Introduction to 3D Modeling

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. However, this iteration process isn’t as easy as it sounds. It requires you to move quickly and seamlessly back and forth from 2D sketching to 3D modeling—and so, that’s the primary skill we’ll be practicing in this course.

This course covers 2D and 3D workflows, through a series of short lectures and hands-on exercises. In the first part of the course, we’ll start with 2D sketching in Fusion 360, and we’ll review the various Fusion 360 workspaces, including: sketching and parametric modeling, free-form modeling and sculpting, direct modeling and assembly modeling. You’ll learn the skills necessary to use CAD from the start, applying its full capabilities when exploring and changing your designs.

Then, in the second part of the course, we’ll transition from 2D to 3D modeling. And finally toward the end, we’ll explore and apply various 3D modeling techniques that can be used to create models that can be easily changed and experimented on.

By the end of the course, you will be able to 

  • Create cloud projects, manage, open and save models in Fusion 360.
  • Create and edit 2D Sketches and 3D models using Fusion 360 parametric tools to add constraints, dimensions, and control geometric relationships.
  • Sculpt and freeform 3D models using Fusion 360 T-Splines technology and import a sketch or image to use for reference.
  • Use direct editing tools in Fusion 360 and rapidly modify the design of existing and imported 3D CAD models.
  • Use Fusion 360 assembly modeling tools and features, to create and drive working joints for parts in a product assembly.
  • Apply physical materials and assign appearances to your 3D models.
  • Use the Fusion 360 documentation environment to create technical drawings, parts lists, and other documentation for your 3D models.

This course was revised in April 2018 to include the following changes:

  • Updated lesson in parametric modeling from 2D to 3D.
  • Updated lesson in freeform modeling and sculpting.
  • Updated lesson in direct modeling.
  • Revised quiz questions to reflect updated lesson content.
  • An instructor guide for educators and course facilitators. 
  • Course challenge assignments to test your skills. 

Introduction to 3D Modeling
13 lessons | 1 hour 26 minutes
Author: Jamie Billing
Software: Fusion 360
Level: Intermediate
Enrollment: 4371

iCourse Description

Lesson 1: Getting started

Lesson 2: A quick overview of 2D and 3D modeling in Fusion 360™

Lesson 3: Modeling from 2D sketches to a 3D CAD model

Lesson 4: Fusion 360™ modeling and workspaces overview

Lesson 5: Fusion 360™ parametric sketching

Lesson 6: Fusion 360™ parametric modeling from 2D to 3D

Lesson 7: Fusion 360™ freeform modeling and sculpting

Lesson 8: Fusion 360™ direct modeling

Lesson 9: Fusion 360™ assembly modeling

Lesson 10: Technical Drawing

Lesson 11: Course assessment

Lesson 12: Challenge assignments

Lesson 13: Next steps

131 comments
I came to know about Fusion 360 in college.Fusion is slowly taking the design market day by day due to user interface,fluidity to work, economic usage etc.I found this course as a crucial step towards learning 3D modelling.Nice work
I have completed the course, watched all the videos and completed the course assessments. Initially the progress bar shows 100% but after clicking the finish button in step 12 of lesson 5, the progress bar shows that course completion is 91% and all the videos except step1 and step 2 of lesson 5 have not been seen, where I have watched them all.
@Ruben Bahr You must complete this course in order to earn a certificate of completion. Be sure to watch every video, complete each assignment, and earn a passing rate on the course quiz. You can track your progress using the progress bar at the top of this course. Once you reach 100%, you'll see a button to download your certificate of completion at the top of the course menu and in your Profile. Good luck!
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