Fusion 360: Assembly Course


Fusion 360 offers one of the most powerful and convenient workspaces for bringing your assemblies to life. The advantage comes from being able to design both parts and assemblies in the same design space.

With many other CAD programs the parts must be designed first, and then inserted into a separate assembly file. With Fusion 360 you can create all of the parts in a single design, and then set them as “components” in an assembly. Components can then have joints applied, which relates the parts to one another and enables certain degrees of motion.

Fusion 360: Assembly Joint Types


The Fusion 360 Assemblies course begins by walking through some higher level concepts of assembly structure, including topics like the differences between bodies and components as well as how to insert other designs into a main assembly.

The next section focuses heavily on creating Joints and how they control the positions and motion of the components in the assembly. Understanding Joint creation is a crucial aspect of creating assemblies, since it’s a relatively new workflow in CAD modeling and is significantly different than the commonly used method of adding mates to parts.

The last section in the course focuses on “Distributed Design Strategies,” which addresses scenarios where teams of designers are collaborating on a single design and work on smaller sections of that design.

Each of these sections wraps up with hands-on exercises, which allow you to master the concepts and techniques learned throughout the course. You’re provided a downloadable Fusion 360 model used for each step in the exercise and the exercise ends with a walkthrough video for you to become fully confident in your new assembly creation skills.

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