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Introduction to 3D Modeling for Manufacturing

Iterate on your designs by learning the 2D and 3D workflows that help you solve new challenges and deliver stronger projects.
Software used in this course:
  • Fusion 360

Overview

Good designers and engineers know how to explore and iterate their designs. Thankfully, computer-aided design (CAD) allows you to do just that—explore and iterate your design until the model suits your needs.

Take your next step by learning to move seamlessly between 2D sketching to 3D modeling. Uncover key Fusion 360 workspaces, including sketching, parametric modeling, free-form modeling and sculpting, and direct and assembly modeling. Get the skills needed to use CAD from the start, applying its full capabilities when exploring and changing your designs. Explore and apply various 3D modeling techniques that bring it all together, by learning how to create technical drawings for production.

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

  • Understand the parametric CAD workflow.
  • Identify interface aspects of Fusion 360.
  • Create designs with mechanical motion.
  • Manipulate appearances and physical materials.
  • Create detailed drawings.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    A quick overview of 2D and 3D Modeling in Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a new cloud project and upload a 3D design
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    Review and edit a 3D design
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    A simple exercise: Modeling from 2D sketches to a 3D CAD Model

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    Lesson overview
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    How to sketch and edit simple 2D rectangles
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    How to create and edit a simple 3D model
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    How to create technical drawings
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    Overview the types of modeling and workspaces in Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    Workspaces in Fusion 360
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    Parametric modeling in Fusion 360: Sketching

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    Lesson overview
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    Sketch lines, rectangles, circles and arcs
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    Sketch splines and slots
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    Define sketch dimensions
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    Explore sketch constraints
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    Construct sketches: planes and faces
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    Create circular pattern sketches
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    Create rectangular pattern sketches
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    Project and intersect sketch geometry
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    Project and include sketch geometry
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    Import and calibrate a reference image
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    Practice sketching the saw trigger shape
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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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    Parametric Modeling in Fusion 360: from 2D to 3D

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a 3D model saw trigger
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    Manage physical materials and appearances
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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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    Freeform modeling and sculpting

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    Lesson overview
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    Insert and calibrate a reference image
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    Create and edit form bodies
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    Insert edges and bridge form bodies
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    Refine, copy and complete the form saw handle casing
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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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    Direct modeling

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    Lesson overview
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    Direct modeling versus parametric modeling
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    Direct modeling on imported 3D CAD models
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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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    Assembly modeling

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    Lesson overview
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    Introduction to assembly modeling
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    Assembly modeling the reciprocating saw
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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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    Technical Drawing and Documentation in Fusion 360

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    Lesson overview
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    Explode a 3D model for technical drawings
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    Create a drawing sheet and place views
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    Modify drawing views and styles
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    Add geometry and dimensions to drawings
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    Add GD&T text and symbols
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    Place an exploded view and add a parts list
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    Edit a title block and save a drawing
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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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    Course challenge exercise

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    Challenge exercise
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    Final test

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    Start your final test