Greetings from Texas City, Texas

Ordered my Pro 2/15/2021, cant wait to try it out. I work a full time job at a local refinery here in T.C., I have a 40 x 40 metal building that I do side welding jobs out of (mostly aluminum), I thought that a CNC Shape Cutter would be a great addition to my shop. My plans are to start off making various prefabbed brackets/gussets for fabricators and some custom BBQ hinges, dampers, etc. to sell and make a few extra dollars, then move on to other projects as I get comfortable with this machine. I have 7 yrs. Autocad experience which is what we use here at work, that being said, I’m hoping it will not take me long to learn this program, we will see.

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remember…do not get frustrated…get informed…
read…do searches…and return to help others…

Yes, Sir, that’s what I’m doing. thanks

I’ll throw $.02 in…
I am an old hand on AutoCAD from waay back. My take on it is that the whole paradigm for making drawings is quite different between AutoCAD and Fusion360. YMMV, but for me it seemed like nothing I already knew from AutoCAD applied very much to Fusion or Inventor (which are very similar).
Be prepared to (or better, just start now) “go to school” to learn how to draw all over again with Fusion.
The good news is, Fusion/inventor are very intuitive thus easy for a newcomer to learn and get used to drawing all kinds of cool stuff, even 3D modeling. The problem lies in that if you are really good at navigating AutoCAD already, your brain isn’t trained to think in the different way those newer programs want you to work. It’s not a little adjustment, it’s a whole new approach from step 1. So at first, a newcomer to Fusion/Inventor is actually at an advantage compared to someone skilled with AutoCAD.

Anyway, the solution is pretty easy, it just takes a little time. Just go on YouTube and find a good tutorial channel. There are lots of good ones and tons of crappy ones, but you can tell the crappy ones pretty quick. Just keep trying. If you need a suggestion, I found this guy fairly easy to follow, but I’m sure it’s not the greatest or anything:
Just keep poking around different channels until you find one you like, then spend some time following along. Really only takes a day or two to get to a functional level and a couple weeks will make you a relative whiz.

I have an April estimated delivery too. Really looking forward to starting to play with it.
Good luck


Thanks for your input, I will take your advice and do some youtubing.

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