Introduction to Fusion 360 CAD

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Electronic and Techinical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL041823DS
  • 4



Learn Fusion 360, a 3-D design program that lets you turn designs into items made of metal, wood, plastic, or molds.

About this Class

Fusion 360 can generate G-codes (geometric codes) for computer-controlled tools at BARN including the plasma cutter in the Welding and Sheet Metal Shop, the milling machine in the Machine Shop, or the CNC router in the Woodworking Studio. You can also use Fusion 360 to design objects for BARN's 3-D printers. 

This two-session class is designed to allow you to work with the program after the first session and get help with roadblocks or answers to your questions during the second session. Allow time between sessions to work on your project, which you will get at the first session. A learning reference guide will be provided on the techniques covered in the class, including: 

  • Basic design concepts
  • Step-by-step creation of a CAD design
  • Additional learning resources so you can fast-track your proficiency in Fusion


You must bring a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of Fusion 360 already downloaded. This is critical as no computers are provided, and the design program does not work well with a trackpad. There is no time during class to download the program.

You can download a free trial directly from Fusion. Click "Get started" under the column "Fusion 360 for Personal Use." It will walk you through the process including creating an account and a confirmation email.

Class Policies


Doug Salot has adopted Fusion 360 as a lifestyle. He has used it to design signs, cabinets, and replacement parts for various broken things. You'll often find him in ETA using the laser cutter or in the woodshop carving things on BARN's CNC router.

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