CAD for Hobbyists: Autodesk Fusion360

Fusion 360

The final CAD program we will be looking at in this series is Autodesk Fusion 360. At first glance, Onshape and Fusion 360 are rather similar.  Both are  a sketch/feature based modeler where you define a 2D profile and then convert that into a 3D shape.  Both also offer the ability to create an assembly (or collection of parts) without drawing a hard distinction between a part or assembly file.  So what sets Fusion 360 apart from Onshape?

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CAD for Hobbyists: OpenSCAD

Completed Bottle Opener
Completed Bottle Opener

OpenSCAD is not what most would consider a conventional CAD package.  In most CAD programs to create a shape you have to in some form draw or sculpt the desired shape; this is not the case in OpenSCAD.  In OpenSCAD shapes are defined by functions and you don’t draw shapes but program them.  Each 3D model is defined by a script that is then compiled into a 3D shape.  It is after all called The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeler.

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