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3D printing robots

Post by Hogi » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:38 am

Hi everyone. what is the most easy to use program for designing antweights for 3D printing? I am trying and struggling to master google sketchup. I am wondering what others use, and if they are any easier to work with, thanks.
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Re: 3D printing robots

Post by MySolderIsOlder » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:09 pm

While it may sound perverse, I was totally flumoxed when I tried Sketchup but was able to get started quite easily with Autodesk's Fusion 360. While the latter is a bit intimidating and vastly powerful, I found it quite logical and easy to work with, once you've mastered a few basic concepts. Admittedly I had the advantage of having a Pluralsight subscription through my day-job, so I was able to watch some of their training material to get me going - but there's also a vast wealth of freely accessible videos and other helpful material provided by the Autodesk community, both for getting started and for demonstrating specific features.
Best of all, it's one of those software packages that is eye-wateringly expensive if you need it for work but totally free for hobbyists.
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Re: 3D printing robots

Post by MarkR » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:45 pm

Well I am basically a coder and I want hardware to seem more like software, so I use openscad.

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Re: 3D printing robots

Post by T_Y » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:50 pm

I also started out with Sketchup Free. It's not be best out there but I made do. Most tutorials on the internet tend to be for the paid version, however.

I've just gotten Fusion 360 (it's free for hobbyists!) so I'm learning how to use that. Haven't printed anything off Fusion 360 models yet though. I've been following along with Lars Christensen's Fusion 360 tutorials so far.

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Re: 3D printing robots

Post by peterwaller » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:17 pm

I do all mine in Sketchup it does get difficult trying to modify curved surfaces but otherwise seems more than adequate.

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