What's new in this version:
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13158
- 5 New Additive materials in the Fusion 360 Material Library
- New Mesh face group Display Toggle command
- Ribs is now available in Boss Command (Product Design Extension)
- Snap-fit improvements (Product Design Extension)
- Replace Component now supports patterned components
- New Layer Stack Manager
- Support for Slotted Pads
- Improved Handling of Panels
- New Radial Template added to Library Editor
- New Sync library index
- New Add-in Ultra Librarian
- New User experience improvements: Updated Icons
- New Preference Option: load 3D model when loading electronic document
- New outcome in setups (Experimental Generative Solvers and Features Preview)
- New Auxiliary Views
- New Arc Length Dimension
- New Jogged Radius Dimension
- New Model Properties in Title Blocks
- New Mass unit overrides in Title Blocks and Parts Lists
- New Quasi-static analysis study type
- New reaction data and result visualizations for Contact Force and Contact Pressures
- Notice: Retiring the Legacy Tool Library
- New Accessibility Analysis
- Import & Export CSV files
- More options to set defaults for tool strategies in Manufacture Workspace
- New & Improved Post Processors
New Manufacture Previews:
- We’ve dropped 3 new Manufacture previews for you to try in the Preview Features section of your Preferences
- Additive Simulation is now a part of the Additive Build Extension
- New Center of Gravity Height Ranking criterion for Automatic Orientation
- New Additive Support Templates in Template Library
- Select Mesh face groups while creating Supports
- Taper angle for padded bar supports
- New MPBF machines added
- New Pause and Filament Change options for multi-color/single extruder printing
- Fusion Data API now in beta release
- Triad Command Input
- 3D Texture Control
- Active Folder
- Selection Sets
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12887
- We fixed a crash issue that was found when you tried to delete a mirrored component and the joint associated with that component.
- leonknook reported on the forum that Fusion 360 froze when he was in the browser, right-clicked on a body, and selected "Save as Mesh". We dug into this a little deeper and found that it had to do with a registry and a missing executable, throwing Fusion 360 into an endless loop. This is now fixed.
- A bug in the Electronics environment caused the UI to leave extra empty item in the Design Manager for Net Classes. Now these empty slots are gone.
- If you renamed a Net Class entity and pressed the Enter key to commit the change, the name of the Net Class was updated in the Net Class dialog but was not updated in the Design Manager. Now it is.
- If you tried to add another symbol or footprint to a library that was in the process of saving, Fusion 360 unexpectedly popped up the Save dialog. This is now fixed.
- We fixed a tooltip typo where “footprints” was missing a “p” in word.
- We fixed an error that was occurring when Fusion 360 was performing an Autosave.
- We fixed a Fusion 360 crash issue when Fusion 360 was trying to update the library from a not having a footprint to having a footprint in a schematic file.
- Apparently you were not able to delete the first of the Name in Inspector when pressing the Backspace key. Now it should work without issues.
- We fixed an issue related to memory management and threads run outside of the UI thread.
- yscheer told us about how Entering empty values into the name field of the Inspector lead to instability, causing Fusion 360 to crash. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue where you were not able to change the name of your device into Chinese characters in the name field within the Inspector dialog.
- Some command dialog failed to reappear after you cancelled the Insert Schematic/Insert Design Block and then proceeded to activate the Move or Net command. This is now fixed.
- sebastienSQA5P and others reported that they’ve been seeing an error messaging say that Fusion 360 has detected an unexpected condition ...orthomover.cpp,Line672', whenever they tried to convert arcs to polygon and continued to move it. Sorry about that – this is now fixed.
- Some of you told us that Creating a drawing using an existing template took more time to load, along with this warning popup "Your version of Fusion 360 is out-of-date. You won't be able to see all the properties of this drawing or design until you restart Fusion 360." This is now fixed and creating drawings shouldn’t take that long anymore.
- Related to the issue above, we also fixed an issue that caused Item numbers to go missing in the parts lists after you’ve acknowledged the "Your version of Fusion is out-of-date. You won't be able to see all the properties of this drawing or design until you restart Fusion 360." Warning.
- We fixed an issue where a warning popped up unexpectedly when you tried to create a drawing from a 3D design saved in the cloud.
- Editing an operation with a tool that has multiple presets and then re selecting the tool causes the pre set selection to change and invalidates the toolpath.
- Previously when you were editing a tool in the tool library for older files, the trailing angle field was incorrectly missing for the custom general turning tools. If you had created a new tool, that field will appear. Now the tools for the both old and new toolpath operations should show the trailing angle field in the tool library.
- Amish from SSCADCAM reported that, when trying to create a form mill, the window showed up as blank. Closing it and opening a new window still showed blank but the number was incremented.This is now fixed.
- We fixed a crash issue that was happening after you moved a part in the Design workspace and then switching to the Manufacture workspaces.
- You told us that while entering force values in the Simluation study, the applied force with a minus sign produced "flipped" results (according to the applied force the model should be stretched). After looking at the code, it appeared that the minus sign was not respected by the solver. With the positive value, everything looked correct. This is now fixed.
- Nick Polanosky told us that the ability to drag the position marker for plane, walls, partial cylinders etc. No plonger worked as expected. We untangled some wires and now position graphics handles for cadProbe x/y/z plane, channel, boss, angle and partial circle should be draggable again.
- We fixed an issue where placeholder parameters were not exported properly in defaults. Now when you import exported files with parameters, you will no longer get an “"Unable to load parameters from file"” error.
- We updated the hidden Support > Internal settings to be 0 by default
- We fixed an issue where "Assign Body Presets" wasn't working correctly after you cleared the bodies selection
- We fixed an crash issue that was triggered when you tried to delete body presets
- We fixed a crash issue when you tried to generate a toolpath for FFF machines
- If you created an EOS machine setup, sooner or later you’ll notice that the General tab in your Print Settings Editor disappeared for no reason. This is now fixed and the General tab will always been there.
