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catmom

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03-14-2016 12:38 AM

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Has anyone tried Autodesk Fusion 360 to design woodworking plans? I started my 30 day free trial and it appears to be easier than Sketchup so far.


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#1 posted 03-14-2016 12:54 AM

I used it to design the homemade jointer I’m building. There are a few Fusion 360 renderings in my blog.

http://lumberjocks.com/Ger21/blog/72802

After your trial is up, you can register as a hobbyist and it’s free.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 01:22 AM

catmom,

I have used TurboCad for designing projects for quite a while. I have not used Sketch-Up nor Autodesk. Therefore, I can not say whether TurboCad is easier to use than the others. However, if you are shopping for CAD, you may want to look at TurboCad. I use the Pro version but they offer a Deluxe version which is more affordable. The Deluxe and Pro versions both offer a good deal of capability. They may offer a free trial period. But in the end it is what suites you best.

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 03:58 AM

Ger21, Impressive jointer build. I’m going to have look a that more closely, I have actually been thinking about building a jointer myself.

Have you used Sketchup? Just wondering if someone who has used both Fusion 360 and Sketchup could provide some pros and cons of both packages. I’ve been using Sketchup to do my designs and was wondering how it compares to the Autodesk freebie.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 04:13 AM

Ger21, really nice renderings of your jointer. What I have seen/used of Fusion 360 I like it a lot … particularly since it is free.

Lazyman, I think you will like Fusion 360 as much as I like my Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express as these are both free from well known and competing CAD companies.

Since I do printed circuit boards and metal/plastic work besides wooworking I like both of these.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 05:46 PM

Yes, I have used Sketchup. But coming from a CAD and 3D modeling/rendering background, I could never really get used to the way it works.

Sketchup was designed for easily making quick 3D sketches, and because of this, imo, it lacks the power of most CAD programs.
Sketchup requires a lot of addon plugins to achieve functionality that is built into most CAD programs.
On the plus side, it’s probably easier to learn for non CAD users, and there are a ton of good tutorials out there.

The only real con to Fusion 360, is that it’s still being actively developed, so it’s constantly adding and updating features as it evolves.

It’s got a ton of features:

http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/features

Some people complain about it being cloud base, but I don’t think any of those that complain about it have actually used it.

The learning curve is steep if you haven’t used similar software before, but I find it pretty easy to use.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 04:27 PM


Yes, I have used Sketchup. But coming from a CAD and 3D modeling/rendering background, I could never really get used to the way it works.

Sketchup was designed for easily making quick 3D sketches, and because of this, imo, it lacks the power of most CAD programs.
Sketchup requires a lot of addon plugins to achieve functionality that is built into most CAD programs.
On the plus side, it’s probably easier to learn for non CAD users, and there are a ton of good tutorials out there.

- Ger21

You have echoed my exact issue with Sketchup as I also used CAD before I tried Sketchup. In my opinion, it was too different and actually required more effort to complete a project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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