Design in manufacturing Autodesk Fusion 360 training Fast track your process; enrich your value

All software solutions go deep. They offer features that many users have neither the time nor the inclination to explore. Fusion 360 has more to offer than you may think. Investigate the extensive range of capabilities it lays out before you, and you’ll find the hidden potential in your task, your project, and your skills.

Knowing where to look
Like any software, Autodesk Fusion 360 comes with its own ‘how to’ guide. You can also go to the Autodesk product documentation portal to discover more functions, tips and use cases. This is all fine. It’s an approach that adheres to the long-cherished motto among those whose software is integral to their roles – ‘Read the Manual’.

Manuals are great. They get you in the zone, introduce the tools, and give you pretty much all you need to know about how to get going. They’re like a map. They give directions. So, when you know what mountain you want to climb, you use the map to get there. The mountain looms in front of you. Now it’s easy.

You want to climb to the top of the mountain from where you are at the base camp. You have two choices; you can go it alone, or you can ask a guide to accompany you. The guide will know the safest routes, the areas to avoid, and where the dangers lie. They’ll ‘optimise’ your journey up the mountain. They’ll make it a faster, more fruitful, and more fulfilling journey.

Part of my role is acting as a guide up the Fusion 360 mountain. Symetri’s Advanced Manufacturing Team comprises Autodesk Certified, experienced design software professionals undertaking Fusion 360 training. Collectively, our role is not just to help you get the best out of Fusion 360 but also to get the most out of it. Symetri is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre, so you’ll know you’re in safe hands.  

The problem with ‘Fit-for-Purpose’
Using any tool—from the humble chisel and hammer through to software of any description in any business—can take you in one of two directions. The first is that it gets the job done. The second is that it acts as a catalyst for your talent and experience, your skills and vision.  

Michelangelo’s David was a block of marble to start with. It became one of the most famous and enduring works of art because Michelangelo took a hammer and chisel to the block. Using Fusion 360 because it’s ‘fit for purpose’ is okay. It will enable you to work faster and achieve more, collaborate more, avoid errors, and anticipate outcomes.

From enablement to empowerment: The value of Fusion 360 Training
Using Fusion 360 as a ‘basic’ tool will preclude potential you may never even be aware of unless you explore. That’s what Symetri Fusion 360 Training does, built around the requirements of roles such as product designer, engineers, manufacturing or mechanical specialist and machinists. Other roles benefit, too, wherever Fusion 360 comes into play.

The spread of roles, and hence the breadth of the relevance of the course, is important to note. A variety of professionals correlates precisely to the headline benefit of Fusion 360— that it does not recognise silos or, instead, it does in its very purpose, but it brings them together, merges them. It enables each specialist to collaborate with all the others. It allows everybody to help each other as the project progresses, rather than waiting until one contributor has performed their function and then passes the drawing or model on to the next. In doing away with siloes, Fusion 360 does away with wasted time, duplication, false starts or re-thinks.

Here’s an overview of areas of training you may want to consider, starting with the essentials and then moving in the direction that most appropriately addresses enhancements to your specific workspaces… 

Fusion 360 Essentials
Symetri’s introductory two-day course focuses on equipping you with the skills to get the most out of the Fusion 360 environment. This is the core of the Fusion 360 Training portfolio, to which, once completed, you can add your own flair. You can add a day to the core course for a bespoke training deep-dive. This is to explore your workflow/s, processes, parts, drawings and so on.

In Fusion 360 Essentials, we guide you through basic parametric design and other key features across the workflows that may prevail in your business, such as animation, motion study and assembly techniques.

The course is like ‘reading the manual’ on steroids. It goes from a fit-for-purpose approach (such as may emerge from a study of the manual) to looking closely at what the purpose may be—what you want to achieve, what your aspirations are for bringing further efficiencies, and a touch of magic, into your practices.

Any course can be classroom-based (Symetri location[i] or on your own premises) or virtual; for groups no larger than six individuals to make it possible for everyone to engage with the trainer and with other delegates.

Explore the full agenda here of Fusion 360

Beyond essentials
Depending on what you want to achieve in your business, our Fusion 360 advanced manufacturing courses include (but are certainly not limited to):

These advanced courses are not just ‘beyond essentials’; they deliver skills you won’t find much (if any) guidance on in standard online product training or any Fusion 360 forums. Our Advanced Manufacturing Team have experience in each specialist area of functionality within Fusion 360. They adopt a pragmatic approach in ensuring you’ll get greater skills value from Fusion 360, which is truly aligned with how your processes work today and how you want to make them work better, more productively, and more relevantly for you in the future. A complete run-through of the portfolio can be found here.

If you want to find out more about how much more you can do with Fusion 360, please contact Symetri. 

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