- There are parameter groups which are optional so that the youcan enable/disable such a group and its parameters. The parameter dialog should show a checkbox to allow enabling/disabling. Apparently, the OneClickMetal MPRINT machine has some parameter groups which are optional but cannot be enabled/disabled. Now the option "interval" can be enabled and disabled correctly.
- We fixed an issue where “Configure EBPA Settings” section was missing in the Print Settings Editor after you re-opened certain files
- For some weird reason, Tessellation settings for One Click Metal MPRINT+316L were being multiplied by factor 10. This now fixed.
- We fixed a crash issue that was triggered by the action of deleting a print preset
- We fixed another crash issue that was triggered when you tried to delete a duplicate build strategy with the same name as the original
- If you changed the default build strategy, then Fusion 360 did not correctly update the browser tree if all the bodies were assigned with the old default strategy. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue in the Extrusion print settings where the parameter values for Extruder 2 incorrectly matched the values of Extruder 1, after you changed the values of Extruder 1. Now the Extruder 2 will remain unchanged if changes were made to Extruder 1.
- The machine platform inexplicably disappeared after you assigned a Body Preset to a body. This is now fixed.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12670
- Fixed issue where Fusion 360 crashed after a specific pocket selection action was performed in 2D Pocket
- Fixed a bug where the Fusion 360 was incorrectly setting the default value for WCS offset within setup to 1. This default can potentially cause crashes on some machines. It has now been reverted back to 0.
- Originally reported by eli.dannenbaum, we fixed the DB error issue that was occuring for number of our Electronics Design users
- We fixed a crash issue that was happening when you tried to quit Fusion 360 with pending manufacturing changes
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12392
NOTICE: We’re converting Cloud Credits to Flex tokens:
- In this product update, we are in the process of converting Cloud Credits to Autodesk Flex tokens. Don’t worry, if you currently have Cloud Credits associated with your account or have recently purchased Cloud Credits, you will still be able to use them on tasks like Generative Design solves, Simulation solves, and cloud rendering jobs. The only difference now is that you can no longer purchase additional Cloud Credits. Instead, you can buy Flex tokens moving forward and use both types of digital currency during this transitional timeframe.
- Autodesk Flex is a new pay-as-you-go subscription service like Cloud Credits, but it has one major advantage: flexibility. Flex tokens are being adopted by many of our other Autodesk products, including Inventor, AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Maya, and many more. Not only are you able to spend Flex tokens on specific in-product functionality, but you’re also now able to spend it on the products themselves, and at a rate that makes for you and your team.
Repair issues without Uninstalling Fusion 360:
- Fusion 360 now comes with a it’s own brand-new Service Utility. A common (yet many times unnecessary and troublesome) way of fixing an issue in Fusion 360 we see many of you follow is to un-install Fusion 360, run the Clean Uninstaller, and then re-install to see if continue working. While this method has worked in the past, it was counter-productive and time-consuming. The fact that you had to download a separate clean uninstaller was also clunky. With this Service Utility, you’ll be able to repair reset, or uninstall (if you really have to) Fusion 360, as well as gather system info, perform a network diagnostics test, or contact support. There are 2 ways the Service Utility can be invoked:
- Triggered automatically when 2 consecutive launch failures are detected
- Triggered manually by holding CTRL + A (Windows) or Command + A (macOS) during the first 3 seconds launch of Fusion 360.
Design Advice helps you make better design decisions:
- Available in the Product Design Extension
- Previously available to try as a preview feature to the Product Design Extension, Design Advice graduated out of preview and is now available for all Product Design Extension subscribers. Located under the Inspect Panel of the Plastic tab, Design Advice highlights areas of concern based on the material you select, and gives recommendations based on manufacturing best practices. This level of intelligence enables you to design better for manufacturing, and helps you take the guessing game out of your designs.
Select and Export multiple outcomes simultaneously:
- Now in the Generative Design > Explore tab, you’ll be able to select up to 4 study outcomes at once and export them simultaneously. This improvement removes the hassle of exporting your outcomes one at a time. Fusion 360 will notify you throughout the export progress, so you know exactly what it’s doing and when the export is complete.
- Faster Results in Generative Design Experimental Solver and Feature Preview:
- We have improved the technology stack that is powering our Experimental Solvers and Features preview as we push towards commercialization. While we are not ready to commercialize just yet, we wanted to pass along some of the progress we have been making. Our recent data shows that outcomes generated with our preview solvers are completing up to 2x faster than our production solver in many cases. If you haven’t checked out this preview yet, now is the time. You can turn on the Experimental Solvers and Features preview in your Fusion 360 Preferences under the Preview Features heading.
Place Component Panel:
- We have done away with the outdated, modal, add dialog and instead have introduced an entirely non-modal, always-on place component panel that consolidates multiple experiences into a single workflow you can feel confident using. With the new panel, better search and more flexibility in searching ensure you find what you need faster. Component previews and a deeper search into part metadata combine to deliver the search results you would expect without the limitations inherent in EAGLE. Search filters enable you to identify and switch between different content sources quickly. Components that include multiple footprint variants can be expanded and previewed, making choosing between packages more obvious. Combined with easier migration and management of your legacy local content and a complete overhaul of the Library Manager experience, we are delivering massive improvements to the #1 concerns expressed by our users!
Modular Design and Design Re-Use:
- Design Blocks are finally coming to Electronics Design, and this release marks the first of several significant updates in delivering on the promise of intuitive Design Reuse. We have added the ability to source and place your Design Blocks created in EAGLE and bring those into Fusion 360. Coupled with adding a new Insert Schematic from file the file, there are multiple ways to leverage smaller, more reusable subcircuits or third-party reference designs with ease.
