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Wrap Text Around a Cylinder In Fusion 360

Extruding text around a cylinder use to be a tedious process with Fusion 360. After experimenting with the new Sheet Metal environment I found a much simpler way of accomplishing this task. It basically involves creating a cylinder, flattening it, writing and extruding our text, and then...

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Design Custom Brackets in Fusion 360

An area where 3D printing shines is when you need a custom part that has to perfectly interact with another part. In this case I had a soundbar with a unique shape and needed to design brackets to mount it on the wall. I used Fusion 360 to design my brackets and approached it in a way...

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Modify an STL file in Fusion 360

One of my most popular videos is the above one teaching how to modify an STL file in Fusion 360. There seems to be a high demand of wanting to edit downloaded stl files from Thingiverse or any other file sharing site. Most of you can probably relate. You download a file and need to simply...

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Design & 3D Print Peppa Pig in Fusion 360

Here's a video where I go into the Sculpting environment in Fusion 360 to model Peppa Pig. I began by bringing an image of Peppa as an attached canvas and used the image to sculpt around. This is really the best way to starting using the Sculpting environment. ...

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Dancing Springs

I may not be the best dancer but at least I can make a robot that can groove. This project is a mashup between the Make Your Own Gears and Make Your Own Slinky projects. We will use the Circuit Playground board from Adafruit, a servo motor, and a Neopixel Ring to create a beautifully...

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Twist Vase Useless Machine

This is not one of those ideas that's going to make me millions but it sure was a lot of fun to make. The inspiration came from the Make Anything Channel where Devin Montes did a video titled "Super Satisfying Twist Containers". I took this idea and ran with it. As with most ideas, the end...

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Fixing Reversed Text in Fusion 360

Working with text in Fusion 360 can sometimes be frustrating. The text can come out reversed, upside down, or backwards and sometimes all three. The onscreen widget that pops up when creating a sketch can work to rotate the sketch if it's upside down but does nothing to fix it if it's...

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The Easy Way to Design Gears in Fusion 360

One of the first things I ever made from a 3D printer was a gear. But it wasn't just any old gear. The beauty behind this gear was that it was a replacement part for the very printer that was making it. This still blows my mind to this day. I love printing gears and still get excited about...

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It's the Perfect Time to Learn 3D Design

It’s the perfect time to learn 3D Design. We are living in an age where the lanes of hardware, software, and education are colliding beautifully into an intersection of tremendous opportunity for makers. 3D printers are becoming more and more accessible to the general public as they become...

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