By Jennifer MacMillan
One of our newest ASCENT titles, Autodesk Fusion 360 Introduction to Parametric Modeling, is available as a video-enhanced eBook or eCourse through our ASCENT website and in print through Amazon. This training guide is a little different than the other ASCENT training guides that you know and love. With this blog post I wanted to explain a little about the book.
For those of you learning the Autodesk® Fusion 360™ software, there is considerable crowd-sourced content available to you from various sources; however, what we really noticed is that learners need a good starting point. We decided to focus our initial training guide on the fundamentals of solid parametric modeling to get new users of Fusion 360 off on the right foot.
If you have used our Inventor Introduction to Solid Modeling training guide you will notice a lot of similarities. We begin with the interface and then progress into sketching. Whether you use Fusion 360 to create solids or plan on using all the sculpt tools, a foundation in sketching is necessary. This training guide will help you! Once you have mastered sketching you learn to create solid parametric features, build logic into your designs with parameters and equations, manipulate the model, and efficiently duplicate features. These topics will also provide great value when you move to sculpting. The training guide ends with three chapters dedicated to multi-component models (assemblies), as is also covered in our Inventor curriculum. Distributed design and multi-body modeling are fully discussed to explain both methods for creating assembled designs using Fusion 360. I for one, found that Fusion 360 handles multi-components differently than Inventor and the content will really help you understand it. Here are some additional notes on the training guide:
- Similar to our other ASCENT training guides, the content is hands-on, practice-intensive with supporting explanatory content for all the topics. The exercise files are provided as a download link. As the saying goes “Practice makes perfect” so detailed descriptions of the exercises are provided for you to practice your new skills.
- What is unique, is that we not only provide text-based content, but through our partnership with 4D Technologies, we have provided CADLearning® video content to support many topics. Over 70 video references are included throughout the book to provide demonstrations of key features and tasks. Here’s an example of a topic, some high-level content, pictures, and the video link.
- Our video-enhanced eCourse and eBook versions provide color images. If you purchase the print book through Amazon, we are happy to offer you complimentary access to the digital version.
Fusion 360 is certainly gaining the interest of students and professionals in the mechanical design, simulation, and manufacturing spaces. We know that this training guide will get you started and well on your way using Fusion 360. We are looking into how best to create more offerings for you. Let us know if you have any suggestions.