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Introduction to Modeling and Design for Manufacturing

Create models that can withstand inevitable complexities throughout the design for manufacturing process.
Software used in this course:
  • Fusion 360

Overview

Explore mechanical assemblies from the bottom up. The design for manufacturing process helps you build robust designs that can withstand ongoing changes. Learn best practices that’ll keep control of your designs from sketch all the way to production.

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

  • Create and drive a mechanical gear assembly.
  • Create and modify a form-based design.
  • Use design tools for molded parts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the setup and creation of a design.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    Creating the basis of a design

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    Lesson overview
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    Project Overview
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    Create parameters
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    Link parameters and dimensions
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    Use symmetry and construction geometry
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    Sketch visibility options for quick updates
    3

    Converting detailed sketches into detailed designs

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    Lesson overview
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    Create construction planes
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    Create extruded features
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    Create extruded cuts
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    Project edges vs. including them
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    Create a revolved solid
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    Use boundary fill
    4

    Designing a basic sheet metal part

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    Lesson overview
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    Create sheet metal parts
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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
    5

    The basic assembly structure

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    Lesson overview
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    The different ways to create components
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    Use scripts to create gears
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    Component color swatch and color cycling
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    Design use and reuse

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    Lesson overview
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    Use McMaster-Carr parts in a design
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    Copy, paste, and paste new
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    Distributed designs
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    Derived designs
    7

    Mechanical motion in a digital design

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    Lesson overview
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    Create as-built joints
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    Create joints
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    Joint origins and midplane joints
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    Drive joints and motion studies
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    Interference detection and contact sets
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    Assembly visualization and organization

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    Lesson overview
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    Isolation and opacity control
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    Create groups and organize a timeline
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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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    Features for molded parts

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    Lesson overview
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    Create draft during a feature
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    Create draft as a feature
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    Add ribs and plastic supports
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    Analyze draft on a design
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    Holes and threads

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    Lesson overview
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    Create holes and threads
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    Use a coil feature
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    Creating mirrors and patterns

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    Lesson overview
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    Mirrors and patterns
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    Surface creation for solid manipulation

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    Lesson overview
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    Surface creation for complex geometry
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    Use surfaces to replace faces
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    Use surfaces to split bodies and faces
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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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    Creating a basic form

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    Lesson overview
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    Introduction to forms
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    Create a form primitive
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    Add or remove symmetry
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    Manipulate faces edges and vertices
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    Convert BREP faces to forms
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    Form manipulation

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    Lesson overview
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    Crease or uncrease an edge
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    Insert edges and subdivisions
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    Repairs and modifications
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    Add a bevel
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    Work with a form as a BREP
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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

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    Challenge exercise
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    Final test

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    Start your final test