What's new in this version:
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.17721
- When trying to use Fasteners in a Single user storage hub, the option is greyed out. This caused some confusion. There will now be a tooltip to notify you to transfer/switch to teams.
- We fixed an issue preventing users from inserting a DXF file after selecting a plane and a file while on Mac
- We fixed an issue that occurred when trying to open a DXF file while on Mac
- We fixed an issue where the Sketch Palette would disappear when switching between documents while editing a sketch
- We fixed an issue where the “insert DWG browser” option was missing while editing the title block in Fusion 360 drawing
- We fixed an issue where Machine Simulation would show too much compensation when using the Compensation Type: “Wear”
- We fixed a crash issue that occurred when deleting hole recognition in the CAM workspace
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.17710
Design and Drawings:
- New Fastener Library
- New Ability to Copy a Historical Design Version with its Related Drawings
- New Internal Components Properties Configuration
- New Drawings Surface and Mesh Model Support
- New Drawings Custom Text Height Controls
- New Drawings Line Type Scale
- New Geodesic Toolpath Strategy (Machining Extension)
- Order optimization for 2D Pocket and 2D Adaptive contours
- New Mechanical Construction Geometry within 3D and 2D PCB
- Layer Naming Alignment
- New Korean Community Fusion Forums
- New API Support
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.17457
- a bug that occurred when switching to a newly inserted Configured Design
- a handle error issue impacting some users creating Configurations for the first time
- an issue that occurred when changing between Configurations which caused the wrong model to appear within the model window
- an issue that occurred when a user who was invited to a project opened a Configured design causing an email to incorrectly go out to the project owner notifying them of a change to the design file
- a variety of crash issues relating to Configurations
- a crash issue occurring when opening certain files containing T-spline surfaces
- a CPU utilization issue which occurred when waking Fusion from a sleep state
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.17453
- a crash issue that occurred when opening certain files while on a mac
- a crash issue that occurred when opening a newly saved file that included a hatched polygon in Fusion Electronics
- a crash issue that occurred when opening a .cam360 file from the data panel
- an issue causing T-spline conversion not to function as expected
- an issue in the Manufacturing workspace where tool and part attach points were not kept aligned to the XZY of the CAM document
- an issue where saving a NC Program in a Network location was not functioning as expected
- an issue causing certain Post Processors to fail due to missing dlls
- an issue causing the network diagnostic test in Fusion service utility to fail
- an issue where Drawing template fails to correctly populate data
- an issue impacting non-English languages where users were unable to change arrowhead types within the Drawings workspace
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.17244
- Change log not available for this version
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16985
- Fixed an issue in the Manufacturing workspace where Feed per Rev would change incorrectly after a tool is moved to “Documents”
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16976
- a CAM issue where Subspindle grabs and returns were not regenerating when changing dwell, spindle stop, etc.
- an issue where certain Fusion 360 Flex users were incorrectly receiving Fusion 360 expiring expiration dialog and notifications.
- a variety of crash issues occurring in the Design and Manufacturing workspaces.
We fixed a variety of issues impacting Fractional expressions, these issues include:
- Fractional/Architectural Unit display ignoring precision value
- An issue where using Dimension in a Sketch with “Fractional” turned on from preferences behaves differently than expected
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16761
- We fixed an issue that prevented users without Rosetta 2 from installing Fusion 360. Rosetta 2 installation can now be triggered directly from within the streaming installer.
- We fixed an issue where opening a project saved in a previous Fusion 360 version which has a toolpath with Tool Orientation ‘Select Z & X’, ‘Select Z & Y’ or ‘Select X & Y’ with no geometry selected for either axis and the ‘Flip X/Y/Z’ parameter on for at least one axis would override the Tool Orientation mode to ‘Model orientation’. This should now only display a warning that the Tool Orientation direction might be affected on recalculation.
- We have addressed crashes in various workspaces within Fusion 360 including but not limited to the Design workspace, Electronics workspace, and Home tab
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16753
- New Duplicate with Joints command
- Properties and Parameters Anywhere for Drawings
- Improved experience accessing Electronic Workspace at startup
- New Swap (Replace) library for Electronics
- New ability to allow Inside to Outside for Face Turning
- New ability to machine groove undercuts in Turning Profile Finishing
- Transition feedrates have now been added to tools and toolpaths
- New Geodesic and advanced swarf toolpaths (in extension preview)
- Fusion 360 now runs natively on Apple Silicon
- Native macOS trackpad engine for gesture processing
- High DPI Scaling support on Windows
- Numerous performance improvements surrounding Assemblies
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16490
- Fixed an issue that caused some of you to wait around 15 mins for Fusion 360 to open
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16488
- an issue within the Manage extension where Change Order creation was not operating as expected
- Some of you reported an issue within the Drawings workspace where attributes were incorrectly displaying as blank
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16486
- We noticed an issue where the post engine wasn’t linearizing the tool end point when moving to the rotary axis limit. This is now fixed and should work as expected.
