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3D Design and Machining  

Autodesk Fusion 360
5 Credits

This is an entry level course for students interested in 3D engineering design software and high-tech manufacturing. Students will learn the basics of various 3D Design applications, milling software to create toolpaths, and the actual operation of CNC machines to produce their own physical parts. For those that are planning on, or have built their own CNC machines in our Mechanical Automation Systems Engineering course or 3D Printer in the Additive Manufacturing course, this class is the perfect way to get a better understanding on what you can do with these machines.

While the class currently focuses on Autodesk Fusion 360, we do look at CATIA and other CAD systems throughout the course. We've been teaching Dassault Systemes CATIA since 2005, but we decided several years ago to turn more towards Fusion 360 due to its low cost (free) as well as it being more inline with our DIY vision.

This course ties together important concepts of the manufacturing process as students move from 3d design to the machining process. These are details often not understood by those who work in a single discipline. We continually strive to break the concept of compartmentalized groups working on isolated elements of production and just "throwing it over the wall" without fully understanding the details of the upstream/downstream specifics.

In this course we're are not trying to necessarily turn students into machinists, but rather help those involved in any CAD process to better understand the needs and limitations of their manufacturing team.

Topics covered:

3D Design - Basic Features
  • User interface
  • 2D Sketch tools
  • Hotkeys
  • Solid modeling features
  • Boolean Operations for use in mold design
  • Creating Joints (Assemblies)
  • Formulas
  • Learning to design properly for the complications of manufacturing
  • Computer Aid Manufacturing (CAM) software
  • Creating Toolpaths
  • Exporting g-code
  • CNC Mill operation

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The Business Training Center of Edmonds Community College has been "off-campus" in the heart of the community providing practical industry focused education since 1997.


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