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    Level Up from Tinkercad to Fusion 360: Design a Helmet Practice Project

    Team Tinkercad
    Published on - January 24, 2022 by Team Tinkercad

    Teachers & Parents, Level Up

    Helmet-Tcad-Fusion (1)See the transition: A helmet design that started in Tinkercad is then rendered in Fusion 360. 

    Last month, we released an instructional playlist with readiness criteria, best practices, and quick tips to help educators guide students when they’re ready for advanced CAD/CAM/CAE software.

    Now, building on our Level Up From Tinkercad to Fusion 360 series, we’re excited to release four new instructional videos that guide students through the steps of designing a helmet in Tinkercad and sending it to Fusion 360 for more advanced tooling. The practice videos can be used alongside a step-by-step guide [PDF] with instructions, screenshots, and terminology.


    Step 1: Start in Tinkercad

    The first video, “Starting a design in Tinkercad,” demonstrates creating a simple Tinkercad model of a helmet design using basic shapes and tools, including creating, connecting, and measuring 3D objects.


    Step 2: Send to Fusion 360

    The second video in the series, “Sending a Tinkercad design to Fusion 360,” focuses on sending a Tinkercad design to Fusion 360, exploring the Fusion 360 design workspace, and working with bodies, components, and assemblies.


    Step 3: Modify in Fusion 360

    In “Modifying a design in Fusion 360,” the third video in our series, you’ll learn how to enhance a design that originated in Tinkercad using Fusion 360, including adding fillets and chamfers; using the Press Pull command to change the size or geometry of faces, bodies, and edges; using the Sketch command; and using Extrude to add depth to a design.


    Step 4: Render Your Design

    In the fourth and final video, “Rendering a design in Fusion 360,” you’ll learn how to modify the appearance of a design by changing materials, lighting, the environment, and tips for adjusting the render settings as desired. You’ll be amazed by how the rendering workspace can transform your design into a photorealistic image!


    Who is eligible to use Fusion 360?  

    1. Minimum age requirement. To use Fusion 360, your students must meet minimum age requirements. In compliance with COPPA, this means being at least 13 years old, or at least 14 years old in China and South Korea. We say no to ads, follow security industry best practices, and never sell a single byte of data. Learn more about Autodesk's minimum age requirements for Education access 
    2. Not a student or educator? Not a problem. Hobbyists can qualify for the free personal license for home-based, non-commercial projects. Note that this option does not include the Chromebook-friendly browser access to Fusion 360, which is intended for EDU use only. 

    More resources for teachers  

    • Read the latest news from the Fusion 360 electronics blog  
    • Watch Fusion 360 electronics tutorials on demand  
    • Find help files for Fusion 360 electronics  
    • Find a community of practice on the Fusion 360 electronics forum

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    Ready to level your students up from Tinkercad to Fusion 360? Check out the entire playlist, then drop us a line at to let us know how it’s going with your students.

    Thank you for choosing to teach with Tinkercad!