Fusion 360 - Casted Metal Design

The Metal Casting Process is the preferred method of manufacturing complex shapes that would otherwise be too expensive to produce by any other means. In this course, you will learn the entire design process for metal parts to be casted at a foundry. Software required: Autodesk's Fusion 360.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
January 31, 2017
Duration
2h 6m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
January 31, 2017
Duration
2h 6m
Description

There are so many important considerations to make when designing parts that will be casted and ultimately machined. This course, Fusion 360 - Casted Metal Design, covers fundamental Fusion 360 tools and processes that are required to efficiently design casted metal parts, as well as best practices for communicating with foundries and machine shops. First, you will design a motorcycle triple-clamp and perform a stress simulation. Next, you'll create versions for both the investment casting and CNC finish machining process. Finally, you'll wrap up the course using Fusion 360's CAM functionality to create 2D & 3D tool paths to create the precision surfaces for your triple-clamp. Upon completion of this course, you will have the confidence to have your metal parts casted. Software required: Autodesk's Fusion 360.

About the author
About the author

Chris is the Founder & President of SolidBox, a Performance Hardware, IT Support, Project Based Training & Engineering Services company for SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Onshape, & Mastercam users across North America.

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Hi I'm Chris Castle with Solidbox. Solidbox isan Engineering and IT services company that Supports Solidworks, Fusion 360, Onshape and MasterCam users all across North America. We are also an official partner of the Solidworks Corporation, Autodesk and MasterCam. As a registered professional engineer and Solidworks Elite Applications Engineer I've had the pleasure of working with 3D CAD software tosolve complex problems in the aviation, medical device, oil and gas and consumer products industries for the last 18 years. Our company specializes in project based training both onsite, and online, and we love what we do. So it's my pleasure to show you almost everything you need to know to design successful and profitable casted metal parts in Fusion 360.

The Metal Casting Process has been the preferred method of manufacturing complex shapes that would otherwise be too expensive to produce by any other means. It's an art form that goes back 6k years. For the most part the process is still the same but the tools for designing complicated parts has become more accessible and as a result there's a resurgence of foundries and pattern shops all across the world.

There are so many important considerations to make when designing parts that will be casted and ultimately machined. From material selection to shrinkage and vetting. For example in this course we will start with the different types of casting processes and their respective pros and cons.

As a practical exercise we will focus on the investment casting process to help us manufacture a motorcycle triple clamp. In Fusion 360 we will design two versions of our triple clamp. One for the foundry and one for the CNC Shop to handle the post machining process.

We will cover advanced topics such as:

  • Complex Sketches
  • Advanced Fillets
  • Clever Files Management Techniques
  • FDA Simulation
By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the Casted Metal Design process for structural components and you will experience firsthand how a mass produced casted product is designed, analyzed and fabricated. And even if you never intend to design casted parts you will learn valuable skills that will improve how you model complex shapes while maintaining critical parametric control over your model. All these skills will add tremendous experience to your resume so come and join us on this educational journey.

Before beginning the course you should be familiar with some of the basics in AutoCAD.

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