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#### ether

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anyone know how one can extract a guide to cut the holes for the camera lenses based on the 3d model.

Ideally print out a paper guide to wrap around the body tube to use as a guide to cut the holes. one side will have a panel allow access to the cameras.

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#### ether

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found a solution, created solid the shape of the cutout, cut the tube using that shape. Then converted the tube to sheet metal, cut a slot on the tube and was able to get a flat pattern. Exported the pattern as a DXF then used a DXF viewer to print it as PDF. From that PDF then i can scale that outline to match the size i need. Will work a great rough cutting guide to use as starting point for cutting the lens holes.

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#### ether

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Not very family with all that fusion 360 can do

How do these changes impact ability to use the free license to use plugins, export to STL and svg files formats?

Started to look at freecad, it's another learning curve

#### manixFan

##### Not a rocket scientist
found a solution, created solid the shape of the cutout, cut the tube using that shape. Then converted the tube to sheet metal, cut a slot on the tube and was able to get a flat pattern. Exported the pattern as a DXF then used a DXF viewer to print it as PDF. From that PDF then i can scale that outline to match the size i need. Will work a great rough cutting guide to use as starting point for cutting the lens holes.
Using the sheet metal tool to create 2D layouts of 3D parts is a great idea. I saw it used to create patterns for a tip-to-tip carbon fiber layup. I use OpenSCAD which does not have that ability, but I also have SolidEdge, which does. May be time to start working with SolidEdge again.

Tony

#### vcp

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I use Alibre. It is very easy to learn. It's also very powerful with a lot of functions that make's drawing even the most complex model a breeze.
I used Alibre perhaps 15 years ago and liked it, but the $200 version appears to be pretty limited. I bought version 10, and had to pay for an upgrade to v12, but had good results. I tried 360, but wasn't getting it. Maybe they offer a free trial? I don't see a trial, but the list of features for$200 look pretty good.

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#### watheyak

##### Barnstormer
With the new changes you can still export .stl files, but that's about it.

I did the tip to tip layup in this thread with the sheet metal tool and exported it as a DXF and a PDF. That ability will go away. It had occurred to me during that process that I was circumventing an expensive plugin that they probably want me to buy.

I may look into Solidedge. I may just pay for a Fusion 360 subscription, but I hate subscription software.

#### manixFan

##### Not a rocket scientist
With the new changes you can still export .stl files, but that's about it.

I did the tip to tip layup in this thread with the sheet metal tool and exported it as a DXF and a PDF. That ability will go away. It had occurred to me during that process that I was circumventing an expensive plugin that they probably want me to buy.

I may look into Solidedge. I may just pay for a Fusion 360 subscription, but I hate subscription software.
Your thread was the one I was thinking of in my post. I've shown that to a fair number of folks who really like the concept.

So far I've been able to do everything I want with OpenSCAD. It's very easy to make parametric models that can be easily customized using the Customizer interface. Once you learn how to use the Hull command it really opens up a lot of shapes. I know a lot of folks don't like the 'programming' aspect of OpenSCAD, but that's why it appeals to me. Setting everything up as variables makes it so easy to modify a design, and modules can be moved between protects very easily. And it really not programming as much as it is descriptive.

Tony

#### caveduck

##### semi old rocketeer
If you have a bunch of Fusion360 files you need to retrieve them NOW.

Just finished exporting all my Fusion360 files to STEP for import to OnShape, on the assumption that I won't be using F360 anymore. Looking for a decent hobbyist level CAM package at a reasonable price; so far not much luck. Contacted SprutCAM and Mecsoft (VisualCAMc for OnShape) in hopes that they'll respond to Autodesk's abdication. I did find one low-feature package called ElsiCAM from a guy in Germany for under 50 Euros perpetual that some people says is OK.

I'm kinda happy to be dumping F360, it's extremely slow on Mac and the CAM is dangerously buggy. It has generated paths that go right through a feature designated "fixture", which would have crashed my mill had I not previewed the G-code before running it.

#### _kestrel_

##### Active Member
Looking for a decent hobbyist level CAM package at a reasonable price; so far not much luck. Contacted SprutCAM and Mecsoft (VisualCAMc for OnShape) in hopes that they'll respond to Autodesk's abdication. I did find one low-feature package called ElsiCAM from a guy in Germany for under 50 Euros perpetual that some people says is OK.