MacroFab Engineering Podcast

MacroFab's Engineering Podcast! Where Electrical Engineers, Parker Dillmann and Stephen Kraig talk about electrical engineering topics, DIY projects, and industry news. Sometimes cool people stop by the podcast to drop some knowledge.


episode 245: K-Factoring a Gumbo

MEP EP#245: K-Factoring a Gumbo

  • Security flaw left ‘smart’ chastity sex toy users at risk of permanent lock-in
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  • Fusion 360 has changed their personal license subscription model
    • All of these went into effect on Oct 1
      • Project storage is limited to 10 active and editable documents
      • Exports are now limited to a small number of file types. Thankfully this still includes STL files but alas, DXF, DWG, PDF exports are all gone
      • Perhaps most importantly to the makerverse, STEP, SAT, and IGES file types can no longer be exported, the most common files for those who want to edit a design using different software.
      • 2D drawings can now only be single sheet, and can only be printed or plotted
      • Rendering can now only be done locally, so leveraging cloud-based rendering is no longer possible
      • CAM support has been drastically cut back: no more multi-axis milling, probing, automatic tool changes, or rapid feeds, but support for 2, 2.5, and 3 axis remains
      • All support for simulation, generative design, and custom extensions has been removed
    • Purchased a license and I am not looking back
    • Autodesk had loads of pushback from the community because of the decision to remove STEP export
      • “Fixed” this issue claiming the reversal was due to “unintended consequences for the hobbyist community.”
  • Sheet metal design and fabrication
    • Be careful with using automated tools
    • Understand the rules
    • Dont rely entirely on templates
    • As always - talk with your manufacturer