- Merging the contents of one design into another could create a myriad of challenges with net naming and part name collisions. Rest assured, we have taken precautions to show you both the source and current net names and part names, even providing you with control over the merging of signals. So, whether you want to reuse that A/D converter, your favorite Buck / Boost Regulator, or even the mating connectors for your favorite Development Kit – Add your existing Design Blocks or insert that existing schematic into your current design to make short work of building a new design from existing assets and develop better circuits in less time than ever before.
Navigating Library Repositories:
- The Library Manager had been unwieldy, challenging to use, and not exactly intuitive –particularly for those of you who are coming from EAGLE but using only local Libraries. This new experience for enabling/disabling libraries streamlines this process, making things more evident, with fewer steps, and less guesswork. Whether your content was local, stored in the Autodesk Cloud, or was shared on Library.io – you asked us to make it obvious where and whom Libraries were coming from – and what they contained before you Installed them. Many of you asked to see the contents of Libraries like the Control Panel experience in EAGLE and to display the version, so you knew what you were selecting and where it came from, minus the clutter. Coupling this with filters to identify a Library’s origin, a more obvious update experience, more obvious In/Out of Use status, we have cleared the way to a more productive and enjoyable experience.
PCB 3D Modeling Performance:
- Our Electronics Design experience provides a bidirectional 2D & 3D PCB pipeline with the performance you’d expect from a viewer while maintaining the timeline integrity essential to modern Mechanical Design workflows. You told us that you’ve been experiencing performance problems around 3D PCB generation, specifically around designs with large numbers of stitching vias, cutouts, or other “cut” operations. As of this update, we are happy to report that we have vastly reduced the time to generate the 3D PCB model by 90% with a baseline average of 25% – paying special attention to boards with large holes or interior cutouts. This effort will vastly reduce your design time when working with PCBs with high drill and hole counts, and with more to come, you can expect even further improvements to your productivity.
Automatic EAGLE Library Access:
- Excellent news for our Autodesk EAGLE users, migrating to Fusion Electronics: beginning with this release, on the first launch, you will be prompted to migrate your existing EAGLE libraries to Fusion 360, automatically importing your Parts and ensuring a smooth transition to Fusion 360. For those trying Fusion 360 but not ready to make it your primary tool, rest assured that importing your libraries to Fusion 360 does not limit your ability to use these same components in EAGLE until you are settled in and using Fusion Electronics more regularly.
Align Command Now Available in Electronics Design:
- We heard that some of you have been working on a large LED display or possibly a street sign that requires hundreds of LEDs, and you would like them to appear perfectly aligned on your Schematic. After a quick review, some components are just slightly off a few grid points. Fusion 360’s Align command is the perfect solution for this problem and can clean up your schematic with just a few clicks. However, we recognize that the Align command was not that discoverable, so we’ve added it to the primary toolbar. While we were at it, we decided to add Align to the Schematic Symbol and Footprint editor too.
Package Generator: Rectangle lead DIP sockets & Pad roundness for DFN Packages:
- Sockets are a great way to ensure you build flexibility into your designs, future-proofing your PCB, and making it easier to change devices with changing circumstances. Exciting news: you no longer have to limit your search to round pads for programmable components susceptible to soldering heat. Expanding on Round-lead sockets, you will now find an option for Rectangle leads which use double-leaf contacts to hold IC pins in place under tension. These models are fully parametric, and the corresponding footprints are built to IPC specifications.
- The Fusion 360 library editor includes an IPC-compliant Package Generator that provides several templates to generate footprint and 3D models of your component by simply entering the mechanical details of the part. We provide three Dual Flat No Leads (DFN) templates: 2, 3, and 4 SMD pads. We’ve now added a roundness factor to the footprint for this update. Since the DFN component has a shorter bond wire length, it provides higher electrical performance than leaded packages due to less inductance.
- The final stage of your PCB design is generating the manufacturing files to get your design made. Equally important is creating your design documentation. The design documentation will not only have illustrations of your design but also includes instructions for manufacturing exported in a file format compatible with everyone to read. For this update, we have included PDF as one of the export formats in the image section of the CAM processor command. With the output defined, it is possible to select the layers that contain your manufacturing details. Exporting your manufacturing data will automatically include your design documentation. This method is more manageable than exporting a PDF directly from the design editor.
Add popular Tinkercad parts to Fusion 360 Electronics:
- Tinkercad Circuits has been globally recognized as the easiest-to-use electronics and coding platform available. Access to Tinkercad Circuits is entirely free, and you will be able to breadboard your design and perform simulations. Earlier this year, we announced that your Tinkercad Circuit designs could be exported directly to Fusion 360 electronics. In this Fusion 360 update, we have expanded our libraries to include more of the components that will work between Fusion 360 electronics and Tinkercad.
Easily document your hole specs with Hole Table:
- Good news! You are now able to easily create comprehensive hole tables with the new Hole Table tool, found inside the Drawings environment, Tables drop-down panel. Hole Table will follow the drawing standard you’ve selected and populate the appropriate dimensions and standard of annotation. You’ll also be able to use the origin with Ordinate Dimensions, and the table will update automatically if you’ve made changes to the origin.
- Manage drawing revisions with better revision control and documentation tools:
- There are also a few new tools that enable you to better manage revisions and revision tables: Revision Marker, Revision Table, and Revision Cloud. All three of these tools can be found under the Table panel drop-down menu. You can now use these tools and call attention to specific changes in your drawing and update revisions based on those changes.
Changes to the Fusion 360 Manufacture Workspace and Machining Extension:
- In this product update, we’ve rebalanced some functionality found in the core Manufacture Workspace as well as the Machining Extension. This rebalance helps us solidify the positioning of both offerings, what they include, and who they best serve.
