Computer-Aided Design


This week I have choose 4 software deigns (2-2D Designs & 2-3D Designs) to experiment and be familiars with the software's.


Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format. Other formats can be imported and exported. Inkscape can render primitive vector shapes and text.

After installing Inkscape, I have setup the configuration of the application according to how I want it before running it.

In the beginning I went through the available tools on left side and start testing them. I have attempt to create:

  • Square with measurements I have chosen.
  • 3D shape and been able to shift it around according how I want to represent.
  • Cycling round lines, its really good to be used for certain designs and you would be able to fill it as well.

My plan for this week to try to design a chess board. So I tried to create a square and start to duplicate it next to each other.

It looks like a chess board now and need to change the colors to show it in the representable way.

Try to fit a border around the chess board and trying to fix the measurements for each part. In the end we end-up having a 2D design for a chess board.

Download My Design: Chess


Tinkercad is a free-of-charge, online 3D modeling program that runs in a web browser. Since it is a good platform for creating models for 3D printing as well as an entry-level introduction to constructive solid geometry in schools.

Im familiar with TinkerCad methods for designing, which made my job easier. In the beginning similar to any new application I will be using, I start with testing the tools and easy to learn.

My aim with application is to create another Chess board. Starting with selecting a cube and adding the write measurement for it. I start to duplicate the cube until I end-up with what it showing in the second picture.

For making the chess soldier figure, we used the method of group and hole. First we have to choose the shapes that represent each layer in the soldier figure. Try to measure it and add them all on each other, until they look fit. Then we attempt to group them and start to duplicate them.

Download My Design: Chess

Edit on My Design: Chess

Fusion 360

A Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM tool for collaborative product development that combines industrial design, mechanical engineering, and machine tool programming into one software solution.

The most important part of the Fusion 360 is the Sketch. In the beginning you select it to and the position you want to draw in. The application has multiple engineering tools that can be used to help you design and draw and extrude whatever you want.

One of the best tools to be used in Fusion 360 is the Change in Parameters function. Its able me to pre-set up multiple measurements under different tag names. For example you can set-up the thickness of the design you work on to 20mm and later if you need to change it, you just change the thickness to the new value and it will automatically change it to all part of the design you used thickness in.

Other amazing tool you can use in the Fusion 360 is the Extrude function. What the Extrude function does is transforming your 2 dimensional sketching to 3 dimensional view, by adding value to z-axis into your drawing.

This function helps alot to display the final design of your work, plus it can help other functions to work better. Such as cutting and joining.

Download My Design: Test

Edit on My Design: Test


A Vectr is a online 2D software application, its can be used to Exclude, Intersect, Subtract & Unite/Add. It has multiple engineering functions to calculate & shape the dimensions. You can access this application by going to their website and click on Use Online. Once you did it will take you to this blank page were you can start sketching and inserting multiple shapes.

The first tool you can use is the Pages, were you can add multiple pages to work on and you adjust the size of the your going to design on.

The second function is the shapes function, were you can choose around multiple shapes to help you in your design.

Once you choose your deign you can change its color, border, shadow, opacity and dimensions. What's good about it you can change as much details as possible to align it with your design.

One of the main functions that Vectr application is using alignments of shapes, were it can help to adjust shapes in the right position you want.

These are multiple examples of using the main functions in Vectr such as:

  • Subtract
  • Exclude
  • Add
  • Intersect

From the pictures below it will shows you how it will loos like after try to subtract and exclude different designs on each other.

In the end this application is really easy to use and plus it can download your designs in SVG file to be used in different cuttings machines and designing applications.

Download My Design: Random