It's what I do...(Shrug)
For a couple of years, now, I've been hearing the benefits of Fusion 360. It's portable! It doesn't require a high power workstation! It's easy to use, and so on.
My old colleague, Jorge Fernandez, even built a 30 minute presentation on the benefits of Fusion 360!
And don't think I'm a detractor! I see the benefits, I fully acknowledge them. But what I haven't truly had yet, was an opportunity to realize those benefits for myself.
Our black cat, Scar, however, remains completely unmoved.
|Scar the Kitteh is unimpressed by cloud applications like Fusion 360.|
However, he does see immediate ROI in a fresh can of wet food.
First, a brief description of my situation.
I was working on a small cover that had to be light enough to be removed, but strong enough to be walked on. A constant concern was excessive "oil canning" of the material, where it would "pop" in and out like an old oil can.
|If your old enough to remember theses, you know the "Oil Can Effect".|
But time at work is precious. Development time, like anywhere must be kept to a minimum. And while there is value in development, there isn't always the time for development.
Many of us have encountered that before.
I don't mind playing with an idea at home. I do some of my best thinking at home, in solitude, with a cup of coffee in my hand.
My challenge is, I don't have Inventor at home. My installation is on a desktop machine, and I don't have a laptop husky enough to run the software currently.
But what I do have, is Fusion 360.
So over the course of my weekend, I built up a quick concept model,and ran a quick FEA to see what the design would do.
|The floor model. There's even a grate texture to simulate perforated metal|
|The FEA analysis. I'm looking to see how much the floor deflects.|
Is it a perfect design, no, it's a concept!
But what Fusion 360 allowed me to do was "strike while the iron was hot" when my ideas and inspiration collided in my brain, instead of when I walked into the office after a long weekend. Now I also have a more fully realized concept that I can share with colleagues.
When I walk in the office after vacation, I can talk about ideas. with a little more confidence, and with a little more visual aid.
This was my use for Fusion, a 3D notepad, repository for ideas, test station, and presenting tool, all in one.
Does this affect you? Perhaps, perhaps not. I leave that for you, as an individual to decide.
But do I think it's worth consideration, for my part, I have no doubts.
Oh! And one last post script. Here's the file I created, embedded from A360. I know the design isn't perfect, there's more tweaks I can make. But remember, it's a concept!
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photo credit: Oil be darned! via photopin (license)