- Now in the Manufacture workspace, you’ll notice that capabilities like 3+1 and 3+2 interactive tool axis orientation controls (surface normal, align to view, and turn & tilt) have been made available to all subscribers (previously only available with the subscription of the Machining Extension). This positions Fusion 360 (without the Machining Extension) everything you need for robust & reliable 2, 2.5, and 3-axis machining.
- The Fusion 360 Machining Extension will inherit 4-axis and 5-axis simultaneous machining capabilities from the core Manufacture Workspace. It will be the new home for Swarf, multi-axis Contour, and multi-axis Flow joining the ranks of Rotary and Steep & Shallow. Wrapped toolpaths using a rotary axis will remain available in the Manufacture workspace. This makes the Machining Extension a true multi-axis powerhouse for your advanced automation needs, at a price point that is much lower than other competitive CAM solutions (where a fully loaded 5-axis license can often cost more than $40,000)
- We recently hosted a webinar where we dove deeper into the rationale behind this change, why we went with the decisions we made, and how we can help you continue to be successful with your business. If you want to learn more and get down to business with Al Whatmough himself, Check out the recording for details, as well as the FAQ.
Trim Toolpath gives you more control over the quality of your toolpaths:
- Trim Toolpath has graduated out-of-preview, and is now available in the Machining Extension.
- Previously available to try as a preview feature, we took your feedback and have finalized the Trim Toolpath functionality and made it production ready as of this product update. It is currently included in the Machining Extension under the Modify drop-down panel. Within the tool, you have the option to select between 3 Trim Types: Polygon, Plane, and Boundary. You are also able to use the offset of a Plane or boundary, as well as more specific options pertaining to both Trim Types. This gives you more flexibility to associatively optimize toolpaths (captured in the history timeline), all within a consolidated UI.
Control your toolpath entry with Move Entry Position:
- Move Entry Position has graduated out-of-preview, and is now available in the Machining Extension
- Joining the ranks of Trim in the Modify panel, another useful feature that is now officially part of the Machining Extension is the Move Entry Positions command. You’re now able to move the entry position of any toolpath with close passes. One of the main reasons why you would want to move your entry position is due to how some toolpaths leave small marks at the entry and exit positions. Moving the entry position to an area where it’s less important can benefit the overall finish of your part.
- Nest multiple parts with Advanced Arrange:
- Advanced Arrange has graduated out-of-preview, and is now available in the Nesting & Fabrication Extension.
- About a year ago, we introduced Advanced Arrange as a preview feature that was free to try. After gathering feedback from the community and continuously improving it, we’re glad to say that Advanced Arrange for the Nesting & Fabrication Extension is has graduated and is now available as production-ready functionality. You’re now able to create multi-sheet arrangement and rotate each part. The rotation control still lets you specify the initial part orientation plus allowed part rotations in 90-degree increments. Simply select the objects to arrange, then select an area to arrange on, and set the allowable rotation values for your objects as well as the grain control if applicable.
- New self-paced learning for the Machining Extension:
- We’re continuing to expand the video resources available for Fusion 360’s Manufacturing capabilities with new videos in the Machining Extension video series. We’ve also added accompanying datasets so that you can follow along with the videos.
- Unified Print Settings Editor for all types of Additive Processes:
- As we continue to mature Fusion 360, one of our guiding principles is to maintain user experience consistency as you take your designs from concept to production. This update introduces a major UX overhaul in the Additive Print Settings Editor. First, we moved away from the tabbed experience and took advantage of the left side panel for easier navigation. Second, for FFF, you’re now not only able to edit general print settings, but you now also able to edit presets per body under the new Body Preset section. We’ll be uploading more videos showing you how to use the new Print Settings Editor soon, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel.
- Fusion 360 Additive now supports more SLS, SLA, SLM, and FFF Printers:
- Fusion 360 is now compatible with even more additive machines, with 11 new SLM print settings for EOS M290 Printers. Now when you’re working in the Additive tab to set up your prints, you’ll have the option to use the following machines in your Machine Library:
- SLS machines such as the Formiga P110 and P396 EOS
- SLA machines such as the Prusa SL1S Speed, SL1S, Anycubic Photon Mono
- FFF machines such as the Arcelik PT1000, Dremel 3D20, 3D40, 3D45, eMotion Strateo 3D IDEX 420
New & Improved Post Processors:
- If you haven’t seen our recent forum post, we just dropped a bunch of new post processors, as well as improved a handful of existing ones. New milling post processors include ones for Ethereal Halo, Matsuura, and Promax. Head over to the forum thread to check out all the latest in more detail.
API & Add-ins:
- Notice: Embedded python interpreter has been upgraded to Python 3.9.7
- As mentioned in this forum thread, Python apps delivered as .pyc files will be broken because .pyc files are tied to the version of Python used to create them. Add-ins compiled with the old version of Python (3.7) will not be compatible with the updated Python (3.9) and will fail to load. Note that this change does not affect any add-ins where the .py source code is available.
- If your app does not distribute precompiled Python (.pyc), then you don’t have to do anything.
- If you use Bommer, JoinerCAD, or other popular Add-ins, you may need to update the add-in from the app store. Check their respective app store page for more details.
- If you are developing an add-in that you use personally or internally at your company, you can simply re-compile after you’ve successfully updated to this latest version of Fusion 360.
- If you develop an app that is distributed directly to customers or is available on the Autodesk App Store, you will need to create a new version of your add-in for distribution. For additional information, please see this forum thread: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/fusion-360-api-and-scripts/important-python-version-change-information/td-p/10929351
- New add-in by Autodesk Fusion 360 x Sandvik Coromant:
- We’ve recently partnered up with Sandvik Coromant to give you a great add-in: The Sandvik Coromant CoroPlus Tool Library add-in for Autodesk® Fusion 360® simplifies CAM programming, to help you save time, reduce overall costs, and optimize machining performance. Download the free add-in from the Autodesk app-store then subscribe to the CoroPlus Tool Library to unlock the full functionality. The fully integrated Fusion 360 add-in recommends tool assemblies and machining parameters based on your chosen material, the machining operation, and even the capabilities of your CNC machine. Once selected, transfer the 3D tool assembly and optimized cutting parameters into Fusion 360 for more efficient CAM programming and safer machining outcomes.
