I recently moved back to my hometown where I am currently garageless.
Eh… it’s no so bad really, but because I can’t keep my idle hands busy with welding and fabrication projects like I normally do, I’ve had to turn to my old friend 3D modelling and drafting to fill the void.
If you didn’t know, studied architecture in college and was a draftsman for about 10 years afterwards. I worked for a gauge and fixture company for a few years and then a structural steel contractor for the rest.
I never really stopped using various CAD programs. Whenever I needed to visualize, plan, or design something, I usually use a program like SketchUp that’s quick, but lately I’ve been spending my time with Fusion 360.
If you’ve never herd of it, Fusion 360 is a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) program that is used to design and fabricate pretty much anything.
After playing around with the program for awhile I decided to take it a bit more seriously. I dove into the tutorials in the learning centre on Autodesk’s website. Fusion 360 sure has some powerful features and some amazing tools.
There are some really cool things that this program does that other CAD programs I’ve used in the past don’t, like surfacing a solid!
After using the program for awhile now, I have to say it’s pretty rad!
Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been working on.
I drew most of these projects to get more experience using the program to familiarize myself with how the new Autodesk programs work and feel and also to explore parametric modelling further.
Some of these do have practical applications, which is the whole idea of using the program in the first place. It’s a great tool to have in the tool box, or rather it’s a great tool box full of tools to be able to use.
I often live stream my Fusion 360 sessions. If you want to check it out, I usually stream Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 7pm-10pm EST and sometimes Sundays too, live on twitch. Check it out here.
I’m always looking for new projects to work on, so if you need something designed, a pattern made up for laser cutting, tool paths for cnc generated, leave a comment, send me a message or email.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!