IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 2 3D Modeling Techniques Defined
Streamlined Sketching/Feature Based Modeling
When I introduce IronCAD's very
flexible design paradigm I have a hard time to get the Pro/e clone
users, like Solidworks and other programs to understand the drag and
drop design paradigm.
I saw the
following video challenge on linkedin and thought I would give it a
try on IronCAD. I actually did it before I watched the video, so I
did it a bit differently. This will give you an idea how different
and flexible IronCAD is compared to the conventional Pro/e clone and
to the not so conventional Fusion 360.
I would do a
video, but I really am not good at it. So I will show you step by
step. I will try and get IronCAD support to create one. They are
The unit are inch
by default, so the first thing we
will do is drag a block from a standard catalog. Notice that is has
handles and the size box dimensions. There are a variety of standard
catalogs and you can create custom catalogs. We set the block size.
We now drag a hole
block from the catalog. We size it 1.000 from the back edge and set
the .25 depth, we are not worried about the width and length. The
catalog is automatically hidden when not in use to give more work
We will now create
the angled face. We will first create a reference edge. Then put
hole block on the face were are going to modify. Line it up on the
top of the face. You will see why in the next step. I have turned on
the triball to show the default location will will move it to the
point we need to rotate it around in the next step. We have set the
triball to white by hitting the space bar that allows us relocate
We relocate the
triball the the corner, then hit the space bar to make it associated
with the feature, we then set the axis and select the smaller inside
handle and point it to our reference corner. We will delete the
reference hole block.
This is where it gets a bit tricky.
We will drop a hole block on the back of the part to create the
reference edge for our next step. We drop
a hole block on the angled face, size it .500 from the far edge and
line it up with the bottom and relocate the triball, will reset it
to that location.
We now set the
hole block on the angled face and again set the axis and point the
inside handle to the cut on the back of the part. This will set us
up for our last step.
We set the axis we are going to rotate
and point the small inside handle to the lower right corner. We now
have our cut.
We delete the
reference hole block and pull the hole block to make sure all of the
affected faces are cut.
Now we just drop a
hole cylinder on center of the top face and set the depth.
There you go. No
sketches necessary. But you have the option when it is necessary.
very important that you look into how you or your engineers are
creating the parts. Streamline Sketching and Feature Based Modeling
is easy to learn and implement. It, alone, will increase
productivity 10X. Now, IronCAD with its unique integrated
history/direct edit functionality can increase your productivity
another 5X or more with changes! Again, time is money in
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