- NOTE: Preview Features are not fully complete and may have missing pieces that we are actively working on. We feel confident enough to have you try them, but we want to remind you that they are not 100% production ready. We are actively working on improving them until they are ready to graduate out-of-preview as production ready functionality.
- New to try: Native Trackpad (macOS only):
- Many of you have reported issues while using Fusion 360 with the trackpad on your Macbook laptops. Some of these issues stemmed from Fusion 360’s own trackpad drivers experiencing instability. We’ve fixed this by making Fusion 360 send gesture events directly to your native macOS trackpad drivers. This fix is currently available to try as a preview in the Preview Features section of your preferences. Feel free to turn it on and let us know how it’s working for you.
New to try: 3D Arrange:
- By turning on the 3D Arrange preview feature, you’ll be able to arrange parts in a 3D space within a bounding box, which conveniently sets you up for SLS additive manufacturing. After you’ve enabled the preview feature, you’ll notice the Solver Type drop-down menu in the Arrange tool will include a new 3D Arrange option, along with the existing 2D Arrange option. From there, you’re able to select a mix of objects that are solid as well as mesh based. Arranging them happens automatically as you work through the settings you want define within the command dialog. Once the parts are arranged, you can always go back and edit the arrangement, as well as the size of the bounding box to better fit your parts for manufacturing.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12392
- If the time on your computer was set manually and was not automatically sync'd with a time server, a bug was preventing some instances of Fusion 360 successfully upload data. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue where a bug in the offline cache workflow where it was preventing some of you from using the Product Design Extension.
- CaptainBobSim reported and issue where Fusion 360 was crashing even though he was just creating a simple sketch. We discovered that it as related to how parameters worked. This is now fixed.
- 1Macaddict told us that after upgrading to Monterey, his data did not show in the Data Panel until a new folder was created to prompt a sync. This is now fixed.
- vrpostcard told us an issue where his manually rotated views on his drawing got reset after he updated his views. which lead to disassociated annotations. This is fixed.
- Roland.Kalamar's report of how his new components were not showing properly on an updated drawing is now fixed.
- We fixed a crash issue related to rectangular Patterns.
- When you are running dual monitors and working on Fusion 360, the right-click menu of the Viewcube would appear on the other screen if the Fusion 360 window was right next to the border between the 2 screens. This is now fixed.
- When processing through holes for select by diameter for a setup on the bottom/back of a part with a depth other than the full hole, what should be the bottom of the hole is partially being treated as the top. This is now resolved and through holes are no longer upside down.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12376
New Component View in Fusion Team:
- In December of 2021 we told you about the Component View preview being available to try for those of you using Fusion Team. We’re excited to say that the functionality has graduated out of preview and is now available for all Fusion Team users.
- Have you ever looked at an assembly in Fusion Team to find that it doesn’t “Use” any parts because it is made up of internal components? Have you ever wished you could look inside an assembly to see its internal components without having to open the entire file? If this sounds familiar, be sure to check out Component View – a view created to show you granular information about your design data outside the Fusion 360 canvas.
- Instead of referencing external parts to build an assembly, Fusion 360 encourages users to model all components inside a single file. A component created within an assembly is called an internal component. Although internal components are quick and easy to make, they are not accessible outside their parent assembly file. Historically, there has been no way to access internal components, assembly structure, and metadata without opening the entire parent assembly file in Fusion 360… until Component View!
What is Component View and Why Would I Use It:
- Component View is a tabular view that shows an assembly’s hierarchy, complete with all sub-assemblies and parts, nested in hierarchical order with a corresponding thumbnail image so you understand what you’re looking at. Component View lists each component’s metadata as columns in the table – you can see property values such as Description, Part Number, and Material Name for each component, all at once. If you have Manage Extension, Component View also shows each component’s Manage properties – you can see Item Numbers, Lifecycle, State, and hyperlinks to each component’s Manage “Item Overview” and change orders.
- Not only does Component View expose assembly structure and data, but it also allows you to browse the data for any historical version and supports Export of any component to the file-format of your choice. Use this to quickly export internal components to STL for 3d printing or to extract internal components to share with external vendors, without having to expose an entire assembly. The goal is to give you access to internal components and assembly data outside Fusion 360 so that you can perform process, management, and collaboration workflows in a web-based environment that is practical and natural for you. Particularly for those of you who doesn’t use Fusion 360 regularly, imagine being able to milestone, release, issue change orders, get procurement information, and more for internal and external components from an easily-accessible browser page.
Enabling and Getting to Component View:
- Component View is in Fusion Team and available for Fusion360 F3D assembly files. To open the Component View of an assembly, select a Fusion assembly in Fusion Team (or Manage Extension Hometab) and click on it to open the Overview. Next to the “Overview” tab, you should see a “Components” tab. Click on this tab to open Component View!
- To learn more about Component View and for detailed instructions on how to get started, visit the help documentation.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12164
New Product Design Extension Now Available:
- Kicking off 2022, we are introducing a brand-new extension called the Product Design Extension. Geared towards design professionals working primarily on consumer electronics and product design, the Product Design Extension gives you a set of design features that are aware of how a part is going to be manufactured, and automatically chain the workflow together, specific to the material used in the design.
- When this concept is applied to plastics design, you can apply enough repeatable rules in commands like, shell, thicken, rib, boss and others and dramatically speed the time to complete because you’re spending less time typing in the same dimensions to multiple commands.
