Often times, when you are designing a 3D part to print, you’ll need it to marry up to an existing part or assembly. Perhaps you need a motor to be mounted on the part, or perhaps the part is going to integrate with a home power outlet cover. This is such a common case, that I wanted to take an episode to discuss how I’ve found to get this done quite elegantly.

I’ll be covering the use of my favorite 3D modeling tool – Autodesk Fusion 360. I use this in concert with GrabCAD (grabcad.com) to find existing parts. Once I pull my existing part in to Fusion 360, I have very good control over interfacing with all of the shapes, faces, and features of that existing part. It’s quite exciting.

Once you finish and print your part, then, you’ll be confident that it will be ready to be mounted or have your existing parts mounted on it. You can even 3D print receiver holes for screws.

Thanks for joining me for this episode of The Maker Show.

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