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You're Not Here Because The Free Youtube Tutorials Worked For You. You're Here Because They Didn't.

We've watched nearly every youtube tutorial, taken dozens of Linkedin courses, and studied CAD in mechanical engineering school. CAD Class takes the best of what each has to offer.


✅ Supported by a thriving community of instructors, mentors, and graduates ready to answer your questions

✅ Starts at the beginner level and doesn't assume any prior knowledge

✅ Requires no "googling" or outside tutorial explanations

✅ Project-based and sequential, building up your skills at the right time

Here's What Our Students Say

5 star rating

Finally 100% confident with Fusion360

Simon Kessler

I've made several attempts to learn Fusion360 from Youtube videos to create models for 3D printing, but I always felt I had learned only bits and pieces inst...

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I've made several attempts to learn Fusion360 from Youtube videos to create models for 3D printing, but I always felt I had learned only bits and pieces instead of a comprehensive skillset. Consequently, I was never confident with the software and resorted to Tinkercad a lot. Having done this course, I now feel like I can design anything I want to in Fusion360. Not only are the projects in this course interesting, they're also carefully arranged in a way that leads you deeper and deeper into the program whille never overwhelming you at the same time. This, as well as being part of a community that learns together makes this course not only easy to stick with but also a lot of fun. Last but not least, Jake and Josh are super friendly, helpful and their enthusiasm for CAD is infectious.

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AMAZING course!

Tristan Berke

I started off this course having made 1 or two INCREDIBLY simple models on TinkerCAD, and having always heard that F360 is the way to go, I decided to give t...

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I started off this course having made 1 or two INCREDIBLY simple models on TinkerCAD, and having always heard that F360 is the way to go, I decided to give this course a shot, and WOW! this course is SUPER fun, but also incredibly in-depth and really explains all the how's and why's of a CAD modeler. before taking this course, CAD in general looked like some kind of black magic to me. but after completing this course, I can say that I am incredibly confident in my ability to model anything I can think up. I can't recommend this course enough!

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Everything I need as a 3D Printing and CNC Hobbist

Nick munro

I've "made do" with Tinkercad for many of my designs because I didn't know where to get started on learning Fusion360. For the times I did need power, I'd us...

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I've "made do" with Tinkercad for many of my designs because I didn't know where to get started on learning Fusion360. For the times I did need power, I'd use youtube videos to do the one task, often frustrated knowing I didn't have the right foundation knowledge. I am happy to say I am a now a lot more confident and modelling far more complex things that I ever expected to be able to do and really enjoy the process now. The course materials are well presented and easy to follow. If you're into 3d printing or wanting have a CNC machine at home, this is well worth the investment of your time.

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My confidence level is through the roof

DAVID GAUDREAU

The course effectively addressed the challenges I previously faced while learning Fusion 360. As a beginner with minimal experience using a CAD program, I qu...

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The course effectively addressed the challenges I previously faced while learning Fusion 360. As a beginner with minimal experience using a CAD program, I quickly gained confidence and proficiency in design as a hobbyist. The instructor, course material, and projects provided a solid foundation for learning. I appreciated the incorporation of real-world examples in the lectures, which made the course more focused on design principles rather than just software instruction. The structured and purposeful lesson progression, with the repetition of elements from previous exercises, helped to develop my skills and improve my muscle memory. By the third or fourth week, I had acquired enough knowledge to troubleshoot and correct my mistakes independently. The weekly meetings were also a valuable aspect of the course, keeping me engaged and accountable. Overall, it was one of the most positive online learning experiences I've had. As a hobbyist with a garage CNC and 3D printer, CAD is no longer a barrier to my projects.

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Amazing class!

Justin Robbins

Had trouble getting into fusion because videos out there were either too fast paced or too dry. This class was able to hold my attention by giving real world...

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Had trouble getting into fusion because videos out there were either too fast paced or too dry. This class was able to hold my attention by giving real world examples and keeping videos interesting. Jake and Josh are very passionate about cad and it shows. I was nervous just to open Fusion before. Now I'm very confident opening it up, whipping up a part and printing it out!

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Most intuitive Fusion 360 material I have ever used

Scott Hancock

Most intuitive Fusion 360 material I have ever used

Most intuitive Fusion 360 material I have ever used

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The title seems a bit clunky, but it is exactly what the ...

Amy Phillips

The course was amazing. I wasn't able to devote the amount of time I wanted to the project because I had stuff at work literally catch on fire (ask me for pi...

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The course was amazing. I wasn't able to devote the amount of time I wanted to the project because I had stuff at work literally catch on fire (ask me for pictures of melted DC and AC buses), but I was still able to complete the class...

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Absolutely Amazing Course!

Joshua Manley

This is the best Fusion360 CAD class I have ever seen. It includes well-filmed and clear tutorials, an upbeat instructor with tons of positive energy, and gr...

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This is the best Fusion360 CAD class I have ever seen. It includes well-filmed and clear tutorials, an upbeat instructor with tons of positive energy, and great projects that are actually exciting to make. I can't believe how quickly I've improved my skills. 5 Stars, simply incredible!

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Videos + Live Zoom + PDF Lessons + Discord

We combined all of our favorite ways to learn into the ultimate program. Each week you will work through projects on video and with the corresponding PDF. When you get stuck, you can get immediate help from the community on discord and weekly live online. If you do the work, you will succeed. 

