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Intro to Digital Manufacturing with Autodesk Fusion 360 (Coursera)

The manufacturing industry is making a digital transformation, allowing companies to customize production through advances in machine learning, sustainable design, generative design, and collaboration, with integrated design and manufacturing processes. This course introduces innovations in CAD and digital manufacturing, speaking to the rapid changes taking place that are forever transforming the future of making.

This course will also explore foundational concepts behind Autodesk® Fusion 360™ CAD/CAM. Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM tool for collaborative product development that combines industrial design, mechanical engineering, and machine tool programming into one software solution. Through a series of lectures and hands-on exercises, this course provides the core philosophy behind the software. By understanding how designs are both made and assembled, you’ll learn to create better designs from the start.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

• Summarize an understanding of digital manufacturing, principles of sustainable design, and manufacturing processes.

• Explain and discuss how trends such as generative design and machine learning are influencing innovation, and how things are made.

• Demonstrate knowledge and skills in foundational concepts of Fusion 360 CAD/CAM software.

• Practice design collaboration and file management best practices using Fusion 360 cloud-based features

Course 1 of 5 in the CAD and Digital Manufacturing Specialization

Syllabus

WEEK 1

The future of manufacturing and innovation

The manufacturing industry is changing rapidly with the development of new manufacturing processes and the use of computer algorithms to drive innovation. This week explores trends such as generative design, machine learning and additive manufacturing. Industry experts introduce these trends and provide you with insight and enterprise examples of how they are being used today.

Graded: Week 1 quiz

WEEK 2

Design Innovation Practices

Whether you are looking to improve an existing design or preparing for a sustainable design challenge for the first time, this course prepares product designers and engineers to take a quick step forward to integrating the principles of sustainability into their design process. If you are new to design or an experienced designer, this week prepares you with knowledge of sustainable design practices and how they can be applied across the digital manufacturing process help you look at things in a new way.

Graded: Week 2 quiz

WEEK 3

Foundational Concepts

Build a foundational understanding of how Autodesk® Fusion 360™ can be used to design differently before starting your first model. This week introduces foundational concepts behind Fusion 360 and offers insight into how it compares with other technologies. You will also be guided on how to install the software and develop new software skills so you get started with a solid understanding of how designs are made and assembled in Fusion 360.

Graded: Week 3 quiz

WEEK 4

CAD Admininstration

Cloud collaboration has made working together simultaneous and immediate. With Autodesk® Fusion 360™, you can take advantage of the cloud features make project sharing and review easier than ever before regardless of where you are or your role in the design process. This course guides you through how to manage personal and team hubs, calendars and more to best manage your project’s design process and assets.

Graded: Week 4 quiz

Graded: Introduction to Digital Manufacturing course assessment

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