Introduction to Design for Innovation using Fusion 360

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Apply key aspects of the design thinking process
Apply strategies of design thinking to solve a problem
Create a representative 3D model to communicate your ideas
Develop your digital design skills using Autodesk Fusion 360
Digitally prototype your ideas and present them to stakeholders for refinement and iteration


  • Access to a computer that is capable of running Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Internet access
  • Three button mouse is preferred
  • Fusion 360 works on PCs and MACs


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How do designers and engineers come up with great ideas and make them real?

Ideas are a dime a dozen. But taking ideas for new products or inventions from concept to reality requires more than just inspiration. It takes methodical processes--processes that can ensure predicted functional results. It requires, over time, a number of iterations to be modified and fine tuned. In other words, it takes a series of specific steps to turn a good idea into an equally good end product.

Design Thinking is a set of methods used to help analyze and define a potential solution to a problem--a product or new invention--from the perspective of the people who will ultimately use it. Design thinking aims to ensure that, in the process of turning an idea into reality, the end result is actually useful--that it solves the problem it’s trying to solve.

There are a lot viewpoints on Design Thinking. IDEO U, for one, provides a comprehensive set of examples supporting Design Thinking. Before you dive into this course, take a moment to familiarize yourself with IDEO U’s definition and processes related to Design Thinking.

About Autodesk Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D visualization CAD/CAM tool for collaborative product development. Fusion 360 enables exploration and iteration on product ideas and collaboration within a distributed product development team. Most importantly, Autodesk Fusion 360 combines organic shape modelling, mechanical design, and manufacturing in one comprehensive package. Students, educators, enthusiasts, and startups are all entitled to a free license of Autodesk Fusion 360.

Course structure

The course is made up of four sections, each consisting of three to eight lectures. It is designed to facilitate learning at your own pace. Using the suggested timeline, you should be able to finish the entire course in four to six weeks.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone from a non-design discipline such as engineering, business, and education interested in designing products by applying design thinking and digital CAD tools for visualizing.


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Today's challenges will be solved by tomorrow's designers. That's why Autodesk gives students, educators, and educational institutions free access to our design software, creativity apps, and learning resources. A market leader for more than 30 years, Autodesk offers the broadest and deepest portfolio of products in the design world. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges.

Designing empowerment
Akshay Sharma
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Akshay Sharma, was most recently an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Virginia Tech and is passionate about using design as a catalyst for the empowerment of women. He has designed financial literacy education system for women who can not read or write and created cell phone based information management system for maintaining immunization records for developing countries He obtained his B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and his Master of Science in Design from Arizona State University. 

He has been involved in conducting research on Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid and has worked with students at Virginia Tech to develop solutions that are being used by seven organizations in India,Uganda, Malaysia and Bangladesh. His website encompasses projects focused on financial literacy, collective learning environments using affordable digital technologies, and language independent, scalable instruction systems for descriptive geometry.

He can’t sleep at night because of the kind of world we are creating for our future generations and wants

to change that, through design and education.