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    Hey im brand new to designing plans for my wood working and im not sure what the best design program is i was tossing up sketch up and fusion 360 but not sure which would be easier to learn and i would prefer it to be as cheap as possible as i dont want to drop money into something until ive learnt it what is everyones thoughts on this


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    Fusion 360 is free for non profits startups and students. I thought sketchup was also.

    I have not used sketchup. I tried it once a long time ago but it was so alien to me I gave up. I worked as a design draftsman for years so fusion was much easier to learn for me, but I would think if you are starting from scratch sketchup would be easier.

    Mechanical modeling packages like fusion require you to get into a certain frame of mind and use certain work flows to achieve things. They work well if you use them all the time but for occasional use remembering and working out how to do stuff could be frustrating. Also while fusion is very efficient for regular stuff when you get into less conventional modeling (like controlled surfaces) it is quite frustrating.

    I modeled up a space frame for a special boat trailer I'm working on and it was easy peasy, but then I started working on hulls and it's a nightmare. For furniture this isn't a problem, but if I were trying to model musical instruments or wooden boats I would not choose fusion.

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    Yeah sketch up has a free version but ive heard they keep taking features out and putting it into the paid version


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