Designing for Laser Cutting with Fusion 360

person icon Larno Visser

Designing for Laser Cutting with Fusion 360

Learn how to design and model for Laser Cutting using the free and powerful Fusion 360 3D modeling software!

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Larno Visser

architecture icon Design,3D & Animation,Fusion 360


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Course Description

Summary of what you will learn:

  • 3D modeling in Fusion 360 (skills can be applied to other CAD-CAM programs as well)

  • Create your own unique laser cut designs in a 3d environment

  • Convert a 3d model to a laser cut file

  • Incorporate movement in your design

  • Create Living Hinges

  • model parametrically to increase workflow and efficiency (e.g. one click material thickness update)

  • Design for foldable materials (e.g. cardboard) using the sheet metal workspace within Fusion

  • Import SVG or DXF files from Illustrator or Inkscape and use them in your design

  • Render beautiful images of your designs

Full description:

In this course I will teach you how to design and model for Laser Cutting using the free and powerful Autodesk Fusion 360 software. Most of the lessons are easy to follow practical examples where I take you through the design of a product step by step.

Typically people model for laser cutting using 2D softwares like Illustrator or Inkscape. These work fine for simple designs, but If you really want to create interesting or more complex designs they often fall short. That is where 3D modeling comes in. I have learned and developed methods and techniques to design for laser cutting using 3d modeling, and in this course I want to share them with you!

By the end of the course you will be able to create designs that are quite simply impossible to design using 2d softwares, and you will do it effortlessly and while having fun doing so. Some of the topics I cover are: the fundamentals of 3d modeling and working with Fusion 360, parametric product modeling, incorporating movement into your design and how to design for foldable materials like cardboard. You also learn how to Render your designs

Each lesson builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous lessons, and by the end you will have enough experience and confidence to start creating your own designs for Laser Cutting in 3d.

This course is perfect for you if you are interested in laser cutting. The specific factors you need to take into account for laser cutting are thoroughly discussed, and you will also build your 3d modeling skills needed to realize your ideas.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Designing for Laser Cutting
  • Realize your ideas through Laser Cutting
  • Get confident in Fusion 360 and 3D modeling in general
  • Prototype your designs through Laser Cutting


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • No prerequisites, all you need a computer to work along!
Designing for Laser Cutting with Fusion 360


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

5 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 02:57 02:57
  • play icon Course Resources
  • play icon Download and Install Fusion 360 00:52 00:52
  • play icon User Interface 10:31 10:31
  • play icon Laser Cutting Intro 03:17 03:17
2D and 3D Method
6 Lectures
Parametric Product Modeling
2 Lectures
2 Lectures
SVG, Foldable Design and DXF Exports
3 Lectures
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Larno Visser

Larno Visser

I'm Larno and I am an Industrial Designer from the Netherlands. I graduated university specializing in 3d modeling and I have always loved using modern methods of manufacturing like 3d printing and laser cutting to prototype my ideas. Now I work on several businesses where we use these production methods to create amazing designs. I have a lot of experience 1 on 1 tutoring people in 3d modeling and am excited to bring this to a higher level, which I have done with my courses on 3d modeling with Fusion 360.

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