Modeling and Prototyping for Mechanical Engineers
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Modeling and Prototyping for Mechanical Engineers

Explore concept generation, design, and digital prototyping by modeling parts of a hand held device and an espresso make
4.8 (19 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.
2,422 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply principles of the mechanical design and engineering process: sketching, CAD modeling techniques, exploration of product function, and prototyping.
  • Describe and apple sustainable design concepts: materials selection and reducing energy loss in design.
  • Explore creating 2D drawings from your solid models, rendering, and preparing a model for 3D printing.
  • 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

Created for the WorldSkills Skill 45 competition, this courses provides an introduction for modeling and prototyping related to mechanical engineering processes and the development of digital and fabricated prototypes for physical model review.

In this project, you use Autodesk Fusion 360 to explore concept generation, design, and digital prototyping skills by modeling parts of a hand held device and an espresso maker. By working through the project exercises, you will develop the modeling and prototyping skills necessary to create a physical model and communicate product innovation. 

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM tool for collaborative product development. Fusion 360 enables exploration and iteration on product ideas and collaboration within a distributed product development team. It combines organic shapes modeling, mechanical design, and manufacturing in one comprehensive package. 

After completing this project, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles of the mechanical design and engineering process: sketching, CAD modeling techniques, exploration of product function, and prototyping.
  • Describe and apple sustainable design concepts: materials selection and reducing energy loss in design.
  • Explore creating 2D drawings from your solid models, rendering, and preparing a model for 3D printing.
  • Demonstrate Fusion 360 CAD/CAM knowledge and skills.

After enrolling in this course, we will provide you with a link to download Fusion 360. After you have downloaded Fusion 360, download the Datasets and Step-by-Step guides for this course to get started.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning level students who are interested in learning CAD for mechanical engineering.
  • This course is for beginners. While some knowledge of 3D modeling and product design is helpful, it is not required.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
01:31:55
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Getting started
1 Lecture 01:14
Course overview
01:14
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Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360
1 Lecture 07:47

In this lesson, you explore the Fusion 360 user interface and cloud-based collaboration features with hands-on practice using the core features of the software to design and render a simple shape.

Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360
07:47
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Parametric sketching and solid modeling
1 Lecture 06:20

Parametric modeling facilitates visual thinking and the design process. In this lesson, you use a parametric sketch to define a solid model. Using Fusion 360, you create a component and use Fusion sketching tools to define the component shape, apply dimensions, and generate a 3D solid model from the sketch.

Basic solid modeling
06:20
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Reusing existing geometry and sketch constraints
1 Lecture 03:03

Leveraging existing geometry into a new design is a core 3D modeling practice for mechanical engineers. In this lesson, you create a new part by leveraging geometry from another component. Using Fusion 360, you revise model geometry in a sketch, apply sketch constraints, and create dimensional relationships with existing geometry.

Sketch constraints
03:03
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Working with construction planes
1 Lecture 05:13

When designing in CAD, it's critical to understand how viewports work. In this lesson, you add a plane to the design to build a feature based on a theoretical location. Using Fusion 360, you create sketches on existing planes, add a construction plan to build new features, and use component color cycling to visualize design hierarchy.

Working with construction planes
05:13
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Joining components
3 Lectures 10:51

Joining parts and creating assemblies allows designers to explore and simulate the real working function of a design prototype. In this lesson, you connect components together to maintain their position. Using Fusion 360, you apply as-built joints to connect components, ground a component to hold the assembly, use a primitive to shortcut the modeling process, and add joints with a range of motion to simulate function.

Joining components
06:16

Intro to reducing energy loss in design
00:56

Reducing energy loss in design video
03:39
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Connecting separate design files
1 Lecture 06:30

In this lesson, you use Fusion 360 to create a new external component and link it into the main design. You will create a new design file, use revolved sketches to form a new component, link a new design to a previous design, and use joints to control the position of a new component.

Connecting design files
06:30
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Complete the design
7 Lectures 24:19
Complete the design
05:30

Intro to green materials selection
00:53

Watch this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop video to learn how advances in material science provide engineers and designers with more options for choosing greener materials.

Green materials selection video
01:19

Read this Autodesk Sustainability Workshop pdf 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.

Intro to environmental properties of materials
03:24

Environmental properties of materials video
03:26

Intro to physical properties of materials
06:43

Physical properties of materials video
03:03
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Create a rendering
1 Lecture 04:21

Creating a photorealistic rendering is essential in communicating a product innovation. In this lesson, you develop a rendering while customizing environment and rendering quality. Using Fusion 360, you access the Rendering workspace, edit Scene settings, and create a Ray Trace rendering. 

Create a rendering
04:21
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Introduction to detail drawing
1 Lecture 03:49

In this lesson, you generate 2D drawing views from the 3D design. Technical drawings are essential in the model and prototyping process. Using Fusion 360, you create multiple drawing views, add a section view to the drawing, add linear and radial dimensions, and place a detail view.

Introduction to detail drawing
03:49
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