I know how to use Fusion360, but first I decided to try some new tools.
I haven't used any raster software except for MS Paint. I downloaded MyPaint and I was astonished by the interesting tools I found.
I really liked MyPaint, and I may use it for drafting.
The second CAD software to try was xDesign. I had previous experience in SOLIDWORKS so I was really interested in discovering that.
I liked the idea of using CAD in a browser. I logged on my account and started my trial.
The first thing that got my attention is the designs could be saved on the cloud... Intersting, Dassault Systemes!
I created a file for my design.
I wanted to try a simple cube, so I sketched a rectangle.
Then extruded my sketch.
I went back to the sketch to add some dimensions.
I also edited the extruded boss feature to get a cube.
The browser experience was relatively laggy, but let's got on!
I added a fillet to the cube.
Out of no where, the design didn't stop rotating with the mouse although I'm not clicking anything. I tried to select options and the design never stopped rotating XD
The overall experience was catastrophic. It was laggy and glitchy.
Now back to the beloved Fusion 360.
Fusion is a such interesting software where you model, assemble, and even manufacture your parts with.
Here's a rectangle that could be extruded to a cube.
Here's another cube that could be magically added to the same work area, which can't be done normally on other cad programs.
Note that you can edit them individually, or clone your edits.
The same rectangle we extruded to get a cube, can be revolved around itself to get a cylinder.
A polygon could be lofted to a point on an offset plane, resulting in a mysterious pyramid with pentagon base :D
I really like the flexibility of Fusion 360. I also like how it gets updated regularly- fixing glitches and adding new features.
The evolution of CAD inspired me to jump along the path and explore the limitations of each stage. I felt it would be really interesting to integrate all the possible tools in one idea- starting from raster, then 2D vectors, and finally, interacting 3D shapes.
I thought that using a mechanism would be a great example because it will be flexible enough to be show the power of animating tools in CAD software. After doing some google searches, I selected a Waving hand that uses a single drive attached to a Four Bar Mechanism.
Raster Drafting on myPaint
I used MyPaint to draft the parts I'm going to include in my design.
2D Drawing on Inkscape
I planned to use Inkscape to produce the 2D files then use Fusion to produce the parts of my Waving Hand mechanism.
3D CAD on Fusion360