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Kallosphere
19-12-2017, 03:24 PM
I've been a D&T teacher decades and I got a router with about 70x90cm cutting bed. As a teacher we taught kids 3D CAD with prodesktop 8 which is ancient - but I want to design my own 3d clip art. Does anyone know of any free or reasonably priced software that they'd recommend? Especially if I can transfer my skills from the ProD8... I use V carve pro as the interface software.

So. Hello CNC world. I look forward to hearing from some of you!

AndyGuid
25-12-2017, 08:11 AM
Welcome to the forum!

I'm afraid that questions in the New Member section can be totally overlooked, so it may well be worthwhile reposting your query/request in another bucket, possibly the software bucket. . . . . . .

Andy

Doddy
25-12-2017, 09:48 AM
The obvious suggestion - which might not be the correct one, is Fusion360. Not sure about the ProDesktop and any similarities, but F360 is pretty easy to pickup the basics (which is about where I am).

Andrei
26-12-2017, 08:31 PM
Yes i agree the best solution for now is fusion 360.

Kallosphere
27-12-2017, 12:29 AM
Thanks Doddy
How do you get training on Fusion 360?

Ger21
27-12-2017, 01:42 AM
YouTube?
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo29kn3d9ziFUZGZ50VKvWA

Doddy
27-12-2017, 03:19 AM
Thanks Doddy
How do you get training on Fusion 360?

It's really not hard to find a lot of info on F360.

Clive S
27-12-2017, 08:44 AM
Thanks Doddy
How do you get training on Fusion 360?

This guy is superb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5bc9c3S12g&list=PL40d7srwyc_Ow4aaOGXlP2idPGwD7ruKg
for beginners

Desertboy
28-12-2017, 08:36 AM
The easy way is to make your base clip art in Inkscape Or Adobe Illustrator as vectors then use fusion to extrude from your vectors.

I would recommend this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FUSION-360-Video-Training-Tutorial-DVD/222744347254?hash=item33dc990276:g:YLsAAOSwr~lYnHx r

I found this dvd useful to get my head round the interface, it's not a how to model tutorial it just breaks down the tools and how to use them so if you have no prior experience you would want additional help.

Youtube and autodesk has some excellent resources for getting started

Desertboy
28-12-2017, 09:05 AM
The easy way is to make your base clip art in Inkscape Or Adobe Illustrator as vectors then use fusion to extrude from your vectors.

I would recommend this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FUSION-360-Video-Training-Tutorial-DVD/222744347254?hash=item33dc990276:g:YLsAAOSwr~lYnHx r

I found this dvd useful to get my head round the interface, it's not a how to model tutorial it just breaks down the tools and how to use them so if you have no prior experience you would want additional help.

Youtube and autodesk has some excellent resources for getting started

Lars is great just watching his Cam stuff

Kallosphere
06-01-2018, 01:44 AM
Thanks for all your advice.... School term has started so now I need to find time to sneak out to the design studio (aka garage) in between marking and planning. There are so many programs out there. I've had students manage to mage g codes from sketchup and blender - and I honestly don't know how they did it! I'll have a play with fusion and illustrator and let you know how I get on. Cheers!