Introduction to CAD: The Basics

Introduction to CAD: The Basics

Learn the basics and get started using CAD in this 1-session introductory class.
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The Intro to CAD workshop provides an accessible 1-session introduction to creating 3D models using Computer Aided Design. Workshop topics include fundamental drafting techniques, tools and methods to design and print a unique, simple 3D model, providing an easy start for anyone looking to dip their toe in this diverse engineering skill set.

Participants use tools that designers and engineers work with every day, gaining hands-on experience with industry leader AutoDesk's Fusion360 software. At the completion of the workshop participants take home a 3D print of their final project design.


    • Understand capabilities and applications of CAD
    • Utilize Autodesk’s Fusion360 interface
    • Learn how to create precise designs
    • Use sketch tools to create simple shapes
    • Create 3D models from simple shapes using loft and extrusion tools
    • Construct planes to make interesting 3D shapes
    • Alter colors and appearance of models for visually clear designs
    • Make high-quality renders of models for presentation
    • Prepare models for 3D printing

    Course Info

    Sessions: 1 Classtime Per Session: 2 hours Classtime Total: 2 hours Office Hours Available: 1 hour Meeting Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm Participant Experience Level: No experience required Applicable for Teacher Professional Development: Yes


    Who should take this workshop? Anyone who is interested in this field and wants to design and 3D print a model in a super easy 1-session workshop. Feel you’re ready to really learn CAD? Register for the 5-session Beginner workshop.

    What are the career applications for this workshop? This workshop develops the fundamental skills to get started CADing in a wide range of industries including product design, advertising, fashion, robotics and much more.

    Fusion360 Software: Free for classroom and home use.

    Laptop Requirements: Participants use their personal laptop, which must have the following system requirements:

    Cancellation Policy: Refunds up to 7 days before start of workshop. If workshop was purchased on CourseHorse, their cancellation policy applies to your purchase. For CourseHorse customers who need help canceling or have any questions, please visit CourseHorse.

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    Meet your Instructor

    Elizabeth Adelaide

    Elizabeth is an experienced robotics teacher and practitioner, teaching with Iridescent for four years, and has worked on projects including urban resilience efforts to ease access to solar power and emergency communications, CADing for integrated circuit design and product design, and developing autonomous robotics algorithms.

    She believes in hands-on, processed based learning and developing the skills needed to approach new problems. She is also a poet who can be found giving readings in various parts of NYC.

    B.E., Electrical Engineering, The Cooper Union

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