The future of making lies with digital manufacturing—a process that radically changes how things are made. Digital manufacturing drives collaboration and the exchange of data across the entire product lifecycle from design, testing, and manufacture to the sourcing of materials, distribution, and customer use.
This course introduces you to the design-for-manufacture process: computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numeric controls (CNC), with Autodesk® Fusion 360™ as an integrative software solution for digital manufacturing.
After completing this course, students will:
Explain the manufacturing process and types of manufacturing: subtractive, additive.
Explain the digital manufacturing process.
Explain the role of CAD, CAM, and CNC machining in the digital manufacturing process.
Access and install Fusion 360.
Demonstrate knowledge of the Fusion 360 User Interface and collaboration features.
Contents and Overview
This course consists of 12 sections that include lectures and hands-on exercises using Fusion 360. Each lesson includes comprehensive lecture presentations and project exercises that include step-by-step video instruction, project resources and datasets, and a final course assessment.
At the beginning of the course, we’ll introduce you to the digital manufacturing process and how this process is changing how things are made, influencing time to market and enabling design innovation across all industries. We’ll also explain how design for manufacturing is influenced by the introduction of 3D CAD models.
Once we’ve reviewed how concepts transition from 2D sketches to 3D modeling, we’ll cover some of the principles of sustainable design that are used by product designers and engineers. Principles of sustainable design are integral to all stages of the design and make process and can drive innovation, while also preserving natural resources.
We’ll then explore the role of CAM in the manufacturing process, and discover best practices used by leading machinists and engineers to ensure good work processes.
Finally, we'll learn about the role of CNC machining in the digital manufacturing process and the metrology and the importance of first article inspection in industry.
At the end of the course, you’ll take a course assessment that demonstrates your expertise and shows you where you might need more practice. The skills in this course will help you apply design and engineering concepts and practice real-world scenarios that you may encounter in the design process.