I began using Autosketch in the late 80’s and migrating to AutoCAD in the early 90’s. I have always thought my brain was only 2 dimensional and that 3D design was beyond me. Thanks to Autodesk making Fusion 360 available to hobbyists and small start-up’s on a free license I decided to take the plunge. I have been using Fusion 360 for two months now (June 2019) and I have one course left to complete in the Fusion Academy. Matt Perez and the team that put this training together should be commended for an excellent piece of work. In a short space of time I have gone from a complete beginner to comfortable with advanced techniques thanks to those training courses and to think now, how my mind can work in 3D is a testament to the excellence of Fusion 360.
In 1984 I bought a Triumph TR6 sportscar. It was my every day car for years. As the car got older and more run down I vowed that I would restore her. Eventually the time in my life was right and I hoped to do some of the work myself. This ambition grew and I wanted to do a lot of the work. As I tackled the structural and cosmetic restoration and gained skill and competence in welding so the ambition grew. The price of a new plastic interior was ridiculously expensive, so I thought about buying a sewing machine for leather – How hard could it be? Lessons learned but ambition never dampened the car’s restoration is close to completion and apart from my buddies Dick & Kent all the work is my own and not a professional hand in sight.
What has this got to do with Fusion you might ask? Restoring my TR6 hasn’t been so much about getting a British classic back on the road but the journey that quest, has taken me on and the thirst for knowledge it has given me. The ambition to carry out all the work from every discipline has fuelled that need for knowledge. When I was fortunate enough to acquire a lathe and milling machine, the die was cast and the path to Fusion was laid before me. I have been interested in machining for the last four years, I have a Colchester Student Lathe an SX3 Mill and a Bridgeport mill both mills have DRO’s and now I have Fusion 360 and the ability to design. Now I am saying goodbye to my old ways of trial and error and through the amazing benefits of Fusion 360 seeing my ideas come to life, literally, as this has led me to invest in a Creality 3D printer. My aim is to use Fusion 360 the way I use a calculator by becoming so proficient at it that it is easier for me to plan anything than to guess and utilise the old trial and error.
Thank you Autodesk