At Rocklin CA’s Sierra College, Advanced Manufacturing students are developing skills in Autodesk® Fusion 360™. This is an affordable software for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), according to Sierra College’s Franz Veitschegger, Advanced Manufacturing department chair. “In a nut shell, CAD is basically three-dimensional (3D) modeling on the computer,” said Veitschegger.
“Once the 3D model is created in CAD, the cutting tool paths are created in CAM. The CAM tool paths are then ‘posted’ to the CNC milling machine so it can do the work of creating the part.”
Courses utilize Fusion 360™
The following Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing classes taught at the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at Sierra College include instruction on applying Fusion 360™.
62 – Introduction to 2D CAD/CAM
63 – Design Using Fusion 360™
66 – CNC Mill 3D Manufacturing
64 – Computer-Aided 2D Design (touches on Fusion 360™)
67 – CNC Three/Multi-Axis Milling
The college is in the process of developing an Advanced Manufacturing AS degree, a skills certificate and a certificate of achievement.
For more information, check out the Sierra College website under Advanced Manufacturing.
Fusion 360™ is Cost-effective Tool
Veitschegger believes that Fusion 360™ is an excellent tool because it is inexpensive. “ Fusion 360™ has the same capabilities as the expensive CAD/CAD software does,” said Veitschegger. “For small companies with a gross under $100K and students, Fusion 360™ is free. Even if you purchase the software, it’s around $300-$500 a year which is still really cheap.”
Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis …
Veitschegger explained that Fusion 360™ is updated frequently and widely used. “ Due to how powerful it is, the online support community and the cost, more companies are using Fusion 360™,” said Veitschegger.
There are many ways to use the software and modern manufacturers find it to be very efficient, indicated Veitschegger. “Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis and more,” said Veitschegger.
In addition to the courses offered in the catalog, Sierra College Training works with employers to customize CNC and Advanced Manufacturing training for employees.