CAD and Digital Manufacturing Specialization
Start your Career in Digital Manufacturing. Practice your CAD/CAM/CAE skills and learn about industry trends, while creating your own drone.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Learners will create a search and rescue drone inspired by the XVEIN drone designed by student makers Yuki Ogasawara and Ryo Kumeda. These project-based courses offer learners the opportunity to apply their Autodesk® Fusion 360™ skills, and encourages them to explore new approaches to customizing their own drone design for manufacture.
Some related experience required.
Some related experience required.
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What is the refund policy?
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
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.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How to I access Autodesk Fusion 360 as a student or educator?
How to I access a Fusion 360 as a professional?
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.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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 CAD and CAM.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The CAD & Digital Manufacturing Specialization includes several 5 multi-week courses. This includes the completion of lectures, video tutorials practice exercises, challenge assignment, peer activities and quizzes/assessment.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Prior knowledge in Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is helpful but not required to complete this course.
Should I take the courses in a specific order?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This course does not qualify for college or university credit.
What are the system requirements for Fusion 360?
How do I get installation support for Fusion 360?
How do I share my designs on the Autodesk Fusion gallery?
How do I become an Autodesk Certified User?
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.
How do I continue building my Fusion 360 knowledge and skills once I complete the course?
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.
Is this Specialization right for me?
This Specialization is designed for anyone interested in learning about the future of making and developing knowledge in skills in CAD and digital manufacturing for academic, professional and entrepreneurial pursuits in design, engineering and making.
Knowing some CAD is helpful, but not necessary. This Specialization provides step by step instruction in foundational CAD concepts, an introduction to CAD, CAM, CAE, followed a series of project based courses to further apply and advance your CAD skills. Whether you are an existing engineer or industrial design or a maker or hobbyist interested in making, this course is for you.
Do I have the option to access this learning content for free?
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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