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    JD mather i have used the same process with a similar design an it worked perfectly, this one however is giving me trouble.
    an i don't have the vanilla autocad but thanks for the tip. ill just use the inventor fusion download. thank you everyone

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    Vanilla AutoCAD is just plain AutoCAD, meaning not a verticle and you should already have Inventor Fusion, maybe IT didn't load it for you.
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    Yes, Fusion is part of a typical 2012 install. You should be able to find it on the Windows Start menu right next to AutoCAD2012, or access it from the Ribbon "Plugins" tab.

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    ...or download here
    http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/fusion/

    You might check out the Kevin Schnieder free classes here http://au.autodesk.com
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    Hi Emily,

    I agree with JD Mather, you probably won't have much luck with the Illustrator to AutoCAD workflow. I'd stick with AutoCAD from the start to avoid problems. If you're new to 3d modeling in AutoCAD, I highly recommend JD Mather's tutorials on his website. The link to it is in his signature above. I worked through all of them and it really took my 3d modeling skills to a new level.

    I don't think Inventor Fusion is free but a similar product called Autodesk 123D is free. I've never used it with AutoCAD but it might work for you. It won't have the seamless workflow link that Fusion does though. If Fusion does come with vanilla AutoCAD, you can access it from the command line as well. Just type in EDI at the command line and it should autocomplete to EDITINFUSION if you have it.

    One easy way to ensure tangency in freeform curves is to draw them with the polyline arc option. Each consecutive arc drawn is tangent to the previously drawn arc by default.

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    I guess I was wrong about Fusion not being free. It will expire in May however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3D generator View Post
    I guess I was wrong about Fusion not being free. It will expire in May however.
    I suspect the 2013 version will be available around April 15, not sure if it will be free - but my guess is that it will be free.
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    AFAIK, the Inventor Fusion that comes with AutoCAD 2012 does not expire, the expiration is for the one from Autodesk Labs.
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