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Crazy Vases using the Loft Feature in Fusion 360! CAD For Newbies Tutorial

Crazy Vases using the Loft Feature in Fusion 360! CAD For Newbies Tutorial
in this cat for

newbies

tutorial

I'm gonna show you how to use

loft

s in

fusion

360 to create some

crazy

vases

let's get started how's it going guys Angus here from makers views so in previous cad for

newbies

tutorial

s the

feature

s we've talked about in

fusion

360 we're all kind of self-explanatory I mean we had extrudes and revolves and what they did kind of made sense in the name so what the heck is a

loft

well a

loft

is a very powerful

feature

you have at your disposal in

fusion

360 and I'm going to show you how to use

loft

ing to create any sort of

crazy

shape vars I'm sorry Vaes that you like and it's actually one of the more powerful tools you can use in

fusion

360 but it's actually one of the more unpredictable tools so it's definitely a more advanced

feature

to start

using

once you've mastered extrudes revolves and even considering mastering sweeps so if you haven't seen those videos and also my basic beginners ones in sketches for

fusion

360 go check the original playlist because you want to start from the beginning starting from here might be a little bit difficult but see how you go so what is

loft

ing anyway well

loft

ing is a CAD term used to describe the creation of 3d shapes

using

profiles guidelines or guide rails

loft

s are standalone in my opinion as a very powerful way to quickly create very organic 3d objects in a parametric way and that you can go back and quickly change your original profiles with sketches and...
crazy vases using the loft feature in fusion 360 cad for newbies tutorial
update your

loft

but the actual

loft

ed shapes have a very organic sort of flowing feel to them you can create very complicated shapes very easily

using

loft

s this does definitely have a disadvantage though

loft

s can be very difficult to control and they can fail for no apparent reason so they can be quite frustrating to use as a beginner when you're trying to use

loft

ing and you're not quite sure how it's working so this video I'm gonna give you the rundown on how

loft

ing works in

fusion

360 and we're going to draw some

crazy

shaped

vases

or

vases

that you could then go and 3d print so that's start at the beginning a

loft

at its most basic form only needs two profiles offset from each other and then the

loft

ing command will join those two shapes by gradually morphing from the original profile into the finishing profile at its most basic that's what a

loft

is but obviously they can get a lot more complicated than that you can have a lot more profiles and you can have guide rails which then help control the curves so let's draw a very basic

loft

right now I'm going to create a new sketch on my top plane here hit C for circle draw a nice circle there and stop sketch I'm not even gonna bother dimensioning it I'm not going to worry about that for this and I'm gonna create an offset plane so construct offset plane and I'm going to offset it 100 millimeters like that now I'm going to create a new sketch create sketch on this...
crazy vases using the loft feature in fusion 360 cad for newbies tutorial
plane but instead of drawing a circle I'm going to draw an ellipse from this point out to here like that so two similar shapes but they are very different and what I'm going to do now stop sketch is I'm going to use the

loft

ing

feature

to morph them into a 3d shape so create and

loft

and the

loft

ing window pops up so the selection order in

loft

s is very very important you want to select in the order that your part will be formed not randomly and not arbitrarily and it's very very critical you get this right because it will cause a

loft

to fail if you get it wrong so I'm going to select my first profile here and then the second one here and very quickly we have formed our

loft

now this is a very very basic

loft

as I said between two shapes but as I said

loft

ing as a beginner can be a little bit daunting trying to figure out why it may be working or why not may not be working and it comes down to these guide rails here so you can see this path up here is the path the

loft

takes but you can move and as you move them it kind of twists things up but as you can probably imagine if I keep pulling this around it's going to get to the point where it fails now in the previous cat for

newbies

video we talked about sweeps and mention how they can't self-intersect or they'll fail and lots of very similar if I

loft

self intersects it's game over it will fail you cannot form a stable three-dimensional object or three-dimensional form with a

loft

that...
crazy vases using the loft feature in fusion 360 cad for newbies tutorial
intersects itself but you can also choose how your

loft

intersects with the profiles for example it's defaulted to connected here and the terminology isn't really important I mean every CAD package is different but here you can actually change it to Direction and what this is doing is changing the

