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Discussion in 'General Talk' started by Michael1024, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Michael1024

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    Hi all,

    Love the openbuilds community ... :)

    joined with the goal of learning cnc and eventually buying/building a pcb mill.
    First step in the journey is to get my hands on some 3d cad software. At this stage i'm down to fusion360 vs sketchup. both seem to reasonably equal in capability.

    Sooo ... my question is which one is most popular in the maker community and which one has best support in terms of libraries/parts ?

    any help is appreciated
     
  2. Giarc

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    If I am cutting a quick project out of a flat plate/board/foam, I use Sketchup because it is quick and easy with Sketchucam. If I am building a really complex part, I find Fusion 360 is easier. So, I use and like both...and I basically did not help you in deciding.

    Quick and dirty bushings my son and I made out out of a scrap of HDPE cutting board for his STEM class balloon car - not to brag, but his went the farthest. :thumbsup: This took about 5 minutes to draw in Sketchup and get the g-code from the Sketchucam plug-in.
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    This is a more complex multi part design for a dust shoe I did in Fusion 360. It seems more intuitive for larger more complex items, and there are great video tutorials. But, that is just my opinion.
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  3. Michael1024

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    Hi Craig

    I'm tending towards that same conclusion ... thanx for ur thoughts :):):)

    Took fusion360 for a test drive ... wow ... it certainly seems to be able to do anything

    michael
     
  4. mr68gts

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    I use Solidworks for all my 3d modeling. (Not free or cheap lol) If I recall correctly Onshape which is simular to Solidworks is free but I think was a sharing type deal so anything you design is or can be open market. (Not a bad thing unless you are engineering your retirement)
    Paul
     

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