Product Design using CAD

Transform your ideas into products with design thinking and human-centred design concepts.


Product Design using CAD

Delivery mode

Virtual Classroom/ Recorded Video


Computer, Fusion 360 Software

Curriculum focus

Science, Engineering Creative and Critical Thinking

Skills focus

Scientific method, Numeracy, Design thinking

Year level

Year 7-10, VCAL


45-60 min session
with post-session tasks of up to 2 hours.

Resource Pack

Includes session resources as well as pre and post-session guides, activities and assessment rubrics.

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The integration of emerging technologies for 21st century education has advanced our understanding of the impact of digital technology as tools for exploring, visualising and reasoning about mathematical relations (geometrical relations in particular) to support conceptual understanding.

Product design using 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software to design and print 3D products can improve students’ spatial visualization skills, creativity, and problem solving skills. 3D CAD software has been used as a teaching tool in secondary school classrooms since the early 2000s, but it becoming more ubiquitous due to increased affordability of an innovative concept: 3D printing. This program will guide students to use the computer as a tool for tasks such as 2D drafting, 3D modelling and learn advanced techniques such as solving engineering design problems.

Program Structure 

In this program, students will be introduced to Fusion 360 via a virtual classroom which will focus on product design using the design thinking concept. This lesson will demonstrate a step-by-step method of designing a product and provide the necessary tools to understand the critical thinking around it.

During the session, the facilitator will demonstrate how to produce furniture that’s flat-packed and friction-fit. Flat-pack refers to its being made of interlocking flat parts, and friction-fit means it can be assembled so that the friction between the pieces will hold it together without any fasteners.

The students will be introduced to basic concepts of 2D & 3D designing and provide students the opportunity to explore innovation in product design.

Pre session tasks will be given to students to get familiarized with the Fusion 360 software prior to the classroom session. During this session, the facilitator will go through the basic concepts and demonstrate the design of flat-pack furniture using the basic design concepts.

After the completion of the virtual classroom session, students will be given a challenge to complete on their own time using the resources provided.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of basic sketching
  • Introduction to Fusion 360 & basic 3D modelling
  • Design thinking & problem solving
  • Apply the engineering design process to develop parts and products¬†
  • Design innovative solutions to real-world problems, challenges, wants, and needs

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