loft

s beginnings to be basically perpendicular from that profile and you see if by pulling this out it's you can sort of change how far that carries out now that might be what you want or you might want it to just immediately carry the the shortest path to the next profile which would be this sort of straight line here so in most cases you'll want this guideline to just be what it what it automatically generates but what if you want to give it a custom path to custom guide line or guide rail well you can draw one so I'm just going to cancel this and I'm gonna do a new sketch create sketch on the front plane so we've got our two profiles I'm gonna draw a kind of wavy guide rail so sketch and I'm gonna choose spline select the edge of our profile and then just kind of draw kind of a wavy wavy rail like that I'm just gonna move it around a little bit so it's not too ridiculous yeah that's let's go with that let's see how that goes stop sketch and again create

loft

and it's automatically selected one which I don't want so get rid of that so circle and then my final profile is the top and then our rail we can select this...
line here and it will conform our

loft

to that rail which is pretty cool actually and it is you can probably see opens up a very very very real possibility to create very organic complicated shapes with only three sketches and one

feature

depending how many profiles you have and keep in mind again it can get more and more complicated as you add more profiles you can also close off a

loft

so you have this closed option and you can actually select all the way around and complete an entire ring for example of different shaped profiles and join it back together a little bit advanced I'm not going to show it in this code for

newbies

tutorial

it's something that I rarely use myself but it's something to keep in mind if you want to do something like that it is possible just be prepared for a bit of trial and error when trying to make that work so let's put it all together and make one wacky vars so let's go to create sketch and top plane so for my vaz phase I'm just gonna say both so I want a pretty decently sized basis and fall over so I'm just going to make it fifty millimeters in diameter that looks good to me soft sketch and again you want to create an offset plane offset plane from our original sketch 50 it's fine this is gonna be the middle of my VARs and then I'm going to create another offset sketch offset plane sorry 250 again from the top so it's gonna be 100 millimeters overall and height not very tall but I'm gonna have three...
profiles in total for my

loft

so I'm gonna select the middle one initially create sketch and I'm gonna bring out the old spline tool so splines are a nightmare to dimension so I'm not even gonna bother but I was going to make some

crazy

wacky shapes with my spline like this it kinda looks like ditto or something done and again create sketch my other offset plane this is the 100 100 millimeters and also going to go to sketch and spline and just create one that's even further out that maybe intersects itself in a few areas like that's I'm gonna move some of the points in a little bit closer maybe further that looks pretty good to me pretty

crazy

yeah I like that okay stop sketch now let's

loft

this bad boy so let's go to create

loft

first profile or have had a point selected again remember selection selection order is very important so don't get rid of those so first profile second third so already it's pretty nuts I mean it's going from you see how

loft

s are very powerful it's going from the circle then turning into this this spline here and then following on to another spline here at the top again we can change how it how it flows off from our first profile so I can change it to Direction there so tightens up a bit because don't forget it's sort of constricting across that middle one middle one here so as I pull this up further it kind of gets more and more crinkled I don't want that I want connected it's fine...
and I can change where this this default guide rail is I can move around it really probably won't go very far before breaking but that's like a

crazy

twist I quite like that so you could create your own guide guide rail to do what we did before to make this even more wacky but I quite like that it's nice sort of flowing curved shape it would 3d print very easily the overhangs aren't very steep and it has a nice fairly large base so that you have it guys that's how to use the

loft

ing

feature

in

fusion

360 to create wacky looking organic shapes with a very high degree of control and you can create a

crazy

vars very very easily so there's pretty much infinite number of shapes you could use to make make advise you can even use your logo to like warp into the logo and then warp to another shape again

using

the tips I mentioned and just take a little quick one last little tip here if you want to actually make it a proper hollowed-out vars instead of actually

using

vias mode on your printer I use the shell command to do this which is under the modify and then shell so what does is exactly what it says on the tin you select a face for example I selected the top face of my buzz and said how thick I want the inside walls and then it removes that face and gives everything a uniform thickness shell is very powerful I'll be talking about it in a future video here on the catfish

tutorial

series and if you enjoyed this video guys please do consider subscribing um...
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