Course overview

CAD: Fusion 360 City of Bristol College

Start to use Autodesk’s new CAD/CAM/CAE 3D parametric modeller.

This is a flexi-course, which you can start at any time. It will teach you the essentials of how to use Fusion360, Autodesk’s latest CAD/CAM parametric engineering 3D modeller. You will create 3D engineering models and 2D technical drawings through the hands-on use of Fusion360. You will also be able to produce 3D prints from the models you have created, with the support of an Autodesk-Certified Instructor.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for beginners looking for an introduction to Autodesk’s latest CAD/CAM/CAE program Fusion360. You will learn how to take advantage of its ability to go from concept to manufacturing e.g. by CAM, or 3D printing, in one software package that can produce 3D visuals and full 2D working drawings and works on Mac and PC.

What you'll learn

During this course you will learn the essentials of how to use Fusion360, to produce 2D CAD drawings from 3D models that you will create to show off your designs. You will cover items such as: making features with quick shapes, creating geometry from sketches and how to use additional sketching tools for more involved shape creation.

You will also learn about:

  • creating 3D images of your design;
  • controlling your models and drawings with equations and parameters;
  • how to make more complex 3D objects, e.g. by using path sweeps, drawing output manipulation and other key features to let you build and print your own 3D project models.

Finally you will 3D print a model of your own 3D design as part of your project work to complete the course.

Course entry requirements

To join this course, you will need enthusiasm for learning Fusion360.

It will also help if you have a basic understanding of industrial/product design or engineering and/or know about other 3D CAD/CAE/CAM programs – but neither is essential.

You will need a working understanding of English and Maths and the ability to use Windows-based computers confidently.

Entry interview

You need to attend an interview – in person or by phone.

Phone interviews can be arranged as necessary; call 0117 3122703 or email

If you want a college-based, in-person interview, sessions are on Wednesdays at the College Green Centre, during term time, in room 6E22H, at 16:00.

You do not need to book, just sign in at reception and allow upwards of an hour just in case you visit during a busy time. Other times can be arranged, simply call or email as detailed above.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course is a flexi-course which allows you to attend college as and when you can. Once enrolled, you can tailor your course timing to suit your needs. The course takes around 90 hours to complete, which must be done within a year of starting – how quickly is up to you.

At the end of the course you will be assessed through the creation of your own Fusion360 project, which can then be 3D printed. When successfully completed, you will receive a College Certificate and an Autodesk ATC Certificate of Completion, to confirm your achievement.

Future career and study opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you will be equipped with the essential skills and knowledge to use Fusion360 in your chosen career path that requires 3D modelling and simulation of product/mechanical engineering design.

You can progress onto other CAD courses on offer, e.g. Inventor, AutoCAD, Solidworks.

Additional costs

There are no required additional costs for this course beyond the course fee – call / email to find out the fee.

Enrolment on the course entitles you to a free copy of Fusion360, for educational purposes, from Autodesk – it is assumed you already have a suitable computer to use this on – if you can’t / don’t want to use the college’s CAD Windows computers. Mac computers can be used as Fusion360 is browser-based.

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