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Alex Rausch explains what CAD software is and how it can be used.

Video Transcript: Hello, my name is Alex Rausch and I am an engineer with Accucode 3D. At Accucode 3D, we aim to help people with their design and printing needs by offering design services, educational material, 3D printing services as well as reselling machines.

Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a transformative way of manufacturing, but a major barrier to the industry has been the inability for individuals to design their own products. This video aims to help people understand what CAD software is and how to use it. Accucode offers design services and will work with you on your designs to improve them. But this video should give you an understanding of how to start a design.

First, let’s start off with what is CAD? 3D Designs are generally created using a 3D CAD, or Computer aided design, program. For our design video we will be using Autodesk Fusion 360. This is because Fusion offers some unique advantages, it is cloud based software so the appropriate people in your organization can easily share files and view them from anywhere, and also it offers a free startup license for companies making less than $100,000 a year allowing for hobbyists and startups to create their designs for free.

If your organizations make more than this there is also a paid license version at a reasonable price of $495 a year per user. There are many popular CAD programs out there and each offers some unique abilities however, many of the underlying functions operate similarly between all of the software. This video series does not aim to give you an idea of every capability every software has but rather introduce you to how a typical file is designed and some of the basic functionality.

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