Introduction to 3D Modeling for Manufacturing
*This course was updated on December 2020 to reflect the latest Fusion 360 UI updates.
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.
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Getting started In this lesson, you'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.
Instructor guide Introduction to 3D modeling - Instructor Guide
- Instructor's guide - Introduction to 3D Modeling for Manufacturing ▼
A quick overview of 2D and 3D modeling in Fusion 360 Get to know the Fusion 360 interface. Learn how to set up a new project and upload the first file in Fusion 360.
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A simple exercise: Modeling from 2D sketches to a 3D CAD model Learn how to create a simple 3D CAD model and a technical drawing in Fusion 360.
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Overview the types of modeling and workspaces in Fusion 360 Explore the various workspaces in Fusion 360 and identify tool access and functionality in each.
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Parametric modeling in Fusion 360: Sketching Create robust and fully-defined sketches in Fusion 360. Then practice more advanced techniques, including attached canvases, splines, and sketch projections.
Parametric modeling in Fusion 360: From 2D to 3D Learn how to create a reciprocating saw trigger based on the sketch created in the previous lesson.
Freeform modeling and sculpting Use Attached Canvas and form tools in Fusion 360 to create the organic shape of a reciprocating saw.
Direct modeling Learn to use direct modeling and direct editing tools in Fusion 360.
Assembly modeling Use Fusion 360 assembly modeling tools and features to create and drive mechanical motion on a reciprocating saw.
Technical drawing and documentation in Fusion 360 Learn how to create technical drawings with GD&T annotations in Fusion 360.
Course challenge exercise Measure the skills on the topics covered in this course.
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Course test Test questions for Introduction to 3D Modeling for Manufacturing
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