Product design goes beyond how a product looks. Industrial designers need to know how a product actually works. CAD software is an essential tool used by industrial designers to explore both form and function of design ideas. In this project, you will learn how to use Fusion 360, 3D CAD/CAM software, to design a teakettle inspired by the iconic Alessi MJ33 teakettle design by Michael Graves. The project includes everything you need to learn CAD to explore your design ideas: step-by-step video instruction, Fusion 360 software, and software datasets. Get started and enroll today!
Concepts covered in this course are:
This course contains over 11 lessons outlining how CAD is used in the industrial design / product design process. Over 2 hours of step-by-step video based instruction and supplemental print resources to guide you through modeling and manufacturing a teakettle. No prior experience using CAD/CAM is required. This course offers project based learning for anyone who wishes to learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 software to develop a product design from concept to manufacture.
This course starts with a course overview summarizing the course benefits and the project design goal, creating a teakettle. Next, the Fusion 360 introduction walks you through downloading the software, navigating the user interface, and key features of the software. A quick practice exercise has you apply these skills by creating and rendering a simple shape in Fusion 360.
Using Fusion 360 sketching and modeling tools, you apply both parametric and freeform modeling techniques to design the tea kettle parts. Your design process incorporates sustainable design practices to ensure that you are thinking holistically about material choices, reducing friction, and the whole product lifecycle.
You refine your design based on feedback you collected utilizing Fusion 360 cloud based collaboration features for live design review and feedback.
After implementing your design refinements, you complete a simulation to validate your design to determine the safety factor, stress, and deflection on the handle when the user is lifting and pouring from the teakettle. You finish the design process by documenting the design, creating an animation of the teakettle assembly, and create a photo-realistic render of your design for presentation.
By the end of this course, you will have mastered an introduction to Fusion 360 and the design process preparing you to design and manufacture any product design idea – the teakettle is just the start.
Product design goes beyond how a product looks. Industrial designers need to know how a product actually works. CAD software is an essential tool used by industrial designers to explore both form and function of design ideas. In this project, you'll learn how to use Fusion 360, 3D CAD/CAM software, to design a teakettle inspired by the iconic Alessi MJ33 teakettle design by Michael Graves. The project includes everything you need to learn CAD to explore your design ideas: step-by-step video instruction, Fusion 360 software, and software datasets.
The course is designed to facilitate learning at your own pace, culminating with a quiz and next steps. It is structured as a series of seven sections, each with one to ten lectures. The seven sections included are:
Section 1: Getting started
Section 2: Introduction to Fusion 360
Section 3: Modeling, Assemblies, and Simulation
Section 4: Documentation, Rendering, and Animation
Section 5: Making physical prototypes
Section 6: Quiz
Section 7: Next Steps
Get started with Introduction to CAD for Industrial Designers. In this lesson, get a course overview, download your software, and explore how CAD is used in the product and industrial design process.
Watch this video to learn about the industrial design process and workflow used in industry.
With Fusion 360, you can quickly design, test, and fabricate your design ideas. This video will help you quickly master the user interface and key features of Fusion 360.
Cloud-based features of Fusion 360 allow for design collaboration with anyone, anywhere, at any time during the design process. Watch this video to explore the collaboration features of Fusion 360.
In this lesson, learn how to start a new design and create a sketch of a profile by sketching a teakettle base and spout. Use the Revolve function to create the teakettle base form, and add 3 extruded feet by creating a circular pattern.
In this lesson, learn how to create offset planes and offsets to sketch the profile of a teakettle spout. Lastly, create a reference point and use the loft function to complete the teakettle spout form.
Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how today’s engineers and designers have more options for choosing greener materials.
Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video for ways to best consider the environmental properties of materials. When sourcing materials, look for materials that are abundant, non-toxic, have low embodied energy, and meet or exceed regulations.
Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to ensure that a chosen material has the right physical properties to get the job done--and that it won’t drive up costs.
In this lesson, use freeform modeling techniques to design the teakettle handle in Fusion 360. Use the sweep function to create the basic handle form, then create an organic grip for the teakettle handle using a reference image.
In this lesson, assemble parts of the teakettle design. Use distributed design to insert components into the current design. Then, apply joints between the components.
Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how friction can cause energy losses that create unwanted heat, deformation, and wear. This can reduce the lifetime and increase the cost of the products you design.
In this lesson, perform a simulation on the teakettle handle to determine the safety factor, stress, and deflection on the handle when the user is lifting/pouring from the teakettle.
Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how lightweighting and simulation can play a role in everything from designing more efficient power plants, to reducing the amount of material used in a bridge, to ensuring that a retaining clip or clamp doesn’t fail.
In this lesson, create orthographic and isometric technical drawings using Fusion 360.
In this lesson, learn how to create and save photo-realistic 3D cloud renders using Fusion 360.
In this lesson, learn how to create an exploded view and animation. Then, view the animation in A360.
In this lesson, review the Fusion Make functionality to create a STL file of the teakettle lid, which the file can then be sent to a 3D printer.
In this lesson, learn how to access Fusion's CAM environment to CNC parts for manufacture.
Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how the best opportunities for saving resources can often be uncovered early in the design process.
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