Fusion 360 Overview
Fusion 360 is Computer Assisted Development program developed by Autodesk. They have developed many courses to help people get started. I highly recommend that you follow along with their courses to get a good grasp of the difference between Fusion 360 and TinkerCAD.
Getting Started for Absolute Beginners
Below is a list of the lessons I recommend that you look at if you are transition from TinkerCAD to Fusion 360. You can find a full list of the course in the official description below:
It’s important to have a good understanding of 3D modeling as you make your first design. This two hour course explores the core concepts of Fusion 360 with a series of lectures and exercises.
- Course Overview – This is the course overview to kickoff a series of lectures that will guide you through the first steps of learning about Fusion 360.
- User interface overview – In this video, you’ll learn about the main user interface elements in Fusion 360.
- Open, close, export, upload, and save – In this video, you’ll learn how to open, save, export, upload, and close files in Fusion 360 using the Data Panel and the File menu.
- Course Overview – In this video, you’ll learn how to change your Preferences in Fusion 360.
- Adjust display settings – In this video, you’ll learn how to adjust display settings like Visual Style, Environment, camera settings, Grid settings, ViewCube orientation, and Named Views in Fusion 360.
- Create a Project – This lesson shows how to create a new project and create a folder in a project.
- Import and Export – This lesson shows how to import an IGES file, turn on capture history, and navigate to another workspace.
- Modeling – This lesson introduces the modeling workflow in Fusion 360.
- Bodies and Components: Part 1 – This lesson shows how to use the Extrude tool to create an empty component.
- Bodies and Components Part 2 – This lesson continues from the previous one, and shows how to use the Extrude tool to create an empty component.
- Capturing History – This lesson shows how to use the Press-Pull tool and toggle Design History on and off.
- Direct Editing – This lesson shows how to use the Move/Copy tool and the Delete tool.
- Lecture: Transitioning from Tinkercad – This lesson shows the key differences in design workflow between Fusion 360 and Tinkercad.
Introduction to 3D Modeling
Below is a list of courses that can help students that are use to design thinking in 2D.
This beginner-level CAD course focuses on the transition from 2D to 3D design. Whether you’re a designer, engineer, machinist, maker, artist, or just curious, this course helps you take your first steps towards professional 3D modeling.
- Course Overview – Introduction to a series of video tutorials and hands-on exercises that cover the basics of 3D modeling
- Create a new cloud project, upload and save a 3D model – This lesson shows how to create new projects, open models, and save them in Fusion 360.
- Survey and edit the reciprocating saw 3D model – This lesson introduces tools and techniques for surveying and navigating CAD models. We’ll cover the Viewcube, navigation, display, and Orbit tools.
- How to sketch and edit simple 2D rectangles using lines, constraints, and center rectangle – This lesson shows how to sketch and edit 2D CAD models using parametric tools such as lines, rectangles, and constraints.
- How to create and edit a simple 3D model using extrude, fillet, and timeline features – This lesson shows how to create a 3D CAD model using tools such as Extrude and Fillet, and how to edit model features and dimensions using the Timeline.
- How to create technical drawings and document the 3D model – This lesson shows how to to create technical drawings and output them in various formats using the Fusion 360 Documentation Environment.
- Overview of Fusion 360 modeling and workspaces – This lesson introduces the modeling Workspaces and the tools used for creating professional 3D models.
- Parametric modeling | Import and calibrate a reference image – This lesson shows how to import and calibrate reference images for parametric modeling in Fusion 360.
- Parametric modeling | Sketch the saw trigger shape – This lesson demonstrates how to sketch the main shape of the saw trigger. We will use splines and lines, edit the splines, add dimensions, and use an attached canvas image for reference.
- Extrude the 2D sketch to 3D model the saw trigger – This lesson demonstrates how to extrude the trigger sketch to create two bodies. We will add fillets, combine and organize the bodies, and use the attached canvas image for reference.