3D Printing: Designing for FDM with Inventor

Designing parts for 3D printing can be more involved than it appears at first glance. This course will help you design parts that can be easily printed using Autodesk Inventor.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 8, 2017
Duration
1h 22m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 8, 2017
Duration
1h 22m
Description

While 3D printing is an amazing tool for turning ideas into physical objects, not all 3D models translate well from 3D modeling software to real life. In this course, 3D Printing: Designing for FDM with Inventor, you will learn how to create 3D models in Autodesk Inventor with the end goal of 3D printing the model in mind. You will first learn about the basics of 3D printing and Inventor. Next, you will get to see proper part orientation, how to avoid as well as how to deal with over hangs on your part. Finally, you will see different methods to process difficult parts so they can be easily printed. When you are finished with this course, you will have a solid understanding of how to design parts for manufacturing on a 3D printer. Software required: Autodesk Inventor 2017, Cura 2.6, Meshmixer 3.2.

About the author
About the author

Grayson is currently an undergraduate student at California Statue University Long Beach studying mechanical engineering. He has built four 3D printers and designed one from scratch. In addition, he is running a small 3D printing business. After college Grayson plans to start a company focusing on automation and robotics.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Grayson Galisky. I'd like to introduce you to my course, Designing for FDM with Autodesk Inventor. In this course, we'll walk through the basic workflow of creating models and getting them ready for 3D printing. 3D printing is an incredible tool for developing an idea and bringing it in to the real world, but its usefulness is predicated by your ability to design parts compatible with FDM 3D printing. Initially, we will start to design parts in Autodesk Inventor with the purpose of printing the part, and we will be exporting those files in Autodesk Inventor in to a 3D-printable file type. Next, we will explore how changing the orientation of a part before printing affects the strength and surface quality of the part. Another aspect we will also consider is use of support material and dealing with post-processing. We will also take a look at how to break complex models down in to 3D-printable pieces and add intelligent support structures with Meshmixer. Finally, we will cover how to bond those parts back together after they are 3D printed with a couple of different methods. After completing this course, you will have a solid tool kit for working with and creating 3D models for 3D printing. This is a beginner-level course, so you do not need to have prior experience with FDM 3D printing. However, the course material will still be relevant even if you already have some basic 3D printing experience. I hope to see you join me for my course, Designing for FDM with Autodesk Inventor, here on Pluralsight.