- We fixed an issue where NC Programs with a machine attached, and Machine configurations enabled would create incorrect post process outputs
- We fixed a crash issue that occurred when clicking on a nesting error
- We fixed an issue where auto_holeTopDiameter was no longer being set unless the computed thread parameter feature flag was also turned on
- A few of you reported an issue where you were unable to import IPT files and variety of other file types using Open. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue where the “Reference” option was missing from the Rotate dialog within the Fusion 360 Drawings workspace
- A couple of you reported an issue where local rendering was not starting on Mac since the May 2023 Major Product release. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue where dynamically setting the resourceFolder of a button using Fusion 360 API would kill the program
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16265
Live with the Experts: What’s New in the May 2023 Release:
- Come learn about new functionality and tools now available in the latest Fusion 360 updates in Design & Documentation, Manufacturing, Electronics, Generative Design, and Simulation
- During this 60-minute webinar, we’ll also dive into improvements around flexibility and control, programming efficiency, show off some tips & tricks, and open up the floor for LIVE Q&A
New: Snooze a product update:
- Many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time, and we’re glad to say that it is finally happening. After taking this current product update, you will be able Snooze (or “Update Later”) future product updates to a later time.
- You can now Snooze an update for 3 days. In addition, paid subscribers, startups, and trial users can snooze an additional 11 days for a total of 14 days. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that you should stay up to date with the latest version of Fusion 360, not only to get access to the newest feature and improvements, but also to ensure that your version of Fusion 360 is always supported with the latest services behind the scenes. This is also why we’ve set the Snooze duration to a maximum of 14 days; going beyond that may cause version disparity issues.
- When you are in the middle of an important task and want to minimize disruptions to the workflow, Snoozing a product update can help you and Fusion 360 maintain focus on the task at hand, and get the job done. Using Snooze also prevents you from needing to take Fusion 360 offline to avoid updates.
Improved: Numbers now work in S-Key Search:
- Previously, when you typed a number in the S-key search box, Fusion 360 would not register it, and nothing would show up in Search. You can now use numbers like “3” to get results for commands such as “3-Point Circle” in Sketch, or “3D Print” in Design.
Resize Command Windows from any Edge or Corner:
- Traditionally, Fusion 360’s command dialogs have been limited in how they can be resized – a horizontal anchor in the upper left, and a diagonal anchor in the lower right (but only when undocked). This created difficulty when resizing the height of docked commands and was especially challenging with larger dialog windows.
- With May release, you can now resize commands from all edges and corners (providing there is space to do so). Command dialogs will remember their size and position until Fusion restarts.
High-Resolution Canvas Graphics renamed and enabled by default:
Preferences > Graphics > Display:
The following changes have been made to Fusion 360’s default graphics options:
- The “Use high-resolution graphics” option has been renamed “High-resolution canvas graphics on high DPI displays” to clarify that it only applies to the modeling canvas when DPI scaling is in use by the operating system.
- The option to use “High-resolution canvas graphics on high DPI displays” is now visible in Preferences at all times, allowing you to toggle it even when not actively using a high DPI display; previously, the option would only appear if Fusion was launched in High DPI mode, and would not appear even if a Retina display was enabled.
- High-resolution canvas graphics are now enabled by default when DPI scaling is in use; you may still disable them in Preferences to prioritize framerate performance over visual quality.
- “Limit effects in high-resolution graphics” is now disabled by default
- Reminder: High-resolution canvas graphics are currently only available for macOS with Retina scaling, and Windows with Fusion 360’s High DPI Scaling preview enabled. The option will be available to all Windows users in Summer 2023.
Fusion 360 is now faster than ever! Here are some key highlights for this update:
- Open: Up to 47% performance improvement when opening design files under Manufacture workspace by default
Assembly: Selecting 2nd component under Pattern/Mirror/Move command can be now done immediately for some design files, while previously needing about 218 seconds (about 3 and a half minutes)
- Up to 2.4x performance improvement when doing Break Link for design files
- Switching to motion tab in Edit joint dialog has improved from hang to instantaneous for some design files.
- Modeling: There’s about a 20%-64% performance improvement for Loft preview generation with some design files
- There’s about an 83-114% performance improvement when using Mirror & Pattern within a design file with many bodies selection under direct modeling
New Plastic Lip Feature (Product Design Extension):
- With this update you will now be able to easily create a Lip within the Plastics workspace of the Product Design extension. When designing a product, you may want to create a feature to fit two parts together. That’s where the Lip tool comes in. The Lip tool creates a raised lip, recessed groove, or interlocking combined feature on one or two solid bodies. You select an edge and a guide to place the lip or groove on a body, then specify the feature dimensions. If your part has a Plastic Rule applied, dimensions are automatically applied. Optionally, select geometry to define the extents of the path, then select an outcome option.
Tips to create a Lip and Groove feature:
- Assign a Plastic Rule before creating a Lip feature
- To create a lip and groove together, ensure the two bodies are touching so the edges line up and the faces are normal to each other. For example, a box that you Shell and then Split Body.
