Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacturing with Fusion 360

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Design for manufacturing is the process of designing parts, components, or products with the understanding surrounding design requirements for a specific manufacturing method.

This course explores the design for manufacture workflow and shows how to validate models and create the G code, the programming language needed to instruct the CNC machine on how to move. We practice the basics of part and assembly design, and tools such as animation, rendering, and simulations using Autodesk Fusion 360. We learn the basics in each of these areas which are to be fully developed in later courses that apply these principles and Fusion 360 skills.

After taking this course, you'll be able to:

- Explain the design to manufacturing process used to take a digital model to a physical part through CNC programming.
- Summarize the toolset available in Fusion 360.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Fusion 360 applying design and manufacturing workflows to take digital parts to physical prototypes.


The future of manufacturing and innovation
-In Week 1, we’ll review how Fusion 360 relates to current trends in the industry. By identifying career skills required for mechanical engineers, we can better understand the toolset needed and how Fusion 360 can help.

Fusion 360 Foundational Concepts
-In Week 2, we’ll gain a better understanding of Fusion 360 by learning the basics of file storage and management and also learn how to transition into Fusion 360 from another CAD application.

Introduction to CAD Modeling
-In Week 3, we’ll explore the design aspects of Fusion 360 including sketching, modeling, assembly creation, animation, rendering, and detailed drawings. These various skills make up the core of CAD functionality in Fusion 360. We'll apply these skills as part of our design for manufacturing design approach.

Introduction to CAM and CAE
-In Week 4, we’ll explore how to use Fusion 360 to create simulations and G-code for CNC machining. These integrated tools help complete the design for manufacturing process using the design, engineering and manufacturing tools in Fusion 360.