Introduction to 3D Modeling

This beginner level CAD course focuses on easing the transition from 2D to 3D design. Whether you’re a designer, engineer, machinist, maker, artist, or just plain curious, this course helps you take your first steps towards professional 3D modeling.

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Lesson 1: Course overview

This is the course overview to kickoff a series of easy to follow video tutorials and 3D modeling exercises.

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1 min 10 seconds

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Lesson 2: Create a new cloud project, upload and save a 3D model

After completing this tutorial, you'll be able to create new projects, open, and save models in Fusion 360.

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3 mins 11 seconds

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Lesson 3: Survey and edit the reciprocating saw 3D model

This lesson introduces the Viewcube, navigation, display, and orbit tools to survey and edit CAD models.

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6 mins 9 seconds

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Lesson 4: How to sketch and edit simple 2D rectangles using lines, constraints, and center rectangle

After completing this lesson, you will be able to use Fusion 360 to sketch and edit simple 2D CAD models using simple parametric tools such as lines, rectangles, and constraints.

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5 mins 31 seconds

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Lesson 5: How to create and edit a simple 3D model using extrude, fillet, and timeline features

After completing this lesson, you'll be able to create a simple 3D CAD model in Fusion 360, using simple tools such as extrude and Fillet, and use the timeline to edit model features and dimensions.

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5 mins 1 second

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Lesson 6: How to create technical drawings and document the 3D model

After completing this lesson, you'll be able to use the Documentation Environment in Fusion 360 to create technical drawings and output in various formats.

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4 mins 39 seconds

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Lesson 7: Overview of Fusion 360 modeling and workspaces

In this lesson, you'll learn to identify modeling Workspaces and Environments, and understand how tools can be used to create professional 3D models.

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3 mins 14 seconds

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Lesson 8: Parametric modeling | Import and calibrate a reference image

After completing this lesson, you will be able to import and calibrate reference images for Parametric Modeling in Fusion 360.

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3 mins 37 seconds

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Lesson 9: Parametric modeling | Sketch the saw trigger shape

In this lesson, we will sketch the main shape of the saw trigger using Splines and lines, edit splines, add dimensions, and use an attached canvas image for reference.

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5 mins 40 seconds

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Lesson 10: Extrude the 2D sketch to 3D model the saw trigger

In this lesson, we extrude the trigger sketch to create two bodies, add fillets, combine and organize bodies, and use the attached canvas image for reference.

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5 mins 48 seconds

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Lesson 11: Managing physical materials and appearances

After completing this lesson, you will be able to assign and manage Physical Materials and Appearances in Fusion 360.

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4 mins 24 seconds

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Lesson 12: Import and calibrate a reference image

After completing this lesson, you will be able to import and calibrate reference images in the Sculpt workspace in Fusion 360.

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3 mins 41 seconds

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Lesson 13: Create and edit Face and Cylinder freeform bodies

After completing this lesson, you will be able to create, move and edit a T-Spline face, and create, move and edit a T-Spline cylinder using the Fusion 360 Sculpt Workspace.

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6 mins 22 seconds

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Lesson 14: Insert edges, sculpt, and bridge freeform bodies to create the saw handle casing

After completing this lesson, you will be able to insert edges of T-Spline forms, weld and join freeform bodies, and add material and bridge freeform bodies using the Fusion 360 Sculpt workspace.

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4 mins 35 seconds

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Lesson 15: Refine, copy and complete freeform saw handle casing

After completing this lesson, you will be able to flatten and mirror, make additional copies of sculpted bodies, and bevel, Crease and Thicken sculpted bodies.

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4 mins 30 seconds

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Lesson 16: Direct modeling versus parametric modeling

In this lesson, you will organize the visibility of the reciprocating saw 3D model elements for direct modeling, use Press Pull, and use parametric modeling to edit the 3D model geometry.

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4 mins 50 seconds

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Lesson 17: Direct modeling imported 3D CAD models

After completing this lesson, you will be able to locate and upload a 3D model to the cloud, use Press Pull, Move/Copy and delete to modify, and edit a 3D model geometry.

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5 mins 31 seconds

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Lesson 18: Introduction to assembly modeling

After completing this lesson, you will be able to create a component from a body, ground new components, and create a new Joint for assembly modeling.

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5 mins 52 seconds

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Lesson 19: Assembly modeling the reciprocating saw

After completing this lesson, you will be able to ground components for assembly modeling, create a Rigid Groups for assembly modeling
, create As-built Joint for assembly modeling.

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5 mins 56 seconds

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