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Design a 3D Slider Heart Pendant in Autodesk Fusion 360 in Six Easy Steps

teacher avatar Dee Brown, Learn. Design. 3D Print.

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10 Lessons (36m)

    • 2. Designing In 3D Space

    • 3. Frequently Used Tools

    • 4. Heart Pendant Step One

    • 5. Heart Pendant Step Two

    • 6. Heart Pendant Step Three

    • 7. Heart Pendant Step 4

    • 8. Heart Pendant Steps 5 & 6

    • 9. Rendering

    • 10. Heart Pendant Conclusion

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to design your own jewelry using CAD/CAM software? This is your opportunity to learn at your own pace. This is a BEGINNER course.  No previous experience is needed.  This is the perfect class to gain exposure to 3D jewelry design and modeling.  

This class uses Autodesk Fusion 360.  This CAD/CAM software is used by professionals but is FREE to students, educators, hobbyist and startups.  If you are a hobbyist or startup you must make less than $100,000 a year to qualify for the FREE version of the software.  Fusion 360 is cloud based.  You can download it here: DOWNLOAD AutoDesk Fusion 360


We start by talking  about designing in a 3D space.

We will then become familiar with frequently used tools for jewelry designing in Fusion 360.

Lesson 1 we setup our workspace with the tools and settings needed for designing and modeling jewelry. We then use the spline tool to start drawing the heart shape for the pendant.

In Lesson 2 we use the mirror tool to finish the heart and we use the press and pull tool to turn the heart into a three dimensional shape.

In Lesson 3 we create the hole for the chain to slide through by using the spline and sweep tools.

In Lesson 4 we use the fillet tool to smooth out the edges of the pendant.

In Lesson 5 & 6 we save to our Fusion 360 cloud account and export the file as a .STL file for 3D printing.

We will look at basic model rendering options in Fusion 360.

After completing this class you will have a solid foundation for creating a slider pendant for 3D printing. 

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Dee Brown

Learn. Design. 3D Print.


I am an independent jewelry designer and freelance 3D modeler. I have turned my love of jewelry into a business of helping others learn how to make jewelry of their own. Whether you are new to jewelry making or a beader or a wire worker, the world of computer aided design can open up even more creative possibilities. Join me as we explore this three dimensional opportunity.

