Learning 3D Modeling Basics, Autodesk Fusion 360


It’s January 17th and 17 degrees outside.. feels like 1°. Today marks the third snow day for the 2017-2018 academic year.

There are a lot of online learning tools to try, and after freezing outside for the obligatory ‘Yay, it’s a snow day!!’ picture, I decided to try out Autodesk Fusion 360.


Many of our students coming from the Lower School are familiar with TinkerCad. Mr. Shabanowitz has insisted that the students get away from TinkerCad and instead use Autodesk Fusion 360, as it has a lot more functionality.

I’ve never made a 3D model like this before, so it’s best to start with the basics. Autodesk has hundreds of step-by-step tutorials, and here is the lesson I started with. Watch the lesson one time, then watch again while trying to follow along. There’s no shame in lots of pausing, rewinding, and replaying before going on to the next step, right?!?. You can also use YouTube to find step-by-step guides for how to make different objects. Here is a video on how to make a dice. This is the dice I made!!

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You can use these tutorials to help you prepare for your own 3D modeling lessons, or if you’re just starting out, you can have the students work along side you.

It took me several hours just to get through the basics, but hopefully soon I’ll be able to create something like Michael’s Flat Cat! They say it’s super easy once you get the hang of it. 🙂

flat cat

Happy snow days, everyone!!


P.S. Just found this video about how to create a maker coin a by Joel the 3D Printing Nerd (love his videos!!). Im not quite sure what a maker coin is– perhaps it’s the ‘business card’ of makers?– but this video demonstrates some other features for beginners that I want to try tomorrow if the lab isn’t too busy.

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