Learning any 3D modeling program can be pretty overwhelming. From just getting around the workspace to actually designing the piece of furniture that you want, it can get pretty confusing.
I know that because I've been there, I've taught myself how to model in Fusion 360 and picked up a ton of tips and tricks along the way. Specifically if you are a woodworker or maker wanting to visualize your designs before you get into the shop.
This is why I made this course, so you can skip the hours watching YouTube tutorials and reading forums and get to actually building furniture!
This is a beta release of the course.
Meaning that by joining I will be developing the course materials with you in real time. Each week you will get a new module(s) to work through that will focus on a new piece of furniture to design in Fusion 360.
I'll be asking for feedback all along the way and tailoring the upcoming lessons to answer the questions you've got.
Plus it's priced lower than what it will be at the official launch. :)
I'm Brandon Cullum, the creator of the Make or Break Shop (YouTube Channel) and the Make or Break Show (Podcast).
I went to school for Aerospace Engineering where I was first exposed to 3D modeling and CAD. While in college I worked at General Electric Aircraft Engines and quickly saw the power of working digitally.
But I forgot most of that.
In reality I was looking for a way to build a kitchen table and wanted to figure out all the angles before I started cutting wood.
Enter Fusion 360. I saw the power in the program and how it could do so much stuff outside of just modeling.
It was just hard to learn.
Fast forward through hours of YouTube tutorials and diving into forms. I figured out a process that works well for me (as well as learning lots of stuff I really didn't need to know) to design a table or dresser.
I wanted to help other people skip the hours of Googling and distill it all down to JUST what you need.
And that's why I made this. So you can spend less time banging your head on a keyboard and more time making saw dust in the shop.
Since this is a beta release of the course I will be building it in real time (mostly). So the modules are broken up into weeks. With the focus in the beginning being on the basics and the later weeks building actual furniture projects.
Module 1: The Basics
In this module we will go over the fundamentals of Fusion 360. From downloading the program to getting to the point where you are ready to create your first model.
Lesson 1: Welcome, lets get Started!
Lesson 2: Download Fusion 360
Lesson 3: Workspace Layout
Lesson 4: How to get around
Lesson 5: Project Structure
Module 2: Core Design Principles
In this module we will look at some of the core concepts and techniques that make Fusion 360 so powerful. This is like a 20,000 ft view to the process before we dive into the details.
Lesson 1: What is a component?
Lesson 2: Working with Parameters
Lesson 3: Overall Best Practices
Lesson 4: Let's start with a Box
Module 3: Basic Modeling
Now that we've got the basics covered it's time to make our first 3D Model
Lesson 1: Create a Sketch
Lesson 2: Working with Dimensions and Constrants
Lesson 3: Making it 3D
Lesson 4: Connect it together (joints)
Lesson 5: Make it Move
Module 4: From the Screen to the Shop
Now that we have a 3D model it's time to connect it to a real world situation. We will cover creating renders, cut lists and plans.
Lesson 1: How to create Renders
Lesson 2: Custom Render Backgrounds
Lesson 3: Create a Cut List
Lesson 4: Create Printable Plans
Module 5: Let's Make Furniture!
This is what you are really here for. Let's make some furniture!
Project 1: Build a Table
Project 2: Build a Modern Media Cabinet
Lesson 3: Build a Rocking Chair
Lesson 4: Build an End Table
BONUS: Build a Trebuchet
The course is currently in development with the first round of students. We will be launching again in late Spring!
Totally! Check out Lars Christensen on YouTube, he puts out some of the best Fusion 360 content on the web. The value of the course is in the process. This is specifically designed for woodworkers and makers. Fusion 360 is a HUGE program, but we will just focus on the elements that will help you get a design out of your head and into the shop as fast as possible.
This is a topic that deserves a lot more attention than what is inside this course. I'm planning on creating a CAM specific course for the future that will dive into all the nuts and bolts you will need to know for both CNC and 3D printing.
Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists and businesses making less than $100,000 per year in gross annual revenue.
Thats totally fine. If this isn't the right fit I'll issue a full refund.
Sketchup is great, it is actually what I first used when I started with creating models of builds in 3D. But Fusion 360 is a lot more powerful and gives you the ability to do more with the models you create. I did a video comparing the two if you want more details.
In later releases of the course yes, for this version I will be sending out new content on a weekly basis. Check out the tentative schedule in the first FAQ question.
For all time! Since this is just the first version you will also have access to all future versions and additions that are put out.
Since this the beta version of the course I will be communicating with you at least on a weekly basis to get feedback on the content and see if you're stuck. More than likely this will come through email and surveys but we will probably add some live streams as well!
Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!