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Old 08-13-2020, 03:06 PM   #21
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Learned solidworks for a semester and i've found solidworks to be out of date. This is only a pain for subtractive manufacturing, but if you need run toolpaths and setups you have to transfer to fusion360 anyway. Fusion360, Autocad is great, and so is onshape. You can do everything, including generative design with organic shapes, etc on fusion. Dont try to learn all three at the same time. I've only used fusion and onshape to design parts and then printed them. Both work great for that.
I don't mean to sound rude or anything but you're doing it wrong if you're looking a for an all-in-one software suite.

In a professional/full-time environment you need dedicated CAD software and dedicated CAM software. Once you've spent time in real CAM software you'll understand why. The SW CAM add-on isn't great and the fusion one is terrible, but spend some time GibbsCAM or MasterCAM and you'll see what I mean.

Fusion is great at the hobbyist level but as soon as you try to get more complex or start doing more, it falls apart pretty quickly.

In my last role I had to set-up remote production line cnc work for about 275 different parts that were being made on a 2 different machines (one Haas and one CR Onsrud) one of which I couldn't touch (it was in NC and I'm in western Canada) and was being run an operator I'd never meet. Fusion would have been a disaster for this but GibbsCAM punched it it all out no problem.
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Old 08-19-2020, 12:56 AM   #22
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My Prusa i3 MK3S is suppose to ship in 3-4 weeks so I've been testing the free 3D software. So far I've tried Tinkercad and FreeCAD. I found both a little frustrating and I've been reading/watching the Onshape tutorials and I'm liking what I see so will be trying that next. I have experience with AutoCADD and I know some of my frustration is based on not grasping the differences between the 2D and 3D processes. I checked out Fusion360 and would be glad to test it as well but haven't figured out, as a hobbyist, how to get the free version.
Just thought I would up-date everyone on my test of Onshape. I found Onshape way easier to use than Tinkercad and FreeCAD. I'm sure the experience (frustration) using the other 3D software I tried helped as I did have some knowledge of 3D software when I started Onshape. I had one item I spent days trying to create and never was able to complete it. So I figured, what the heck, and it was the first thing I attempted with Onshape. It took a while as I had a lot to learn about Onshape as I worked on it and I completed it in about 6 hours, which I figured wasn't bad. I've since done a couple of other simpler things I did with the other software but in way less time and I think one came out better than the original one I did.

Bottom line, I still have a lot to learn about Onshape and for now that's what I'll be using. Much happier and less stressed now I can see some positive results. I'm impatiently waiting for my Prusa to arrive. Haven't been notified it's shipped yet, maybe this week.
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Old 08-19-2020, 08:24 AM   #23
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Same, I meant to update the group as well! I have dived into Oneshape and really like it. I am going through tutorials and its really making sense. I have created 4-5 simple parts so far. I am very impressed how well it works. I have a long way to go but I am confident its the right tool for me. Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:44 AM   #24
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Just thought I would up-date everyone on my test of Onshape. I found Onshape way easier to use than Tinkercad and FreeCAD. I'm sure the experience (frustration) using the other 3D software I tried helped as I did have some knowledge of 3D software when I started Onshape. I had one item I spent days trying to create and never was able to complete it. So I figured, what the heck, and it was the first thing I attempted with Onshape. It took a while as I had a lot to learn about Onshape as I worked on it and I completed it in about 6 hours, which I figured wasn't bad. I've since done a couple of other simpler things I did with the other software but in way less time and I think one came out better than the original one I did.

Bottom line, I still have a lot to learn about Onshape and for now that's what I'll be using. Much happier and less stressed now I can see some positive results. I'm impatiently waiting for my Prusa to arrive. Haven't been notified it's shipped yet, maybe this week.
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Same, I meant to update the group as well! I have dived into Oneshape and really like it. I am going through tutorials and its really making sense. I have created 4-5 simple parts so far. I am very impressed how well it works. I have a long way to go but I am confident its the right tool for me. Thanks!

Glad to hear you guys are liking it so far!
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Old 08-19-2020, 04:43 PM   #25
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If you have an iPad and an Apple Pencil check out Shapr3D. It's powered by Siemens Parasolid, the 3D engine behind Solidworks. I've been playing with it for a little bit and quite like it. Takes a bit of getting used to drawing with the pencil but there are lots of online tutorials.


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Old 08-20-2020, 08:45 AM   #26
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Onshape has an iOS app too. I havent tried it though.
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:35 AM   #27
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Just want to give a shout out to Cad Video Tutorials. He has done a couple dozen OnShape tutorials. I am eating them up like candy, I have learned so much! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrK...Q6LK_d3aKrVY4A
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I don't remember if there's a better thread for this, but if you use Fusion360, make sure you grab your files before AutoCAD possibly hijacks them.

https://hackaday.com/2020/09/16/auto...license-terms/
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:49 PM   #29
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hmmm thanks for the heads up Jato!

Looks like we have until Jan 1st 2021 to get our files downloaded from Fusion 360. Personally I never liked the whole cloud storage thing so I dont mind storing them locally. If you wait too long you'll have to pay for a license to get your files (so it seems at least).

EDIT: does anyone know how to download all files in bulk by chance? I'm hoping I wont have to do them 1 by 1

EDIT 2 looks like there isnt a download all option.

Now i'm wondering what format to download out of all of the options, I looked into it and decided F3D but thats not on the list!



EDIT 3: I found that exporting from the desktop app does have a F3D file unlike using the browser interface, this will have the timeline and all of the bodies and sketches from the original though when opening these the name wont pop up it will be called "untitled 1".
Open the file up in 360 then select export from the file drop down menu up top.

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Old 09-17-2020, 09:25 PM   #30
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I'd recommend exporting STEP files of all of your models as well so you have a generic solid body file. F3D is native to Fusion and likely won't open in other software. STEP is pretty universal and if you're lucky you'll still be able to extract a feature tree pending the program you use to open it.

Just a precaution in case you move away from Fusion at some point.

I don't have much to add other than what's already been said. I use SolidWorks all day every day at my 9-5 job. I own a commercial license of Fusion for my home business. Both have their pros and cons, but Fusion works pretty well for my 3D printing needs. I use Cura as my slicer (CAM).
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Thanks Bray_D

Makers Muse just posted a video going over these fusion 360 changes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlnEThQ4HR8&t=329s
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I know a lot of people use Fusion360, but I personally donít like it. I have a lot more experience with Sketchup, itís free and the interface is a lot more simple to me. I havenít had a problem with it so far. just install a plug-in called Export STL and you can export it, then plop it into Cura or whatever slicer you use. Also, this crap going on on with Fusion, I feel more comfortable on Sketchup.


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