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Introduction to Design for Manufacturing

Equip yourself with skills to design for the new possible. Design for manufacturing is the process of designing parts, components, or products with the understanding of surrounding design requirements for a specific manufacturing method.
Software used in this course:
  • Fusion 360

Overview

Explore the design for manufacturing workflow, validate models, and practice creating G-code—the programming language needed to instruct a CNC machine how to move. Practice the basics of part and assembly design, and learn tools such as animation, rendering, and simulations using Fusion 360.

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

  • Explain the design for manufacturing process, used to transform a digital model into a physical part, through CNC programming.
  • Summarize the toolset available in Fusion 360.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Fusion 360 by applying design and manufacturing workflows to turn digital parts into physical prototypes.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    Introduction to Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    What is Fusion 360?
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    Explain key differences in design workflow to Fusion 360 from Tinkercad
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    Explain key differences in design workflow to Fusion 360 from Solidworks
    3

    What is digital manufacturing?

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    Lesson overview
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    Trends in manufacturing
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    Introduction to digital manufacturing
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    Manufacturing process
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    Design innovation

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    Lesson overview
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    Design innovation trends
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    Mechanical engineering career skills
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    Create a rendered image

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    Lesson overview
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    Access sample datasets
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    Create a rendered image
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    Challenge exercise
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    The basics of using Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    Where’s my data? Understand how Fusion 360 stores your data
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    Create a new project and create a folder in a project
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    Learn how to open, close and save a file
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    Access and Customize Tools
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    Understand bodies and components
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    Capture Design History
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    File and project administration

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    Lesson overview
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    Invite and remove collaborators from a project
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    View Admin Settings and set a default hub
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    Cache, Download, Archive and restore a Fusion 360 project file
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    Share and manage design links
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    Copy and move designs from one folder to another
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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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    Learning how to create and define sketches

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a basic sketch
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    Fully define a complex sketch
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    Basics of Feature Creation

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    Lesson overview
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    Create and shell a drafted part
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    Create a Revolve
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    Basics of Feature Modification

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    Lesson overview
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    Apply fillets to a model
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    Create a feature pattern
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    Saving an STL file for 3D printing

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    Lesson overview
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    Export an STL file
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    Mechanical motion with assembly joints

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    Lesson overview
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    Apply an as-built joint
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    Drive and animate a joint
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    Edit a joint limit
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    Animations and renderings

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    Lesson overview
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    Explode a component
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    Create a rendering
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    Detailed Drawings

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a detailed drawing from an animation
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    Add a parts table
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    Add drawing dimensions
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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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    Integrated Manufacture Workspace

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    Lesson overview
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    Define a new tool
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    Create a facing toolpath
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    Create a contour toolpath
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    Simulate a program
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    Export an NC file
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    Integrated Simulation Workspace

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    Lesson overview
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    Use Simplify to remove bodies
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    Select a Simulation Material
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    Activate Automatic Contacts
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    Solve and review a simulation
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    Add load conditions
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    Clone a simulation model
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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 exercises
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    Challenge exercise

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    Challenge exercise
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    Final test

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    Start your final test