Modeling and Prototyping for Product Designers in Fusion 360
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Modeling and Prototyping for Product Designers in Fusion 360

Shoe design project: Ideation, Design development, and Fabrication in Autodesk Fusion 360
3.9 (30 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.
2,121 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Describe the product and industrial design process from identifying user needs to ideation, concept development, testing and refinement, and implementation
  • Navigate through the user interface of Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Create a new design and import a sketch as background canvas
  • Create conceptual design and organic forms using T-Splines
  • Collaborate with other members of the project and manage the data in the cloud
  • Create rendered 3D models
  • Create an STL file for export to a 3D printer
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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.
Description

Creating a model and a prototype is an essential practice for all product designers. It allows a designer to explore if a design meets desired outcomes. It’s an opportunity to refine and test design alternatives taking a look at form, function, and materials.

In this project, you develop a concept design for athletic shoes. Following the industrial design modeling and prototyping process, you identify user needs, and develop, refine, test, and export your design to a 3D printer using Autodesk Fusion 360.

Autodesk 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. 

Concepts covered in this course are

  • Fusion 360 cloud-based CAD workspaces and collaboration features.
  • The product and industrial design process: from identifying user needs to ideation, concept development, testing and refinement, and implementation.
  • Modeling: parametric solid modeling and freeform modeling.
  • Sustainable design practices: materials selection, friction, and whole systems and product lifecycle.
  • Visualization: cloud based photo-realistic rendering.
  • Manufacturing: exporting to an STL file for 3D printing. 

Contents Overview 

In just 6 lessons and 30 minutes of step-by-step video based instruction, you will be on your way to mastering Fusion 360 while designing your own athletic shoes. No prior experience using CAD is required. This course offers project based learning for anyone who wishes to learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 software to create a model and prototype of their design idea. It’s not about the shoes but about learning the design process and CAD skills needed to design and visualize your own design innovations.

This course starts with a course overview summarizing the course benefits and the project design goal, creating athletic shoes. Next, the Fusion 360 introduction walks you through downloading the software and 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 the software.

Using Fusion 360 sketching and modeling tools, you apply both parametric and freeform modeling techniques to create your prototype. The design process starts with importing a hand sketch to jump start the modeling process in Fusion 360. Lessons in sustainability help you establish earth-friendly design practices. Materials choices and the whole product lifecycle make a big impact on mass production and the environment.

You finish by leveraging Fusion 360 state-of-the-art cloud based rendering features to create photo-realistic renders of your design.

By the end of this course, you will have developed the Fusion 360 CAD skills needed to apply CAD in the modeling and prototyping process for product design and you will created your own athletic shoes. Give existing shoe brands a run for their money and get started today!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginners. While some knowledge of 3D modeling and product design is helpful, it is not required.
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Getting started
2 Lectures 06:15

Learn how to create innovative, attractive, and functional designs. In this class, you'll follow a concept-development process used widely by product and industrial designers. You'll learn how to integrate tools for identifying relevant user needs, develop various potential design concepts, and refine a final solution—all within Fusion 360. Additional tools for visualization such as rendering and 3D printing will allow you to test your concepts and improve them as necessary. 

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 four sections, each with one to nine lectures. The sections included are:

Section 1: Getting started

Section 2: Shoe project

Section 3: Quiz

Section 4: Next Steps

Course introduction
01:07

In this lesson, explore the Fusion 360 user interface and cloud-based collaboration features. You'll also get hands-on practice using core software features to design and render a simple shape.

Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360
05:08
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Shoe project
9 Lectures 32:17

In this lesson, you get acquainted with the product and industrial design process, from identifying user needs, to ideation, concept development, testing and refinement, and implementation.

The design process
03:49

In this lesson, create a new design and import the sketch you created as background canvas. Create a T-Spline primitive body and turn it into the basic shape of the shoe. Also save the file as a new project.

Modeling the shoe
06:02

Watch this video to learn about green material selection.

Green materials selection
01:14

Watch this video to learn about environmental properties of materials.

Environmental properties of materials
03:15

Watch this video to learn about physical properties of materials.

Physical properties of materials
02:51

Learn to create additional parts. Make copies of the shoe's upper body as a base and turn them into additional parts. Further refine these parts into heel and toe supports, lace ribbed structure, and outer sole. You will also convert bodies into components and export the model for 3D printing.

Creating additional shoe parts
06:40

Watch this video to learn about friction and reducing energy loss in design.

Friction: Reducing energy loss in design
03:23

Use the timeline to edit existing bodies, sketches, and other components of your model. Fusion 360 will update the components of the model based on your edits.

Editing an existing model
01:33

A360 allows you to collaborate and share your design with everyone from collaborators to open audiences. You can share models, datasets, attachments, and many other assets that are needed for your designs. You can also upload projects to the Autodesk Gallery and share them with external communities.

Rendering and sharing your design
03:30
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Quiz
0 Lectures 00:00
Quiz
25 questions
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Next steps
2 Lectures 00:44
Share your designs!
00:21

Claim your certificate!
00:23
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