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Advanced Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete

Design Optimization

Just because a design looks complete, doesn’t mean that it’s done. Often times you will go through dozens of revisions before achieving the final result. We'll explore ways to optimize the strength and reduce the weight of our quadcopter design, and we'll pull from experience to help guide design decisions.

24 videos (Total 125 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
24 videos
Get the software50s
Week 1 overview36s
Measuring mass properties3m
Adjusting parametric features7m
Creating parametric features5m
Creating a distributed design10m
Making the component tray mounting points11m
Combining the airframe and mounting points7m
Creating additional airframe structure4m
Removing unnecessary airframe mass9m
Basic component tray creation10m
Making component holding features11m
Locating the flight controller11m
Creating the component tray mounting holes5m
Creating the component tray cable passages7m
Creating battery mounting features6m
Creating a hex nut recess4m
Practice exercise 1 video introduction24s
Practice 1 exercise solution1m
Practice exercise 2 video introduction28s
Practice exercise 2 solution2m
Practice exercise 3 video introduction33s
Practice exercise 3 solution1m
7 readings
Design optimization resources10m
About the discussion forum10m
Online learning communities and social media10m
Practice exercise 1 instructions10m
Practice exercise 2 instructions10m
Practice exercise 3 instructions10m
Week 1 challenge exercise10m
2 practice exercises
Pre-course questions10m
Week 1 quiz10m
2 hours to complete

Design Validation

Even with today's rapid manufacturing processes, there is still a cost associated. Regardless if you have access to a 3D printer, making informed design decisions is critical to the success of any product. In this week's lessons, we'll explore static simulation to identify weak areas of our design so they can be addressed before production.

17 videos (Total 72 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
17 videos
Creating a static simulation study5m
Adding simulation constraints and loads7m
Generating a simulation mesh5m
View simulation results9m
Refine a mesh simulation7m
Use direct modeling tools4m
Creating a zip tie holding feature8m
Creating a battery lead hold down5m
Refining the airframe5m
Analyzing the design7m
Practice exercise 1 video introduction27s
Practice exercise 1 solution34s
Practice exercise 2 video introduction24s
Practice exercise 2 solution44s
Practice exercise 3 video introduction24s
Practice exercise 3 solution1m
5 readings
Design validation resources10m
Practice exercise 1 instructions10m
Practice exercise 2 instructions10m
Practice exercise 3 instructions10m
Week 2 challenge exercise10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz10m
2 hours to complete

Assembly Motion

Replicating real world motion is important to understanding physical constraints of any product. A quadcopter has spinning propellers, and in our case, a tilting camera. This is relatively simple mechanically speaking, but making sure they never touch is key to keeping it up in the air.

14 videos (Total 44 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Creating assembly motion9m
Limiting component motion4m
Analyzing solid component action6m
Set a joint position2m
Creating an animation of assembly motion2m
Detailing multiple moving components3m
Creating advanced assembly motion7m
Practice exercise 1 video introduction22s
Practice exercise 1 solution47s
Practice exercise 2 video introduction25s
Practice exercise 2 solution1m
Practice exercise 3 video introduction30s
Practice exercise 3 solution2m
5 readings
Assembly motion resources10m
Practice exercise 1 instructions10m
Practice exercise 2 instructions10m
Practice exercise 3 instructions10m
Week 3 challenge exercise10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz10m
5 hours to complete

Camera Gimbal Design Integration

The overall scope of this project requires a live feed camera that can be adjusted by a person on the ground. Our project will use a single servo to allow the camera to tilt as needed but will require a servo mount on the body to function properly.

15 videos (Total 73 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
15 videos
Adding a camera to the design7m
Copying imported geometry5m
Creating surface bodies10m
Creating solid bodies from surfaces8m
Creating a holder for the video transmit module11m
Refining the airframe6m
Reducing the component tray mass9m
Save for 3D printing7m
Practice exercise 1 video introduction22s
Practice exercise 1 solution59s
Practice exercise 2 video introduction22s
Practice exercise 2 solution1m
Practice exercise 3 video introduction18s
Practice exercise 3 solution52s
8 readings
Camera Gimbal Design Integration resources10m
Practice exercise 1 instructions10m
Practice exercise 2 instructions10m
Practice exercise 3 instructions10m
Week 4 challenge exercise10m
Challenge 110m
Challenge 210m
Challenge 310m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 quiz10m
Course assessment20m
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Top reviews from Engineering Design Process with Autodesk Fusion 360

By SSJun 2nd 2019


By RTJan 9th 2019

Worth taking this course if you are interested and curious about Engineering Design and Fusion 360.

About Autodesk

Today's challenges will be solved by tomorrow's designers. That's why Autodesk gives students, educators, and educational institutions free access to our design software, creativity apps, and learning resources. A market leader for more than 30 years, Autodesk offers the broadest and deepest portfolio of products in the design world. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges....

About the CAD and Digital Manufacturing Specialization

The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. And it’s disrupting every industry. With the right knowledge and tools, this disruption is your opportunity—whether you're an entrepreneur, designer, or engineer. Today’s dominant technology trends—cloud computing, mobile technology, social connection, and collaboration—are driving businesses and consumers alike to explore profoundly different ways to design, make, and use things. This kind of industry transformation has happened before, but the pace of change is now much faster. In today’s competitive landscape, anyone can be an innovator—and it’s all about who innovates first. Through this specialization, you will learn the foundations of product innovation and digital manufacturing while developing your technical skills within Autodesk® Fusion 360™....
CAD and Digital Manufacturing

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • Visit this page to learn how to download Fusion 360 and to learn about the Autodesk Education license terms.


  • Fusion 360 is available for free to all users as a 30-day trial version. A free, 1-year startup license is also available for hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than $100k in revenue per year. After one year, you can reselect the startup entitlement or transition to a commercial entitlement.

    Professionals earning more than $100k annually can purchase a Fusion 360 subscription as an annual or monthly license. For more information, visit the Fusion 360 subscribe page: https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/subscribe?plc=F360B&term=1-YEAR&support=ADVANCED&quantity=1

  • Fusion 360 is both Mac and PC compatible. System requirements can be found here: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Fusion-360.html

  • Installation support for Fusion 360 can be found in the Autodesk Knowledge Network: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-does-Fusion-360-get-installed.html

  • The Autodesk Fusion 360 gallery is a great resource for design inspiration. With Fusion 360, file sharing is easy. Follow the instructions for sharing a file in Fusion 360 and share your design in the gallery.

    Instructions: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-share-a-Fusion-360-design.html

    Gallery: https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/projects#filters=%5B%5D&sort=popularityDescending

  • The Autodesk Certified User program offers students an opportunity to validate their Fusion 360 skills to prepare for professional careers in design and engineering. The certification exam is offered through 14,000 Certiport Testing Centers, and is available to students, educators, and professionals. To learn more about the Autodesk Certified user certification, visit www.certiport.com/acu.

  • Autodesk offers several programs that provide opportunities for developing your Fusion 360 skills. Earn recognition from industry pros through Autodesk Design for Industry challenges. The Design for Industry challenges are offered several times per year and are a great way to apply your software and design skills and develop your portfolio. For more information, visit https://academy.autodesk.com/design-for-industry.

    If you are ready to learn new skills, build important relationships, and gain practical experience, then it’s time to embark on your path to becoming an Autodesk Student Expert. Start by entering the Student Expert Orientation: https://academy.autodesk.com/student-expert-network.

  • Yes, you do have the option to audit the courses in this specialization. Please note you must audit each course individually.

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