using the Lofting and Shell commands in Fusion to create a funnel.

Don Baer

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Sketch up users are familiar with the push/pull tool, in Fusion it is called extrusion. Basically what you do is take a 2d drawing extrude it into the third planes some would call it 2 1/2 D. In Fusion there is another more power full tool called lofting. It allows to two extrude between two sketch in two different different planes. with Push pull you create a second plane by pulling the sketch to the new plane but with the loft command you join them together even if they have different shapes. I used this command a lot while modeling submarine hulls and it can be vary useful for 3 D modeling. In this example I will create an adapter to join a 2 1/2 inch hose to a 4 inch square opening.

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This would be useful for dust collector systems.
I start out by making a rectangle 4 inches square with 3/8 rounded corners in the X Y plane

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Next I create a next X Y plane that is 3 inches in the Y plane away from the original

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Now I crate a circle that is 2 1/4 inch diameter in the news plane.

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now I select the loft command from the create menu

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and select the surfaces to use. The loft command fills in the space.

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Don Baer

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Now we have created a solid object we will use another Fusion command to hollow it out. From the modify menu we select the shell command.

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select the top and bottom planes and tell fusion the thickness we want for the shell.

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Now we will create 1/2 a lip on the square flange by editing the original sketch and using the offset command
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using the extrude command give it a thickness of 2 mm.

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If I were printing this on a 3 D printer it would be an easy matter of having Fusion create a STL file to send to my slicer.
 
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