Fusion 360 - Designing Wood Fittings and Furniture

Fusion 360 is fast becoming the standard application for product and industrial design. In this course you'll learn how to design flat pack furniture and prepare it for manufacturing. Software required: Autodesk Fusion 360.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 19, 2016
Duration
2h 27m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 19, 2016
Duration
2h 27m
Description

Moving from concept to manufacturing in any design process can be a daunting task requiring the input of many specialists and taking advantage of the strengths of various software applications. The more people there are on a project the more time consuming the whole process becomes, requiring meetings and workshops to address design questions, obstacles and action solutions. In this course, Fusion 360 - Designing Wood Fittings and Furniture, you'll look at how Fusion 360 allows you to quickly and efficiently design production ready furniture and fittings. First, you'll learn how to organize your project for quick and easy design iterations. Next, you'll discover how to create intelligent parametric designs and also how to create flat-pack types of furniture. Finally, you'll explore how to set up the pieces for CNC, cutting inside the same application. By the end of this course, you'll know how to approach a new design concept and create an initial design in such a way that you can test different iterations. Software required: Autodesk Fusion 360.

About the author
About the author

Quintus is a lecturer and freelance software instructor at numerous training centers, Colleges, Universities, and Schools.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Quintus Smit, and welcome to my course called Fusion 360 - Wood Furniture and Fittings. I'm a lecturer and certified Autodesk software trainer in the designer engineering fields. Currently I'm employed as the principal at the Drafting and Engineering Academy. I have extensive experience in training in parametric and 3D modeling software, as well as various graphic designer motion applications. In this course, we're going to look at how Fusion 360 allows you to quickly and efficiently design production ready furniture and fittings. Not only will we design the pieces, but also set it up for manufacturing and simulate the cutting process. Some of the major topics that we will cover include organizing your project for quick and easy design iteration, create intelligent parametric designs, create flat-pack type furniture, set up the pieces of CnC cutting, all inside the same application. By the end of this course, you will know how to approach a new design concept, create an initial design in such a way that you can test different iterations, and once you're happy, set up everything for manufacturing. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with the basics of the tools in Autodesk Fusion 360. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn furniture and fitting design with the Autodesk Fusion 360 Wood Furniture and Fittings course at Pluralsight.

Designing the Mobile Drawer Unit
In this lesson, we're going to look at Designing the Mobile Drawer Unit, and this is what we'll be making. So this was the final design. Now this is almost a little bit different from the others in that it wasn't made to snap together. So, it was put together using a combination of screws and glue. So, the focus here won't be on looking how this was put together, but rather on the design process. And specifically what we'll be looking at is the following. We'll look at creating nested components. Now you'll see that when we do the drawers, we'll be nesting those components together to make it easier to copy and manage everything as a whole. We'll also look at how to import 3rd party models. Now, there's built-in catalogs in Fusion that allows you to import premade 3D models from various manufacturers and providers. And then we'll also look at how do you align those models once they're imported? Now this is one of those little things that really speed up the design process by having all of these premade models in catalogs that you can just choose from and import directly into Fusion. So, let's jump into the process.

Adding the Final Touches
We'll do a few final things to our design to help us prepare our move to the CAM workspace, where we'll set it up for manufacturing. Specifically what we're going to cover is how to flatten the design to lay it out for manufacturing, how to create dogbone fillets, and this is necessary specifically for the internal corners, because the machine that we're going to use will have a round toolbit on it, and it won't be able to create those sharp corners that we have currently in our design, and then finally using add-ins to speed up our workflow.

Preparing for CNC Manufacturing
In this final module, we're going to look at setting up for the actual manufacturing process. What we're going to look at is first setting up the operations in the CAM workspace, so we're going to switch to the CAM workspace and then break our manufacturing process into smaller pieces. We'll look at how to manage the process. Now again, that is how to break it into smaller pieces so those can be posted as individual operations. We're going to look at how to simulate the cutting process, so we can pick up if there's any problems before we actually post it out. And then finally, look at how to post the codes that can be sent to the CnC machines, and from there on that the actual manufacturing can happen. So let's jump into the manufacturing process.