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DigiFab: Introduction to Digital Fabrication
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Digital Fabrication, Autodesk Fusion 360, 3D design, 3D Printing, Meshmixer
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Go at your own pace
4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
Digital Fabrication, Autodesk Fusion 360, 3D design, 3D Printing, Meshmixer
Course Description

This course is designed to get you quickly up and running with the 3D printing design processes using Autodesk Fusion 360 and Meshmixer.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Introduction to 3D Printing (September 27, 2023)
This session will give you a knowledge base to start creating virtual 3D objects for 3D printing.
6 lessons
1. Introduction
2. 3D Printing: Getting on the Same Page
3. 3D Printing with FDM
4. Things to Know
5. More Things to Know
6. In Closing
Session 2: Autodesk Fusion 360 Sculpt Workspace (October 4, 2023)
In this session we will explore the sculpting workspace and how to integrate it into sculpted meshes to create interesting and practical objects.
18 lessons
1. Other Stuff You Can Do in Fusion 360
2. Making Stuff for 3D Printing: Integrating McMaster-Carr Parts
3. Fidgeting and Spinning
4. REVOLVE Via a Top
7. The Primitives
8. Making a 3D Object
9. Let's Make it Mine
10. The Sculpt Environment
11. Starting with a PLANE or a CYLINDER
12. Starting with a SPHERE or a TORUS
13. The QUADBALL and some PIPES
14. Introducing the MODIFY Toolbar
15. Other Tools in the MODIFY Toolbar
16. Sculpting with a Purpose
17. Sculpt, Model, Sculpt, Repeat
18. Just Because I Don't Use It Does Not Mean You Shouldn't
Session 3: Learning Autodesk Meshmixer (October 11, 2023)
An introduction to sculpting shapes and mixed meshes within Autodesk Meshmixer to prep for 3D printing.
12 lessons
1. An Introduction
2. Importing an STL from Fusion 360
3. Overhangs; Making Your Own Supports
4. Making Your Own Supports Part 2
5. Cleaning Up Your 3D Scans
6. Selection Tool - Filling Holes
7. A Little Sculpting
8. The Edit Toolbar
9. Hollowing a Solid
10. Tubes and Analysis Tools
11. Mixing Meshes
12. Don't Be Afraid to Ruin Anything
Session 4: Rendering and Drafting with Autodesk Fusion 360 (October 18, 2023)
Show the world what you can make and how to build it.
11 lessons
1. How to Render and Draw
2. Render Environment / GUI
3. Rendering Basics: Materials
4. Rendering Basics: Environment
5. Advanced Rendering
6. Adding Your Own Materials
7. Adding Your Own Materials: Changing Directions
8. Creating a Scene
9. The Drawing Environment: Placing Views
10. The Drawing Environment: Dimensioning and Annotating
11. The World is Now Your Oyster
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors And 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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