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Introduction to Fusion360: 3D Printing and Laser Cutting

February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Class Description
A quick introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Design) systems using Fusion 360. This class will introduce students to the process and CAD workflow of transforming a 2D sketch into a 3D object from scratch. Students shall also become familiarized with concepts of digital fabrication tools (such as 3D printing and Laser fabrication offered at A2), design thinking, and how to export a 3D model for such fabrication methods. For 3D printing, students will gain an understanding of how to use the CURA slicer to transform their 3D model into machine GCODE for printing. The instructor is also able to give advice on other slicers such as Simpify3D. The instructor, Chaz Hing, has several years of applied 3D design and 3D printing experience from his startup (ElevateShrimp.com) where he innovates for global consumers in the freshwater aquarium hobby industry.

Class Goals
Students will be able to design basic pieces and modify them using Fusion 360. They will have the experience to use the basic features of other CAD programs similar to Fusion. They will learn to sketch complex geometries in 2D and then turn those sketches into 3D objects. Students will also learn basic concepts for design thinking and how that applies to digital manufacturing. For students interested in 3D printing, they will understand how to design a good 3D model that can print well, and the processes behind taking a perfect 3D model and translating that into their ideal 3D printed object. For students interested in Laser cutting, they will understand how to 2D sketch a design and export to .DXF file with minimal error using Fusion360.

Materials Provided
Basic desktop computers will be provided at Artisans Asylum, but feel free to bring your own computer if you would like! A word of caution: CAD can create increasingly complex objects and modifying these complex objects could make old computers sad & work very hard, possibly to the point of freezing & crashing. If the student is interested in having something 3D printed or laser cut after the class, contact chaz@elevateshrimp.com for more details.

Class Dates
Wednesdays; 2/5/20 – 2/12/20


February 5
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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