So this project has me feeling like I have lost my bearings with it comes to digital design tools.
At this point Illustrator has become second nature for me to use. I casually pick it up when I need to visualize something or have a high quality graphic design to show employers during my job hunt. This has made Fusion somewhat difficult to pick up.
I have used three-dimensional design software before taking this class. Specifically, I had to use the 3D tool in Illustrator as part of a class in the Media School two years ago, but that tool felt incredibly rigid and I was forced to follow defined axes and views when using it.
Working with the Z-axis with Fusion was something I didn’t put too much consideration in when starting this project. Because of this, I had to tart over when rendering both of the legs to make they stood the right way and I could extrude them in the appropriate direction.
I’m starting to wonder if my previous crafting experience is become a bit of a hindrance to my understanding of these new processes. I know that there are many benefits from my past experiences, but in some ways, it feels like it has limited my thinking and how I see the material.
I missed class this week due to a sinus infection and missed the process of making the finger joints.
What was scary about this was that I’m still lacking a lot of the tacit knowledge for using a CAD program. I’m pretty good about learning new technical skills, but starting the learning process does take me a bit longer than average.
I felt like I was still getting my bearings in getting comfortable in working with a third axis and not practicing this week led to some frustrations the following week.
Missing class definitely threw me for a loop this week. Going back through the fabrication process during class this week was definitely helpful, but I am still not oriented in navigating the software.
For about half an hour I couldn’t find my sketch tool due to it being removed as a default from the top toolbar. So, all these factors combined lead me to feeling lost and definitely frustrated when trying to get caught up.
By the end of class, I did receive one-on-one help from the instructor and that did help me remember more of the processes. Along with this, I really didn’t have any trouble converting the design to a DMX file and getting the actual artifact cut.
Moving forward, I am definitely looking for ways to become more comfortable with the software. I had an idea to build a container for my project notebooks to go along with the laptop stand.