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First look at DesignSpark Mechanical

First look at DesignSpark Mechanical

I’ve been aware of DesignSpark Mechanical for some time but never had the need to install it. I’ve been using Fusion360 until recently when my “startup” license expired. So I downloaded it, installed it and had a bit of a

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Creating a 3D model for Kicad

Creating a 3D model for Kicad

Using Fusion360 to produce a model for the 3D Viewer in KiCAD.

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New Year

New Year

A productive start to the New Year despite a cold. Got my first magazine article sent off for editing. In the process I learnt a few things about Fusion360, the first is that there’s a whole workspace I’d not been

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Thumbscrews, knurls and threads

Thumbscrews, knurls and threads

This weekend I was designing some parts using Fusion360. I had a couple of challenges but learnt a lot along the way. The part I wanted to model was a  thumbscrew which I’m going to be using in a future

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More Fusion 360 Sheet Metal

More Fusion 360 Sheet Metal

I seem to be getting the hang of the Fusion360 sheet metal mode but the “Create Flat Pattern” does not always seem to work. This box results in a pattern which is just a copy of the box but without

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CAD for sheet metal

CAD for sheet metal

After my anglegrinder cable got nibbled by mice I thought it might be a good idea to store it in a metal rather than cardboard box. I’ve made a few cardboard boxes in my time and to a lot of

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OpenSCAD and DXF import

OpenSCAD and DXF import

I was thinking about making a base for the Furby driver in my Upcycle It design challenge. To model the base, I took the existing base and drew around it. I then scanned the image and imported it into Inkscape.

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OpenSCAD two types of function

OpenSCAD two types of function

I’ve been experimenting with OpenSCAD for some time and was building some plates to attach some components together. For these I needed a rounded corner rectangle with some regularly spaced holes. I knew that you could create module functions that

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