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Introduction to Generative Design for Manufacturing

New technologies and evolving industries are transforming the way we work. Explore how to work with generative design studies and outcomes to solve manufacturing challenges in new ways.
Software used in this course:
  • Fusion 360

Overview

Generative design is a new workflow that generates high-performing design alternatives with optimized geometry that is often far removed from a traditional design. Learn how to set up, generate, and explore design outcomes and post-process generative designs. Explore the basics of Fusion 360 assemblies and geometry creation, with a focus on obstacle geometry. Set up a generative design study and learn advanced T-spline tools to post-process a generative output. With the rapid expansion of various types of manufacturing—from additive, subtractive, and even hybrid approaches—the generative design workflow gives you the power to explore every avenue of a design.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain generative design technology.
  • Create basic assemblies.
  • Use generative design.
  • Explore generative design outcomes.
  • Finalize advanced designs.
  • Edit sculpted bodies using T-splines.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    Generative design overview

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    Lesson overview
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    Introduction to generative design
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    Generative design mindset
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    Shape optimization vs generative design
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    Assemblies in Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    Bodies vs Components
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    The creation of components
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    Building a shock lower
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    Building a shock upper
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    Building a shock spring
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    Application of assembly joints
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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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    Generative design preserve and obstacle geometry

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    Lesson overview
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    Preserve geometry
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    Create obstacle geometry for motor mounts
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    Create obstacle geometry for the gas tank and motor
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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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    Generative design study setup

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    Lesson overview
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    Generative design loads and constraints
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    Set generative design objectives
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    Explore manufacturing methods
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    Solve a generative study
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    Explore generative outcomes
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    Explore manufacturing outcomes
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    Create a 3D design from a generative outcome
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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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    Post process a generative outcome

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    Lesson overview
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    Review a generative model
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    Edit a generative model
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    Set up a simulation study
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    Analyze simulation results
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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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    Bonus: Basics of t-splines setup

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a box primitive
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    Edit a form
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    Convert a form
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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
    9

    Final test

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    Start your final test