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1. HEART PENDANT INTRO: Hello. This is D with bipedal studio. And today I want to teach you how to use auto desk fusion 3 60 to make a slider heart pendant in six easy steps. Even a beginner will be able to complete this project. Let's get started. 2. Designing In 3D Space: Now that we have the software downloaded, let's talk moving about geometric planes and designing in a three D software. When you first know again to auto desk fusion 3 60 we're going to start by looking at the workspace. We'll talk a little bit about geometric planes and designing in a three D space. First, If your view cube is not over here in the right hand corner, I want you to go up to view and make sure that is showing. So you say Show View Cube and we're also in this lesson gonna talk about this toolbar. So we want to go to view show toolbar if is not shown. Okay, First, let's talk about the geometric plane. So we're creating. We're gonna start with a two D two d objects and we even create a three D object. In order to do that, you have to know what plane you're on similar to you in geometry class. Back in high school, where we have the X y and Z planes, we need to always be aware or where we are with top plane. If you hit this top button here, you'll see it goes to the back planes. That's the back of the object thing about three D object. We hit this button again. It goes to the bottom. We hit it again, goes back to the front. Then if we hit the size, we have right that and left just like a que If you ever want to rotate, you can rotate this way using the arrows. And if you want to go back to the home where we started, you hit the home button. This is just showing you almost an aerial view. So you don't really You're not on any plane. Okay, so let's start with talking about Let's just demonstrate that with an object. Okay? So now I have a rectangle on my plane and I'm in the home beause this is an aerial view of the rectangle, you see, as I scroll over it, the rectangle sides or the plane. More highlight. If I wanted to see the top plane, I would click here the right plane bottoms left back to the top. It's rotated back around using that a room. We wanted to look at the right, the bottom again, the left and let's say we want to go back home. Here we go. So that's how you navigate within the three D space. The other thing you need to know is, for example, you just saw me zoom in and zoom out. I'm using a three wheel mouse, a mouse with a with a will, And I'm able to zoom in and out. Another way that you can do that is you can use the zoom function down here. This isn't here. You gonna go to view you gonna go? Teoh Navigation. That's your navigation. So if your navigation isn't there, use that. You can zoom in and zoom out. You use this pan hand to rule around. Gotta be on one of the planes. Let's try that again. Use the hand to move the the screen around. Use zoom to zoom in and out. He used to orbit in this wool, rotate the object. So if you don't want to use the view to kind of see all the size you used its orbit. But it was this button right here that used will be using that a lot. So that is the basics of how to navigate within a three d space. Okay, that's we want in the next lesson 3. Frequently Used Tools: in this lesson. We're gonna talk about some of the frequently used tools, and these are the tools you're gonna use when designing jewelry. So first we want to make sure the View Cube is still shown here on the right. If it isn't, we go to view and show me a cube. And we want to make sure the toolbar is being shown here as well. View show to war. It is not there. Okay, so some of them were frequently used tools all gonna be across the top here. First, we want to make sure that we're on model. This is where you draw the sketch out and model. The actual item that you're designing patch is used later when we need to make repairs before we send it off to be shipped sheet metal. It's also used later. Render is when you want to turn it into a picture animation. So you want to show how parts come together? Assimilation show how parts work campus, Have you using a computer aided machine and you're going to send it off to be generated and then drawing from designer from inmate animation. We won't be using any of these in these beginner classes will always be using the model. You want to make sure the motto is selected. We were frequently be using the sketch tool. So here, we're going to say, create a sketch. And now we see our planes, and this allows you to pick a plane. Now you could pick a plane here or going pick a plane here. So hit top. You see how it took me to the top plane? So we're on the top play now and let's say we want it to draw something that uses lines. So we used the line tool. No clip the two points on one for the line and you notice I do this AKI's movement. Oh, no, go away. So what you need to do is hit escape, okay? And it stops the learning tool. You'll notice that when we did the line tool, another view window started over here on the right, and this is gives you options. So right now it says if we unchecked here, it would take the great away. But we want to keep the grid. The great is a good way for you to be able to draw accurately. So you want to keep the grips. We don't want that to go away. You can say it snaps to agree it or not. You can show the profile or not. Show points says the endpoints always keep the endpoints because we sometimes need them. Once again, we're drawing. And here this is the one of why people will remove. It's the little icons here. The show, the constraints. You can take that out if you want. Okay, so you can play around with these and see how it changes your drawings. Do you ever want to get rid of this little box of this push Stop sketch didn't come out of the sketch tool. Another one that you use and sketch quite often will be the rectangular. So let's say we were creating a rectangle box. We could do the two points where, exactly what it sounds. You make one two points and it draws the box for you. Let's do that again. The box was pretty small. One to there we go and draws the box for you. There are times where you might want to make a three point rectangle because you're trying to hit certain points or a center rectangle. So let's, for example, you know where you want the center of the rectangle to be, but you're not too concerned about the endpoints. So this one draws it directly from the century hit center hit where you want to start, and then it will draw it out for you. Notice how you can move it around and manipulated. You can