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Does Fusion let you design? CAD Or is it just taking a picture (per say) and manipulating it to then create the G Code?
Yes. These are modeled in Fusion 360.
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For example I have a guy that wants me to make a drink flight that holds 6 shot glasses. He wants it to resemble a top view (looking down) of an airplane. The body I want to make look like the plane and then the wings will be flat with pockets to hold the glasses.
Yes, something like that could be done in Fusion 360 rather easily.
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I'm using OnShape to design for 3D printing. I took the online courses.
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You can use programs like Blender to make 3D models then export in a usable format you can use in your CAM software. You do need to design in Blender with the end-use in mind.

I do have Vectric Aspire and VCarve Pro but also use programs like Blender at times, really depends on the model I'm trying to make.

That being said Fusion 360 is a powerful, free to use software that is worth learning. You should be able to do your plane fuselage with Fusion 360 and it would probably be a good learning session.
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Blender can be a monster to learn but once you get a little passed the basics you can become the monster.

I use blender for most of my modeling and it takes me little to no time to make basic models. Detailed models can take many hours to days but once done they go into your library for future use. I have over a thousand of my personal models in my library for my carving needs.

The main starting selling point for the software is its free. The on-going selling point to stick with it is its very powerful. It did take 3 separate attempts at learning the software before it finally stuck.

You will need a CAM package to convert the STL/FDX/OBJ model to something your machine can use.

It can also render depth map versions of the 3d models which can be useful at times, though STL format is 99% far superior.

As a bonus you can render nifty 2d images of your 3d models when you learn virtual texturing and material development for your render engine and then 3d animation to make your intro videos for your Youtube channel. The calendar is a pattern in my library.

I am trying to learn zbrush now but haven't made much headway into that software.
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I was on vacation for a few days and back at it now.

THANKS for all the replies! This is what I was hoping to learn and now I have a better idea of what to do and try. I really appreciate all the help.

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I have tried to use Blender but not with much luck.
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Although Vectric's Aspire is pricey for an initial purchase, they do have a free trial version you can try out to see how compatible you are with it. You can use it to make toolpath files, but you can use it to follow along with their free tutorial videos. The purchase price also includes a considerable number of 3D objects (clipart) which as John said can be used alone or with other components, rotated, scaled, cut apart, etc., to use however you want. You can also map any 2D toolpath onto 3D surfaces, such as V-carved text onto the flowing pages of an open book model. Simple pockets for shot glasses cut into an airplane model shouldn't be a big challenge. The 3D modelling tools almost always have provided me a way to make complex 3D shapes starting with 2D vectors.

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Although Vectric's Aspire is pricey for an initial purchase, they do have a free trial version you can try out to see how compatible you are with it. You can use it to make toolpath files, but you can use it to follow along with their free tutorial videos. The purchase price also includes a considerable number of 3D objects (clipart) which as John said can be used alone or with other components, rotated, scaled, cut apart, etc., to use however you want. You can also map any 2D toolpath onto 3D surfaces, such as V-carved text onto the flowing pages of an open book model. Simple pockets for shot glasses cut into an airplane model shouldn't be a big challenge. The 3D modelling tools almost always have provided me a way to make complex 3D shapes starting with 2D vectors.

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I definitely want to go to Aspire. I have VCarve pro and love it. This is kind of why I wanted to try the 3D stuff in Fusion360 to see if it's something I will be able to do and use and if so I'll bit the bullet and upgrade.

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Can anyone recommend a good forums board like this for 3D printing? I just started a few months ago with an Ender 3 and really enjoying what it can do. Thanks in advance.
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