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.

Fusion 360 Challenge of the Month: October 2016

Here is the drawing.

IronCAD vs 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 very good.

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 millimeters.

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.

We use the extrude wizard to create a sketching plane on the face of the hub.

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 sketch.

We extrude the spoke.

We rotate and link 2 spokes at 120 degrees.

We add the 6.5 blends.

We now have the spokes done.

We drag a hole cylinder to center of the bottom of the hub and size it.

Drag and drop features are based on sketches. We edit the hole cylinder accordingly.

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

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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.

It is 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 engineering.

More on Streamline Sketching and Feature Based Modeling.

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 clones.

Learning IronCAD! Lesson 1
Setting up the Scene (Workspace)

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