Introduction to CAD for Industrial Designers in Fusion 360
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Introduction to CAD for Industrial Designers in Fusion 360

Teakettle design project: Design, Simulation, and Fabrication using Autodesk Fusion 360
4.5 (33 ratings)
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2,552 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply principles of the industrial design process: sketching, CAD modeling techniques, exploration of product form, prototyping, simulation, CAM and manufacture
  • Describe and apply sustainable design concepts: whole systems and life cycle thinking, lightweighting, product lifetimes and green material selection
  • Demonstrate Fusion 360 CAD / CAM knowledge and skills
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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

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:

  • Modeling: parametric solid modeling and freeform modeling.
  • Sustainable design practices: green material selection, friction, whole systems, and product lifecycle.
  • Collaboration: live design review, sharing design information.
  • Simulation: design validation--the safety factor, stress, and deflection on the handle.
  • Visualization: assembly animation and photo-realistic rendering.
  • Documentation: technical part documentation.
  • Manufacturing: exporting to an STL file for 3D printing and g-code generate for CNC. 

Contents Overview

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning students who are interested in learning CAD for product design.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
01:33:59
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Getting started
3 Lectures 06:20

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

Course introduction
02:24

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.

Getting started with Autodesk Fusion 360
02:07

Watch this video to learn about the industrial design process and workflow used in industry.

Introduction to the industrial design process
01:49
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Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360
2 Lectures 10:42

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.

Intro to Fusion 360 user interface and practice exercise
07:25

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.

Introduction to Fusion 360 sharing and collaboration
03:17
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Modeling, Assemblies, and Simulation
10 Lectures 43:38

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. 

Model a teakettle base
06:26

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.

Model a teakettle spout
05:02

Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how today’s engineers and designers have more options for choosing greener materials. 

Introduction to green materials selection
01:14

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.

Environmental properties of materials
03:15

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.

Physical properties of materials
02:51

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.

Sculpt a teakettle handle
08:01

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.

Assemble teakettle parts
05:31

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.

Friction: Reducing energy loss in design
03:23

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.

Design simulation
04:01

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.

Lightweighting and simulation for sustainable design
03:54
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Documentation, Rendering, and Animation
3 Lectures 16:11

In this lesson, create orthographic and isometric technical drawings using Fusion 360.

Document the teakettle
06:28

In this lesson, learn how to create and save photo-realistic 3D cloud renders using Fusion 360.

Render the teakettle
04:46

In this lesson, learn how to create an exploded view and animation. Then, view the animation in A360.

Animate the teakettle
04:57
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Making physical prototypes
3 Lectures 16:26

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.

3D print the teakettle lid
03:21

In this lesson, learn how to access Fusion's CAM environment to CNC parts for manufacture.

Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
06:57

Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how the best opportunities for saving resources can often be uncovered early in the design process.  

Whole systems and lifecycle thinking
06:08
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Quiz
0 Lectures 00:00
Quiz
20 questions
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Next steps
2 Lectures 00:45
Share your designs!
00:21

Claim your certificate!
00:23
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