In this project, students will first follow a step-by-step tutorial to learn some of the basic tools and functions of Autodesk Fusion 360 modelling software by making an example dice model. In the tutorial students will learn the basics of modelling using primitives and sketches. They will set up a new project, model a basic dice, then use different tools to model the details on each surface of the dice. Finally they will learn to save and export the file for 3D printing.
Students will then be set a design challenge to create their own “Emoji Dice” Prototype. A single page design challenge task sheet has been produced to direct students through the project. This includes the Design Brief, along with suggested activities for Project Research, Development of Ideas, Final Design, 3D Modelling, 3D Printing and Testing/Evaluating. The design challenge allows students to work independently to develop their Fusion 360 sketching skills further and produce their own product prototype design.
The resources for this project include:
- Fusion 360 Dice Tutorial
- Example Dice STL to demonstrate the tutorial outcome
- Emoji Dice Design Challenge Tasksheet
- 2 x Example Emoji Dice STL (feelings and weather) for demonstrating possible project outcomes
In The Classroom
This project is perfect for introducing Fusion 360 to students from KS3 upwards as it covers many of the basics of the software. The tutorial allows students to learn the basics in a guided manner before being set an independent design task to practice and develop their skills further.
Prior to starting this project, students will each need an Autodesk Student Account to be able to log into Fusion 360.
The tutorial is quite lengthy (20 pages in total) due to a large number of screenshots. To save on photocopying, we recommend you print and bind a class set of tutorial booklets and keep them for future use.
The dice are small (2cm x 2cm x 2cm) and can be 3D printed quickly and at low cost, so each student will be able to have a 3D printed prototype. Multiple dice can be arranged and sliced on a single build plate so a complete class will only require 2-3 print runs.