Robotics Hobbyist

My Fusion 360 Rig (Converting to a Solidworks Rig 3/6/2019)


Here is my machine. I built this exclusively for Autodesk Fusion 360. For the most part it is overkill, but I wanted to future proof it.

The only part that was a waste of money for Fusion 360 was the 2nd GPU. I figured if it could use SLI and take the the Video Memory and double it from 11 GB to 22 GB it would be a big help. Unfortunately it didn’t work that way.

Best advice for Fusion 360 is to buy the best NVIDIA Based GPU that you can afford. I recommend a NVIDIA GTX 1060 or better.

In short a reasonable Gaming Rid handles Fusion 360 quite well. A gaming graphics card is what you want. A Quatro Workstation Card is not required for Fusion 360, I believe it is recommended for Solidworks though.

For Shapr3D I use a 3rd GEN 12.9" iPad Pro.

Here are the Specs of the custom built PC:

  • Corsair Graphite Series 780T
  • ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
  • Intel Core i9-7900X (OC’ed to 4.6 GHz) 10 Core (20 with Hyperthreading)
  • Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR 64GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 HYBRID, 11GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Black SC 11GB
  • 3 x 1TB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD
  • 1 x 500GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Corsair HX1200 Watt PSU
  • Windows 10 Pro x64

R/C Helicopter project

For 3D Printers, I am a huge fan of the Makerbot Line of Printers. I have been using them since the original Replicator 2.

Currently I have a Makerbot Replicator Mini + and a Makerbot Replicator +. Both are work horses and I rarely if at all have any trouble with them. The Replicator 2 I had a ton of trouble with.

I don’t know if I would buy them today as there are far more choices today for far less money and they give the same or better quality prints.


I have three words…

Awesome … Awesome and AWESOME!!!


A quick update on my CAD Rig.

While my initial intentions were to be using Fusion 360 as my primary CAD going forward, things have changed.

I have recently acquired Solidworks 2018 and to obtain best performance and modeling results an NVIDIA Quadro video card is best for Solidworks.

So I am going to remove both NVIDIA GTX 1080 TI’s and replace it with the new NVIDIA RTX 4000. I figured if I am going to replace the card I might as well go with the new RTX card and have Ray Tracing support.

I am working with Solidworks as time allows. I was hoping that it would be easy to go from Fusion 360 to Solidworks, but it is not. Using Solidworks so far has been like learning a new language. It has been hell, to say the least. But I think the end result will be worth it.

I hope to share some of the models I am working on in the near future. The model I am working on isn’t designed by me and is a result of some purchased training.


Anyone insterested in a EVGA GTX 1080 Ti for a good price, I am selling 1 of the 2 cards here. I may sell the second one at a later date. This is being sold due to the purchase of the PNY RTX 4000 card for SolidWorks 2018.


The first card has sold. I just listed the second GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid if anyone is interested.