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post #1 of 2 Old 01-17-2016, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Sketchup or Autodesk Fusion 360

I realize that both Sketchup and Autodesk Fusion 360 are "free" (Yes, Fusion 360 is free if you use it for a non-profit purpose, and as a hobbyist I qualify).

I'm told that Sketchup is easier, but that making changes to finsihed components and complete assemblies later is much harder.

I am also attracted to the Fusion 360 concept of being able to define "standard" components or assemblies of components, since I re-use many components and subassemblies in different finished children's toys. After a while, many of my assemblies would be partially "pre-designed" by existing components and subassemblies.

But, I see that while we have a Sketchup forum here, we don't have a Fusion 360 forum, so I assume most of you are using Sketchup.

1. Why did you choose Sketchup?

2. Am I right in thinking that Fusion 360 might be a better fit for someone like me that re-uses existing designed components either unchanged or with merely one or two dimensions changing?

I do not need CAM capabilities, but bills of material and dimensioned computer-generated drawings would be really nice.

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post #2 of 2 Old 01-17-2016, 05:25 PM
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I have never heard of Fusion
Sketchup was free so...
It does everything I will ever need to do.

Create a folder in Sketchup for your components. Then you can bring them into your drawing as needed.

https://help.sketchup.com/en/article/3000118
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