Autodesk® Fusion 360™
Autodesk® Fusion 360™ is the next-generation cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package. Fusion 360 enables fast and easy exploration of design ideas with an integrated concept-to-production platform. Work natively on a Mac or PC using Fusion 360.
3D CAD Reinvented
Quickly develop designs, from initial organic concepts up through detailed engineering, with a versatile set of modelling abilities brought together in one easy-to-use package. With fresh and modern user interaction tools, Fusion 360 enables you to directly interact with your designs like never before. Intuitively pull, push, and drag your design form into the perfect shape, then add the mechanical precision you need to complete your design. Fusion 360 delivers all the major design modelling abilities you're likely to need. Curves, sketches, surfaces, solids, features and assembly modelling are all included along with simulation, rendering, animations, and machining.
Design for Sustainability using the built in simulation environment, where you can quickly set up mechanical or thermal stress simulations without dealing with the hassle of exporting and importing files.
Learn what lightweighting is, and why it’s important for sustainability; when you should lightweight; and other strategies you can use to reduce material use.
Learn how to create geometry based on sketches.
We'll be using a sketch of a mountain bike rocker arm to go through this lesson. At the end, you'll have it modelled!
It is important to understand your sustainability goals before using FEA. There are many aspects of sustainability that can be investigated, but the overarching aim for all of them is to reduce the impact of your product.
Autodesk offers two flexible tools for 3D mechanical design and Digital Prototyping, Fusion 360TM and Inventor®. You can use these tools to create your designs in 3D, and extend those digital models for use in product simulations, tooling creation, and design communication. Both software packages are available for free to students and educators on the Autodesk Education Community.
To use fewer resources and treat the surrounding environment in a better manner, designers and engineers must use their expertise, along with advanced tools, to reduce the impact of our actions and consumption. One of these tools is computer simulation. Here you will learn the basics of how and when to use simulation for sustainable design.
Project Gallery Examples
A single-material spool is up to 80% lighter compared to conventional spools. Designed to foldable, taking up less space, and can be easier to return to the supplier for reuse, or can be biodegraded.
A personal razor which is 100% recyclable which performs at the same standards as non-recyclable counterparts and requires less water during use.
Made with only two materials, this 100% recyclable camping knife has a product-service system that is safe for both the users and the environment.
Made with bamboo these reusable chopsticks use 100% renewable components, are 100% compostable and come with a 100% recycled aluminium carry case!
The Sway Fibre Hanger utilises the exceptional ecological, structural, and economic qualities of molded paper fibre to create a desirable household product.