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Thread: Drawing board v CAD
18/03/2018 23:46:10

Clive, perhaps this may help.

Agreed that F360 learning is a bit hit and miss but it may be that you have not discovered the route to the more conventional 'user manual' style teaching area.

With F360 open on your screen, click the 'Help' question mark and select 'Learn Fusion 360'. This opens a page in your web browser.

That page has a series of short video tutorials which although they demonstrate a few principles, don't answer the kind of questions most of us would ask. However, at the bottom of the table on the LHS of the screen is an option 'See all Fusion 360 learning".

Click that link and you are taken to another web page that is laid out very much more like a user manual and with links in each category that branch into further depths.

You may have already been there and found it unsatisfactory, but others may not have discovered it, so perhaps useful to have noted it in this thread.

Another route which is also useful is to use keyword searches having entered into the 'Community Forum' area, again under the question mark, top right in the application banner. A lot of information via that route, plus you can ask specific questions and usually get a prompt answer.


Edited By Swarf Maker on 18/03/2018 23:48:50

Thread: Making an alloy gear knob, help needed
01/01/2018 13:31:43

I would have thought that the hole and thread is the starting point and from which you hold the raw stock to do the shaping operations. i.e threaded onto an arbor.

Thread: Designing and building a Morgan style parallel arm 3D printer
31/12/2017 15:50:19


Any model that you generate is also stored on your local computer and is available for when you are off-line. the baseline for storage is 'project' and within that you need to construct a library structure (file folders) to keep track of where you keep related things.You can also export copies of any/all of your models as either fusion *.F3d, *.igs, *.iges, *.stp, *.step, *.sat or *.smt to wherever on your own computer you wish to store them.

Think of the cloud as your backup.

You have some further PM's to read.

31/12/2017 11:01:18

Joe, you have a private message in your inbox.

Thread: Fusion 360 centre of gravity
08/11/2017 00:05:41

Should add that you must assign the correct materials to each component or body in the design.

08/11/2017 00:03:56

F360 works out the centre of mass of any body or group of bodies for you.

Thread: help with fusion 360
01/11/2017 22:26:31

I have sent you a personal message. Check your inbox (top row in the green banner) when convenient.

Thread: Dismantling a Centec 2B?
16/10/2017 00:27:09

Hi peak4, I think that you may have meant 15 & 40.

Andrew: Looking back over my calculations when setting up my Centec, I too had the 23 & 32 pair and also the 15T gear. The existing gears proved to be 20DP and the pair are on shaft centres 2.75" apart. The need for a 40T gear was thus calculated.

Not a great fan of this gearbox but it (mostly) works!

Edited By Swarf Maker on 16/10/2017 00:27:34

Thread: Fusion 360 help needed
14/10/2017 20:55:05

In a similar way to SOD's comment, I still use QCAD for quick 2D sketches for the workshop. If the idea works out then I import the dxf file into F360 and build the 3D model directly from it.

I do find F360's cloud storage a benefit when I can work on a model at my desk, just pop into the workshop and the design is sitting there on my workshop computer. If I then find a need to modify things a bit I can do so on the workshop computer and when I return to my desk the updated drawing is there for me to continue developing. No nonsense with transferring files across the network or having to remember to carry the USB stick back and forth or indeed worry about which file on my network is the latest one. Versioning is automatic.

Lots of advantages and still growth and facility improvements to come. The ability to interact with the design team and have your needs and ideas considered and more often than not addressed/incorporated is great. The forum works well but of course the Autodesk aim is to get the likes of us and the student or small business to become tied in to the product. Ransoms may come in the future but so far the business model is, I believe, sound.

14/10/2017 19:42:33

It is quite clear if you read the T's & C's at the end of the trial. Registering with Autodesk as a student, hobbyist or low profit business will give you a years free use. At the end of the year you will be asked (in effect) to confirm that you are still in one of the same categories of user. I have now been using the software for 3 years or so and all of the updates and improvements to the software continue to flow.

What you will get are periodic emails to your registered address telling you of special purchase offers. There is no need for you to pursue those but I anticipate that some folk will get fooled into purchasing.

You are also not fully locked in to being reliant on F360 as your models (as components) can be exported as various other CAD formats. 2D drawings obtained from 3D models can also be saved as pdf files.

I move models between F360 and TurboCAD as each programme can be slightly better than the other for some operations.

Finally, although some are wary of 'the cloud' and having to be online, F360 files are/can be, stored locally on your computer and work carried while not internet connected. When back online the system automatically syncs to the cloud.

Thread: 7/16" X 30 tpi thread
05/10/2017 22:49:03

Thanks chaps. Good to know that I am not alone in unearthing these obscure threads. It's a bit of industrial archaeology in a way and is useful when restoring things to understand a little of the likely thinking of the day. I have come across the Douglas specials myself but such things always make me wonder, was this a ploy to keep a hold on the spares supply market or was the designer being careful to ensure that the chosen thread met exacting engineering criteria? I suspect that it's best not too think too deeply and just get on with recording such original features, reproducing them when the pain is not too great, and modifying things if that is the most appropriate course of action. For this job things will remain as designed.