also go into the box in this type in whatever side you want. 39 hit Enter and it will make that for you. That's the length Do you see that? Let's say, for example, with this line that we drew, we want to know how long this line is. You're gonna go to inspect, measure and click on it, and it's gonna tell me the left this one's 88.584 millimeters because I have my boxes sentimental set to measurements as millimeters. It's gonna close that I'm gonna stop the sketch. I'm not. A sketch tool is used quite often is the circle same thing with a circle. You can do two points or sent to diameter or any of these. Most of the time, you're gonna do it from the center. You say you want your center diameter to be. Let's say, if we were making a ring or something, we might set the center diameter to be with the size of the ring is gonna be so once again , you type in the exact amount and he will make that happen for you. Hit, escape. Oops, There we get Stride it again. So we're gonna do the circle type in the amount. So when a 40 millimeters hit enter and click out now that diameter of this circle is 40 millimeters. Okay, So while window here is getting a little full, so what we can do is you can either use the undue and just revert back. Or we can just clear this by hitting the ex. Connects me to want to save. I don't want to save it. So I'm gonna do don't say next. We're going to look at the spying tool. This is one we also use quite often. Once again, we had to choose which plane we wanted to work on. Okay, you saw that. So the sport into is if you want to make something this kind of curb your shapes like you do one point into a point here. I must say, I'm making a little curved line to get out of it. You hit the check, Mark or you get hit escape. The cool thing about displaying tool, is it? Select. You can go in and select the's little buttons are dots and moving around so I can make it curve sharply or do whatever I want with it. I can make it do this so you can see how, especially in designing jewelry you want. Think maybe you have a design that you want to be a little fluid. How this will come in handy. This is a very important tool here. Okay, Another tool that you use quite often under sketch is the mirror tool. And so we're gonna work on that one next. So first, let's get rid of this tool here on a highlight and hit delete. And he went away. So we're gonna stop the sketch, it's gonna bring us back to the home, then go back to sketch and this I'm gonna show you how to use the mirror tool. The mirror to is really like a reflection. Like we look in a mirror reflection of yourself. So sometimes you want to design something where all the sides look exactly the same, so you don't want to risk drawing it separately because you may not get the exact same reflection. So this is when the mirror tool comes in very, very handy. So let's start with, um, let's start with a rectangle. Listen at this through a two point. No, let's do the line tool. Let's do the line to what? We're gonna draw a shape. I'm gonna work on the top plane here and let's draw a It's kind of like a random abstract shape here. And let's say I want the exact same shape. These dis Trang Gle this triangle. Just trying all these peaks on this side. I want a piece that looks exactly the same on both sides. We have drawn out first sketch, and now we're gonna do is go to the sketch tool again. We're gonna use the line tool, and we're gonna draw a middle line right down the middle. So this is the mirror line. So we hit the top and bottom points beginning and end point for the sketch. Do we already had, then the next thing we do? Is we one click on this mural line tool Mira, line that we dish Drew. You can, um, control Click missus snooping. You were next. What we want to do is click on this line we distribute. So this is the mirror line we're going to right? Click it and hit normal construction. Turns it into a dotted line. So now is the mirror align Were telling the software that this is a line we want you to use as a guy to create the other side. We now go to sketch mirror in here. The mirror dialog box pops up, is gonna actually to select the object. There's already one selected. That's not the one we want, so we want to select it. And now I want to make sure that I'm selecting these lines. Okay. And then a mirror is this is the mirror line that we created. And Wallach? The other slide is immediately created for us. We hit okay, once again, if you don't want to sell those a little icons, you can take them off that way. My undoing show constraints. Okay, You could stop sketch brings you back to the home view So now we've created an object that's exactly the same is identical on both sides. This, once again, is a tool that is very, very useful. 4. Heart Pendant Step One: in his very first step, we're gonna use the line tool to actually draw the shape of the heart. Great. Let's get started. So we opened up on a desk Fusion 3 60 I want you to make sure that your workspace looks like mine. If your cube is not over here, we'll go to view show you if your browser bars and there you got a view show browser. Be a toolbar, isn't there? Have you show two or more and the navigation bar You still navigation? Little go over to the browser bar and here, Document settings. We want to make sure that we're using the units is millimeters When you are modeling in designing jury, the standard measurements is in millimeters, not centimeters or inches. The bottom here in the navigation bar on the grid and snacks wouldn't make sure all of these were checked in under great settings. We want to make sure it says fixed major grits. Basing is 10 millimeters and miners of division is one. Okay. And what that means is that each one of these boxes is 10 millimeters. We're now gonna go over here to view cute as we want to work on the top plane. We're going to start by making half of the heart for our hearts slaughter pendant. Really Use the sketch splitting tool Start right here in the middle. Who's done? Kinda sketch out a nice heart shape. Gonna write, flicked and say OK, now let's say this heart actually turned out pretty great. Blessed. And did you want to use these little That's here to reshape your heart. However you want it to be out mawr in more, more. Forney, You want to speak with 40 like that? So you just mess around with that until you have the shape you want. OK, that's it for lesson one. Then they move on to lesson. 