Associate | ~12 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.
Outline

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.
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Course modules

~1 min.
Getting started
Course Module

Getting started

~1 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to modeling
Module

Get a quick overview of the Fusion 360 user interface, create a 2D sketch, 3D model and create a basic technical drawing.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to parametric sketching
Module

Dive deeper into creating robust and fully defined sketches with Fusion 360.

~2 hr.
Introduction to parametric modeling
Module

Create a reciprocating saw link and trigger referencing bodies, sketches and images to create 3D geometry.

~2 hr.
Introduction to freeform and direct modeling
Module

Create a reciprocating saw model using freeform modeling tools.  

~1 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to assembly modeling
Module

Use assembly modeling tools and features to create and drive mechanical motion for a reciprocating saw.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Introduction to technical drawing
Module

Create technical drawings of a design with GD&T annotations.

~1 hr.
Introduction to rendering
Module

Use the render workspace to set up and create images of your designs.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Course challenge exercise
Course Module

Course challenge exercise

~45 min.
Final test
Course Module

Final test

Instructor resources

Resources for teaching in the classroom.
Resources just for educators

Teach this course in the classroom. We’ve summarized the core Fusion 360 skills in this course so you can familiarize yourself before delivering this content in the classroom.

Download the instructor guide as a teaching resource, and work through the course and modules yourself to prepare for classroom, delivery. Additionally, download resources like software files, drawings, exercises, and more found throughout the course.

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