Fusion 360 is arguably the best CAD tool on the market for a 3D-printing hobbyist. Many users start out with a simpler program, such as TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is a great entry-level CAD program, however, it also restricts users from reaching their creative potential.
A lot of 3D-printing hobbyists are intimidated by Fusion 360’s learning curve. However, I’m here to tell you that anyone who has basic computer skills can learn Fusion 360. I’ve had students from the ages of 7 years young all the way to 88 years old successfully finish my 3D-printing Fusion 360 tutorials – I know you can do it too!
Free Fusion 360 License
Fusion 360 offers a free 1-year license for startups and hobbyists. The license can also be renewed annually, as long as you still fulfill their simple requirements. The only catch is that you cannot make more than $100,000 with your use of Fusion 360. Make sure to take advantage of this if you’re eligible!
Fusion 360 also offers a 3-year license for students and educators. Check if you’re eligible to get Fusion 360 for free, and learn which license is best for you.
Free 3D-Printing Tutorials
Featured Premium Course
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Course Description: Learning Fusion 360 is a critical step in being able to create your own unique designs that you can 3D print.
With this new skill, you’ll be able to create custom models that help you gain more clients, help you diversify your revenue streams, and maximize your creative potential.
By the end of this class, you’ll have built and customized a 3D-printable stamp in Autodesk Fusion 360. Fusion 360 is a free 3D modeling software that lets you virtually create your custom designs in 3-dimensions.
I’ll cover how to turn 2D-sketches into 3-dimensional objects, using Fusion 360’s loft and extrude commands. Along the way, you’ll also learn some Fusion 360 tips and tricks that will set yourself up for a successful 3D print. This course requires no previous experience working in Fusion 360.
Convert STL Mesh Files to bRep Solid Bodies
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to turn an .STL or .OBJ mesh file into a solid bRep body. We’ll take a look at a few different options while doing this and we’ll talk about the meaning behind some of this commonly used terminology in the world of 3D-printing!
Create a Phone Case in Fusion 360 for 3D-Printing
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to 3D-model a phone case for 3D-printing. You’ll learn how to: upload files, how to use the extend sketch feature, how to project a sketch, and how to export your .STL file for 3D-printing.
Create a Dynamic Hinged-Box in Fusion 360 for 3D-Printing
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to 3D-model a hinged box for 3D-printing. We’ll take a look at how to set up user parameters, how to apply an as-built joint, and how to prepare the part for 3D-printing.
Create a One-Part Mold in Fusion 360 for 3D-Printing
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to 3D-model a simple one-part mold for 3D printing. We’ll take a look at how to use the combine feature to subtract one body from another.
Create a Two-Part Mold in Fusion 360 for 3D-Printing
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to 3D model a two-part mold that you can 3D print. We’ll take a look at how to use the combine tool to subtract a body, how to split a body in half, and how to create registration pins for the mold.
Create a Painter’s Tripod (Pyramid) in Fusion 360 for 3D-Printing
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to 3D model a Painter’s Tripod for 3D printing. If you’re not familiar, a Painter’s Tripod it’s a pyramid that you can rest items on, with minimal contact, allowing you to paint or stain both sides at once.
We’ll take a look at how to loft to a point, the project sketch feature, the mirror feature using midplanes, and we’ll talk about setting up our file so we can change the dimensions without causing any errors.
Create a Cookie Cutter in Fusion 360 for 3D-Printing
By the end of this video, you’ll know how to 3D model a cookie cutter in Fusion 360. With most designs, you’ll want to start off with a reference image. I’ve gone ahead and attached a heart silhouette in the video description.
If you’re looking to create a different shape then simply find your own reference image and follow the same steps in this tutorial.
How to 3D-Model a Trammel of Archimedes in Fusion 360 | 3D-Print a Do-Nothing Machine
By the end of this video, you’ll know how to create a Trammel of Archimedes in Fusion 360. The Trammel of Archimedes is a mechanism that generates the shape of an ellipse.
Some have even coined the machines to be the “do-nothing machine” as their pretty pointless [pun intended] when they have a knob on the end. Usually, they have a pencil or knife attached to the end so one can draw, scribe, or cut an ellipse into a surface underneath.
These are great little projects for woodworking or 3D-printing, and the kids seem to love them, so I thought this would be a fun object to model in Fusion 360.