During May and June I will run a 12h workshop, split in 6 sessions, at Punt Multimèdia in Barcelona.
Fusion360 is a very powerful and complete CAD/CAM tool, coming from a fusion of several legacy tools from Autodesk. If you don’t intend to use it in a business with more than 100k$/year income, the license is free. Unfortunately the interface is not available yet in Spanish, and the software works only in Windows and Mac but not Linux.
I started to use it more than a year ago when I bought a CNC router, because the very same software can manage the design piece and the CNC router programming piece. And I love it!! it became my only design software nowadays.
I take now the opportunity to share the course curriculum that I prepared and, well, if you have any suggestions they’re welcome in the comments.
Session 1 – May 15th
- Introduction to interface and navigation
- License types, modules brief overview
- Model module
- First Sketches in 2D using dimensions and constraints
- Extrusion of some 2D sketches
Session 2 – May 22nd
- Model module in full
- using construction planes
- creation of basic solids
- operations to create volumes: extrusion, revolution, sweep, loft, etc.
- Boolean operations: join, cut, intersect
- split bodies and faces
- final modifications: fillet and chamfer
Session 3 – May 29th
- Patch module – creating faces, not bodies
- operations to create faces: extrude, revolve, sweep, loft, patch, offset
- modifications on faces: extend, trim, stitch, create a body from faces (stitch and thicken)
- Insert and modify vector graphics (SVG / DXF) and objects (STL)
- Designing for 3D printing. The watertight concept and tolerances. Be careful with Patch!!
Session 4 – Jun 5th
- Body vs Component
- Assemblies, joining components
- Sculpt module, distorting forms and creating more organic bodies
Session 5 – June 12th
- Sheet metal, for metal lovers 🙂
- Render, applying materials to bodies and faces, lights and more
- Animation, show how things move based on created assemblies
- Simulation, analyze the structure of an object, apply forces and find out where it will suffer
- CAM, program a CNC router from the very same software
- Drawing, to make 2D drawings showing design specifications
Session 6 – June 19th
This is a session fully dedicated to practice.
We will design a complex object using all the knowledge acquired in this workshop.
We will define the model to be created based on the attendees interest. We often make a simplified version of a TIE Fighter
If this appeals you, you know already, join the course Fusion 360 at Punt Multimèdia. They have symbolic prices for the content it will have, probably subsidized 😉
PS: the model used in the example pictures is from a design I made of a vacuum adapter for the Stepcraft CNC router that I use. Later on it was printed with magnets inserted.