Introduction to 3D modeling

Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Design
Level
BeginnerIntermediate
Software
Fusion 360
Time
15+ hours
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...

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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 Autodesk® Fusion 360™, and we’ll review the various Fusion 360 workspaces, including: sketching and parametric modeling, free-form modeling and sculpting, and direct 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.

Take the next step in preparing for your future career and become a certified user. This course is aligned to the Autodesk Fusion 360 Certified User exam and will help prepare you for the exam.  For more information on the Fusion 360 Certified User exam and skills covered, go to www.autodesk.com/certifieduser.

By the end of the course, you'll 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 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.
  • Additional lessons to align with the Autodesk Fusion 360 Certified User exam.
  • Revised quiz questions to reflect updated lesson content.
  • An instructor guide for educators and course facilitators. 
  • Course challenge assignments to test your skills. 

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Instructor guide Introduction to 3D modeling - Instructor Guide

  • Instructor-Intro to 3D modeling.pdf 6.89 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 1: Getting started In this lesson, you'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

  • Course Overview.zip 34.14 MB
  • Course -Datasets.zip 29.88 MB

Lesson 2: A quick overview of 2D and 3D modeling in Fusion 360 In this lesson, you'll learn the main differences between 2D and 3D models in Fusion 360.

  • Lesson 2 video.zip 72.53 MB
  • Lesson 2 - Print Guide.pdf 32.05 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 3: Modeling from 2D sketches to a 3D CAD model In this lesson, we'll sketch 2D shapes and use them to create a simple 3D CAD model in Fusion 360™.

  • Lesson 3 video.zip 49.81 MB
  • Lesson 3 - Print Guide.pdf 17.43 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 4: Fusion 360 modeling and workspaces overview In this lesson, you'll learn how Fusion 360 workspaces, environments, and tools can be used to create professional 3D models in a number of ways.

  • Lesson 4 video.zip 32.72 MB
  • Lesson 4 - Print Guide.pdf 8.92 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 5: Parametric modeling using Fusion 360: sketching In this lesson, you'll learn how to use parametric sketching in Fusion 360 by drafting a trigger for the reciprocating saw, using sketch tools, constraints, and an attached canvas image for reference.

  • Lesson 5 - Videos 1-3.zip 78.76 MB
  • Lesson 5 - Videos 4-6.zip 94.81 MB
  • Lesson 5 - Videos 7-9.zip 74.22 MB
  • Lesson 5 - Videos 10-11.zip 34.91 MB
  • Lesson 5 - Print Guide.zip 99.07 MB
  • Lesson 5 Challenges.zip 66.86 MB

Lesson 6: Fustion 360 parametric modeling from 2D to 3D In this lesson, you'll begin by first learning some foundational sketch creation techniques, such as sketching lines, arcs, circles and rectangles.

  • Lesson 6 - videos.zip 34.32 MB
  • Lesson 6 - Challenges.zip 69.7 MB
  • Lesson 6 - Print Guide.pdf 14.77 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 7: Fusion 360 freeform modeling and sculpting In this lesson, you'll learn how to import a photograph of the reciprocating saw which you will use as reference to Freeform model & sculpt the saw handle casing.

  • Lesson 7 - videos.zip 83.37 MB
  • Lesson 7- Print Guide.pdf 42.81 MB PREVIEW
  • Lesson 7- Challenges 1-3.zip 54.84 MB
  • Lesson 7- Challenges 4-5.zip 64.56 MB

Lesson 8: Fusion 360 direct modeling In this lesson, you'll learn how to use direct-editing tools in Fusion 360 to Press-Pull, Move, Copy, and Delete geometry on existing models of a reciprocating saw casing to modify the design of existing and imported 3D CAD models.

  • Lesson 8 - videos.zip 86.11 MB
  • Lesson 8 - Print Guide.pdf 41.2 MB PREVIEW
  • Lesson 8 - Challenges.zip 45.54 MB
  • Lesson 8 resources.zip 5.33 MB

Lesson 9: Fusion 360 assembly modeling In this lesson, we'll learn how to use Fusion 360™ assembly modeling tools and features to create and drive Joints for parts in the saw assembly.

  • Lesson 9 - Videos.zip 45.03 MB
  • Lesson 9 - Print Guide.pdf 26.72 MB PREVIEW
  • Lesson 9 - Challenges 1-3.zip 61.35 MB
  • Lesson 9 - Challenges 4-5.zip 36.2 MB

Lesson 10: Technical Drawing In this lesson, you'll learn how to create technical drawings and other Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) documentation for manufacturing.

  • Lesson 10 - Video 1.zip 22.97 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Video 2.zip 39.47 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Video 3..zip 21.34 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Video 4.zip 46.02 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Video 5.zip 28.72 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Video 6.zip 30.05 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Video 7.zip 35.74 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Print Guide.pdf 19.41 MB PREVIEW
  • Lesson 10 - Challenges.zip 68.56 MB

Lesson 11: Challenge assignments Introduction to 3D modeling challenge

  • CCA.zip 8.17 MB

Lesson 12: Course assessments Test questions - Introduction to 3D modeling

  • Assessments.zip 49.31 KB