05/10/2017 18:05:27

I don't want people to spend hours trawling the net or whatever, but I have not been able to identify this thread standard. It is used to adjust clutch lift on a whole series of pre-WW2 motorcycles that use the smaller of the Burman gearboxes. I am completely confident of the sizes quoted as the measured diameter is 2.5thou under 7/16" and the Moore and Wright Whitworth 30tpi gauge fits snugly along its entire length. I can readily deal with both internal and external single point screw cutting for replacement components, so it's no big deal. I am just intrigued as to whether there is a standard that applies. Also interesting that 30tpi doesn't seem to appear very frequently. Anybody know this one off-hand?

Thread: Super 7 countershaft
19/07/2017 00:16:55

Oilite bushes, due to their porous nature are designed to be at the correct (designated) bore size when fitted into a housing of the prescribed dimension. I would not expect them to be a tight fit on the shaft prior to fitting. If your bushes are anticipated to be under size in the bore when fitted, it will be because the housing dimension is incorrect or the fitting procedure is poor.

If you attempt to ream these bushes in situ, you will 'smear' the honeycomb structure of the oilite and thus close of many of the pores that hold the oil. Thus the self lubricating properties will be compromised.

If the original bushes were oilite then the housing for them should be of the correct dimension. These bushes are actually quite fragile and to obtain the correct clearances you need to be very precise when installing them to ensure that they are accurately located along the axis of the bore, otherwise they will become (perhaps very slightly) distorted as they are inserted.

Thread: New PC.
02/01/2017 15:16:44

It would be a good idea to try and understand what resources your current computer is using when running your application software. The 'resource monitor' will give you a first stab at looking at CPU and memory usage and disk transfer activity/rates.

Certain applications can share the processing load between the CPU and the GPU. Some older applications struggle to use the advantages of multi-core CPUs.

Making a sound economic vs performance decision is not easy. You would be wise to look for forums on the internet that may have something to say regarding the needs/performance of your specific applications.

Thread: BBC 4 - Flying Scotsman - no commentary
02/01/2017 13:53:26

How strange!

I watched this on Freesat at 9pm BBC4 on 29th Dec. and again last night, same channel on Freeview.

On the 29th there was a voice-over from the crew expalining what was going on and the relevant safety aspects of the driving/firing/signaling etc. Nicely done and not interupting the flow of the raw footage. No background music or vocal inanity - highly commendable.

Last nights transmission was missing the voice-over, and was lightly edited to be a few (approx 5) minutes shorter. A lot less useful/interesting to the point of boring!

Thread: Pink Flux-coated Silver Solder Rods
17/12/2016 15:04:31

I have no idea of the brand at this time as the friend (and this problem) is in Australia. I am awaiting better information from him but I agree with Jason that a lack of flux while the steel is heated is likely to have caused problems. I also happen to think that he did not get the steel component hot enough anyway.

16/12/2016 21:50:03

Thanks Tim, I agree.

Part of the problem in the case of my friend is that he has no prior experience and as the lump of steel into which the copper pipe is to be fitted is disproportionally large, he 'had at it' with a somewhat fierce Oxy/Acet flame. The fluxed rod ended up charred!

16/12/2016 20:43:00

Thank you for your responses as I had not seen them before. I note on some manufacturers products of this type that they claim that no pre-fluxing of the joint is required. Without flux, either from the rod or a 'standard' product, I can't see how oxidation is avoided unless the flux on the rod is very aggressive.

Anyhow, I'm going to encourage my friend to use a more conventional approach with products that I can relate to as the joints in the photos that I have seen are not acceptable.

Thanks again to the respondees.

16/12/2016 14:25:18

A friend of mine overseas who is 'in' to motorcycle restoration required to silver solder a 1/4" copper pipe into a steel housing. Silver soldering or brazing was a new thing for his restoration repertoire and he purchased some pink flux coated rods which, on the face of it, were quite expensive.

He didn't use any flux on the components themselves and perhaps unsurprisingly, the result looks awful!

Does anyone have any experience of these rods and if so, what flux can be used to protect the components from oxidation as they come up to temperature and before the rod, with its flux, is applied?

I would be intrested to learn for my own benefit and, of course, to pass on the knowledge.

Thread: Elliot 3 1/2 dividing head.
08/12/2016 00:24:48

The key to dismantling something can often be found simply by thinking about how it was put together in the first place!

I would have assumed that the worm was no larger in diameter than the bushing, otherwise how would it be assembled? Granted, the worm will need to rotate as it is withdrawn from the worm wheel.


Edited By Swarf Maker on 08/12/2016 00:26:33

Edited By Swarf Maker on 08/12/2016 00:26:57

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