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4 Sessions
Program ($500 USD)
Kadenze Academy
Digital Fabrication
Skill Level
Digital Fabrication, Autodesk Fusion 360, 2D design, 3D design, CNC Routers, Fabrication Techniques
Course Description

Now that you know how everything works in theory, it's time to learn how to actually do it. During this course you will learn how to manipulate vector and raster imagery in Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Fusion 360 to create files that can be successfully cut out with computer controlled machines such as laser cutters, CNC routers and water jet. This course is designed to familiarize you with the software that will enable you to get what's in your head into your hands. This course is all about 2D design and fabrication for both flatwork such as stickers and papercraft, as well as 3D assemblies from 2D parts.


This course is in scheduled mode "." Learn more about scheduled courses here.

Session 1: Adobe Illustrator: Finding your Path
In this session, we will be using AI’s vector creation tools to make cut lines and engraved lines in materials ranging from paper to hot dogs.
Session 2: How To: Autodesk Fusion 360
Autodesk Fusion 360 is a creator's dream. It's a strong and robust parametric drafting program that is easy to use, ever-expanding and a great visualization tool for 2d and 3d parts and full models. This session will be an introduction to its interface, tools and parameters.
Session 3: Autodesk Fusion 360: 3D to 2D and Back
The problem with drawing things in 2D is that they may not go together as your mind's eye sees it. Drafting in 3D allows you to find your mistakes prior to cutting, as well as the ability to reference existing parts to make new components. In this session we will explore how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 to make 3D assemblies and turn them into 2D parts for Laser, CNC routing and Water Jet.
Session 4: Autodesk Fusion 360: Flat Pack Nesting and Hardware Integration
During this session we will integrate Fusion’s insert feature from McMaster-Carr to start building around real world hardware. We will also be looking at methods for nesting our projects to fit on standard sizes of materials.
Whenever you complete a course as a premium member, you can earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment .

This course is also part of the Program: DigiFab: Introduction to Digital Fabrication. Earn a verified Specialist Certificate for successfully completing a Program.

These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 3 courses in the DigiFab: Introduction to Digital Fabrication Program and is offered for credits from Kadenze Academy.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Software:
    • Autodesk Slicer ( Free)
    • Autodesk Fusion 360 (Free)
      • Students should download Fusion 360 via a free, 3-year educational license, from this page.
    • Autodesk Meshmixer (Free)
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • *You will need administrator privileges on your computer in order to download software.
    • *You will be required to sign up for an Autodesk account in order to download software.
  • Equipment:
    • Digital caliper
    • 2 button mouse with scroll wheel
    • This class will be using a print service to make our projects, but if you have any DigiFab equipment at your disposal (a makerspace or collage fablab) you will be able to explore deeper.
  • Materials
    • You will be responsible for the cost of getting your project printed, as well as the cost of the materials, which you will select yourself.
Additional Information

If a student signs up for the Introduction to Digital Fabrication program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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