IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 5 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
I always create the part before I watch
the Fusion 360 Video, so as to not taint my process. Of course,
there are a multitude of ways to create a model. There is no right
way, just more productive ways. From what I have seen from these
very complicated processes done by the Fusion 360 fellow, it is not
just limited by the 3D CAD system.
The modeling technique is
hugely responsible for the level of productivity. Those of you that
are only trained in the sketch, sketch, constrain, constrain world
are truly limited by not using the freedom of feature based design,
that is available in even the most Pro/e-ish of CAD systems. If your
designers are designing in these very unproductive and time
consuming processes it might be time to review your standard design
processes. Don't have any do you?
Here is IronCAD. We set the units to
Let's start with the
Hub. We drag a
cylinder from the standard shape catalog into the scene and size it.
We will add the
blend on the hub and drop a torus on the bottom of the hub and size
it. We will also move it with the Triball to the correct location.
We will add a hole block to split the wheel to add the spoke.
the extrude wizard to create a sketching plane on the face of the
We create the spoke with a sketch and offset.
I do not understand why the Fusion 360 presenter swept this shape. I
do understand showing different ways of creating shapes, but the
sweep should only be used when appropriate. Not to add another
We extrude the spoke.
We rotate and link 2 spokes at 120 degrees.
add the 6.5 blends.
We now have the
a hole cylinder to center of the bottom of the hub and size it.
and drop features are based on sketches. We edit the hole cylinder
We are done except the 3mm blends.
There you go. A bit of a different,
more streamlined way to model.
It is more than just technique that makes
this part so easy it is IronCAD's incredible drag and drop design
functionality. Not one sketch or constraint was used in this model.
Please realize how incredible and more productive that is. You can
easily realize productivity increases of 5X on conceptual design and
10X on changes. But it is not just modeling that allows this level
of increased productivity
Take a look at this video showing this
design process compared to Solidworks and any other Pro/e Clone
world of sketch, sketch, constrain, constrain.
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
More on Streamline Sketching and Feature
3D CAD Modeling Techniques I have created some Learning IronCAD
Lessons. They are more than just showing you how
to use IronCAD they go into the design philosophy of this highly
productive product as compared the the conventional Solidworks
To experience this increased level of productivity, please download
IronCAD for a 30 day evaluation. Legacy data is no problem, IronCAD
can read the native files of all of the popular programs. IronCAD is
a great replacement for the subscription only Autodesk and PTC
Give me a call if you have any
questions. I can set up a skype or gotomeeting to show this part
or answer any of your questions on the operation of IronCAD. It
truly is the very best conceptual 3D CAD system.