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Fusion 360: Designing for Metal

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Use Fusion 360—the cloud-powered, accessible CAD and CAM tool—to design metal parts for machining.

If you're designing metal parts, you'll need to do things differently than you would for other materials and processes. This course shows how to use Autodesk Fusion 360—the affordable cloud-powered CAD and CAM tool that works like more expensive, industry-focused tools—to build effective designs specifically for subtractive manufacturing in metal. Thom Tremblay shows how to build solid designs, simulate how the model will hold up to the stress of production and use, render the design for presentation, and finalize it for manufacturing. The workflows showcased in this course are tailored to help the nonprofessional CAD user, and the maker, to be more effective and quickly have access to the tools that a few years ago were only available to the few and at an astronomical price.


  • Designing for metal manufacture
  • What you should know
  • Exercise files
  • Setting preferences
1. Getting More from Solid Modeling
  • Setting up parameters
  • Bodies or components
  • Joining components
2. Communicating the Design
  • Animation
  • 2D drawing tools for metal
  • Rendering
  • Collaboration
3. Simulation of the Design
  • Creating a static stress study
  • Testing with an alternative material
  • Overview of generative design
4. Making the Design
  • Creating a setup
  • Defining the toolpath
  • Publishing and posting
  • Next steps

Taught by

Thom Tremblay

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