Fast-track course for those familiar with SolidWorks or Inventor for 3D modelling, to get you up and running quickly with Fusion 360.
If you use SolidWorks or Inventor for 3D modelling, you’re already familiar with the principles behind Autodesk Fusion 360. For such users, we can provide an introductory level course in two days, rather than the usual three.
The syllabus is similar to our Fusion 360 Essentials course. However, being familiar with the general principles behind sketching, 3D modelling, assemblies, you’ll work through the topics at a faster pace.
Once you’ve covered the basics, you’ll spend any time remaining looking at techniques in Fusion 360 relevant to your 3D models.
Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
In-class or online
Following the announcement on 4th January that England must enter a new national lockdown, Armada cancelled all in-class courses in January, February and March. We anticipate being able to offer in-class training again from April onwards, subject to Government guidance.
We continue to offer all courses in our live online format.
Accredited Fusion 360 training
Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our Fusion 360 training courses are accredited by Autodesk.
Fusion 360 courses are hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally. For further details, see Expert trainers.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for Fusion 360, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Fusion 360 training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following Fusion 360 training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Fusion 360 trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Delegates should be familiar with the application they’re transitioning from, i.e. SolidWorks or Inventor. No prior Fusion 360 knowledge is required.
Fusion 360 Version
Training can be based on any version of Fusion 360 to suit you.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for Fusion 360 training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor courses are hosted by:
Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, a College Lecturer (City and Guilds 3D modelling) for 15 years and a CAD consultant for 35 years.
Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.
Carl has expert knowledge of a wide range of 3D design applications used in engineering, including AutoCAD, Autodesk Alias, Fusion 360 and Inventor, and Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.
Until recently, Carl raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.
Andy has worked in CAD for over 30 years in roles including Draughtsman, CAD System Manager, Project Manager and Design Engineer.
In recent years, Andy has focused on developing and delivering training courses. He is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), and he focuses primarily on Autodesk applications including AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360, 3ds Max and Sketchbook, as well as Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.
Andy continues to undertake project work to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He specialises in modelling complex 3D designs from prototype to production, including the development of visuals and animations for a range of engineering projects.
Industries in which Andy has significant experience include aerospace, defence and automotive.
Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360
- Autodesk Fusion 360 fundamentals
- Feature-based modelling
- Parametric features
- Managing assembled designs
- Design documentation
- Getting Started
- Understanding workspaces
- Understanding projects
- The Autodesk Fusion 360 interface
- Accessing commands
- Design navigation and display
- Design navigation
- Named views
- Design display
- Geometry selection
- Environment and effects
- Managing your designs and project data
- Importing and exporting data
- Using A360 and Fusion 360 to manage data
- Version management
Creating the first feature with quick shapes
- Design units and origin
- Quick shape creation
- Introduction to sketching
- Starting a new sketch
- Creating sketch objects
- Turning sketches into 3D objects
- Sketch Entities
- Line, spline, points
- Circle, arcs
- Dynamic input
- Sketch dimensions
- Sketch constraints
- Extruding and revolving a sketch
- Additional entity types
- Tangent arc using a line
- Tangent line between circles or arcs
- Construction entities
- Editing tools
- Additional dimension tools
- Center dimensions
- Radius or diameter dimensions
- Angular dimensions
- Over- constrained sketches
- Sketched secondary features
- Using existing geometry to project new geometry
- The different modelling options available
- Solid modelling
- Direct modelling
- History modelling
- Parametric modelling
- Changing aspects of your model that automatically update
- Part libraries and content
- Accessing standard parts
- Importing parts data into a design
- Feature duplication tools
- Mirroring geometry
- Patterning features
- Rectangular and circular patterns
- Pattern on path
- Pick and place features
- Fillets, chamfers, holes
- Editing pick and place features
- Construction features
- Construction planes, axes and points
- Equations and parameters
- Additional features
- Press pull
- Approach 1: Traditional distributed design
- Approach 2: Top-down (multi-body)
- Creating 2D drawings from a model or animation
- Add dimensions, balloons and annotations
- Creating a Bill of Materials (BOM)
Visualisations, rendered images and animations
- Materials and appearances
- Rendering tips and tricks
- Exploding assemblies
- Example of real-world simulation
CAM and CNC
- High-level discussion of possibilities
Importing CAD data
- Importing other file types – documents, images, specifications
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a real Fusion 360 course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the Fusion 360 training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor courses are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using Fusion 360.
- If you don’t have access to Fusion 360 software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.
When you attend Fusion 360 training at Armada, you’re not assessed. Our courses have been developed to teach you skills you can use in the real world, not pass an exam. Separately, and in addition to our training, you have the option of taking a certification exam that leads to an industry-recognised credential in Fusion 360.
For Fusion 360, there is just one level of exam available: Autodesk Certified User.
Successful candidates receive:
- A personalised e-certificate (PDF) from Autodesk confirming their Fusion 360-certified status.
- An official Autodesk-Certified badge that you can use to market your skills, e.g. on your business cards, in your email signature, on your website, etc.
- The option of appearing in Autodesk’s publicly-accessible database of certified Fusion 360 users.
Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam in Fusion 360
Entry level exam covering the fundamental concepts and procedures in Fusion 360, as well as specific skills that are appropriate for ensuring a base level of proficiency in Fusion 360.
- Qualification: Autodesk Certified User in Fusion 360.
- Cost of exam: £100 + VAT per candidate.
- Length of exam: 75 minutes.
- Recommended preparation: Attend Fusion 360 Essentials or Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor training, and have approximately 50 hours’ experience using the application.
- Further details: download exam guide.
If you book an exam with us, a practice test is available. The test reflects the questions you’re likely to be asked in your exam; you can take this test online from home.
The test has two modes:
- Testing mode, which replicates your exam.
- Training mode, which provides step-by-step help on questions.
The practice test fee is £45 + VAT.
The practice test can be retaken up to 100 times in a one-year period.
When can I take my exam?
You can take your exam in one of our monthly exam days.
In-class exam dates: 29 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun..
Start time: 10am.
Exam sessions are hosted at our Saxon Business Park, Bromsgrove centre.
Further details about Autodesk certification can be found at: