Expert | ~13 hr.

Introduction to Generative Design for Manufacturing

Course | Skill builder
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.


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.

Course modules

~2 min.
Getting started

Getting started

~10 min.
Generative design overview

Make the most of the generative design mindset. To start, we'll learn to assemble components in a mechanical assembly and how to identify a body and component.

~2 hr. 50 min.
Assemblies in Fusion 360

Understand the difference between bodies and components, how to create assemblies, and how to apply joints to replicate real-world motion.

~2 hr. 40 min.
Generative design preserve and obstacle geometry

Set up a generative study by creating preserve and obstacle regions while developing a motorcycle frame and its associated mounting points.

~3 hr.
Generative design study setup

Complete a generative setup by applying loads and constraints, design objectives, and setting materials for the motorcycle frame model.

~2 hr. 40 min.
Post process a generative outcome

Further develop your generative motorcycle frame by using t-spline modeling techniques and traditional CAD features to ensure the final model is ready for production.

~2 hr. 25 min.
Bonus: Basics of t-splines setup

Create and work with t-spline bodies, an essential pillar of generative design.

~2 hr.
Course challenge exercise

Course challenge exercise

~45 min.
Final test

Final test

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