3D Design Class


14 Lessons

9,097 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Learn 3D modeling in Fusion 360 in under an hour! Whether you are new to CAD or already using parametric CAD software, this short video-only class includes everything you need. We'll introduce you to valuable tools for learning and teaching Autodesk Fusion 360 essentials, and give you great tips and tricks from industry professionals. Through a scaffolded learning experience, you'll develop your 3D modeling skills by applying them to a real world design challenge inspired by the Louis Kalff "Krähenfuss" table lamp.

The class includes step-by-step video instruction, a printable PDF guide, and a quiz.

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This class is taught by Phil Dollan. Phil is a seasoned educator and a lead Technology and Curriculum Specialist at Autodesk. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology, a Master’s degree in Education, and has worked extensively in the engineering, forestry and mining industries. Before joining the Autodesk team, Phil worked as a member of the mechanical engineering department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology for 28 years. At Autodesk Phil develops education initiatives for AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360 and many other software platforms.

Class Teacher Assistant:JON-A-TRON


Lesson 1: Introduction to Fusion 360: Design a Lamp in an Hour

Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD/CAM tool that connects the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform for Mac and PC. In this lesson, you will download a free copy of Fusion 360 and the learning resources for this project.

Lesson 2: Intro to Fusion 360 UI

This lesson walks you through the the key areas of the Fusion 360 user interface. You explore the Fusion user interface and get hands-on practice using core features to create a box.

Lesson 3: Sketch the Lamp

Sketches are the starting point for most designs. In this lesson, you learn how to start a new design and import a sketch profile of the lampshade into Fusion 360 to quickly start your design process.

Lesson 4: Model the Lamp Shade

Working with the imported sketch from the previous lesson, you easily create a solid model of the lamp shade in Fusion 360, creating a solid model and modifying the material and color.

Lesson 5: Model the Lamp Arm

Using the Sweep command, you create a solid model of the lamp arm, adding a thread to the end of the arm and modifying the material and appearance of the arm.

Lesson 6: Sculpt the Lamp Base

Fusion 360 supports freeform modeling using T-Splines. You apply push pull modeling techniques to form the sculpted model of the lamp base.

Lesson 7: Create & Assemble Lamp Components

Using a top down (multi-body) design approach, you create and assemble lamp components, focusing on assembly joints.

Lesson 8: Document the Lamp Design

Technical drawings are essential to visually communicating the functionality and construction of a design. In this lesson, you learn how to create a new drawing, create orthographic and isometric views of the lamp and add dimensions and text.

Lesson 9: Create a Photo Real Render

Photo real 3D renders allow you to speed concept approvals, identify problems, and sell your design idea. Using the Fusion 360 Render workspace, you learn how to create a photorealistic render of your lamp using cloud rendering.

Lesson 10: Export for 3D Printing

Exporting your design for fabrication is simple. This lesson will walk you through the export options in Fusion and how to export the lamp stand in the STL format.

Lesson 11: Design Review & Collaboration

Built-in cloud based collaboration allows for immediate sharing of design files for review, comment and co-authoring. This lesson guides you through how to use Autodesk A360, share your drawing, and invite people to review your drawing

Lesson 12: Quiz

Test your skills and showcase your knowledge by demonstrating your actual skills, expertise or just see where you stand. Need to refresh your knowledge? Revisit the project lessons to refresh your knowledge.

Lesson 13: Next Steps

Apply your new Fusion 360 software skills to your own design project or one of many Fusion 360 projects on Design Academy.

Lesson 14: Additional Resources

Follow up this course with Fusion 360 product how-to videos and inspirational stories to influence your own designs.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!