Associate | ~9 hr.

Introduction to 3D Modeling for Manufacturing

Course | Skill builder
Iterate on your designs by learning the 2D and 3D workflows that help you solve new challenges and deliver stronger projects.


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.

Course modules

~1 min.
Getting started

Getting started

~2 hr. 30 min.
Fusion 360 foundational concepts

Learn about data storage and management, project creation, workspaces, and basics of Fusion 360.

~20 min.
Introduction to modeling

Learn about the Fusion 360 user interface, how to create a 2D sketch and 3D model, and create a basic technical drawing.

~2 hr. 10 min.
Parametric sketching

Learn how to create robust and fully-defined sketches in Fusion 360. 

~2 hr.
Parametric modeling

Learn how to create a reciprocating saw trigger based on the sketch created in the previous lesson. Use this sketch and modeling techniques to create a solid body and apply physical materials and appearances.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Freeform modeling

Learn how to create a reciprocating saw model using freeform modeling tools.

~1 hr.
Assembly modeling

Use Fusion 360 assembly modeling tools and features to create and drive mechanical motion on a reciprocating saw.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Technical drawings

Learn how to create technical drawings with GD&T annotations in Fusion 360.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Course challenge exercise

Course challenge exercise

~45 min.
Final test

Final test

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