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More tools in the shop #6: Designing a Parametric Pencil Box with Sliding Lid in Fusion 360

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Blog entry by Plasmon360 posted 07-10-2018 07:11 PM 595 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My best friend just had a baby girl. I am very happy for him. I wanted to give her some wooden toys as a gift. I want to put all the toys in a pencil box and ship it.

To make the pencil box, I first made a fusion 360 model of the pencil box. I use rabbet joints for this model as it is easier for me to do in my shop (in future, will make one with box joints). In fusion 360, I can add parameters such as box dimensions, thickness, rabbet depth, in parameters table and when any of these parameters changes, the 3d model gets updated reflecting the changes.

The design process with fusion360 will help me in following:
1) to visualize the box (by rendering it with different wood textures) for different parameters before building this thing.
2) as I am creating the model, I get to think how I will be doing each component in the workshop
3) the software will spit out individual parts and the dimensions of those parts.
4) It will help create some cool animations (like the slider mechanisms)
5) I can use this model for future projects by just changing the parameters in the parameter table.

Here are are some images from my design process.







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