In this guide, we will use Fusion 360 to convert a complex 3D model into a CAD model. Throughout this guide, you’ll learn about the various tools in Fusion 360 and the methods you need to employ to convert a model. Of course, your 3D model will differ greatly from the one used here. However, the general process and tools used in Fusion 360 will be very similar, so following this guide should give you a solid understanding of how to process a model.
And thanks to the fine folks at Autodesk for providing a free version of Fusion 360 for casual users. Some more advanced features are locked behind a paywall, but it has enough functionality to convert a 3D model into a fully functioning CAD model.
Why Make a CAD Model?
Your scan made with a Revopoint 3D scanner is an unintelligent 3D model that’s fine for things like 3D printing or importing into 3D modeling software. But when it comes to any engineering purpose like reverse engineering or rapid prototyping, the 3D model you created needs to be made smart, and this is where CAD software comes in. Once you’ve made your CAD, it’s much easier to make a model ready for manufacturing or modification.
Before you can convert a 3D model to CAD, you will need to make one. And depending on the object, you need the right 3D scanner. For example, the Revopoint MINI for small things, Revopoint POP 2 for medium, and Revopoint RANGE for large objects. If you need to learn how to scan, please refer to your scanner’s user manual.
Importing and Adjusting a Model
Creating the Model’s Basic Shape