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2. Computer Aided design

The Fab Charter

CAD licenses

  • Solidworks -> email -> google drive
  • xDesign -> email -> google drive
  • Fusion360 -> coming
  • OnShape -> created (check email)


Preparation for next week

Computer-Controlled Cutting
individual assignment:
cut something on the vinylcutter

design, lasercut, and document a parametric construction kit

  • Design
    • well Prepared -> your original
    • if not -> simple

(Individual) Assignment

model (raster, vector, 2D, 3D, render, animate, simulate, …) a possible final project,
compress your images and videos,
and post a description with your design files on your class page

Have you answered these questions?


  • Modelled experimental objects/part of a possible project in 2D and 3D software
  • Shown how you did it with words/images/screenshots
  • Included your original design files


2D design

  • Raster

  • Vector

3D design


  • Fusion360
  • Blender


  • Fusion360


compress images and videos

  • imagemagick

    • encoding
      //convert PNG to JPG:
      % convert input.png output.jpg
      //convert all PNGs to JPGs:
      % mogrify -format jpg *.png
      //convert SVG to PNG at 1000 DPI:
      % convert -density 1000 -units PixelsPerInch input.svg output.png
      //compress JPG to quality 50% width 1000:
      % convert input.jpg -quality 50% -resize 1000 output.jpg
      //compress all JPGs to quality 50% width 1000:
      % mogrify -quality 50% -resize 1000 *.jpg
  • ffmpeg


Last update: March 4, 2022