I can’t help but think about my supporters, subscribers, and viewers when I reflect on how much was accomplished in 2019.
The Product Design Online YouTube channel and community has grown faster than I expected. Along with that, this website has evolved a lot over the past 12 months. Many of the changes to the site are in preparation for what I have in store for 2020.
There are several things I have planned for 2020, including:
- two new series on YouTube
- new Fusion 360 courses
- a bi-weekly email (every two weeks)
- Fusion 360 FAQs and tricks
- time spent building a community in my private Facebook Group for Fusion 360 Hobbyists.
2 New YouTube Series
I’ll be launching two new series (playlists) on YouTube shortly after the new year. I’ll continue to post a new tutorial video every Friday, alternating between series (at least to start).
First will be the “Practical Prints” series, where I demo all things related to designing for 3D Printing. Here are just a few of the topics that I’ll cover in this series (in no particular order):
- Cosplay props
- Replacement parts
- Household items
- And much more!
(If you’ve got an idea for a 3D Printing related video then contact me and let me know.)
The second series, “Sculpting Foundations,” will take viewers from beginner to advanced concepts in the Sculpt (or Form) environment. We’ll start out discussing primitives, t-splines, and other core concepts.
Next, there will be a few beginner tutorials that will cover the basic Sculpt commands, while building simple objects.
After the beginner lessons, concepts will start to focus on creating intermediate and advanced sculpted objects. By the end of the series, users will be able to utilize the Sculpt environment to ideate on their projects. Iterations can be refined and used in the Model workspace with production-ready parametric models.
I’ll be launching a brand new masterclass, “Fusion 360 for Woodworker Hobbyists.” This course will be released in early 2020 (hopefully the end of February).
Unlike some of my other courses, this course will be hosted (only) right here on my website. I’ve integrated a 3rd-party software package into my site to provide for a more valuable learning experience, which will include course assets (files, quizzes, readings, discussion forums, etc.) in addition to the traditional video-based tutorials.
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I’m also hoping to get another two courses released after the Woodworking course is finished. With that said, I’ve also been pondering revising the entire “Learn Fusion 360 in 30 Days for Complete Beginners” course to reflect the new UI updates and all the changes that have happened in the last 6 months.
Help me decide what course topic to create next by commenting on the bottom of this web page.
Fusion 360 FAQs
Each week I get asked many Fusion 360 questions. Often, some questions are asked by several users. Many of these questions get integrated into my next YouTube tutorial. Some frequently asked questions even become the main topic of a tutorial.
Contrary, many questions are simple answers that wouldn’t fulfill the requirements or needs of a video tutorial. I try to answer these questions on the Fusion FAQs page of my website.
One of my goals for 2020 is to post an answer to a Fusion 360 FAQ each week.
If you have a suggestion for a Fusion 360 FAQ then please contact me.
Tips and Tricks
I’ll be adding other tips and tricks to my website along with the Fusion 360 FAQs. These concepts will be focused more on general or core CAD concepts. Some of the topics include the following:
- Surface modeling
- Designing for plastics
- Packaging design
- Designing for 3D Printing
- 3D Printing technologies
- Design intent
- CAD for Woodworking
- And much more!
Let’s face it, we’re all busy living our own life. That’s why I’m starting a new bi-weekly email (every other week), which will host a variety of Fusion 360 content.
The email will act as a weekly digest, where I’ll gather all things related to Fusion 360, as well as some other similar topics, such as 3D Printing. Not all of the content will be my content, so this will also be a great way to discover other sites, content, and creators with similar goals in mind.
Sign Up For Emails Now
First, if you haven’t joined yet, be sure to join my private Facebook Group. This year I plan on spending more time focused on building the community by getting everyone to interact, share, and help each other with projects.
I’ve spent some time working on a content plan which will be used as the foundation for building a stronger community. Here are some of the prompts that will be shared each weekday.
Monday: Mastermind Monday – Share a screenshot or your Fusion 360 file to get feedback on this thread, and the community will give you feedback.
Tuesday: Tip Tuesday – I’ll be sharing the answer to a Fusion 360 FAQ. Write a comment to ask a follow-up question or to submit a question that you think I should answer next.
Wednesday: Welcome Wednesday – Introduce yourself if you’re new and share what you’re learning/using Fusion 360 for.
Thursday: Topic Thursday – I’ll share a core Fusion 360 concept or general CAD concept.
Friday: Flaunt-it-Fridays – Share all of your Fusion 360 wins, a project you finished, a roadblock you’ve overcome, or anything else Fusion 360 related you’d like to share with the community.
Keep in mind that together, we are building a community centered around Fusion 360 and the success of its users. Before posting a post or comment, ensure that you’re positively contributing to the community.
If a post is found to be offensive by group members for any reason, it can be reported to the group admin (Kevin Kennedy) who will take action based on the content of the post.
If you are reported to be soliciting business via private message, email, or any other direct contact with other group members, you will be removed from the group immediately.
What Did I Miss?
You’ve got a great idea and I’d love to hear it! Share your video ideas or other suggestions by commenting below on this page or by contacting me.
Please do update the “Learn Fusion 360 in 30 Days for Complete Beginners” course to reflect the new UI updates and everything else. You have a wonderful style and such good content already, it just needs to reflect the actual UI. Myself and my maker space students love it – I hope you find time to update it.
Thanks for your feedback! There does seem to be some interest in an updated version. I’m hoping to start to carve out some time each week to at the very least do a video or two for that. The challenge is that I don’t want it to detract too much from producing new content.
Wishing you and everyone at the makerspace a Happy New Year filled with lots of successful projects!
Cheers, Kevin 🙂
I’ve studied countless F360 YouTube tutorials but yours are the best, hands-down! The pacing allows me to actually follow at a reasonable speed and your repetition of basic commands and menu items as you work has really helped me memorize parts of the interface. My main wish is that you publish as much as possible on YouTube. We live off-grid, deep in the woods, and our bandwidth is so limited that I cannot stream videos. We get free bandwidth from midnight to 0500 and I use two programs to download your YouTube videos during that time: Airy and Lingon 3. Looking forward to following you in 2020!
Glad to hear you’re enjoying my tutorials! If things continue to progress as they are, then I am hoping to hire some side help to take over some of the tasks for me. If that does happen, I will be trying to release two videos a week, or maybe a second video every other week along with the current schedule of a new video every Friday.
Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year!
Cheers, Kevin 🙂