At Mindtribe, we’re always exploring new economical ways to rapidly prototype our designs. When our electrical engineering team purchased an Othermill for routing out simple 2-layer PCBs, our mechanical engineers immediately started thinking about how to use the new tool for fabrication of 3D parts.
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward and well-documented process for exporting g-code for the Othermill directly from Solidworks. After some searching, we found a nice tutorial on Instructables that details out the process of exporting g-code from Fusion 360, Autodesk’s cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool.
A quick glance at the features of Fusion 360 revealed that it supports T-splines surfacing, modeling, cloud-based document control, simulation, and CAM all with the same interface. All this for the low price of $free.99 for students, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and startups. To see if this product was too good to be true, I tried making a creamsicle ornament and took some pictures along the way.