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Reserve a desk for a hackspace public CADCAM workstation running Windows software #122

goatchurchprime opened this Issue Mar 20, 2015 · 4 comments


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goatchurchprime commented Mar 20, 2015

We can use Martin's spare hexacore desktop machine under his desk, which is in Windows and only gets fired up to look at hard multicore development and bug tracking that we couldn't do on our laptops.

We can install a hackspace version of Fusion360 for everyone to use as this is probably the cheapest way to get good quality CNC toolpaths and the Adaptive clearing strategy.

It would also be a good way to expose people to "professional" CAD -- as opposed to our OpenSCAD toying around.

(I call this kind of CAD "professional" in the same way I'd call Microsoft Excel "professional", as opposed to any of this Python toying around that guys like us tend to do.)


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goatchurchprime commented Mar 28, 2015

The Autodesk product is supposed to be free to hackspaces. There's also
AG finds ArtCam very productive. Conventional solid modelling CAD operators are quite highly paid, and the supply was limited because people couldn't access the software to get trained. They teach some of this in Liverpool Uni, so it might be good to get one of the students who have been through that to give us an evening course to learn it properly.


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DoESsean commented Dec 14, 2017

@goatchurchprime Is this still something that you'd like to do? Or should we close the issue?


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Sean-anotherone commented Jun 9, 2018

It is done - at least in part.
I found a Core 2 machine with 4Gb of Ram in among the pile and have installed Win7 x64 and an educational / design competition license for Autodesk Fusion, it works at acceptable speed.

The user is and the password is written on the box.

The eventual plan seems to be that it will be connected to the big CNC mill, but as no-one except Martin seems to know how the licensing works for that, the current machine needs to stay connected for now. I'll find a bigger/better monitor and sit the two PCs side by side with a KVM (I have a box full of these ...somewhere) to allow the desk in the metalwork room to be dual-purposed.

Issue not closed as someone may have a better location / idea ?


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Sean-anotherone commented Nov 18, 2018

This seems to have worked out as an adequate provision - I note that there are now a good few sets of drawings so it appears to be fit for purpose.

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