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Short Course: Introduction to Fusion 360

Monday, 5 July 2021
1 – 2pm

This short course has been designed to introduce makers, artists and designers to Fusion 360 software so you can start your journey in digital design.

Fusion 360 is a versatile programme with a range of applications, from designing functional parts for digital fabrication using 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines, to the production of professional visualisations to communicate ideas and concepts in proposals and pitches.

No prior experience is needed. The course combines online learning with expert technical support. Completely practice-led, you will learn by building real-world objects, moving through the process in a friendly and accessible way, step by step and at your own pace, with the help of online video guides.

This learning will be supported by three live, online group workshops led by STEAMhouse’s Senior Technician Chris Hay who will be available throughout to answer any questions and support you as you develop your skills and knowledge, meaning you don’t have to spend hours searching YouTube for the answers!

As the course builds you will become comfortable using and navigating the software. The key skills demonstrated within the live sessions and online resources will enable you to start applying digital design tools to your own projects and prototypes.

Participants must be able to attend all the sessions.


This course is suitable for makers from all sectors who want to develop their digital fabrication skills. It covers key 3D digital design concepts and is suitable for beginners, and those who are switching to Fusion 360 from another CAD package for the first time.

This workshop is fully funded for eligible businesses as part of the STEAMhouse Funded Programme. To take part you must be registered as self-employed or have your own business and be based in England. To be accepted onto the course you need to provide a UTR number (if you are self-employed) or a Company Registration number.


we are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain. To ensure a quality learning experience we work with small groups so we expect the workshop to be oversubscribed.

To apply to take part email the following to by Monday 5 July, writing “Fusion 360 Course” in the subject header.

1. If you are not already a STEAMhouse member, please introduce yourself and let us know what you do, where you are based and state whether you are self-employed or have a company. Please include your UTR number or company number.

2. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to take part in the workshop, how you hope to use Fusion 360 and how it will benefit your business.


– You will need access to Autodesk Fusion 360 software. The software has been released in two distinct forms – Hobbyist and Professional. This course covers the professional version. To take part you will need to buy the software, apply for free access as a startup or download a free 30 day trial.

– A personal computer – core i3 or better.





What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles – conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, STEAMhouse is powered by Birmingham City University, in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Funded Programme supports businesses, including self-employed, sole-trading artists, to test new ideas, prototype and make new products and services (which if you are an artist may be artworks) as well as explore the potential of digital technologies to help you collaborate and innovate.

In 2022 STEAMhouse will move into the new, purpose-built Belmont Works building.

Find out more HERE