5. Heart Pendant Step Two: and this step, we're gonna use the mirror to to duplicate the image that we have already. So unless in two now, we're going to draw the other half of the heart instead of us trying to do it ourselves. We're gonna have the software do it for, so that we know is exactly the same on both sides. We're going to start by using the sketch line tool. Hit the middle point here, in here. Kick out of that. If that ever happens to you like this does hit escape, Okay, They were going to right click the line Normal construction, winning her back to the sketch tool mirror. And now it's gonna actually to select No, for some reason, Has one thing selected already, but I didn't select anything. So x that out. I'm instead going to say I want to split this half of the heart and for the mirror line, I will select the line. We just fruit hit, okay? And voila! You now have a the heart, but the hearts flat and we are making a real item three d item. So now we need to make this not be flat, so I'm gonna start by changing the view just a little bit so I can see it. Do it like that. You can, either. Douche. If you're using a three button mouse, you can do shift with the mouse button. Or you can use the orbit tool down here at the bottom. We didn't go to modify press pool, and I says, Select students left the heart and I see the arrow. We're making it three d. So I'm going to make it about 20 millimeters. I'm going to say OK, and now we have a three D shape Today you used to orbit button to kind of moving around so you can see All right, we are ready to move on to the next step. 6. Heart Pendant Step Three: in this step. Now that we have the heart shape, we're gonna create a hole for the chain to slide through. Okay, so now we have a three D heart. This is great. Now we just need to draw the whole to go through the heart for this lesson. We're gonna change the viewpoint, so we'll go down to navigation bar reports and we're gonna do multiple views. This way we can see all the different angles of the heart. Only use this pan tool here to kind of move this in a little bit so I can see it better. Okay, All right. Now we're gonna draw the path that the chain is gonna go through. So we're gonna go to sketch Sline, and I'm gonna draw three points 11 writing metal there. So this is the path that the chains gonna take to go through the heart. Okay. As you can see, the line for the past for the whole, for the shame is across the top of the pen instead of being in the middle. So that's not gonna work if you haven't already hit, select or escape out of the spying tool. And now we're going to right? Click this. This line gonna hit? Move, Copy. You're gonna use this arrow. And when we were down about 2 10 millimeters right in the middle, you get return or enter. There we go. Now the line is exactly where we need it to be right in the middle. If you look at all the pictures were right in the middle of Okay, so now that we have in line when we needed to be, where you gonna go to sketch circle, circle, centre, diameter and right on the circle. We're going to make a circle. That is about Let's make it seven millimeters. So we're gonna hit. Enter is elect clear. Okay, so now we have it. Circle is a circle we're gonna use to make the whole. So we're gonna go to create sweet. It's gonna ask me, select the profile that's going to circle. We just made select the path. That's the path that we decided that we created just for this train, and we're going to say OK, and now look, use this orbit. So we have a hole right through the middle of the heart is correct to the single view. So navigation bar, single view and see it is a whole. And if you rotate and see that the hole is on both sides all the way through. All right, so our little heart is coming along all right. In the next step we're gonna do, we gonna make it so the edges around it so it'll be comfortable Won't scratch your skin. We're almost done. 7. Heart Pendant Step 4: this step is very important. Where you making jewelry? You want to make sure is wearable. So in this step, we're gonna round out the edges, so that one is warned. Dependent doesn't scratch the skin. Okay, so now we wanna make out edges a little less sharp, because if you're gonna wear it, you may scratch you. So we're gonna go to, um, modify. Well, it and then some actually select. So we're gonna select inside. That's I on the other side to that we can be interchangeable, and we're gonna You can see here they have the a role, so you can kind of play around with it. It's like we did before you make it last. So mawr, we don't want to be that much. So you kind of play around with it and see what you want. I'm thinking for this heart, we might just do I don't like that 12.5 and see what the two looks like. Yes, to All right, So now the edges are nice and smooth from all angles. Great. All right. That wasn't easy. Step. Okay. We went on to the next step 8. Heart Pendant Steps 5 & 6: the battle step is we're going to save and export the model so we can send it off to a three d printing service. Okay, so we're coming to the end. So now it's step five in six, which is to save and export. So first we want to save this to our desktop or actually to fusion 3 60 cloud. So we'll go to foul save. It's gonna actually name it. And so I'm gonna name it, um, heart slider dependence. Gonna save it. And now has been saved to your cloud infusion. 3 60 He knows here says version zero. So if you save again, you can change the versions. But let's say you want they have this three d printed, so we're gonna go to wow three d print here. If you had a three d printer at home, you would say, sent to three D print utility, and then it would list all the utilities you have set up. I'm sitting my item over to a three d printing service, so I'm going to make sure high refinement is selected. I'm gonna select the actual idol, call objects. You have to select the model. It won't do it automatically. So you notice when he wasn't selected? If you let me go back, it wasn't stuck. Wanted me on this, wasn't you? Couldn't say. Okay, so you have to have a selected There we go. So it's un selected. There's no okay here. Selected. There's an OK, do you say Okay? Side, Um, I'm selecting. You'll see at the top here saying that it's gonna be saves. STL. This is what you need in order to have it printed. You can't save it on your computer wherever you want. So I'm going to save it to my desktop, and then here we're gonna type in heart slider and in and this STL files to Father Droopy years now to send off to a three D printing service so you can have your item three D printed. If you want to go in and modify your your work, you would go back to this version that F three d fusion three D version with the one that you would modify. Okay, I