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Introduce Yourself

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Introduce Yourself

Welcome to the Fusion 360 Educator Forum, we're glad you're here. To help build our community and get to know one another, could you tell us about yourself?

Where do you teach, what is your CAD experience, and how do you use Fusion 360, and anything else you'd like to share?

Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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in reply to: dan.banach

I'm Dan Banach. I work in the Education Group at Autodesk where I help select school utilize Fusion 360. I'll also be helping to moderate this forum.

I have over 30 years of experience with CAD. I started with AutoCAD, then Mechanical Desktop, to Inventor, and now using Fusion 360. I also authored or co-authored 25 books on Autodesk mechanical CAD software. I'm looking forward to helping to build the Fusion 360 educator community.

Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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I'm Matt Perez, I am an external vendor that produces training content and aids in certification development for Autodesk.  My focus has been Fusion 360 for the last 5 years but I have experience with Inventor, Mechanical Desktop, Autocad as well as CAD and CAM solutions outside of the Autodesk Family.  I would like to better understand the education community to help ensure new content created can address the problems educators find in their classrooms!

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I'm Kevin Ellingson. I'm a long time Autodesk user starting with AutoCAD, migrating to Inventor, and now Fusion 360. In addition to working in industry, I've also worked as an application engineer for an Autodesk reseller providing training, technical support, and demos. I've also worked as a teacher at my local high school teaching Fusion 360 in an industrial arts class. Currently I provide a lot of training and consulting to customers using Fusion 360 for CAD and CAM. 

I'll be helping to moderator these forums and provide a first line level of support. I know some of you and it will be good to meet more of you here. 




Kevin Ellingson

Kevin Ellingson
Technical Specialist

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in reply to: dan.banach

Hi Everyone!

Tim Paul here. I'm an Autodesker since 2015. 

I'v had several manufacturing roles at Autodesk before I joined the Education team in late 2021. 


Before joining Autodesk I was involved in manufacturing since the late 90s where I've done several things but mostly product design, fabrication, machining and CAM programming.


I also write an article for CNC West magazine from time to time. Here is the most recent article. Suiting for this group 

CNC West Dec/Jan 2021


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in reply to: dan.banach

Hi everyone! 
It is so great to meet you all! My name is Ollie and I am a full time CAD/CAM instructor based in the UK, teaching Fusion 360, CNC manufacture and 3D Printing. Some of you may know me already if you have been using our Autodesk communities before. For the past 2 years I have been helping to manage the Autodesk Ambassador Hub (the old Autodesk Education community which some of you may have been a part of!) and with its closure, I now help to run its replacement, the Student Group Hub, here on the main Autodesk site. I will also be helping to manage this forum so I look forward to interacting with you all in the future! 
If you ever have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop me a message!  

Oliver Briggs
Community Manager - Education
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Hello, this is Stephen Hadwin, instructor at Southern Tech in Ardmore, OK..  I use primarily Fusion 360 to teach my students CNC Machining, including how to CAD & CAM.  I am also proficient in Solidworks and somewhat proficient with the latest version of MasterCam.   I invite you to check out my class FaceBook page to see some of the activities and projects my student do.  Class Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SouthernTech3DCNCMachining


Private Educator Page on FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/673827773530173 (administered by educators- Fusion 360 CNC/CM Educators)


LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-hadwin-7107388/

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in reply to: dan.banach

Hi, I am Damon Skinner.  I teach metal fabrication and welding at Long Beach City College.  I've taught a computer integrated manufacturing class using the Titan's academy and Fusion 360 for CAD/CAM.  Prior to teaching full time I was a sheet metal worker and I taught apprenticeship classes and worked full time in the field.  I taught AutoCad back when they were on single digit versions, I've learned several modeling and CAM systems since coming to the college but I am most fluent with Fusion.  I never mastered any of them, I only got good enough to solve whatever problem I was working on at the time ;). 

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Hello, my name is Jared Rastoka and I am the Physics/Tech Ed teacher at Carmichaels School district.  

