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Week 02 and 03

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2. [Lab - The current lab I'm working in](http://fabacademy.org/2021/labs/dassault/) => Going back one will display all the labs but, the link added is a link to the Dassault Systemes lab
3. [Fab Academy 2021 Assignments and Assessments](http://fabacademy.org/2021/nueval/) => This is where I find informaiton about what the assignment is for the week and how will it be assessed.
4. [The Fab Academy](http://fabacademy.org/2021/) => This is the main page for the 2021 cohort. This page have a Search Engine where I can search for information or projects from past cohorts.
5. [The Fab Acadamy Inventory](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1U-jcBWOJEjBT5A0N84IUubtcHKMEMtndQPLCkZCkVsU/pub?single=true&gid=0&output=html) => THis is the Fab Academy inventory list
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- Exploring SolidWorks
- Exploring SolidWorks XDesign
- Exploring Autodesk Fusion 360
- Miscellaneous Thoughs On CAD softwares
- Exploring Adobe Illustrator
- Modeling My Final Project
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There was a few things I learned about SolidWorks but the knowledge that I took away the most was, in SolidWorks, *start with Parts then you take those parts you created and put them together in Assembly. From there, you can create a drawing in Drawing of either a part or an assembly.*
## My Verdict On SolidWorks
### My Verdict On SolidWorks
SolidWorks is a power application. I can see its potential however, I did not find the user interface comfortable to work with. Also, the fact that it is primarily for Windows made the learning SolidWorks more difficult as I am not familiar with Windows. As a result, I decided not to keep SolidWorks and regain 19 GB of memory back.
## Exploring SolidWorks XDesign
SolidWorks xDesign, also known as xDesign, is a browser-based design tool built on the 3DExperience Platofrm. You can learn more about xDesign on their [website](https://www.solidworks.com/media/solidworks-xdesign-design-go). xDesign is versatile due to it being a browser-based. Similar to exploring and learning SolidWorks, I used LinkedInLearning for assist in my development and understanding of the platform. I found a course called [Learning SolidWorks xDesign by David Antanavige](https://www.lynda.com/SOLIDWORKS-xDesign-tutorials/Learning-SOLIDWORKS-xDesign/5005057-2.html). The course was 1 hour and 29 minutes and it taught how to design parts with SolidWorks xDesign while exploring SolidWorks xDesign user interface, the how tos of SolidWorks xDesign, and creating models.
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This week was an intense week. A lot was digested, learned, and done. Some valuable lessons I learned were
- Schedule and plan accordingly
- Dedicate an hour or more a day to learning new tools
- Ask for help early and often
## The Journey Begin With...
The journey began with exploring the tools I needed to create a 2D or 3D element. Since there are many tools out there for CAD, I decided to narrow my focus in eploring the below applications:
- SolidWorks (Windows-based)
- SolidWorks xDesign (Web-based)
- Autodesk Fusion 360 (Cloud-based)
My goal for each application was to learn the application well enough to build a cube. Building a cube in each application will give me an evaluation of the application *usability* and *application environment*.
The resources I used to learn about the listed application above were primarily:
- Youtube
- LinkedIn Learning
## Review On SolidWorks
The first application I explored was SolidWorks. I found SolidWorks interesting and, at times, difficult to use. SolidWorks is a Windows application and I am not Windows-oriented. I primarily use macOS. Using SolidWorks gave me the opporunity of doing Fab on Windows (something I wanted to try).
My experience with xDesign was less overwhelming and confusing than SolidWorks. However, the limitation I found was that it was dependent on stable internet connection. Nonetheless, my experience was okay. I was able to navigate through xDesign with the help of the tutorial.
### Downloading SolidWorks
Downloading SolidWorks wasn't too difficult to do. I ran into some issues but that wasn't due because of SolidWorks but more so due because of my inexperience with Windows. However, downloading SolidWorks was an interesting experience on dowloading large applications on Windows (19 GB). Some things I noted were:
1. __Beware of where the application lives__. Windows downloaded SolidWorks, a 19 GB applicaiton, on my OneDrive, 5 GB. That said, SolidWorks was unable to download all that was needed for it to run successfully. My OneDrive ran out out space and I received a lovely notication of that fact with a kind suggestion to purchase more space.
2. __Beware of the created database__. When downloading SolidWorks, it will create a database for you.
3. __Beware that deleting SolidWorks will become a Search and Destroy Mission__. When downloading SolidWorks, it will download a lot of other applications. To fully remove SolidWorks and reclaim your memory back, you must remove several other applications as well. *Note: My advice for finding and removing the other application is remove all application that were downloaded on the same date as SolidWorks.*
4. __Beware of redownloading SolidWorks__. If you try to redownload SolidWorks after a failed download, be aware that SolidWorks will ask for your database password. I did not remember my database password. My solution, set your computer on fire. But, seriously, the easiest thing that you can do is remove all the applications that came with SolidWorks and then we download it. That *should* save the day.
