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Re: One CAD to rule them all

Fusion 360 for reasons previously mentioned.
Cloud based means students & mentors can work anywhere, any time... including when you have 4 snow days within 10 days from kickoff.
Low hardware requirements means old school computers or students laptops will work. Easy licensing. If students currently don't know CAD, they'll learn joints easily.

Also, what your mentor knows is likely the best one, unless you have a motivated, experienced student CAD leader that will commit to training others the platform they know.
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Originally Posted by RickyRobot View Post
Best practice for Onshape is your entire robot in one Document. Within that Document, I would recommend breaking up your robot into sub-assemblies with each sub-assembly getting at least one Part Studio for its parts and an assembly to bring it all together before bringing all the sub-assemblies into one final robot assembly. Use the 'Group' feature in your assembly for all the parts you brought in from a Part Studio. This will maintain their relative locations without having to mate them individually.
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Re: One CAD to rule them all

The LigerBots use Creo - PTC is a founding sponsor for our team. I have more experience with Creo but have used both Creo and Solidworks professionally, and find the current iterations pretty similar. I find Creo's constraints easier to work with concede that the Solidworks parts modeling can be a bit less frustrating. As an engineer I appreciate the fact that Creo (and other industry standard programs) are exacting about dimensions and positioning of parts - it is frustrating during brainstorming but crucially important for engineering, which is a valuable real world skill we teach to our students. I would say that all of the UI's have evolved over the past decade and if your experience is older than a couple of years, it might no longer be relevant.

Onshape does have a phenomenal ebook on 3D modeling that everyone should read, regardless of the software you actually use. https://www.onshape.com/resources/eb...ng-3d-modeling I have used Onshape and there are things I like and things I don't like about it (I find it too easy to accidentally change things I thought were locked down). Students tend to love it. I would however recommend testing whether your workspace's internet access is sufficiently robust if you think of going that route.
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