Fusion 360 for Makers: Design Your Own Digital Models for 3D Printing and CNC Fabrication (Make:) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Q&A with Author Lydia Sloan Cline
Getting in Gear with 3D Modeling!
Lydia Sloan Cline teaches digital modeling for fabrication, 3D printing, and drafting courses at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. She is the author of eight books on those subjects and is constantly creating things with her small fleet of 3D printers and CNC machines. Lydia wrote 'Fusion 360 for Makers' as a hands-on how-to guide for novices.
Lydia, you first came to 3D modeling through architecture, didn't you?
Yes! My degree and original work experience is in architecture. I started with one of the earliest versions of AutoCAD when I worked for a large architecture firm in Nashville.
How did you get involved with the maker movement?
At first it was via math classes that sent calculus formulas and solids to the JCCC drafting department to 3D print! Then we got similar requests from companies that were transitioning from 2D drafting to 3D modeling, BIM (Building Information Management), and digital fabrication workflows. Along the way I became active in local makerspaces and technology workshops, and I did lots of side work using 3D printing to produce consumer goods.
Do you see Fusion 360 as being an especially useful software tool for makers?
Absolutely! 'Fusion 360' was written precisely for the digital fabrication community. You can do so much with it -- solid modeling, surface modeling, organic modeling. Design engineering pieces, whimsical pieces, and sheet metal products. Produce scaled documentation drawings. Set up toolpaths for CNC machines. Render, animate, simulate. There is no other program that lets you do so many things in one!
What would you say to people who feel intimidated by CAD/CAM software?
You want to design your own ideas, right? Or at least edit some downloaded designs? You need CAD/CAM software to do that, so get on it already! Reading my book will be a good first start.
About the Author
Lydia Sloan Cline teaches digital modeling and 3D printing at Johnson County Community College. She is a 3D printing enthusiast, a judge a competitive technology events, and active in her local Maker community. Her previous works include 3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad, and MakerBot , 3D Printing and CNC Fabrication with SketchUp , Architectural Drafting for Interior Designers, 2nd Edition, and Today's Military Wife, 7th Edition.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07D2ZBQYN
- Publisher : Make Community, LLC; 1st edition (May 11, 2018)
- Publication date : May 11, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 59081 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 510 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #375,620 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have had better luck with the CAD textbooks from SDC Publishing, such as "Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360." They are more thorough and provide a deeper understanding of the software.
I found Shih's Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360 (Spring 2018 Edition) to be much more useful, but it's quite a bit more expensive as well.
Fortunately, Lydia Sloan Cline's book begins slowly, so you can begin to make headway with Fusion 360 quite quickly. Also, she makes a commendable effort to define terms that are used throughout the book early on. The problems really show up later in the book when the explanations for some of the commands are so vague that it is almost impossible to learn how to use them. For example: The Sweep Command (page 69), is relegated to three and a half lines and 3 diagrams that are so indistinct as to be practically useless. After a couple of hours of frustration with not getting the command to work, it came to me that the two main parameters (profile and path) had to be on different planes. Naturally, once I saw this, it was obvious. But would it have been too much effort to mention it? Which brings me to my next point: the book is filled with blank spaces. At a guess I would think that 25% of the book is empty space. What a perfect opportunity to add boxes of tips, such as: "Be sure to have the Profile and Path parameters on different planes or the Sweep Command will not work". (I use the blank spaces to write my own notes from tips gleaned from YouTube videos that are often excellent).
Hopefully the book will be revised before the next edition. A little effort could turn a somewhat useful book into a worthwhile volume. In its present state it would be overly generous to give it even a B minus grade.
Top reviews from other countries
A great shame as I had high hopes of learning from this.
Saying that it has helped me and was worth its price. If you are a beginner it is good to follow processes from sketch to CAM.
There is not much on the CAM side in this but to be honest that is probably a book or two on its own.