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Skills you will gain

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)Mechanical DesignManufacturing ProcessesSustainable Design

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

The future of manufacturing and innovation

8 videos (Total 35 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Get the software1m
Fusion 360 user interface update overview4m
Week overview30s
Trends in manufacturing lecture9m
Introduction to digital manufacturing3m
CAD/CAM overview lecture6m
Manufacturing processes7m
3 readings
Future of manufacturing and innovation resources30m
About the discussion forum5m
Online learning communities and social media5m
2 practice exercises
Pre-course questions10m
Week 1 quiz10m
2 hours to complete

Design Innovation Practices

6 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Sustainable design overview10m
Whole Systems Lifecycle6m
Green Materials1m
Product Lifetime4m
2 readings
Sustainability Workshop resources10m
Sustainability Workshop challenge assignment45m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz10m
3 hours to complete

Foundational Concepts

25 videos (Total 104 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
25 videos
What is Fusion 360?3m
Explain key differences in design workflow to Fusion 360 from Tinkercad2m
Explain key differences in design workflow to Fusion 360 from Solidworks5m
Where's my data? Understand how Fusion 360 stores your data.2m
Learn how to open, close, and save a file.4m
Create a new project and create a folder in a project.3m
Create versions of a design5m
Use Fusion Team for design sharing6m
Import and export project files5m
Manage your user preferences4m
Review the User Interface4m
Customize the Toolbar7m
Access the marking menu4m
Access and customize the toolbox2m
Adjust display settings3m
Navigate through Workspaces2m
Modeling workflow overview4m
Understanding rule #1: Bodies and components9m
Understanding rule #1: Bodies and components (continued)6m
Capture design history4m
Apply direct editing4m
Review the Live Review Session collaboration tool1m
Review the Fusion Team collaboration tool1m
Invite and remove collaborators from a project3m
4 readings
Foundational concepts resources10m
Challenge assignment 110m
Challenge assignment 210m
Challenge assignment 310m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz10m
3 hours to complete

CAD Admininstration

17 videos (Total 49 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
17 videos
Personal hub5m
Team hub5m
Migrate files from a Personal Hub to a Team Hub6m
View Admin settings and set a default hub4m
Deactivate a team member4m
Change a team member role4m
Review calendar events and starting project discussions1m
Creating a meeting1m
Start a project discussion2m
Download, archive and restore a Fusion 360 project file3m
Share and manage design links2m
Copy a design from one folder to another2m
Move a design from one folder to another1m
Practice exercise 1 solution57s
Practice exercise 2 solution42s
Practice exercise 3 solution50s
6 readings
Practice exercise 1 instructions10m
Practice exercise 2 instructions10m
Practice exercise 3 instructions10m
Challenge assignment 110m
Challenge assignment 210m
Challenge assignment 310m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 quiz10m
Introduction to Digital Manufacturing course assessment20m
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Top reviews from Intro to Digital Manufacturing with Autodesk Fusion 360

By OSSep 17th 2018

The course is perfect for starters with limited or no knowledge about digital design, engineering and manufacturing . It lays out pretty good doundations and great overview of Fusion 360.

By ESJan 30th 2019

The needs that the software tackles are just amazing(I love saving all the versions in one package), the lectures are short enough and well detailed to be used so its a very good course.


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™. Plus, by completing this Specialization, you’ll unlock an Autodesk Credential as further recognition of your success! The Autodesk Credential comes with a digital badge and certificate, which you can add to your resume and share on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Sharing your Autodesk Credential can signal to hiring managers that you’ve got the right skills for the job and you’re up on the latest industry trends like digital manufacturing....
CAD and Digital Manufacturing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • 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.

    When you audit a course: • You'll be able to see most of the course materials for free, but you won't be able to submit assignments or get grades for your work. • You won't be able to submit assignments for feedback or a grade. • You won't get a Course or Specialization Certificate.

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