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Designing laser cut finger joints by hand is tedious. Here's how to automate it! (tutorial)

alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 227 EDU
It's no fun spending hours manually making tabs for laser cut (or CNC router cut) finger joints, only to have them break when a model parameter changes. Fortunately, with Onshape, we have some awesome FeatureScript-based solutions, so I made a tutorial to demo/show how to use them! I'm using @lemon1324's "Laser joint" and "Auto layout" FeatureScripts. Huge thanks for making such awesome automations!

Link to the tutorial:


If you have any questions, feedback, or video/tutorial ideas, please let me know! Also, I'm planning on trying to make Onshape tutorials Monday/Wednesday/Friday. What would be an appropriate frequency/amount to post them to this forum? I really don't want to spam/clog things up/annoy anyone! I'm happy posting none at all, one a week, a "weekly digest," or each one as it comes out, or something else, just let me know.

Link to the final public document: https://cad.onshape.com/documents/911c7d4c83c10390d2f023d5/v/ef952579db9528bbe57e12be/e/aa4fee8b5651082d4d436e1c
Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens

Comments

  • Domenico_DDomenico_D Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 51 PRO
    Wow that's an awesome video! You reminded me of all the keyboard shortcuts I should be using.

    I hadn't seen the auto layout FeautureScript before either. Definitely is going to come in handy for me. 

    Thank you for making these videos, please keep them coming!
  • alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 227 EDU
    Thanks for the kind words!

    One thing I really love about the auto layout feature is that it will automatically make countersunk holes face downward (avoiding accidentally cutting out the countersink diameter along with the hole diameter). Saves a lot of time and material!
    Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 546 PRO
    OK @alnis_smidchens !!  now besides our routers getting more use, I want a laser!  Great job of showing a ton of efficient methods, tips, & tricks.  Thank you!
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 227 EDU
    @bruce_williams thanks for watching and for the kind words! I also really want a laser... can't wait until the university's maker spaces/fab labs open and I can fabricate some stuff!
    Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens
  • tony_459tony_459 Member Posts: 131 ✭✭
    edited August 13
    @alnis_smidchens: Do you have a maker space in your area? Those are cropping up in lots of places and are usually very affordable for all the machines you can use ($50/mo where I am).
    Because they're not governed by universities, they might be open even when your school is closed. I know the one closest to me is, and I'm in one of the most aggressive states to tackle the pandemic...
    Not my local maker zone, but the best example of one, and one the Onshape staff might be familiar with, since they are local to them: https://artisansasylum.com. Those places are awesome :D

  • tony_459tony_459 Member Posts: 131 ✭✭
    @alnis_smidchens : You should do a video on prepping a model for 3D-printing ;-)
  • alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 227 EDU
    @tony_soares459 I do have a few in the area, but I figure if my university says it's not safe to go to maker spaces, I should probably stay home (plus the university ones are minimal to no cost with access to lots of equipment). My priority right now is staying safe and healthy, and I do have a 3D printer as well as a variety of hand tools at home, so I have plenty to do :)

    That's a good video idea! I'll add it to my production queue/schedule. Onshape is definitely the easiest CAD program for 3D printing I've used so far.
    Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens
  • tony_459tony_459 Member Posts: 131 ✭✭
    edited August 14
    Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting we pretend there isn't a pandemic spreading at full steam and start congregating in mass like it's normal times again. Far from it. I wanted only to say that if you're really really dying to make stuff, and you do your social distancing and keep your mask on and wash your hands regularly and visit the maker space in the off-peak hours, then it's an option. It doesn't seem you need it, but now I have to qualify my answer to make clear I'm not suggesting we ignore the facts---you're smart for being cautious :)
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