Creating Assemblies

Very few designs are a single component. This course focuses on the Fusion 360 tools that enable you to assemble components into complete designs while maintaining the special and functional relationships between components.

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Lesson 1: Course Overview

In this lesson, you learn the best practices for modeling assemblies using joints, working with and creating components, linking joints, and testing motion.

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1 min 46 seconds

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Lesson 2: Using the Fusion 360 Interface

In this lesson, you learn about the Fusion 360 interface and how to preview upcoming features.

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2 mins 31 seconds

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Lesson 3: Creating a Cloud Project and Uploading Data

In this lesson, you learn how to access the data panel, create a new project, upload data into the project and open a Fusion 360 archive file.

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2 mins 51 seconds

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Lesson 4: Exploring the Behavior of an Assembly

In this lesson, you complete a simple exercise to manipulate an assembly with degrees of freedom and see how different joint types can connect components in different ways.

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1 min 50 seconds

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Lesson 5: Bodies vs Components

In this lesson, you learn the difference between bodies and components.

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4 mins 35 seconds

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Lesson 6: Creating Components

Components are an important part of creating an assembly. In this lesson, you learn different methods for creating components.

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3 mins 31 seconds

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Lesson 7: Restructuring Components

In this lesson, you learn a valuable workflow for preparing an existing design to become an assembly.

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3 mins 44 seconds

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Lesson 8: Duplicating Components

Assemblies commonly contain multiple instances of the same component or slight variations on it. This lesson shows you how to duplicate and replicate components in Fusion 360.

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4 mins 12 seconds

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Lesson 9: Working with Distributed Data

This lesson teaches you how to connect components from a project into a design and share a component for other designs to use.

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4 mins 26 seconds

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Lesson 10: Types of Joints

This lesson reviews the types of joints available in Fusion 360 assemblies.

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4 mins 43 seconds

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Lesson 11: Applying Assembly Joints

In this lesson, you learn how to select joint origins and set a joint type. You also learn the importance of selection order when defining joints.

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6 mins 33 seconds

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Lesson 12: Using As-built Joints

This lesson focuses on what you can do when components are created or imported in a specific location and orientation. It also covers how to apply joints to maintain a position while adding degrees of freedom.

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3 mins 53 seconds

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Lesson 13: Flexibility within Joints

Most joint types have at least one degree of freedom. To properly model many mechanisms, this degree of freedom is not infinite in its range of motion. In this lesson, you learn how to allow for limited movement in a joint.

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3 mins 35 seconds

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Lesson 14: Applying a Joint Origin

If you need additional control on a position of a component, you can predefine a joint origin to make accurate placement easier. In this lesson, you learn how to create a joint origin and use model parameters to manage the position of joint origins.

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6 mins 6 seconds

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Lesson 15: Animating Joints and Assemblies

In this lesson, you learn how to review the motion of an assembly by exercising specific joints or using specific joints to drive the assembly.

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2 mins 16 seconds

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Lesson 16: Connecting Joint Motion

In this lesson, you learn how to connect the degrees of freedom of joints to simulate the mechanical behavior of the assembly.

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5 mins 23 seconds

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Lesson 17: Using Contacts in the Assembly

Many mechanisms can not be driven or limited by a range of motion. In this lesson, you use contacts between components to push or limit each other.

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3 mins 29 seconds

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Lesson 18: Simulating Assemblies Using Bodies

There are times when placing joints or converting all of the bodies to components might not offer any advantage. In this lesson, you learn how bodies or components can be aligned or held together as a group.

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2 mins 19 seconds

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Lesson 19: Using Standard Components

There are times when placing joints or converting all of the bodies to components might not offer any advantage. In this lesson, you learn how bodies or components can be aligned or held together as a group.

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4 mins 35 seconds

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Lesson 20: Interrogating the Assembly

In this lesson, you explore options for understanding how an assembly is structured.

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5 mins 30 seconds

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