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Autodesk, Digital Fabrication, 2D design, 3D design, Technical Design, Autodesk Slicer
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Introduction to Digital Fabrication and Technical Design

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Go at your own pace
4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
Price
Free
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Beginner
Video Transcripts
English
Topics
Autodesk, Digital Fabrication, 2D design, 3D design, Technical Design, Autodesk Slicer
Course Description

This course will survey the basic history and techniques of digital fabrication - diving into the systems themselves as well as real world utilization. We’ll examine systems of measurement, considerations for hardware and material choices, and specific machine workflows. We’ll also get hands on with fabricating in Autodesk Slicer for Fusion 360 to provide insight on larger scale assembly, as well as how to prep for working with vendors, maker spaces, and print services.

schedule

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

Session 1: What Is DigiFab? (December 25, 2018)
How do we integrate digital fabrication into our workflow? This session uses history and industry examples to survey the basics.
9 lessons
1. Welcome and Overview
2. What is Digital Fabrication?
3. Intro to DigiFab Processes (Premium Exclusive)
4. What is CAD?
5. Basic Machines - Vinyl Cutter, Laser, and CNC Router
6. Intro: Waterjet
7. Intro: CNC Plasma Torch
8. How a 3D Printer Works (Premium Exclusive)
9. How is This Stuff Being Used? (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Pre-Fabricating: Measurement & Hardware (January 1, 2019)
How do you design the impossible? This session will discuss the basics of systems of measurement, hardware, and adhesives.
12 lessons
1. Predesign - Measuring
2. Measuring for the Mind's Eye: Standard
3. Measuring for the Mind's Eye: Metric (Premium Exclusive)
4. Conversion
5. What's That Tool Called?
6. Let's Talk Hardware
7. Commonly Used Hardware (Premium Exclusive)
8. Washers
9. Awe Nuts!!!!!
10. Hardware Nomenclature
11. Adhesives
12. Using Adhesives as Fixtures (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: Materials for Fabrication (January 8, 2019)
This session will examine optimal materials and key considerations for specific machine workflows.
9 lessons
1. The Building Blocks of Digital Fabrication - Materials
2. First Up: The Hardwoods - Now Off to the Lumber Yard with You
3. Engineered Wood Products
4. Sheet Goods: Lumping Togetherness
5. Paper: Look at this Chair I Made
6. Plastics Plastics Plastics (Premium Exclusive)
7. Metals
8. Ponoko for Example (Premium Exclusive)
9. Benefits of Using a Print Service (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: 2D Joinery Techniques (January 15, 2019)
This session we will be using Autodesk Slicer to make our first fabrication, and will provide insight on larger scale assembly.
10 lessons
1. How Things Go Together
2. Cutting from the Top
3. Tolerances for More Than Just a Second
4. Engineer Success into Your Design
5. Stack Lamination (Premium Exclusive)
6. Design Strategies (Premium Exclusive)
7. Design Considerations for CNC Router and Mill
8. Messing Around with Autodesk Slicer: Stack Lamination
9. Messing Around with Autodesk Slicer: Other Construction (Premium Exclusive)
10. Where I Go to Get Ideas and 3D Models (Premium Exclusive)
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Learning Outcomes

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

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:
    • Access to paper printer
    • Digital caliper
    • Exacto knife
    • 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
    • Cardboard
    • Repositionable spray adhesive
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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