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Generative Design for Additive Manufacturing

Explore, in depth, the design and manufacturing process associated with generative design and 3D printing.
Software used in this course:
  • Fusion 360

Overview

Expand your skillset to stay at forefront of industry trends. Dive into the common applications of generative design—additive manufacturing or 3D printing, as it’s also known. Learn the basics of geometry creation and get a deeper understanding of generative design, its parameters, and how to work with results specifically aimed at making a 3D printed metal part. Understand the generative workflow by exploring Fusion 360 tools and combining them with the creative process of turning an idea into a 3D model. Learn how to apply the generative design thinking process to define a study.

After this course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the CAD design process as applied to generative design.
  • Summarize the mindset for generative design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in more advanced Fusion 360 CAD workflows.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    How can we utilize generative design

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    Lesson overview
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    What is generative design?
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    Comparing shape optimization to generative design
    3

    Basics of 3D modeling in Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    The Fusion 360 user interface
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    The basics of sketching
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    Create solid bodies from sketches
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    Understand bodies and components
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    How to collaborate and comment on designs
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    Creating the regions for a design to avoid

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    Lesson overview
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    Review a traditional design
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    Create obstacle geometry for walls
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    Create obstacle geometry for shelf and hardware
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    Change the appearance of a component or body
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    Creating the regions to keep in a design

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    Lesson overview
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    Identify preserve regions
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    Create preserve regions for the mounting
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
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    Define generative study objectives and settings

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    Lesson overview
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    Generative design workspace overview
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    Generative design study settings
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    Define generative study objectives
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    Using edit model to work on obstacles and preserves

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    Lesson overview
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    Define obstacle regions
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    Define preserve regions
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    Setting up Loads and Constraints

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    Lesson overview
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    Set up the first load case
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    Pick a manufacturing method
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    Selecting study materials
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    Solving generative design outcomes

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    Lesson overview
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    Use the previewer
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    Solve a generative study
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
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    Viewing and filtering generative design outcomes

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    Lesson overview
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    Learn the explore user interface
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    Select an outcome iteration
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    Creating a 3D design from an outcome

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a distributed design
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    View an exported mesh design
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    Collaboration and sharing of design outcomes

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    Lesson overview
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    Invite a user to collaborate
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    Create a share link
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
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    Basics of form tools

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a box primitive
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    Use edit form
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    Crease and uncrease edges
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    Freeze and unfreeze
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    Additional form tools
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    Controlling the interface of a generative outcome and preserve regions

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    Lesson overview
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    Explore a design timeline
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    Unfreeze and edit geometry
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    Manipulate a form with erase and fIll
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    Manually patch a form body
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    Finalizing a design for additive manufacturing

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    Lesson overview
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    Add design comments for manufacturing
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    Export an STL
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
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    Course challenge exercise

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    Challenge exercise
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    Final test

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    Start your final test