal oriented.
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