- We’ve identified the next obvious command applied to newly created geometry like draft and fillet and have them automatically applied as part of the feature, driven from the material you select so that if you need to change material, the changes are instantly reflected in all the plastic features. Let’s also not forget about our new geometric pattern feature as well, making it easier for you to create the right aesthetic in your design.
- As part of the launch of the Product Design Extension, we’re also excited to introduce 2 exciting new Preview Features as part of the launch: Design Advice and Volumetric Lattice. Design Advice will help you identify manufacturability concerns based on best practices for plastic injection molding and provide recommendations to address them. Volumetric Latticing enables you to create complex lattice geometry right on the solid body. If you’re interested to try these Preview Features, please refer to the Preview section of this blog post for more details.
- The Product Design Extension is accessible through the Extensions button in-product.
New Read-Only For Me option for distributed designs:
- When you’re working on a distributed design with multiple project members, there may be times when you want to view, analyze, or experiment with the design without reserving it and blocking access for other project members. Read-Only For Me lets you temporarily make the design read-only for yourself, so you’re free to navigate the design while other project members continue editing.
New Replace Component Option:
- There may be times when you need to replace an external component with a different component in the context of the assembly. Previously, this involved removing all instances of the external component and inserting a new one for each instance you needed to replace. This was a manual and time-consuming process, and often required you to fix broken assembly relationships, like joints and assembly contexts.
- The new Replace Component feature lets you quickly swap in a different external component at the same point in the Timeline and carry on with your work in the assembly. If the replaced component is a direct copy of the original, Fusion 360 will even reconnect those assembly relationships from the original component.
New Tangent Relationship tool:
- Introducing Tangent Relationship, a new command under the Assemble drop-down panel. Tangent Relationship gives you the ability to have 2 components tangent to each other and when one component moves then the other move tangentially to it.
- Previously, you may have tried to use Contact Sets or used a Joint limit’s rest position (if needed) to model cam in a slot / cam follower type of mechanisms. This would have revealed performance issues in complex assemblies, as the contact set algorithm used performance intensive collision detection on every drag/move. Now with Tangent Relationship tool, you’ll be able to perform those actions without the performance hit.
- Once you’ve defined a Tangent Relationship, you’ll be able to edit it again in the Timeline as well as find it as an entity in the Browser under the “Relationship” folder.
Reference Driven Dimensions within a sketch:
- As once being one of the most voted ideas in our old IdeaStation, you are now able to reference a driven dimension within a sketch. Previously in Fusion 360, driven dimensions defined in a sketch were not exposed as parameters and therefore could not be referenced by other parameters within the same sketch, as well as outside the sketch, in other sketches. Now the are exposed as parameters, and you are able to refer them as so.
- Sketch pattern distance or angle can now reference driven dimensions. All dimensions like linear, angular, axis aligned, circle diameter and radius, elliptical major/minor diameter and radius, and concentric are now also supported to refer driven dimensions (inward use) and to be used as driven dimension in other parameters (outward use) within the same sketch (with the exception being tangent and offset dimension).
- We are currently working on enable you to refer driven dimensions outside of the sketch. More news around this coming soon in future updates.
Associative Behavior now in Create Form > Match Command:
- Organic modeling with associativity? Yes please! Now in the Create Form > Match command, there is a new option called Associative. Once checked, the edges matched to any reference geometry become associated with that reference geometry. This means that if at any point you decide to modify the reference geometry in the parametric design environment (albeit a solid, surface, or sketch), the T-Spline form associated to that geometry will also automatically update and maintain its relationship. This makes the hybrid use of T-Spline forms and parametric solids all the more powerful and versatile.
News Ways to Convert, Repair & Export Mesh Bodies:
- As another advantage of having the Product Design Extension comes with the new ability to convert mesh bodies into organic T-Spline bodies. That’s right – triangles faces to quad faces. It’s now finally possible.
- Now in the Convert Mesh command, you’ll notice a 3rd option appear in the Method section called Organic. There are 2 things to look out for: 1. Make sure that you have the timeline enabled before you invoke the Convert Mesh tool, and 2. Make sure that the Operation option in the Convert Mesh dialog is set to Base Feature (if you are working in parametric design mode with the history Timeline turned on).*
- More good news – Repair Mesh has graduated out of preview and is now available as an official tool in the Mesh tab. We’ve also enhanced the Save As Mesh dialog to include an option to push the mesh object to Netfabb. If you’re exporting OBJs or 3MFs from the Save As Mesh dialog, appearances applied to mesh bodies are now also included in the exported files.
New Fusion 360 Simulation Extension Now Available:
By subscribing to the Simulation Extension, you will no longer be required to pay Cloud Credits for running Simulation Studies for the duration of your Simulation Extension. The Simulation Extension has an annual and a monthly subscription option along with a 7-Days trial to evaluate your requirements. The Fusion 360 Simulation Extension unlocks key insights of product design performance and quality through mechanical, structural, and injection molding analysis tools including:
- Non-linear static stress
- Event simulation
- Modal frequencies
- Injection molding simulation (mold filling, part quality, guided results)
- Structural buckling
- Thermal steady state
- Thermal Stress Analysis
- Shape Optimization
Injection Molding Simulation Graduates Out-of-Preview, is now available:
- We are excited to add Injection Molding Simulation to commercially available studies in the Fusion 360 Simulation workspace. Our sincere thanks to everyone who provided us with feedback and guidance while the functionality was in preview. Following up on your suggestions, we have made improvements to the workflow as well as added new features to Injection Molding Simulation through the last few updates of Fusion 360. Kindly continue to provide your valuable feedback and suggestions, so that we can improve this technology even further.
- New self-paced learning for Simulation:
- We’ve enhanced the video resources for Fusion 360’s Simulation capabilities by adding a new Getting Started with injection Molding Simulation, which introduces injection molding before showing you how to run a simulation and how to interpret the results to ensure high-quality plastic parts.
