Will, you’ve helped me considerably in the past, and demonstrated the possibilities/capabilities a tool like carbide create affords. But your abilities are seemingly beyond mine with respect to creative thinking and geometric problem solving. You’re a wizard.
You once helped me radius the corners of a trapezoid in Carbide Create. Your solution, once provided, made perfect sense. Add geometry, boolean this, cut that. But to do the same thing in Fusion, SolidWorks or similar, I can just select edge(s), any edge, and input a radius. A supremely simple example, but illustrative I think. Simple things, when combined, create time.
I guess my biggest disconnect with CC and Vetric is spatial. When I start a design in Fusion(or Alibre ect), I am given a seemingly infinite space. I do not have to preemptively define anything. From there, I can anchor my design to the origin in anyway I see fit(or not), and move it if I please. I can reference from anywhere with simple numerical inputs. Moving on from there, I can constrain objects in any manner I wish, and break the constraints at will. I can rearrange, resize, redistribute, and if designed appropriately, nothing breaks. I designed this panel for digital switch A at .5", but was provided digital switch B at .75", a double click and I am square. Object G can be no closer than x to object T, no problem, rearrange without consideration. Just seems more intuitive for my lizard brain.
Seems to be a matter of how you look at things and think, and to a lesser degree, what it is you’re making. Everything relating to the panels can be done on any of the most basic of platforms. And I think it often is. But for me, it ultimately feels easier when I can simply think in terms of dimensions and constraints. Required or not.
I often get instrument panels from customers, all CNC cut in some manner or other, typically from aluminum. When taking a set of calipers to the piece for redesign, its quite apparent to me that it wasn’t created with the same thought process or tools I employ. Despite assumedly using a CAD package of some kind, there is a lack of whole number(sounds silly, but I like to think and design in terms of recognizable dimensions when possible, this helps the next guy.), symmetry, profile alignment, ect. And when you might have a dizzying array of differing components, it is understandable. Its a lot of forethought and math. But with one of the parametric gimmicks, you don’t have to do either. It’s magic.
Also, to speak to renewing Fusion personal license - I don’t think there is anything difficult about it. Just go to the website, sign in, and request a new license. Couple clicks I think.