* Webcam and microphone are needed
Entry Level - No prerequisites
This is an entry level course for students interested in 3D engineering design software and high-tech manufacturing. Students will learn the basics of various 3D Design applications, milling software to create toolpaths, and the actual operation of CNC machines to produce their own physical parts. For those that are planning on, or have built their own CNC machines in our Mechanical Automation Systems Engineering course or 3D Printer in the Additive Manufacturing course, this class is the perfect way to get a better understanding on what you can do with these machines.
Distance Learning Specifics
The online structure of class will consist of one hour live video conferencing for lecturing and questions, and then between live class times students will have other objectives to complete somewhat at their leisure. The course times that are listed are the live class times. We understand if you might have to miss a session and can usually work with you, but if you know you can't make a larger portion of the live times, please look for another time slot.
We will have pre-recorded videos for students to watch during off hours. These will compliment the live lectures and give students a learning source they can watch repeatedly. These videos and other important information will be held on a class website.
The class website will contain device documentation, vendor information, technology concepts and quizzes. The quizzes will be an important part of this online program which students will have to pass in order to complete the course. We will talk through all the quizzes during our live sessions and anyone that shows up for class will have no problem making it through. We will not blind side you with stray questions we never talked about yet expect you to know.
Currently we will we using Webex as our video conferencing software. You do not need to make an account to join the live sessions. An email will be sent out to all students including the time and dates, web link to the meeting and password. You will need to have a webcam and microphone for this class.
The class kits will have to be picked up from the school. In the future we will get a shipping process sorted out for those that do not live in the area, but for the moment local pickup only. We are very interested in being able to reach those around the country so this will happen eventually.
While the class currently focuses on Autodesk Fusion 360, we do look at other CAD systems throughout the course. We've been teaching Dassault Systemes CATIA for many years, but offering Fusion 360 courses makes the best sense for hobbyists and small businesses due to its low cost (free for students and lower income businesses).
This course ties together important concepts of the manufacturing process as students move from 3d design to the machining process. These are details often not understood by those who work in a single discipline. We continually strive to break the concept of compartmentalized groups working on isolated elements of production and just "throwing it over the wall" without fully understanding the details of the upstream/downstream specifics.
In this course we're are not trying to necessarily turn students into machinists, but rather help those involved in any CAD process to better understand the needs and limitations of their manufacturing team.
3D Design - Basic Features
- User interface
- 2D Sketch tools
- Solid modeling features
- Boolean Operations for use in mold design
- Creating Joints (Assemblies)
- Learning to design properly for the complications of manufacturing
Mailing List Signup
- Computer Aid Manufacturing (CAM) software
- Creating Toolpaths
- Exporting g-code
- Click here to get notified of upcoming classes!
Class Dates and Times:
Class Number 9751
August 24 - October 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Class Number TBD
August 30 - October 27
(no class Sep 6, Oct 11)
5:00pm - 6:00pm
The college has recently moved to a new system and the process is a bit different
Online Registration Login Page - CTCLInk
- Follow the link below - login in or create an account
- Go to "Student Homepage"
- Choose "Manage Classes"
- "Class Search and Enroll"
- Choose Edmonds College and the quater (Control + F to search page)
- Search for class name or number (Class Number will get you to where you want faster)
- All our classes fall under "Special Topics: Manufacturing". This means if you search for UAV for example you may still find all our classes listed
If you have troubles with the online registration:
- Call our registration office
- Give them the name and cnumber of the class you wish to register for
Contact Damian Cianci at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Business Training Center of Edmonds Community College has been "off-campus" in the heart of the community providing practical industry focused education since 1998