- We also updated the Getting Started with Simulation video series to reflect updates to the Simulation workspace, as well as new videos about electronics cooling and injection molding studies.
New Rotation selection option when generating 3DPCB from Sketch Profile:
- This new implementation will help synchronize the workflow between mechanical and electronic engineers. As mentioned earlier, in the Fusion 360 design workspace, you can define the PCB outline. In this update you can specify the point of origin and X axis orientation. The PCB designer will no longer wonder if the component placement is on the wrong plane.
Create PCB now called Create Associative or Independent PCB:
- Fusion 360 is the only application that genuinely fuses the mechanical and electronic design needs into a single platform. You can project or draw your PCB circuit board outline from the design workspace. For this update, you will notice that we have renamed PCB profile capture options from “Create 3D PCB” and “Derive PCB from Sketch” commands to “Create Independent PCB” and “Create Associative PCB,” respectively. The Create Associative PCB option will provide the desired workflow of changes to the enclosure will update the PCB outline.
Export parts into library or libraries from Electronic Schematic:
- From the schematic workspace, we have now added the option to export your libraries from the loaded design from the library tab. This handy command will be beneficial for designs shared with you without the component library. You will easily export components into an existing or a new library, ready for different projects. This can be useful for exporting parts that require updating, such as mapping 3D models to your footprints. Update the design by using one of the Library Update options.
Toolpath Modification – Move Entry Positions (available in the Machining Extension):
- This is a new toolpath modification in the manufacturing workspace. It allows you to move the entry and exit positions of closed sections of toolpath by creating lines in space which intersect with the toolpath. This allows entry positions to be moved from ‘mission critical’ faces to avoid marks on the component and manual polishing once the component is finished. Similarly to other modifications, this event is stored in the timeline so it can be edited, deleted, etc.
Turning – Machinable Undercuts (available in Profile Finishing):
- For turning workflows, you can use Grooving tools in our Profile Finishing strategy, a machining strategy that is built on our new turning toolpath algorithm. We extended the capabilities of the turning algorithm now to safely handle machining undercuts on more complex models. Previously, there would be an imaginary safety rail that would have stopped the tool from getting access to an area that was considered an undercut. This great functional enhancement is going to allow you to continue to use the model to drive your toolpaths, maintain that associative link to the design, and avoid the hassle of using sketches to generate desired toolpaths.
Turning – New Linking (available in Profile Finishing):
- With the addition of the turning toolpath algorithm now being able to access undercut areas on models the need to safely move in and out of those areas was paramount. In this update alongside Machinable Undercuts we enhanced the linking moves for turning toolpaths. There are a lot of details to the new linking and a blog will be published soon for all the details.
- Material Grain Control (available in the Nesting & Fabrication Extension):
- In the Nesting & Fabrication extension, you’re now able to control material grain in this release. Every material has a grain, but this is especially important for anyone working with wood, as it allows you to aesthetically align your parts. Simply set the component and sheet grain directions and watch the Nest Studies take care of the rest. Don’t forget, the Nesting & Fabrication Extension is associative, so any adjustments to component or material grain are consumed by the nests, minimizing any rework.
Part Labelling (available in the Nesting & Fabrication Extension):
- Keeping track of your parts as they are manufacturing is something we often take for granted. With this release of Fusion 360 and the Nesting & Fabrication Extension, we are introducing the capability to create customizable and printable labels to improve part tracking. Several templates are included by default to get you up and running, including common label paper and label printer sizes.
New self-paced learning for Manufacturing:
- We’re continuing to expand the video resources available for Fusion 360’s Manufacturing capabilities with new videos in the Machining Extension video series introduce the 5-axis options available for the Steep and Shallow strategy. The videos show different tool-axis options and highlight scenarios where these options help produce a safer, more efficient, toolpath.
- We also added a new Inspection video series shows how to use probing on a CNC machine tool for part setting and how to use probing to inspect that manufactured parts are within tolerances. Fusion 360 supports several device types for inspecting parts, including CNC machines and manual inspection instruments like calipers.
SLS Selective Laser Sintering with the Formlabs Fuse 1:
- We are continuing to expand the list of 3D printing technologies we support, and we’re excited to introduce the ability to prepare your 3D prints for the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).
- The first SLS 3D printer we are supporting is the Formlabs Fuse 1. Just like all the other additive workflows in Fusion 360, you are now able to prepare the print by selecting Formlabs Fuse 1 as the machine to use in your Additive Setup. When you click the Setup command from the additive tab, you will notice that a new Manufacturing Model is now automatically created if one does not already exist and used for the Additive Setup. This will ensure that any automatic or manual part arrangement impacts the active manufacturing model and not the root model. In the Setup dialog, you will notice that you can now select “Arrange in 3D” as a new Arrangement Type for SLS and MJF printers. When you click OK, this option will quickly pack your parts within the build volume of the SLS/MJF printer, based on their current orientation and the outbox dimensions of the selected components.
- When you are done arranging your parts, simply export the active setup as a “*.form” file and open it within Formlabs PreForm software.
- Tip: Make sure that you have selected Fuse 1 as your printer type within PreFrom before opening the *.form file you exported from Fusion 360 to print your models with this printer.
eMotion Tech and LulzBot 3D printer support added:
- The Machine Library now includes several new LulzBot (Mini, Mini 2, TAZ 6, TAZ Pro, TAZ Pro S, TAZ Pro XT, TAZ Workhorse, TAZ SideKick 289, TAZ SideKick 747 and TAZ 5) and eMotion Tech (Strateo Dual 600) FFF printers. The Post Library also has a post associated with these printers, so you can setup the prints and generate G-Code for your machines.
