Design, engineering, and manufacturing are undergoing a digital transformation, and the need for a collaborative product development environment is becoming an ever-growing requirement. Autodesk® Fusion 360™ meets this need by connecting CAD, CAM, and CAE in a single cloud-based platform unlike any other tool of its kind. This course builds upon digital manufacturing trends and foundational CAD concepts discussed in Course 1 of this series by introducing Fusion 360 as a problem-solving tool. In this course, we take the next step in connecting CAD, CAM, and CAE through a series of short exercises on 3D modeling, rendering, simulation, and computer aided manufacturing.
After completing this course series, you will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of and apply job entry level skills in computer aided design, computer aided engineering (CAE) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) using Fusion 360 software.
• Describe and apply design based workflows for design, engineering and manufacturing using Fusion 360 software.
• Utilize Fusion 360 cloud based collaboration features for project sharing and design review.
Sketching and modeling
Sketching and modeling are the essential features to any CAD program. With Fusion 360, you can approach sketching and modeling in various ways choosing the approach that is best suited for you. Using Fusion 360 modeling tools, you can import a model and use it as reference images to help you get started quickly. Parametric modeling features allow you to work with precise measurement, setting model parameters and dimensions. The end goal is to get you visualizing your designs quickly and easily.
Sculpt and sheet metal
Most designs begin with a quick conceptual sketch. With Fusion 360, you can import a hand sketch or a photograph as a reference sketch and use Fusion Sculpt to expand on your ideas creating smooth and precise curved 3D modeling surfaces. With Fusion 360 sheet metal features, you can design for manufacturing right from the start, creating a flat pattern for sheet metal design projects.
Render, animation, and drawing
Being able to communicate your design ideas visually is an essential part of the design process. Design ideas need to be conveyed in different ways for different audiences. From aesthetic photo-realisitic renders to assembly animations showing how a design works to technical drawings for manufacturing, this lesson will get you ready to showcase your design.
Simulation technology is changing the design process. Simulation tools are becoming highly accurate, fast and powerful and can help you better understand how functional a design is and ways in which to improve it. In this lesson, you explore Fusion 360 Simulation features and learn how to take advantage of simulation feedback through the design process to explore and test your design ideas.
CAM and 3D printing resources
Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based solution supporting the digital manufacturing process. With Fusion 360, you can create toolpaths to machine your components or use the 3D printing workflow to create a design prototype. This week covers the basics of CAM and 3D printing using Fusion 360.