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Thread: Anyone in NW UK able to offer simple Fusion 360 help?
14/02/2020 00:07:36

I agree that Lars' videos are very good but unfortunately they are now 4 years or so out of date so the user interface for the software has evolved. He does cover the basics well though and as I said above, the principles are still the same.

13/02/2020 22:13:47

You might be better off by using the F360 tutorials and learning, rather than Youtube - although some of those are Autodesk postings.

With F360 open, click the '?' at top right, select 'Learning & Documentation' and then 'Self-Paced Learning'.

Be aware that you may encounter screens that don't reflect the current updated status of the software, although the underlying functionality remains unchanged. Just that some of the menu items are in a different place!

Thread: renew driving licence
05/02/2020 13:48:22

Goes against the requirement for working further into old age as well.

Thread: Is COMPAC' DIAL GAUGE METRIC TYPE 532 60mm Dia worth 45?
21/12/2019 14:15:13

NOS is an abbreviation for New Old Stock. Got beaten to the answer!

Edited By Swarf Maker on 21/12/2019 14:16:11

Thread: Colchester Student Mk1 Won't Start
27/11/2019 20:32:39

Well, I see the nice new cable with its plug going into the big switch box. What I don't see are any wires coming from the output contact set of that switch and into the lathe itself. Are they routed through the backplate of that switch? There is a hole for the wires to come out but nothing visible.

27/11/2019 14:27:49

There seems to be some mis-reading of the circuit diagram going on here. The top set of switch contacts (6 off) in the upper part of the diagram all relate to the Santon switch.

Rotating the switch from 'OFF' to 'ON' just turns on the coolant pump and the contactor has no part in this.

Rotating the switch further additionally applies power to the terminals of the 'Motor Starter' (contactor). A contactor is used here to avoid the switch load on the Santon switch and to provide 'no-volt' release in the event of a power failure. It may also incorporate a means of disconnecting power to the motor if too much current is being taken.

I will leave things at that point rather than confuse the points made above.

Thread: Typical
18/10/2019 23:21:24

As stated in the earlier part of my posting, you can still use F360 for free under a 'Personal' license. Everything will be as it was under the old 'startup' license except for some features that most hobby folk would not have used anyway.

There are some of us though who have been caught out as a consequence of not fitting into the current license structure. For example, I have used F360 to build up a comprehensive library of obsolete parts for a particular marque of motorcycle in the '30's era. This is for the record, not for any commercial purpose as even when a few new parts are made to these drawings, they are one-offs for individuals at their own expense. It's more akin to a museum archive activity.

It has been useful to use the collaboration aspects up until now as some of the contributors are spread around the globe. Some of them also have access to professional CAD software whose files I need to translate.

With a library of many hundreds of parts, assemblies and drawings I have to choose either to continue for free with a few limitations or to pay for the commercial license.

As many of us have in effect been Beta testers for this software which is still evolving, I certainly would not want to pay full price for a license. This special offer is perhaps a worthwhile thing for people like me though, where so much effort has already been invested.

And yes, I do have backups in generic file formats and could migrate to my other CAD packages or indeed another. However, F360 does suit my needs very well and it's ability to back-track the timeline and edit within assemblies is very useful.

I have no wish to promote the product but when Ian asked his question I saw that he was possibly confused by what Autodesk were doing. The reduced price offering, if it were to suit him, is not well advertised and I thought that he should be advised of it.

18/10/2019 22:03:12

Ian, Are you quite clear about the new license structure for F360?

The previous 'free' license was confusingly called a 'startup' license because it's primary focus was on startup type businesses. Hobbyists were treated able to use the software under the same banner.

The new license structure separates hobby use - now called a 'Personal' license, from licenses issued to true startup business users.

If you are purely a hobby user then when your existing license comes up for renewal you you can renew with a 'Personal' license which continues to be free. You will however lose a few features such as collaborative working and the ability to import certain commercial file formats. Otherwise there is no difference.

There is a lot of confusion being expressed on the Autodesk F360 forums and Blogs, but that is the essence of the change.

Anybody who is currently operating with the free to use license can, until the end of this month, take up a special low price subscription offer of $310 (whatever that is in GBP +VAT) per annum in perpetuity.

It has taken a lot of effort for me to fully understand these changes (shame on Autodesk) but I think I have it cracked and can point you to various links on the Autodesk site for you to check it out. PM me if needed.

