Introduction to 3D Modeling

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.

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Lesson 1: Course overview

Introduction to a series of video tutorials and hands-on exercises that cover the basics of 3D modeling

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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

This lesson shows how to create new projects, open models, and save them 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 tools and techniques for surveying and navigating CAD models. We'll cover the Viewcube, navigation, display, and Orbit tools.

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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

This lesson shows how to sketch and edit 2D CAD models using 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

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.

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5 mins 1 second

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Lesson 6: 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 .

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4 mins 39 seconds

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Lesson 7: Overview of Fusion 360 modeling and workspaces

This lesson introduces the modeling Workspaces and the tools used for creating 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

This lesson shows how 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

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.

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5 mins 40 seconds

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Lesson 10: 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.

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5 mins 48 seconds

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Lesson 11: Managing physical materials and appearances

This lesson shows how 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

This lesson shows how to import and calibrate reference images using the Sculpt Workspace.

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3 mins 41 seconds

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Lesson 13: Create and edit Face and Cylinder freeform bodies

This lesson shows how to create, move, and edit a T-Spline face and 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

This lesson shows how 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

This lesson shows how to flatten and mirror, make additional copies of sculpted bodies, and bevel. Additionally, we will show how to Crease and Thicken sculpted bodies.

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4 mins 30 seconds

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Lesson 16: Direct modeling versus parametric modeling

This lesson shows how to organize the visibility of the reciprocating saw 3D model elements for direct modeling. We will also use Press Pull and parametric modeling to edit the model geometry.

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4 mins 50 seconds

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Lesson 17: Direct modeling imported 3D CAD models

This lesson shows how to locate and upload a 3D model to the cloud. We will also show Press Pull, Move/Copy, delete to modify to edit a 3D model geometry.

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5 mins 31 seconds

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Lesson 18: Introduction to assembly modeling

This lesson shows how to create a component from a body, ground new components, and create a new joint.

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5 mins 52 seconds

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Lesson 19: Assembly modeling the reciprocating saw

This lesson shows how to apply several techniques for assembly modeling to the Saw model, including how to ground components, create a Rigid Group, and create an As-built Joint.

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5 mins 56 seconds

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