Introduction to CAD and CAE using Fusion 360
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Introduction to CAD and CAE using Fusion 360

Learn fundamental CAD and CAE skills through a series of lessons using Fusion 360, a cloud based CAD/CAM tool.
4.5 (24 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,343 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 Articles
  • 28 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply CAD and CAE software tools to engineering design and analysis.
  • Collaborate with other members of the design.
  • Model basic and detailed 3D parts.
  • Use sculpting tools to model freeform designs.
  • Document and generate technical drawings and views for manufacturing.
  • Render photo-realistic images of prototype designs.
  • Create simulation studies to analyze the structural integrity of a design before it is manufactured.
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Requirements
  • No prior knowledge of Fusion 360 is required. Fusion 360 will run on a PC or a Mac-based computer. A three button scroll-wheel mouse is recommended. Access to the internet while using Fusion 360 will be necessary to save files and to also perform cloud renderings
Description

Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software tools are essential to the engineering design, analysis, and manufacturing process. This course teaches fundamental CAD and CAE skills through a series of lectures and exercises using Fusion 360, a cloud based CAD/CAM tool. This course is based on the Introduction to CAD/CAE tools course currently taught by Adjunct Professor Sualp Ozel at Carnegie Mellon University, PA. 

The twelve week course uses Autodesk Fusion 360 to develop skills in conceptual design and 3D modeling, technical documentation, engineering simulations, and computer aided manufacture (CAM). Each week provides comprehensive lecture presentations and hands on exercises such as designing a plastic air cover to assembling a small robot and performing static or thermal simulations on part designs.

This course is designed for anyone interested in developing their knowledge and skills in CAD and CAE, and for instructors requiring introduction to CAD instruction for their students.  

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply CAD and CAE software tools to engineering design and analysis.
  • Collaborate with other members of the design.
  • Model basic and detailed 3D parts.
  • Use sculpting tools to model freeform designs.
  • Document and generate technical drawings and views for manufacturing.
  • Render photo-realistic images of prototype designs.
  • Create simulation studies to analyze the structural integrity of a design before it is manufactured.

Contents and Overview

This course provides 12 weeks of lecture presentation and hands-on exercises introducing CAD/CAE using Fusion 360. Each week includes comprehensive lecture presentations and project exercises that include step by step video instruction and software datasets, as well as assessments and instructor resources.

The Introduction to CAD/CAE starts with instruction in sketching techniques essential for capturing conceptual design ideas. Next, you are introduced to Fusion 360, starting with 3D part creation, then progressing to complex part design and assemblies. Each week provides you with project exercises in which you use Fusion 360 parametric or direct modeling features to create a 3D model or assembly.

After learning the basics of part and assembly design, additional lectures and hands-on projects guide you through the process of creating photorealistic renderings and technical drawings--both of which are essential to communicating design aesthetics, function, and manufacturing detail.

Lastly, you complete the engineering design process using Fusion 360 to perform thermal and static simulations, completing the course using Fusion 360 CAM to create toolpaths and NC code for part manufacture.

Upon completing this course, you will have obtained knowledge and skills in Fusion 360 CAD/CAM software to take a design idea from concept to prototype and manufacture

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning to intermediate level students who are interested in learning CAD for product design.
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Curriculum For This Course
72 Lectures
05:26:50
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Getting started
1 Lecture 02:05
Course introduction
02:05
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Introduction to Fusion 360
3 Lectures 09:52

With Fusion 360, you can quickly design, test, and fabricate your design ideas. Watch this video to explore the Fusion 360 user interface and collaboration features.

Introduction to Fusion 360 User Interface
05:10

With Fusion 360, you can quickly design, test, and fabricate your design ideas. Cloud-based features allow for design collaboration with anyone, anywhere, at any time during the design process. Watch this video to explore and master key sharing and collaboration features of Fusion 360.

Introduction to Fusion 360 Collaboration
02:58

With Fusion 360, you can upload files from many different CAD applications. Watch this video to review the process of uploading files into a Fusion 360 project.

Upload files to Fusion 360
01:44
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Week 1: Conceptual design
2 Lectures 00:26

Review this presentation on conceptual design. Refer to the project resources for a design reference document. 

Conceptual design lecture
00:25

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources folder for supplemental materials to help you complete this assignment.