This image shows Jake teaching how to make a lego brick in a live video session with Fusion360 A step-by-step PDF guide is included in this course and corresponds to each project. This PDF is the cover page of the Lego brick project
Our course includes live Zoom sessions as shown here where our students interact during a live zoom each week This image shows a discord discussion happening around how to make a lego brick


What You'll Make:


This image is of a mobius strip, a mind bending creation with only 1 face. This image is of a surfboard, the second project you will make in week 1 of the Fusion360 CAD course The third project you will make is the Lord Of The Rings, Ring
The last project in week 1 is the 3D printer filament guide, reducing the liklihood your printer filament breaks The Lego is one of the most iconic toys every invented. This mechanical design lesson shows you all the nuances to the design The Involute Gear was a critical component of the industrial revolution. In this mechanical design class you will recreate one!
Geocache is a game where you will hide things with GPS coordinates for others to find. This is the last project in the mechanical design week Bolts and fasteners are used in most making. If you model a bolt parametrically, you can easily resize and make different designs Silicone molding is the process of making a mold to replicate parts. Here you will learn about how to make a parametric box to easily resize.
In this project you will model drumsticks to be manufactured by someone else. Engineering drawings are an essential skillset in Fusion360 The lightsaber emitter is the second in the engineering drawings week and will be modeled to refine your skills Modeling an american football to practice tracing and adding appearances in Fusion360
Model a phone case and phone stand to and play with the appearances to make it look great Make a survival tool called a fire piston to learn about assemblies model the ender-3 hot end to continue practicing making assemblies
Pizza Cutter. Connecting two parts together into one using joints A complex model joining many parts, the Tesla Turbine is truly fun. Machining parts using the Computer Aided Manufacturing workspace in Fusion360. This is also called CAM
Model a guitar and then design a toolpath for creating it on a CNC machine in the CAM workspace in Fusion360 Rendering an edison bulb in Fusion360 is surprisingly useful and will change the way you think about designing In Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL9000  is a fictional artificial intelligence character but is an awesome project to showcase Fusion360 rendering
Motion studies and motion animation start with modeling a Strandbeest, a mechanical sculpture that walks with the power of the wind or natural elements only Gear reduction systems and gear trains are excellent for studying motion. Here you will model a gear reduction system A robotic hand just might be the project that hooks you in the robotics world. Here you will design and animate a complete hand
Exploded diagrams are incredibly useful making tools and here you will make a Japanese Pull Saw to practice Machinist Hammer designed in Fusion360 to practice making exploded diagrams In the final class you will model a complete lightsaber bringing together everything you've learned in the entire program


Meet your instructor

Head Instructor Jake Sugden

Jake Sugden is a mechanical engineer and lifelong maker with a passion for engineering and design. He taught many making disciplines at one of the nation’s premier makerspaces, testing many of the concepts in this course over the last six years with thousands of students. He is co-owner of CAD Class and Sliceform, an additive manufacturing company focused on product development and maker education. He’s a Fusion360 expert who works with the program nearly every day.

Testimonials:

I learned a lot of tiny details along the way in the video that helped me.  I can't believe I can make this stuff.  Great work!

- Randy C

I'm already 100x better using fusion after week 1! I was able to design and 3D print a custom rack for my car!

- Justin R

I am learning so much about how to model from you guys it is unreal.

- Braden H

I thought it was great. I really liked the extra context regarding manufacturing techniques (i.e., explaining why there would be a slight bevel for vacuum forming)!

- David G

Here's Why Our Students Sign Up:

My end goal is to be able to use Fusion360 for hobby woodworking, 3D printing, CNC,  and other projects. I'd also like being able to modify 3rd party parts, exit scanned parts, and scratch build parts. I think a big reason I've not gotten good with Fusion so far is because I keep expecting things to work in other ways and I haven't wanted to take the time to figure out what I think I should already know.   About once ever other month I open up a file, start to manipulate it and then remember that I'm stuck. Having a reason to actually dig into it and learn the beginner stuff I'm missing would be a huge help. 

- Michael F

My goal is to be able to design and build simple machine parts and simple machines to use around my farm and toys for the kids and grandkids.  For instance I recently designed and printed a mount for direct drive mounted filament sensor for my ender.  It took all day, it should have taken 20 minutes.

- Jerry V

I am trying to break free from Google/Trimble SketchUp, which I have used for probably 10 years.  I have designed things for the house and for tabletop hockey. I have tried YouTube tutorials, but learning is slow with Fusion360.

- Nathan C 

CAD is the one thing I have ALWAYS wanted to learn. I have been making knives and other various trinkets since I was a little kid, but the only way I've been able to "cad model" anything is in my head. So I would love the skills to be able to work with CNC machines, and actually record my thoughts in a way that others can see them as well. Not to mention it could help me further my career.

- Tristan B

I have almost zero experience with CAD, my shop teacher covered it briefly in high school but he mostly taught hand drafting. As such, I currently hand draw my stained glass and woodworking designs. This is not only tedious but inaccurate at anything other than a snail's pace. If I could make printable designs I could use them myself or send them to potential clients. Being able to quickly edit or alter my designs would also be a godsend. Being able to design functional 3D prints (I'm not personally a fan of printing dragons and slugs. I like more useful items), to design folding knives rather than being bound to fixed blades, and to be able to draft 3d models of ideas for my work. (I build all the mechanical components for the business I work for).

- Timothy W



Is This Class Right For You?

✅ You've googled "How to Learn CAD", downloaded the software, and watched a few free tutorials and now want more

✅ You've used less powerful CAD software like Sketchup and TinkerCAD but feel limited by their capabilities

✅ You prefer to have the support of mentors and community members when you run into problems

✅ You own a 3D printer but don't know how to CAD model at all or are still struggling to make your ideas

✅ You are a woodworker, metal worker, or CNC operator and know CAD modeling is something you should know, but you haven't taken the time to learn it

❌  You prefer to work alone, without the help of mentors, peers, structure, or personalized support

❌  You believe you can achieve your learning goals with free tutorials