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Have you ever seen a 3D printed part and wondered, "How did they make that?"
Want to update your drafting skills from pen and paper to something more versatile?
Or maybe you just need a simple laser-cut sheet that's dimensionally accurate
Perhaps you need something made on a CNC machine? (We won't get to that point in THIS class, but stay tuned for precisely that class. )
Come join us at your favorite neighboorhood hackerspace and learn how to do exactly this, AND MORE
3D CAD has become infinitely more accessible to the average Joe in the past five years, so now it's readily available to us Regular Joes who don't have access to a corporate-sponsored seat of Solidworks. We've taught this class a few times at NSL in the past using both Onshape, and Fusion360, and I've been cranking away pretty hard on a Fusion design for myself lately. With all this info fresh in my short term memory (as well as the past decade of my work life), it seems like a good time to impart some wisdom on y'all.
Starting from a basic 2D sketch, I'll show you tools, tricks, and gotchas I've picked up over the last decade of using these tools. Parametric, relational, "Feature-based" models can be quickly and easily created, changed, updated, and adapted as long as you can visualize what you want the software to do and don't paint yourself into a corner. "Design intent" is an important topic we will spend a good deal of time revisiting.
While a 2D sketch may be good enough to produce a PCB, sometimes you need to see things in 3 dimensions. Perhaps you need a custom enclosure for your RasPi? Sometimes, with one simple click you can 3D-ify your model to see how things fit on all sides, without scrapping a single part in the process.
At this point, we will touch on how to deal with various "solid bodies" and how they interact with one another based on context.
If you have any sample parts you'd like to have used as a teaching tool, I'd be happy to go through the process using your example so you can walk away from the class with a design in hand.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
A somewhat recent vintage computer with Fusion360 installed and licensed to you. Licenses for hobbyists are free, so don't sweat it. Mac or Windows is fine. You Linux freaks can use Onshape in the browser for the first half of class for the basics, but I'm afraid you'll be lost when we get to assemblies due to differences in technique. If you've only got a dekstop, that's fine, we can hook you up with a monitor and keyboards and such (but maybe you want to bring your own)
3 button mouse is ESSENTIAL. READ: DON'T FORGET A 3 BUTTON MOUSE. We have a few, but not 15, so bring yours just in case.
If you do some research ahead of time by watching some videos and tutorials on Fusion
I will refund you $20 cash the day of class for simply showing up. Knowing who will absolutely be there will allow us to give you the best class possible. All proceeds are donated to NSL's operating funds so we can keep the lights on and keep teaching you cool stuff.