Thread: A cord of Ash
11/10/2019 17:37:36

In my rural idyll we refer to 'cord wood'. By this is meant a piece of timber that would be included in a cord volume and as such would be approximately 4' long. After stacking that would be cut for 4 fire sized logs - or fewer if you had the Lord of the Manor's fire to feed!

Thread: Fusion 360 Licence Changes
09/10/2019 18:41:34

In addition to the loss of collaboration facilities you also lose access to 'commercial file' translation - although open-standard file translation is still supported.

For those still confused, don't expect that the exchanges on the F360 forum will clear up much! However, it's still worth getting a word in.

If you choose not to change your licence you will still have access to all of the things that are being removed in the new licence until your current 'startup' licence comes up for renewal.

If you decide to go for a paid version, don't use the links that you are taken to by the banner. Instead, follow the link in a 'Blog' entitled 'New Free Fusion 360 Subscription Types' where a special offer, expiring end of October 2019, is posted.

Thread: mystery tool
11/09/2019 23:52:19

All together now chaps!

11/09/2019 23:51:44

It's a re-seating tool for water taps. The brass bodied kind of tap with a rubber washer.

Thread: Velocette
17/08/2019 18:55:42

I would be much more worried about microscopic (or larger) metal particles being rubbed from either meshing gear through any mismatch of tooth form, and then travelling around the engine. With aluminium as one of the gears you need to be alert to microscopic particles becoming embedded in its teeth, and those then forming a lap which wears the mating gear.

Deviation from specification is not always a sound idea unless you have a very firm grasp of the underlying design criteria and the likely consequences of changes.

Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 15:26:21

Your leaving the forum would be a significant loss to the helpful and well thought through contributions to solving the problems of others. At least stay online for a while to monitor the evolution of the forum. There are many of us who would not wish the forum to degenerate to the level of the lowest common denominator as seems to happen in so many other aspects of our modern society.

Thread: Mystery Bamford engine
26/06/2019 17:31:40

Pat, looking at your photos you are going to have to dismantle the armature in order to disconnect the old capacitor (condenser). If that is not done it is likely to be a pointless exercise in mounting a 'Brightspark' capacitor at the points plate. You need to follow the 'complete works' chapter on the Brightspark website in order to repair the magneto that you are working on. Any defects in the old capacitor, other than a complete open circuit, will continue to influence the working of the magneto. Even if the capacitor is currently open circuit, it may well re-establish a connection and hence a fault condition, when in service.

I hope that you followed the advice to provide magnetic 'keepers' for the magneto body before removing the armature.

26/06/2019 15:42:41

Pat, as you will have now seen, the capacitor (condenser) is contained within the brass body at the contact breaker end of the armature. The centre screw that I said yesterday should not be insulated, actually screws into the body of the condenser. As a consequence you need to retain some of its physical presence - if not its electrical connections. The Brightspark tutorial is good but you need to be very careful removing the slip ring when dismantling the armature. The HT wire from the armature coil usually becomes corroded where it enters the slip ring so clean it well when putting things back together. The wire is just a push fit into the hole and establishing a good contact is a bit hit and miss.

26/06/2019 09:43:05

For the WICO style of rotating magnet magneto Martin Perman is correct in that the capacitor (condenser) is mounted in an easily accessible position. The magneto currently in place on this engine would appear to be a rotating coil magneto and with those it is common practice (but not universal) to embed the capacitor in the armature.

26/06/2019 00:57:56

The capacitor is embedded within the armature. Unfortunately it can only be accessed by a complete strip-down of the magneto.

Edited By Swarf Maker on 26/06/2019 01:00:14

25/06/2019 21:49:45

The resistance that you measure when the points are open is that of the primary coil on the armature. That is as it should be. If there were an open circuit that would be a fault condition!

The fact that there is resistance present is not a positive test however. Shorted turns on the primary coil of the armature will not show up. Also the capacitor is connected across the points and thus across the coil as well. These capacitors are paper/foil/mica constructions and sometimes (but rarely) fail showing a low resistance. More likely is that dampness and corrosion degrades the connections between foil layers and their capacitance value falls dramatically. This failure mode often occurs when a damp/degraded capacitor is exercised after a long period out of service and is the most likely cause of your symptoms. You started with a strong spark, the energy of which the capacitor couldn't cope, and then the capacitor failed, spoiling the tuned circuit and hence reducing the spark.

All repairable/replaceable but not for zero outlay.

25/06/2019 20:30:41

That screw is not meant to be insulated. It forms one of the connections to the inner workings of the armature.

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