Instructors may use the attached project solutions to grade the assignment. Self-guided students are encouraged to self-assess their assignment by comparing their work to the attached project solutions. 

Assignment brief
00:01
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Week 2: 3D part design
5 Lectures 35:07

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources for a design reference document. 

3D part design lecture
00:16

Watch this video to learn how to use parametric sketching and modeling tools in Fusion to model a clevis joint. 

Model a clevis mount
08:11

Watch this video to learn how to use parametric sketching and modeling tools in Fusion to model a flange.

Model a Flange
13:53

Watch this video to learn how to use parametric sketching and modeling tools in Fusion to model an air cover. 

Model an air cover
12:46

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources folder for supplemental materials to help you complete this assignment. 

Instructors may use the attached project solutions to grade the assignment. Self-guided students are encouraged to self-assess their assignment by comparing their work to the attached project solutions. 

Assignment brief
00:01
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Week 3: Detailed component design
5 Lectures 45:52

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources for a design reference document. 

Detailed component design lecture
00:20

Watch this video to learn how to use parametric sketching and modeling tools in Fusion to model a stop block.

Model a stop block
03:23

Watch this video to learn how to use parametric sketching and modeling tools in Fusion to model plastic case.

Model a plastic case
22:09

Watch this video to learn how to use parametric sketching and modeling tools in Fusion to model an upper plastic case.

Model an upper plastic case
19:57

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources folder for supplemental materials to help you complete this assignment. 

Instructors may use the attached project solutions to grade the assignment. Self-guided students are encouraged to self-assess their assignment by comparing their work to the attached project solutions. 

Assignment brief
00:03
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Quiz 1
0 Lectures 00:00
Quiz 1
15 questions
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Week 4: Assemblies
5 Lectures 34:43

Review this presentation on assemblies, bill of materials, and PLM. Refer to the project resources for a design reference document. 

Assemblies lecture
00:28

Watch this video to learn how to use assembly tools in Fusion to assemble a small robot

Assemble a small robot
14:19

Watch this video to learn how to use assembly tools in Fusion to assemble a press.

Assemble a press
07:00

Watch this video to learn how to use assembly tools in Fusion to assemble the handle mechanism of a press.

Assemble the handle mechanism of a press
12:54

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources folder for supplemental materials to help you complete this assignment. 

Instructors may use the attached project solutions to grade the assignment. Self-guided students are encouraged to self-assess their assignment by comparing their work to the attached project solutions. 

Assignment brief
00:02
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Week 5: Free form modeling
5 Lectures 31:38

Review this presentation on design automation. Refer to the project resources for a design reference document. 

Freeform modeling lecture
00:26

Watch this video to learn how to use freeform modeling in Fusion to design a shaver housing

Model a shaver housing
07:08

Watch this video to learn how to use freeform modeling in Fusion to design a rear wing spoiler

Model a rear wing spoiler
07:40

Watch this video to learn how to use freeform modeling in Fusion to design a bicycle handlebar grip.

Model a bicycle handlebar grip
16:23

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources folder for supplemental materials to help you complete this assignment. 

Instructors may use the attached project solutions to grade the assignment. Self-guided students are encouraged to self-assess their assignment by comparing their work to the attached project solutions. 

Assignment brief
00:00
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Team CAD Project (optional)
1 Lecture 00:02

The following assignment may be completed as a team if you are participating in this course with others. Download the project resources to help complete this project.

Team CAD Project
00:02
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Week 6: Product documentation
5 Lectures 21:19

Review this presentation on design documentation. Refer to the project resources for a design reference document. 

Product documentation lecture
00:20

Watch this video to learn how to use the drawing tools in Fusion to create orthographic views of a clutch lever. 

Document a clutch lever
05:25

Watch this video to learn how to use the drawing tools in Fusion to add dimensions and text to drawing views of a clutch lever.

Annotate drawing views
08:29

Watch this video to learn how to use the drawing tools in Fusion to add a parts list and balloons to a drawing of an assembly.

Document an assembly
07:04

Review the document then complete the project assignment. Refer to the project resources folder for supplemental materials to help you complete this assignment. 

Instructors may use the attached project solutions to grade the assignment. Self-guided students are encouraged to self-assess their assignment by comparing their work to the attached project solutions. 

Assignment brief
00:01
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