Model and assemble a 3D printer extruder

Engineering
Level
Advanced
Software
Fusion 360
Time
1-5 hours
A 3D printer extruder is a complex assembly comprised of multiple components and materials, including both static and moving parts. The main function of the extruder is to heat the plastic filament and feed it through the hot end where it's carefully deposited onto the 3D printer bed to make 3D...

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A 3D printer extruder is a complex assembly comprised of multiple components and materials, including both static and moving parts. The main function of the extruder is to heat the plastic filament and feed it through the hot end where it's carefully deposited onto the 3D printer bed to make 3D printed parts. There are many different designs for plastic filament extruders and they can all be engineered in multiple ways.

In this course, we'll use 2D sketching and 3D parametric modeling techniques to create the 3D printer extruder CAD model in Autodesk® Fusion 360™. We'll also learn how to model and manage complex assemblies, linking assemblies and components to the 3D printer extruder assembly, as well as inserting off-the-shelf components from McMaster-Carr. We'll use CAD techniques to create sketch planes, profiles, add chamfers, and extrude to solid 3D models. We'll also learn how to position components using align tools and how to use assembly modeling techniques to move and join components using as-built Joints, rigid joints, revolute joints, and rigid groups.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Manage complex assemblies.
  • Create, copy, and move components.
  • Use 2D sketching and 3D parametric modeling techniques to create sketch planes, profiles, add chamfers, and extrude to solid 3D models.
  • Use modeling techniques to align components.
  • Insert and link assemblies and components into the current design.
  • Insert components from McMaster-Carr into the current design.
  • Use assembly modeling techniques to move and join components using as-built joints, rigid joints, revolute joints, and rigid groups. 

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Getting started

  • Course 4 getting started.zip 54.32 MB
  • Course_Resources.zip 9.74 MB

Instructor guide Model and assemble a 3D printer extruder guide

  • Model and Assemble a 3D Printer Extruder - Instructor Guide.pdf 4.26 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 1: Model the 3D printer extruder In this lesson, we'll use 2D sketching and 3D parametric modeling techniques to create the 3D printer extruder CAD model in Fusion 360.

  • Course 4 tutorials part 1.zip 94.6 MB
  • Course 4 tutorials part 2.zip 80.26 MB

Course challenge assignment Now put your knowledge to the test and apply your skills to a challenge assignments and peer review.

  • C4_Challenge_Assignment.zip 21.6 MB

Course assessment Test your skills and showcase your knowledge by demonstrating your actual skills, expertise, or just see where you stand.

  • Course_Assessment.pdf 24.23 KB PREVIEW