Sheet metal project in Fusion 360

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Sheet metal project in Fusion 360

Post by kc6uvm » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:14 pm

I downloaded and installed Fusion 360 on my Win 10 laptop a while back but haven't put it to work until recently. In the interim, found a book published by Make: Fusion 360 for Makers by Lydia Sloan Cline and bought it on Amazon. Over a decade ago, I completed classes in AutoCAD at a local community college. I think it was version 2007 and 2008.

Now I' m designing the hood and cab for a Plymouth diesel. It's a battery electric engine. The little beast is four foot long and about twenty inches wide. When I'm done, I think I can fit the whole project in my little 2017 Jeep Compass. I lost my dodge in an auto accident last year.

Fusion 360 has been a beast to learn. Even had to break out this book and read....

In my first attempt, I moved in and out of the create mode, did extrusions to create the windows and other openings. But to fix the mistakes, I figured it would be faster to start over. Then there was this aha moment! After my first attempt to create 2D sheet metal layout in 3D software, I arrived at the conclusion I needed to start in the "Create" mode and stay in that mode until the hood and cab were done.

So now, the sheet metal layout is staying in the top view and a wire frame model. I figured out how to extrude the body panels and leave the openings for the windows. I understand there may be a plug in for Fusion to export the file to g-code. Just don't know the machine yet. I'm almost ready to export the model to CAM software to be run on a waterjet. Haven''t found some to do the job.

I did draw four doors in the create mode but the doors disappear when leaving the create mode. I want to use the waterjet to etch the doors in the sheet metal. In older versions of AutoCAD, I had the ability to bring a line/plane forward or back as a priority. High lighting the doors in the create mode brings the doors out to the top when leaving the create mode.

This is point where I'm lost at what to do next. Any one have any ideas? Thank you in advance for your response.

Below is the screen capture of where I'm at this time.
plymouth cab revised 1 v5.jpg
George J. Becker
Lancaster, CA (formerly of Shandon, CA)
Model railroading is fun but the work expands proportionately to the track gauge.

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