I haven't had a whole lot of time in the garage over the past few weeks, but I have been able to sneak in some design time here and there at home. One awesome thing I have discovered is a program called Autodesk, Fusion 360. This program is a 3D Cad/Cam program, much like solid works, but in my opinion better. Here's what I love about it: First the biggest thing is the price. The program is free for hobbyist, enthusiasts, startups and students... don't believe me go to their webpage HERE, it says it right at the top. And good news for people that don't fall into those categories it is only $25 a month if you pay by the year($300 per year) So that makes it way way way more affordable than Solid Works. The second thing I love is that it is pretty easy to learn. I have no engineering background, just a few years of manual fabrication experience under my belt, and I was able to get the hang of it within a couple of 2 hours sessions messing around with it and going through some of the excellent tutorials. Plus there is a wealth of videos on Youtube. The third thing I love is the other mobile tools that you can use along with it, like this viewer below. You can rotate the part, zoom in, zoom out, turn on and off different design components. I also think you can download the design right from the viewer, but I am not positive on that as I am writing this... if not I will have a version of it in the library of designs. The software is just plain cool.
The design below is for the Dual Brake Caliper setup. I can't seem to find a bolt on dual caliper brake option for a ford 9 other than drag racing brakes, of which the rotors are way to thin and won't hold up to the abuse I will be giving them, So I thought for my first official design I would use Fusion 360 to do all the design work and make sure my design will work with all the parts I want to use. check it out.
Here is the rear lower coil over bracket for further inspection. Seriously go download this program and go design something!
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