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3. Computer Aided design

This week, I continued making my 2D and 3D model of my potential final project. I worked with Inkscape, Corel Draw, Fusion 360, and FreeCad.


Before I created my digital models, I developed a rough sketch of the dimensions that I wanted for my components: a “breastplate” and “lung air pump”. Here are my sketches with the corralating dimensions:

Brestplate: (I took measurments from myself to get a generally human scaled model.)


Lung Air Pump:

Here is my digitally rendered schematic (of the pump) which is easier to comprehend:

Constraints vs Dimensions

While developing my computer aided design, my instructors taught me about the difference between constraints and dimensions. I found this to be applicable when creating Parametric designs. I referenced this website to learn about constraints.

Constraints related things geometrically. By using constraints, you can update your design without having to redo the entire thing. The types of constraints are Coincident, Collinear, Concentric, Midpoint, Fix/UnFix, Parallel, Perpendicular, Horizontal/Vertical, Tangent, Curvature, Equal, and Symmetry.

Dimesions are actually a type of constraint, too. They should be added last.



For my 2D model, I used Inkscape. Inkscape is a design software that I used in my freshman engineering class. I made a “breastplate” for my cpr dummy, inspired by this photo from the city of Richland’s CPR training website

I started by setting the document properties to 30 inches by 20 inches.

Then, I selected the rectangle creator tool and created a 16 inch by 16 inch square to match my sketch.

After, I created another rectangle to the side with the dimensions of 16 inch by 10 inch. I made this object a path so I could cut another shape out of it.

Finally, I created an oval which I centered using the align and distribute tool. (I also made this object a path). After getting the oval where I wanted it to be, I cut it out of the rectangle to make my head hole.

If I were to use this design for a project in real life, I would need to cut the larger rectangle out twice. (I would also have to change the line thickness to hairline.)

Here is my Inkscape file:

Corel Draw

I decided to replicate my breastplate in Corel Draw which is a softaware similar to Inkscape but more transferrable directly to the laser cutter.

I again started by setting up my document dimensions to 30 inch by 20 inch. (All the dimensions for Corel Draw will be the same as for Inkscape!)

Then, I recreated the rectangles from Inkscape with a similar rectangle creator tool.

This time, I did not have to change any objects to paths.

I created the oval the same way as before, but I enlarged it. After, I aligned and distributed the oval and smaller rectangles.

For this software, I changed the line thichness to hairline, so I would be ready to lasercut!

Here is my Corel Draw file:

2.5D and 3D

Fusion 360

For my 2.5D/3D models, I designed an “lung air pump”, again, based off of this walmart model.

When making my model, I was able to re-familurize myself with a few Fusion 360 tools.

Before building my model, I set up my Fusion with the correct document settings. This involved changing the units to mm (in case I wanted to 3D print my model) and saving the file as a project.

After I had set up the document settings, I created a sketch. I decided to make my model from the bottom up, so I created my sketch on the XZ plane.

The shapes I drew were center diameter circles.

I moved my circles around so one was floating above the other.

Then, I lofted my two circles by selecting both of them.

This is a photo of first two layers:

Once I repeated this layering process a few times, my pump looked like this:

To make the pump hallow, I created a smaller version of the pump inside of the origional pump. To do this, I created lofts that cut material.

After I hallowed out the pump, it looked like this. To see this perspective, I created a temporary hole in the pump.

After briefly talking to my instructor, Dr. Fagan, I figured out that a 2.5D model is the layering of a 2D model to create a 3D model. This can be done using extrusion for example.

For my 2.5D model, I extruded a cylinder on my lung air pump for asthetic purposes and to potentially rest/store my circuitry components.

After extruding, I added a fillet to the edges to make it look prettier. This picture shows what the model looked like before filletting.

My final addition to my model was the air valves and constraints. Dr. Fagan reccomended that I take my modeling further by devloping these apendagaes.

I watched this video to familurize myself with the constraint features in Fusion 360. I found the concentric and equal constraint to be the most applicable in my case.

When trying to use the concentric constraint, I received an error message that told me I was over constraining my sketch. I believe this is because my circles were already centered on one point and therefore were already concentric.

After learning this, I decided to build my valve for the air pump without centering or measuring the circles. Instead, I used the concentric and equal constrains to manipluate my sketches.

This is my valve addition made with constraints:

Here is my final Fusion360 model:

(P.S. I accidentally uploaded some of my Fusion pictures to my week 2 image folder.)


I started by downloading FreeCad and finishing the tutorials from last week (Tutorial 1, Tutorial 2, Tutorial 3). Then, I explored the program so I could get a better understanding of what Mr. Rick Hoefer was explaining.

The first tutorial showed the tools that FreeCad offers. I found that the toolbox/”work bench” was similar to Fusion 360. One big difference I notices was FreeCad did not specify dimensions as much as Fusion 360. Also, FreeCad was more algebraically/geometrically based when viewing and constructing. The second tutorial focused on creating sketches and constrains. Mr. Hoefer explained almost all of the offered FreeCAD restraints in this video. Also, he shows how to export your design. The final video showed how to import images. He adds onto this comcept by showing you how to scale the images you import.

Photos and Videos

At the end of the week, I had some extra time, so I decided to look into Adobe Photoshop and Simple Screen Recorder.

I watched this video to get a quick overview of the photoshop functions. I learned how to edit three different types of photos by layering, diffusing, typing and more. I also looked into image compression in photoshop and found this tutorial that walks you through the steps! Hopefully, I will be able to use photoshop in the future to edit a picture or compress an image!

To learn about Simple Screen Recorder, I read through the website linked on the class page and watched this brief video. After watching the video, I learned how to set up and start a screen recording through the program. The set up depended alot on the video purpose and your desired clip length.



I really enjoyed this program. It was a nice program that I used to learn how to design digital 2D designs. It is a well laid out program with many tools. I would use it to produce simpler designs, relativly quickly. I would also recommend this application to beginners.

Corel Draw

I also enjoyed this program. It had a few more tools. It is also the program that we use to lasercut. I continued to use this program to lasercut throughout this course.


I loved Fusion360 for 2D and 3D rendering. I enjoy the user-friendly interface and the collection of tutorials on their Youtube channel. This is the program that I used to create my 3D printing files, CNC files, and some of my laser cutting files. I recommend this program to students (it’s free for us!) wanting to get into digital fabrication


I did not love this program but it was free! (I like free things). I would recommend this program to people who are not students and cannot acess Fusion360 for free. I would not use this program otherwise. It is not a very familiar or clear format in my opinion.


Here are all my files from this week: Download Files