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3D Modeling 101

Fusion 360 Features

  • 3D CAD/CAM/CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) in 1 software, cloud-based (saves all your data) and makes collaboration easy

  • Can do assembly and stress test

  • Create engineering drawings of your model

  • Create G-Code on this program

  • View files online

    • Go into account

    • Open a sample file online

User Interface

  • Model: where most of the action is. Creating sketch, and sculpting

  • Patching: Usually for fixing 3D models

  • CAM: For creating toolpaths

  • Simulation: For CAE or testing

  • On Model:

    • Create is to create solids, or create solids from curves/sketches and create T-Spline forms (or sculpt), when you need a more organic and freeform model

    • Modify: making changes to existing solids

    • Assembles: Specifying different types of joints

    • Sketch: Creating sketches and curves to build your model on

    • Inspect: Measuring, section analysis


  • Sketch Mode

  • Applying constraints

  • Tools

    • Draw an angled bracket, use:  

      • Line Tool

      • Constraints

      • Sketch Dimensions

      • Right Click shortcut to choose Circle

      • Use S shortcut to choose Fillet

    • Extrude

      • Talk about the variables (direction, operation, extents)

    • Any changes made to sketch will change everything

  • Exercise


  • Talk about difference between solid and T-spline (t-spline is for freeform, mathematically calculated curves)

  • Create a rectangular T-spline

  • Creating a T-spline using profiles (sweep, revolve, loft)

  • Modifying a T-spline using Edit Form:

    • Moving, scaling

    • Creating a new face (hold alt)

    • View using rectangles using ctrl+1, and return using ctrl+3

  • Exercise

    • Model the Lamp Shade

      • Create a solid model

    • Model the Stem

      • Create a solid model of the stem

      • Thread the end of the stem

      • Modify the physical material and appearance of the stem


  • Importing reference image and sculpting

    • Import canvas

    • Create rectangle

    • Sculpt

    • Insert Edge, Insert Point

  • Exercise

    • Create a sculpted model of the stand

    • Add a hold

    • Modify the physical material and appearance of the stem


  • Exercise

    • Assemble the lamp using joints


Modify material

  • Exercise

    • Review the Render Workspace

    • Modify the solid using shell

    • Modify the physical material

    • Modify the appearance

    • Render the lamp

    • Render the lamp using Cloud Rendering

    • Save and display a rendered image

    • Review ray tracing

Adrian Granchelli,
Dec 18, 2018, 1:09 PM
Adrian Granchelli,
Dec 18, 2018, 1:18 PM