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Last time on Maker 101, we talked about some basic 3d modeling in Fusion 360 and how to 3d print something that would fit an object in the real world. This time, we’re going to do it again, but introduce two new tools in Fusion that make complex task very simple. The goal here is to create a hose adapter for my belt sander, making the tool wildly more useful that it is out of the box.
This isn’t supposed to be a step by step lesson, but instead an example of how simply you can model something useful with a basic understanding of the software tools.


Check it out and start brainstorming how you could use 3d modeling to fix something in your shop!

  • Hi Bob,
    I’ve just modeled one of these for my Table saw and as I don’t have a 3D printer, uploaded it to shapeways. The estimated price was AU$87 (US$65).
    The size is Cm:10.9 x / 10.9 y / 12 z
    Material Volume: 99.9321cm3
    Machine Space: 169.4592cm3
    Surface Area: 682.8119cm
    Does that seem right to everyone?
    This is my first 3D model for printing. Am I missing some optimisation step?

    Thanks in advance

    • Check out 3dHubs as well. You may also look for a local library that has printers to use.

      • Or I could convince my partner I need a 3D printer to save money…

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