Nonetheless, I was able to get SolidWorks running on my machine.
![SolidWorks](../images/week03/solidwork.png)
### Learning SolidWorks
Learning how to use SolidWorks was quite a challenge. SolidWorks' user interface and user experience often times made it difficult to navigate some of the SolidWorks functionalities. Nonetheless, I managed. Using a LinkedIn Learning course called ["Learning SolidWork" by Gabriel Corbett](https://www.lynda.com/SOLIDWORKS-tutorials/Learning-SOLIDWORKS/2834001-2.html), I was able to get crashcourse of SolidWorks. The course is estimated to be 2:29. It did not take me 2:29 hours to finish the course. The course taught the basics of SolidWorks. It was a SolidWorks crashcourse which covered:
- Sketching 2D parts
- Basic 3D modeling with the Extrude and Revolve tools
- Trimming and extending geometry building reference planes
- Adding fillets and chambers to parts
### My Experience With SolidWorks
With the help of the course, I was able to get by. One thing I did from the course was config my `Sketch` menu.
![config](../images/week03/config.png)
Towards the end, I was able to create a simple design.
![simple_design](../images/week03/simple_design.png)
This wasn't the cube I was expecting but, designing this model gave me a taste of SolidWorks and its process. One thing I gained from my exploration was the SolidWorks process: Part -> Assembly -> Drawing. In other words, you start with *Parts* then you take those parts you created and put them together in *Assembly*. From there, you can create a drawing in *Drawing* of either a part or an assembly.
### My Verdict On SolidWorks
SolidWorks is a power application. I can see its potential however, I did not find the user interface comfortable to work with. Also, the fact that it is primarily for Windows made the learning SolidWorks more difficult than it should be. As a result, I decided not to keep SolidWorks and get my 19 GB of memory back.
One thing I did learn is to start your design at the origin mark because it is the only thing fixed to the panel.
## Review On SolidWorks xDesign
The second application I tried was SolidWorks xDesign. SolidWorks xDesign is a web-based application.
### Learning SolidWorks xDesign
Similar to my approach to learning SolidWorks, the goal was to create a simple design; a cube. To learn how to use SolidWorks xDesign, I navigated to LinkedIn Learning. I found a course called ["Learning SolidWorks xDesign by David Antanavige"](https://www.lynda.com/SOLIDWORKS-xDesign-tutorials/Learning-SOLIDWORKS-xDesign/5005057-2.html). The course was 1:29 hours and it taught how to design parts with SolidWorks xDesign while exploring SolidWorks xDesign user interface, the how tos of SolidWorks xDesign, and creating models.
### My Experience With SolidWorks xDesign
SolidWorks xDesign being web-based made it extremely versatile. However, the limitation there is the dependency on stable internet connection. Fortunately, I did not run into any issues with lagging or internet problems.
SolidWorks xDesign was less overwhelming and confusing the SolidWorks desktop application. Though there were times of confusion, I was able to navigate through them with the help of the videos and, some times, hitting the `Esc` key. "Openning" SolidWorks xDesign brought me to the homepage:
*Openning* xDesign:
![homepage_xdesign](../images/week03/homepage_xdesign.png)
I started a new componenet in which I was introduced to the environment. I liked the environment as it showed to be flexible, organized, and user-friendly.
The goal for me in the component was to create a simple design. To do so, I did as followed:
From there, I selected *New Component* in which I was introduced to the new environment. I like the environment as it was organized and user-friendly. I created a simple 2D-Design doing the following steps:
1. Started in the Sketch Tab
2. Selected Create or Edit Sketch
3. Selected an axile or panel
3. Selected an axile and panel
4. Selected Line
5. Selected Square
6. Selected Ellipse
The outcome is the following:
The result came out to be:
![outcome](../images/week03/outcome.png)
Not the cube I was aiming to create however, this model did give me an opportunity to explore SolidWorks xDesign.
### My Verdict On SolidWorks xDesign
Thought SolidWorks xDesign had an easier user interface and user experience than SolidWorks, I do not think I will continue using it. I still felt overwhelmed regardless of the user interface change.
## Review On Autodesk Fusion 360
The third application I tried was Autodesk Fusion 360. The reason I tried Autodesk Fusion 360 is because I heard a lot of Fablab participants were using it or mentioned it. I became curious and wanted to explore why many people reference the application. Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based application.
### Learning Autodesk Fusion 360
To learn Autodesk Fusion 360, I navigated to LinkedIn Learning, once again. The course I used to help me in this journey was ["Learning Fusion 360" by Taylor Hokanson"](https://www.lynda.com/Fusion-360-tutorials/Learning-Fusion-360/2822686-2.html). This course was 1:24 hours and it was basically a crash course of Fusion 360. Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based application, similar to Adobe Creative Cloud.
Additionally to using LinkedIn Learning, I sought help from my team members and team mentors. They were a tremedous help in understanding Autodesk Fusion 360 and using it correctly. Through their help, I was able to accomplish my goal.
