About this Specialization

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Manufacturers are under more pressure than ever to deliver better products faster, at lower cost, and with less waste.

The “throw-it-over-the-wall” approach to product development worked well enough in the past. But to compete in the future, you’ll need to connect and automate design and manufacturing processes. Bringing the studio and shop floor together can reduce iterations and errors, enabling you to deliver better products faster.

Computers can handle complex tasks to achieve things that are time consuming or in some cases impossible for the human mind. This is the case when we use digital data to create complex tool motions. As we learn how to use technology in this way, we unlock the potential of computer aided manufacturing (CAM).

Through this specialization, you'll learn the foundations of CAD and toolpath generation, while developing your technical skills in 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 CAD and CAM.

Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 6 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 6 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining

4.8
stars
297 ratings
90 reviews
Course2

Course 2

3-Axis Machining with Autodesk Fusion 360

4.9
stars
72 ratings
14 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe

4.9
stars
47 ratings
12 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Multi-Axis CNC Toolpaths

4.9
stars
43 ratings
7 reviews

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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. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

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

  • Professionals earning more than $100k annually can purchase a Fusion 360 subscription as an annual or monthly subscription. For more information, visit the Fusion 360 subscribe page. 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.

  • Through this specialization, you’ll learn the foundations of CAD/CAM while developing your technical skills in 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 CAD and CAM.

  • The CAD/CAM Specialization includes 4 multi-week courses. This includes the completion of lectures, video tutorials practice exercises, challenge assignment, peer activities and quizzes/assessment. You can complete the courses at your own pace!

  • Prior knowledge in Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is helpful but not required to complete this course.

  • Yes, It is recommended that you complete the order in sequence in order to build upon your Fusion 360 software skills from foundational concepts to advanced application.

  • This course does not qualify for college or university credit. The Specialization does let your peers and hiring managers know that you are up on the latest industry trends.

  • Fusion 360 is both Mac and PC compatible. System requirements can be found here.

  • Installation support for Fusion 360 can be found in the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This specialization is designed for mechanical engineering professionals working in the manufacturing industry who want to learn about CAD/CAM. Design Engineers who want to understand the manufacturing workflow from design to manufacturing using CAD/CAM technology would also benefit from this course.

    This specialization can also be taken by engineers and designers currently using topology optimization and are interested in learning more about CAD/CAM technology in Autodesk Fusion 360.

  • Yes, you do have the option to audit the courses in this Specialization, subject to Coursera's terms. 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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