Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool for product design and development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.
The tools in Autodesk Fusion 360 enable fast and easy exploration of design ideas with an integrated concept-to-production toolset.
With this Autodesk application, you have the flexibility to view, mark up, comment, and collaborate on your Fusion 360 CAD models – anytime, anywhere. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.
The app supports more than 100 file formats including DWG, SLDPRT, IPT, IAM, CATPART, IGES, STEP, STL, making it easy to share designs with your team, clients, partners, and friends.
Freeform modeling and sculpting
Create smooth and precise surfaces with T-Splines technology or with sketch curves, patches, and extrusions. Obtain the exact amount of curvature you want in your models by editing the form’s face, edges, and vertices.
With Fusion 360, history modeling consists of a historic timeline. The timeline captures commands used during the design process. You can go back and edit any of those operations without needing to update anything downstream – everything updates automatically. Create base feature models that are history-free, and then use them in the history-enabled environment for top-down design.
Set precise parameters to your sketches. Model dimensions with specific values as well as relational functions. Make changes to the parameters and the model will update, keeping the mechanical features previously created intact.
Bring in scanned STL or OBJ data and use them as the reference for your Fusion 360 design. Create T-Spline faces right on top of the surface using Object Snap, or use the Pull command to snap vertices right onto the mesh body. This allows you to freely edit the T-Spline model.
Simulation and testing
Understanding how your design works before fabricating can save you time and resources. Create tests and animate test results to help you determine the weakest areas of your model or areas that are most likely to fail. Share, view, and mark-up study results with your team via A360.
Import standard CAD formats, such as SLDPRT, SAT, IGES, STEP, STL, and OBJ. Fusion 360 will keep your original file and create an F3D counterpart. Export locally as well as via the cloud – you’ll receive an email notification when your model has been translated and is available for download.
- Local file export types include IGES, SAT, SMT, STEP, F3D, and DXF.
- Cloud export file types include Inventor 2014, IGES, SAT, SMT, STEP, DWG, DXF, STL, FBX, and F3D.
2 and 2.5-axis machining
The CAM capabilities of Fusion 360 share the same proven CAM kernel as HSMWorks and Inventor HSM, enabling you to quickly generate toolpaths that cut cycle times, reduce machine and tool wear, and produce the highest-quality finished parts. 2D strategies include drilling, contouring, pocketing, facing, and adaptive clearing.
In addition to all the existing 2-axis strategies, 3-axis CAM offers parallel toolpaths, horizontal clearing, penciling, scallop/constant stopover strategies, and spiral/morphed spiral for more organic designs.
3D printing utility
Prepare your designs for 3D printing by previewing the mesh structure, making pre-print refinements, and automatically creating optimized support structures. You can also print multiple different designs at once.
Rapidly specify views, dimensions, and tolerances with associative 2D drawings, which can be updated with just a click if changes were made to the original model downstream. Archive them locally as DWG or PDF.
Collaborate and manage
Fusion 360 brings design teams together for collaborative product development. The Fusion 360 data panel and activity dialog enable you to:
- Collaborate with your team
- Keep track of versions, comments, and tasks
- Save and retrieve data in the cloud
- Quick update this time, fixed some issues that have been nagging us, and more important, bugging you (no pun intended).
T-Spline save issue fixed:
- Some of you have been talking to our support team about a T-Spline issue where you were getting “Failed to save the T-Spline file” error when you tried to edit your T-Spline form. Don’t worry, you didn’t do anything wrong, Fusion 360 was the one who got confused. Now it’s crystal clear and you should be getting this error message anymore.
Updating externally referenced parts with Get Latest crash issue fixed:
- We fixed an issue where clicking on “Get Latest” so that your externally referenced parts update in your assembly caused Fusion 360 to stress out over where those parts were and froze up on you. Now it knows not to freak out and get the latest changes to you in a timely manner.
Section analysis issues fixed:
- Fusion 360 doesn’t like when you double-click on things over and over again, especially if it was the Section Analysis tool that you just created and wanted to rename in the browser. If you double-clicked on the analysis node in the browser rapidly over and over, then it was game over for you. Now it’s more resilient.
Manufacture > Simulate checking Flute length and not Shoulder Length issue fixed:
- Apparently when you simulated a toolpath, the simulation was checking for Flute length of your tool and the Should length. It was causing the simulation to point false collisions, and if you weren’t being attentive and double checked your toolpath parameters, you may have thought those collision to be true. We’ve tweaked the code so it no longer checks for Flute length but correctly checks for Shoulder length
Manufacture Tool Library Coolant issue fixed:
- v.tsybulnyk report that he was seeing an anomaly where Coolant option in his tool library was always set to “Flood” even after he changed. No, you guys were not going totally bonkers – we saw this too. now it’s fixed.
Sneak Peek: Quick Guide for New Toolbar UI (becoming official soon):
- If you haven’t tried the new toolbar yet, you totally should (go to your Preview section of your preferences and turn on UI Preview). We’ve been continually refining the experience, and are gearing up to make the new toolbar UI the official toolbar experience for Fusion 360 in the near future. The new toolbar improves on the existing toolbar in three key areas – nomenclature, organization, and usability.
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Supported Operating Systems:
- Apple macOS Sierra 10.12 and Higher
- Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 (64-bit only)
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