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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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