Associate | ~9 hr. 10 min.

Introduction to Design for Manufacturing

Course | Skill builder
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.


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.

Course modules

~5 min.
Getting started

Getting started

~10 min.
What is digital manufacturing?

Learn about digital manufacturing, the manufacturing process, and future trends. 


~1 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to CAD sketching and modeling

Learn the design aspects of Fusion 360 to create fully defined sketches and models. These areas comprise the core design functionality of Fusion 360.

~14 hr.
Introduction to assemblies, animations, renders, and detailed drawings

Learn how to create and manage assemblies, animations, renders, and detailed drawings.

~2 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to CAM

Learn how to create a milling setup and toolpaths using the Fusion 360 Manufacturing Workspace.

~2 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to CAE

Define, solve, and review a static stress simulation using the Fusion 360 Simulation Workspace.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Course challenge exercise

Course challenge exercise

~1 hr.
Final test

Ready to test your knowledge? Pass this required test with a score of 75% or more to complete the course and earn a certificate of completion.  

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