Well, the family has been spreading the flu from one member to the next for the past few weeks, so I've spent a lot of time either laid up sick, or watching after the kids. Decided to break out my old Tamiya Bullhead R/C truck (same as Clodbuster if you know that one, but has a semi truck body). I want to rebuild it and make it a tribute to the original Virginia Giant of Diehl Wilson. Been doing a lot of research on the truck, and got Diehl's permission to have some decals made of the logos.
It's going to be a slightly long term build, just get a little part here and a little part there whenever I can afford to. I wanted to get a few 3D printed parts to detail it so I thought why not just learn CAD. Well, that's a little harder than I was expecting, but I've started off with TinkerCAD and gotten a little decent with it. I requested a trial copy of Fusion 360 so I can delve deeper into the whole CAD/CAM/CAE world. I'm really enjoying playing with this stuff.
So far I've designed a simplified version of the blown Boss 429 in Diehl's truck and some interior parts. I can't seem to get the hang of the seats yet, but I found a company online that makes some that are slightly similar to them if I can't figure them out myself. These parts will all be in 1/10th scale. I've got a friend with a 3D printer that said he would try to print the engine for me. If it doesn't work out, I can get it printed online for fairly cheap.
Any of you guys mess with CAD or 3D printing? I'd welcome any comments or suggestions you might have.
Last edited by kursed; February 28th 2020 1:51 am.
Cool! I built a Bullhead in '95 for my then wife. It was the R/C build I liked least out of 20 or 25 different R/Cs I've built over the years. That thing was 20 hundred hours of building a gearbox... then it said x2. LOL
My cad experience mostly goes back to learning AutoCAD in high-school Drafting/Research and Development classes, so that's 30 year-old software... Not likely to be of any help to you. My only advice would be to try a few different trial versions of software to see if there's one that you're more comfortable with, because as you know, they can be very different from each other as far as user interface and such. I was pretty decent with AutoCAD, but then tried Visio Technical a few years later, and even though it was more visual and "simpler" to use, I couldn't do squat with it.
Probably the easiest programs would be the ones that actually come bundled with 3d printers. I would imagine that they're fairly easy to learn and they are custom tailored for 3d printing.
TinkerCAD was pretty simple to learn and it's the free ultra simple base for AutoDesk.
I've started messing around with AutoDesk a little, but haven't had much time to work with it yet. AutoDesk is also free for hobby use, it's just a much more detailed program with a lot steeper learning curve. It's fun stuff to learn and mess with though. Thank goodness for YouTube, there are a TON of great tutorials out there for both applications.
Re: Teaching myself CAD
#759801 April 27th 2020 9:29 amApril 27th 2020 9:29 am
I have tried used cad software, I usually using Blender, but it can see hard but it's isn't so hard most stuff is used for 3D animation or rendering look at some tutorials on YouTube can help.
it´s depend on what you is making a structural/mechanical part or a simple box is cad good but for something like a car or a object is Blender perfect for. You can make a structural/mechanical part but its take more time in Blender.
When 3D printing think about how the objects is going to print overhang can be tricky an objects often break in layers if it going to be structural but it's pretty strong. Most problems occur because the object doesn't stick to the plate. Most time you need to play around with the settings until it goes smooth