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MEP EP#245: K-Factoring a Gumbo

Podcast Notes



  • Fusion 360 has changed their personal license subscription model
    • All of these went into effect on Oct 1
      • Project storage is limited to 10 active and editable documents
      • Exports are now limited to a small number of file types. Thankfully this still includes STL files but alas, DXF, DWG, PDF exports are all gone
      • Perhaps most importantly to the makerverse, STEP, SAT, and IGES file types can no longer be exported, the most common files for those who want to edit a design using different software.
      • 2D drawings can now only be single sheet, and can only be printed or plotted
      • Rendering can now only be done locally, so leveraging cloud-based rendering is no longer possible
      • CAM support has been drastically cut back: no more multi-axis milling, probing, automatic tool changes, or rapid feeds, but support for 2, 2.5, and 3 axis remains
      • All support for simulation, generative design, and custom extensions has been removed
    • Purchased a license and I am not looking back
    • Autodesk had loads of pushback from the community because of the decision to remove STEP export
      • “Fixed” this issue claiming the reversal was due to “unintended consequences for the hobbyist community.”
  • Sheet metal design and fabrication
    • Be careful with using automated tools
    • Understand the rules
    • Dont rely entirely on templates
    • As always – talk with your manufacturer

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!