### My Experience With Autodesk Fusion 360
Autodesk Fusion 360 was not too difficult to comprehend. The user interface and user experience were nice and intuitive. I did not feel overwhelmed with the designs and functionalities. To change Autodesk Fusion 360 to look similar to my instructor on LinkedIn Learning, I changed Fusion 360's preference.
### My Verdict On xDesign
Thought SolidWorks xDesign had an easier user interface and user experience than SolidWorks. However, I do not think I will continue to use the product. I heard Fusion 360 is better and I am excited to explore the application.
![preference](../images/week03/preference.png)
## Exploring AutoDesk Fusion 360
I heard a lot of good things about Fusion 360. Fusion 360 is an integrated CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB software. Fusion 360 is a cloud-based application, similar to Adobe Creative Cloud. You can learn more about Fusion 360 on [AutoDesk's website](https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview?term=1-YEAR).
After configuring Fusion 360, I decided to create a random model with some of the elements in the tabs.
To learn more about Fusion 360 and what it has to offer, I found a tutorial on LinkedIn Learning. The course I used to help me in this journey was [Learning Fusion 360 by Taylor Hokanson](https://www.lynda.com/Fusion-360-tutorials/Learning-Fusion-360/2822686-2.html). This course was 1 hour and 24 minutes long and it was basically a crash course of Fusion 360. On top of using LinkedIn Learning to learn about Fusion 360, I also spoke to team members and teachers for additional guidance. My team and teachers were a tremendous help in understanding the process of using Fusion 360. Playing around with Fusion 360 allowed me to create a simple design that I following from the LinkedIn Learning course:
![random_model](../images/week03/random_model.png)
This was a good start because I was able to do more in Fusion 360 compared to the other programs.
### My Verdict on Fusion 360
Fusion 360 was not difficult to comprehend. It does take some time getting use to it but, it was simple. The user interface and experience were well-designed and intuitive. I did not feel overwhelm from the design and functionalities. I believe that I will be staying with Fusion 360.
### My Verdict On Autodesk Fusion 360
I think Autodesk Fusion 360 is a good application and will be the application I plan on staying with throughout the academy.
## Miscellaneous Thoughs On CAD softwares
There are a few more application I wanted to explore such as:
1. ThinkCAD
2. OnShape
1. [ThinkCAD](https://www.tinkercad.com/)
2. [OnShape](https://www.onshape.com/en/)
I might end up exploring those application during some free time but for now, I'm sticking with Autodesk Fusion 360.
## Exploring Adobe Illustrator
[Adobe Illustrator](https://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html) is an industry-standard vector graphics software that lets you create everything from web and mobile graphics to logos, icons, book illustrations, product packaging, and billboards. Also, note that Adobe Illustrator is part of Adobe's Creative Cloud. To learn Adobe Illustrator, I used the LinkedIn Learning [Adobe Illustrator 2021 Essential Learning](https://www.linkedin.com/learning/illustrator-2021-essential-training?trk=learning-topics_learning_search-card&upsellOrderOrigin=default_guest_learning). This course was helpful for a crash course of Adobe Illustrator however, because I do not have a Creative Cloud subscription, I only did a 7 day trial. I enjoyed using and learning Adobe Illustrator. It would be good to invest more time in learning Adobe Illustrator along with some of the other Creative Clouds applications.
## Bonus: Exploring Adobe Illustrator
I started to learn Adobe Illustrator this week as well. My goal was to become familar with it so that I can do engravings and use it for laser printing. To learn Adobe Illustrator, I used the LinkedIn Learning [Adobe Illustrator 2021 Essential Learning](https://www.linkedin.com/learning/illustrator-2021-essential-training?trk=learning-topics_learning_search-card&upsellOrderOrigin=default_guest_learning). This course is 5:27 hours and, though I do not need to learn Adobe Illustrator this in-depth, I think it'll be a nice tool to have in the future.
## Modeling My Final Project
I used Fusion 360 to develop my final project. As a reminder, my final project is a programmable smart button. In other words, a button that connects to the internet to control other devices connected to the internet. My inspiration is a car key fob or a keychain. The reason why this is my inspiration is because I find a key fob easy to use, conveniently placed on your keys, and easily accessible. With my inspiration in mind, I found some resource that can help guide me through the design of a key fob or key chain.
- [Easy Key tag Fusion 360 tutorial 2020](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDbprwZI-SM)
- [Making a Simple Keychain in Autodesk Fusion 360](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbisZCACE9o)
- [Design a Keychain With Fusion in 3 Steps](https://www.instructables.com/Design-a-Keychain-With-Fusion-in-3-Steps/)
Additionally, I found [Car Key Fob](https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/projects/132345/car-key-fob) design that [Franklin Turza](https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/users/52PMMKYVNKD4). With a few edits, this would be a great key fob for my smart button.
<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen src="https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/projects/132345/assets/425430/embed"></iframe>
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