Consolidated Print Settings in Additive Tab:
- We have simplified the print setting selection/edit workflow to remove duplicated steps and streamline the process. Now, print setting selection will only happen from the setup dialog. Note, this is also the case with the machine. To learn more, check out this forum post.
Resolve External Components (Public Preview):
- If you’ve ever tried to open a design in Fusion 360, but couldn’t because it contains missing external components, this preview feature is for you. The new Resolve External Components preview lets you open assemblies with unresolved external components and attempt to resolve them. After you enable the preview, if you try to open a design with unresolved external components, you’ll see a notification and then you can open it. In the Browser, right-click an unresolved component, then select Resolve Component or Delete.
- The 2 primary reasons a design would go miss are Archive/Deletion and Permissions. Resolutions vary based on the reason an external component is unresolved: Unarchive a project , Request access / restore, or permissions Delete.
- If a design is missing because it’s deleted, it will be missing for everyone. However, it’s important to note that if a design is missing because you don’t have access to the project where it’s located, it may be available for other project members. In this case, we recommend that you work to gain access to resolve external components before you make any significant changes to the design.
- If you really do need to make any significant changes to a design in this state before you resolve the components, you’ll need to use the new Modify > Compute Unresolved command first, which will compute only the features related to unresolved external components in the assembly. You can run Compute Unresolved manually to see the outcome or Fusion 360 will automatically invoke it when you first edit the design to ensure you are working on the latest computed state.
- We recommend that you resolve missing components as soon as you encounter them.They are not expected to be maintained over the long term and you should address them as general design maintenance.
Design Advice (Preview for Product Design Extension):
- As a cornerstone of the Product Design Extension offering, we want to give you tools that are manufacturing aware and that can provide smart recommendations to improve the performance of your design and help you make better decisions. This is what Design Advice is all about, and it is now available to try for free as a Preview Feature (with a Product Design Extension subscription).
- Once enabled, you’ll be able to access the feature under the Inspect Panel. Once activated, you’ll have 4 selectable advisory sections: Thickness, Undercuts, Drafts, and Knife-Edges. These elements all play an important role in how well your part will be injection molded. Based the material of your part and how your part was designed, Design Advice will give you manufacturability warnings and suggestions for fixes, as well as rule details for further analysis. This is some powerful stuff, and we can’t wait to hear about what you think of it.
- Volumetric Lattice (Preview for Product Design Extension):
- What if you could create complex volumetric lattices within your design, just like how your 3D printing utility does it? With the new Volumetric Lattice Preview functionality now available to try as part of the Product Design Extension, you can do exactly that. Once enabled in the Preview Features section (and with a Product Design Extension subscription), you’ll find the tool under the Solid Tab > Modify Panel. Choose between Cell Shapes like Gyroid, Cross, and Schwarz P. You can also adjust the Proportions, Scale, Solidity, as well as Offset options. Once you’re all set, right-clicking on the body will reveal Volumetric Lattice Actions, such as Show/Hide, Create Mesh, and Delete. Since this is still a Preview Feature, we’re looking for your feedback, so feel free to let us know what you think.
- Additive Process Simulation Preview (Available for the Additive Simulation Extension):
- With the January 2022, update you can now create multiple Additive Process Simulations within the same Fusion 360 design. Simply select the Create a new study button in the Additive tab, Process simulation panel and choose a target body you wish to simulate. Go through the pre-check steps to adjust your Process Simulation options if necessary, and you are ready to simulate the metal Laser Powder-bed Fusion (LPBF) process for common failure modes such as Displacement and Recoater blade Clearance and export a Compensated model to minimize calculated distortions.
- The Additive Simulation Extension is accessible through the Extensions button in-product.
Important Notice: Python Version Update Coming:
- This is a “good news and bad news” kind of warning. The good news is the version of Python being used in Fusion 360 will be updated in the next Fusion 360 release to Python 3.9.7. That’s great news because the Python language continues to be enhanced, and we all want to use the newest features.
- The bad part of this announcement is that if you write or use any Python apps delivered as .pyc files, this change will break them. They’ll be broken because .pyc files are tied to the version of Python used to create them. Add-ins compiled with the current version (3.7) will not be compatible with the next release (3.9) and will fail to load. This change does not affect any add-ins where the .py source code is available.
- We’re currently working with the Autodesk App Store team to determine the impact of this change and develop a plan to minimize the impact on you and our customers. Watch the Fusion 360 API and Scripts forum for a sticky post that will contain the details once we’ve decided on the best solution.
Improvements & Fixes:
- To learn more about other improvements that went into this update, our extended list of fixes to issues reported by you, as well as known issues, check out the related Known Issues, Improvements and Fixes forum thread below.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.11685
- We fixed an issue in the Drawings environment where updating an existing drawing inexplicably got rid of all of the views that were shown on the drawing. Furthermore, the browser was also missing components that were previously visible. Thank you to Urs Hulliger for reporting this.
- Previously if you tried to edit an existing Pattern-on-path action, sometimes Fusion 360 didn’t show a preview of what the pattern looked like. Instead, it left you in a weird state within the command and prompted an error message. Now when you try to edit an existing pattern-on-path, the start point is set to 0 and error messages no longer appear.
- Reported by our Expert Elites, apparently the tolerance field in the Stitch dialog disappeared for some weird reason. The slider was still present but no matter what you did, the field itself didn't appear. This is now fixed and the tolerance field is back where it used to be.
- There was issue where Joints were getting lost in certain x-ref designs after they have been saved and opened again. This is now fixed.
- We also fixed a few issues where Joints were becoming invalid and Fusion 360 was ignoring their relationships after various Edit-in-Place, Get all Latest, Save and Re-open workflows
- Speaking of Get All Latest, we fixed a crash issue related to this
- We fixed a crash issue related to going from the Surface > Patch command to the Analysis tab, and going back to the Surface