Computer Aided Design (CAD) is used to communicate an idea with precision and it can be used to develop new ideas to solve problems or make peoples’ lives better. Designers and engineers use CAD, such as Autodesk Fusion 360, to draw parts that can be rendered to look like real material. CAD can also be used for 3D printing so that the parts produced on screen can be picked up and used for testing.
You need to learn to use the CAD software first, then choose a product to draw or problem to solve. A simple phone holder is a good starting point and, after that, maybe either develop it further or start designing a range of products: storage, a desk tidy, a chair, water bottle holder, draw organiser, headphone holder…the list is endless since most things you own will have been designed using CAD.
You’ll learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 via online tutorials. Once you have developed these CAD skills, you’ll be able to apply them to solve real world problems, or use your CAD skills to redesign a product you have already.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
A PC and internet connection, a ruler and a problem to solve or product to develop
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT
What are the advantages and disadvantages of CAD? Why can a pencil and paper be better? If you like using Fusion 360, can you find some real-life jobs that use the same skills?
What went well? What didn’t go so well? What would you do differently next time?
We’d love to see the outcome of your design – send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org