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Hi, I'm Sandy Hollenbeck,


I formerly worked as a chemical engineer and now teach STEM classes (engineering, physics, statistics) at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, CA, and coach robotics.


We now use Fusion 360 for the most part, though some of my students prefer Inventor.  We use it to design products,  automatas, airfoils (to test in our wind tunnel 🙂 and machine and robot parts, which we print on our Prusa 3D printers.


I'm so happy to have an Autodesk forum here for teachers!!!!  Thank you!

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in reply to: dan.banach

Hi Everyone

I'm Bob Froehlich. I am a Physics lecturer at Elmhurst University in the Chicago Area. We have just started up a machining and rapid prototyping facility as part of a new curriculum. We have a Tormach mill, Epilog laser cutter, and a number of 3D printers, in addition to the usual manual machine shop gear. Our intent is to add a two semester mechatronics course under the physics umbrella. I am relatively new to F360, but have already used it to do tool paths on our mill. The attached photo is a sample made for a dog and pony show for our benefactors and board. I also use F360 to generate 3D parts, but have not used the built in slicer yet. (using F360 --> stl --> cura)


I would be very happy to accept any input regarding mechatronics course curricula, or anything fellow educators would like to pass along that they are doing with F360.





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in reply to: dan.banach

I'm James Gibbons, known as Mr. Gib. I teach for Polk State College! This is a very exciting thing that y'all are starting here! I foretell it will be a well used tool!

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I'm Ilya Verner from Dnipro University of Technology. Work at Engineering and Generative Design Department.

We use F360 for many purposes.

Dnipro University of Technology;
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My name is Lanny Burnham and I am an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus Indiana.  Although I am new to Fusion 360 and design, I have experience as a machinist with other CAM software.  I'm looking forward to learning this software and working with this community.

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in reply to: dan.banach

Hi all,

I teach engineering in the Uk at Neston High School, and I am the Makerspace Facilitator.

Fusion 360 certified user since 2017 

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Hi @dan.banach , nice to meet you virtually.  I teach high school students at Barstow High School (California) about Computer Concepts and Computer Science.  I regularly have students that won't do anything except design or who are so fast they need more learning opportunities and so I turn them on to Tinkercad and Fusion 360.  The two that  are into this semester started the Fusion 360 certificate classes, but the training material did not line up with the available resources included in the downloads so they gave up.  


I also have some lessons on 3D design in Tinkercad and would love to eventually get a class that is fast enough to take their designs into Fusion 360.





Timothy Brinkley

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in reply to: dan.banach


I'm Chris Bires.  I teach 3D design and animation (in addition to chemistry and physics) at Boulder City High School in Nevada (where Hoover Dam is).  I was introduced to Fusion360 in the STEM guitar building program (http://guitarbuilding.org/) as a way to design our custom guitar bodies for CNC cutting.  I have been 3D printing ever since, including several educational items, some published on Thingiverse.

In my animation class, the first-year students use Tinkercad to design and print custom dice, pencil cups, coasters, or whatever.  In the advanced course we use Fusion 360 to design more elaborate things and embed magnets or create multipiece items.


birescm@nv.ccsd.net, National Board Certified Teacher, AYA Science, Physics



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in reply to: dan.banach

Hello everyone I am Saeed Idris ICT teacher in a secondary school I teach product design . Fusion 360 is the main tool to build students' skills in this field .

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I am David, I am the assistant director of Purdue's Student staffed makerspace the Bechtel innovation design center.

We are a rapid prototyping and fabrication facility that is 'all in' on Fusion 360.

We have a design to finished part workflow setup in Fusion that helps students make complex parts for projects quickly. We are continuously in software development keeping pace with Fusion and making the workflows safe, seamless, and responsive.


Personally I have been developing scientific apparatus for 15 years and have slowly transitioned to education over the past 7.


I am happy to answer questions directly and/or match people up with our students who do our development work if you need specifics about our process.


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in reply to: birescm

Hi Chris.  I am applying for the guitar summer camp today.  Is the workshop worth it?  Do you implement what you learned into your classrooms yet?

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