And maybe that's the rub for me.I like fusion also even with the messes it’s created .
I think the biggest thing is to consider that the programs only connect the shapes and lines it’s not intelligent . Many guys and gals can’t seem to get old school drafting out of mind . I YHINK most programs can generate drawing s some even do automatic dimensioning on drawings. But the bottom line is to begin thinking in terms of the finished product . Essentially you are creating this using solid shapes modified by cutting or adding features . You manipulate various icons to achieve this most have some kind of tool box that provides fasteners hole counter bores all ready for you to insert. . For example you could select a clearance hole through then a counterbore into the curvature of a ball bearing. It would not be fun to create in the shop but not impossible using some nifty machines in a work invironment you could expect a call from the shop asking if you really wanted this. What I’m getting at is you create the object using the cad tool or icons and text . Some programs are more powerful in that they may allow analysis option and wild coloring Woods can be colored shaded given grains . This is exotic area. I’m not real big on it unless it’s for some presentation. I usually thought of this as needless use of computer space. You design into the parts . Parts are made to the machines capability . The cnc shop will determine if equipment can do the job . If not they come up with a there is a lot more to it but others can add comments too. solution so it takes the machinist out of the picture. .
I organize like this: Caffeine in the morning. Do something in the garage or outside. Take a nap in the afternoon. Do something more before dark. After dark, I may watch some krap on tv or play computer games. when filled up on that or more likely while watching some krap on nutlix, do some drawing on either something I am working on or something I intend to work on.And maybe that's the rub for me.
I can usually visualize what I want to build - - - that's not something I need help with!
What I would like is help with material quantities and where's the best place to put a support or how do I support this long whippy thing so that I can do x or y at this speed. Except then in these 'wonderful full featured' 3D CAD programs - - - well they don't have a wide enough nor complete bolt/screw/pipe/tubing/material availability and then I am supposed to work around that and then trying to find one's way through the minefield of 'have tos' when the breadcrumb dispenser is broked - - - well - - - I can, using paper and a writing tool (sometimes even less) create a 'physical' sketch in moments - - - and that's enough for getting the job done. Just sharing with someone else or for posterity - - - well then that's the rub.
Too many things to do and the time to get things done seems to be getting less - - - not more.
Some times machining capabilities . This leads to issues in the shop making chips as we say . This is where you can design yourself into a hole very quickly . It’s a easier to delete a feature on the screen before it hits the shop and before a piece of unobtainium gets scrapped out
Have pick a cad program.I have been building and designing model engines now for quite some years and have been modelling for over 65 years. I have designed from scratch about 11 model diesel engines and built them and they all run - and have had a couple put on CAD by kind fellow enthusiasts.
I would like to have a go at learning CAD enough to make at least 2D drawings and hopefully in time be able to do 3D where the design can be rotated, but realize baby steps first..
I was reasonably good at maths 60+ years ago when at school - but sines and cosines etc mean zero now.
I am happy to spend some funds to get the right programme but there seems to be quite a number of them - so thought I would pose the question here and see if there are others like me that had the desire to conquer CAD and have succeeded.
If that is supposed to be a solid piece of metal then it is not handling things well with those lines where you have extruded separate sketches, should not be there on a "solid" pieceEdit*
FreeCAD has come a ways since .18
20 minutes of fooling around and it seems to handle slivers and overlapping features quite well.