hope that's been helpful. And I look forward to seeing you work in the project section 9. Rendering: So in this lesson, I'm gonna show you how we use the render setting to turn the picture from gray into a colored picture. So we're gonna go over to where says model and we're gonna go render and your Littles, It'll change the tools that we have here. And I'm just gonna show you a couple of the basic tools that you use if you were going to render. But there are are a whole lot of tools in here, and so you would need to play around with it to get it. So just settings, Or exactly how you like your item to be shown. But here, the basic sentence one weaken, do what's called Let's start with the scene said So when you come over, most like that you're seeing was gray. I changed my background color. I wanted a solid color. And then I changed the color 2 to 55 2 55 to 55 which is white. But you can make the background red. So let's say we wanted a red background. We say apply. You would turn the background red, so whatever color you want it that's what it would be. I'm gonna revert back to my wife. So it's 2 55 2 55 Teoh to 55. You can also in the environment change if you want a different type of environment Here, Ground plane shows you the shadow. I don't like to shadow. So I take take out the shadows also show you reflections or flattened ground. And sometimes you need that. If you say it wasn't a piece of jewelry and I say it was something else you're mauling camera perspective will show you the different perspectives of views from the camera focal inthe same thing. You'll kind of change how it looks. Exposure with Shane showed exposed just as if you were taking a picture depth of field. And this is only visible when the ray tracing is enabled. So we'll just skip that for now. Blur, lend to blurry or not. And then you could save your before. Say you always want to use the same scent and she gets saved that in the environment library here. So, for example, what we said there was an environment you can change with the back ground of the environment. Looks like just by dragging it over you see how the changed environment. Same thing here you strolled, not having downloaded these. But if you wanted some kind of scenery in the background, you could use these as well. It's going to go back to solid color White. The other options you have here. So that was seeing settings. We also have was call appearance. And so I've already started messing around with their parents a little bit. But you'll see here you can also get appearance in physical material. But what does use it in their parents section here? You can say that when you're working with this, do you want it to apply to the whole body or just a certain basis? So, for example, if I click here only wanted to apply to certain faces and I change the material cause right now I have the materials gold polish, and I change it to still setting. And I picked this space. It will just change that face to the new setting. But wouldn't you just change this to something else? I could do that. So, you see, I used to clear glass around the edges. If I wanted to apply whatever I'm doing to the whole body. I just go here in apply. Remove the other faces. Okay. I was these, um I was giving me a warning. Dad deleted it. Okay. These here, the ones that I use most recently and how I got them were down here. These are the ones are already downloaded material. So in the glass leather chains of you got a medal And I say, You know I want to see all the chrome options will show me the chrome auctions I say I want to see Close it back up on the gold options So show me gold are an MIT nickel copper, different coatings. Same thing here. If you wanted to paint you paint Metal flakes, flakes. Let's try that. Say that looks you paint this one I haven't downloaded yet. You have to download some of these, and I just don't use them often. So I've been downloaded them. You wanted to show. Would So say you were making a piece that was made out that's gonna be made out of wood. You could show how it's gonna look. So they have a library of different finishes that you can use. So we have our peace we decided we like it to look like this. Maybe, you know, actually, I think I kind of like with the great front there. Let's do that floor. Actually, let's do this. Let's make that. Let's make the edges. It's there we go. OK, so we have dependent. And now let's say we wanted to save it because we want to use the image. So we we go here, two in campus rent render and we say Capture the image and we're going to save the image. You can change the sizes. We can use the current document size, or you can change it to whatever size you want. You haven't have a transparent background and take enable anti Alice allows is we can save it by using this dialog window here, you can use the current window size or you can change the size is here and then you can use these options. You want a transparent background on that? You say Okay, it's gonna actually where you want to save it. You can either save it inside the cloud one fusion 3 60 you can also save it to your computer right here, says Saved my computer who hit save, and then it will allow you to you save it to your computer. The other options that air here or the in camp is render and render settings in this render here these air when you're going to render the when you want to render it to make it look more realistic. Because right now you notice my picture doesn't look super realistic. We actually have to use this feature to make it look realistic. In order to do that, you have to purchase credits, Um, from Fusion 3 60 If you're using a free version, you would need to purchase the credit. So I'm not gonna use any credits to render this. I just want to show you this is where it is. And these are the different options you have for, um, for the settings for that. All right, so we have created a three D heart slider pendant. We have rendered it made it look pretty. And you I would love to see your projects in the project section, so please make sure you share them with me. Thank you. 10. Heart Pendant Conclusion: Congratulations. Use design and model of your own heart. Slider pendant. All you have to do now is send it off to a three D printing service and wait for to come back. Maybe you keep it for yourself. Or maybe we give it to that special someone. Don't forget to leave a review. And I would love to see your projects. Maybe you do a twist on the standard heart. Maybe just do a different shape. I would love to see it. Please share it with me. Thank you. And happy three D printing.