Make a 3D Printer: Human Factors, Form & Ergonomics Course Series

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How we can learn from the user

In this series, we'll challenge ourselves to assemble and build a 3D printer that applies a human factors approach to ensure your design meets the needs of the user. This eight-course, advanced level CAD series is perfect for mechanical engineering students and educators wishing to further develop their CAD skills using Autodesk® Fusion 360™ CAD/CAM.


Understand how to insert and link assemblies and components from existing datasets and McMaster-Carr.


Use 2D sketching and 3D parametric modeling techniques to project and edit sketch geometry, create work planes, create sketch profiles and patterns, add fillets, chamfers, threads and extrude to create solid bodies.


Use assembly modeling techniques to position components using both regular joints and as-built joints, adding motion joints for movement and creating rigid groups to look multiple components in place.


Create technical drawings, transform components, carry out shape optimization simulation and create toolpaths for laser-cutting, 3D printing and turning threads for 3D printer parts.

Get started with a project

In this short activity, we'll use Fusion 360 to manage complex assemblies, insert and link assemblies and components into the current design, and use 3D parametric modeling techniques to model the 3D printer frame for the Z-axis.

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