- Select the inside edge to place the Lip feature so the reveal is on the outside of your design
- For Lip And Groove type, the groove dimensions are automatically determined by the lip dimensions and clearance
- For Pull Direction guide type, ensure the edges are tangent continuous
Core Modeling Commands now available for Edit-in-Place:
Previously when you were working with Edit-in-Place workflows, you did not have all the core modeling tools at your disposal. This update remedies that by enabling the following commands in EIP (Edit-in-Place) mode:
- Solid > Create > Rib
- Solid > Create > Pipe
- Solid > Create > Thicken
- Solid > Create > Boundary Fill
- Solid > Modify > Replace Face
- Solid > Modify > Silhouette Split
- Solid > Modify > Align
- Solid > Modify > Simplify > Remove Features
- Solid > Modify > Simplify > Remove Faces
- Surface > Create > Loft
- Surface > Modify > Extend
- Surface > Modify > Stitch
- Surface > Modify > Unstitch
- Surface > Modify > Reverse Normal
- Inspect > Interference
- Select > Select By Name
- Select > Select By Boundary
Improved Mesh Conversion for Volumetric Lattices:
- Creating a mesh is a key step when you use Volumetric Lattice, as it allows you to use the tools in the Mesh tab to manipulate your design and export the mesh to 3rd party slicers.
- Fusion 360’s original “Create Mesh” command used a marching cubes algorithm to create a mesh body from bodies with volumetric lattices. The issue with this approach was that it often created stepping effects and other artifacts on otherwise smooth faces resulting in poor surface finishes when 3d printed. In this version, we are changing our meshing approach and releasing a new method for converting volumetric lattices to mesh bodies. The new and improved meshing method for volumetric lattices creates higher quality mesh on the surface of parts and an overall reduced triangle count on the mesh body.
Parameter table now supports conditional expressions:
The parameter table now supports conditional expressions and logical operators:
- if (expression; value if true; value if false)
Improved Automated Modeling UI:
- Now within Automated modeling you will see new icons for alternatives for easier recognition of alternative types (smooth, crisp, plate), as well as improved error handling in case of service unavailability.
New image print configuration in CAM with preview:
- Fusion 360 electronics CAM Processor allows you to generate manufacturing data of your printed circuit board in industry-compatible formats such as ODB++ and Gerbers. The CAM Processor is highly flexible; you can change or update sections for required output specifications. The outputs will automatically include your Bill of Material, Pick and Place, and documentation images. The documentation images can now include more than one layer set page. This enhancement of the CAM Processor enables you to efficiently create better manufacturing documentation images of your board in a more practical format.
Additional Layer Set options for 3D PCB Visualization:
- Many of us have grown fond of working with Fusion 360 electronics and using the 3D model to help with the layout. This realistic perspective makes it so much easier to fine-tune the component placement. Many contacted us requesting more control of what would appear on the silkscreen of the 3D model. Previously, we only supported the conventional Place and Name layers for the top and bottom silkscreen. In this update, you will notice that in the PCB editor, the display command has a section for the Editable Layers Sets. You can now select which layers will appear as silkscreen in your 3D models. Giving you more control of your layer management for notations such as fabrication details, company logo, copyright details, and much more.
Schematic Symbol Pin Breakout Now Use Standard Command Dialogs:
- The Pin Breakout feature can improve the clarity of the schematic by making it easier to read and understand. By breaking out the individual pins of a component, you can see exactly how they are connected to other parts and how the overall circuit is structured. We have revamped the pin breakout command for this update into a more accessible and flexible dialog box. With the list of pins of the selected components, you can easily select the pins you want to break out and which NET naming convention you want to use. This will help you break out components with large pin counts into a simple format and speed up your design time without sacrificing organization.
MOVE by arrow key during copy/paste preview:
- In earlier versions of Fusion 360 electronics, we added support for moving selected or new assets using the arrow keys. Using the arrow keys provides much-needed precision when placing components in a specific location. Copying and pasting to replicate circuit assets or a section of your schematic design saves time and effort.
- In this update, Fusion 360 electronics now supports using the arrow keys for pasted assets. After completing that single-channel circuit, you can easily copy and paste to replicate it seven more times, keeping the symmetry you want to use for proper documentation for the new 8-channel system you are working on. Using the arrow keys, the paste command will move the assets one grid point at a time. The same actions can be used in the PCB and Library workspaces. This will help you place your components precisely where they need to go without using your mouse.
Token Flex Now Available for the Signal Integrity Extension powered by Ansys:
- Some of you will remember that we implemented the Signal Integrity extension powered by Ansys last year. Adding this extension to your electronics workspace will give you the analysis capability of your critical traces on your circuit board carrying high-speed signals. The signal integrity extension provides you with visual insight into specified impedance as well as getting details such as resistance, time delay, length, and much more during your routing process. You no longer have to review your signal integrity requirements as a post-process task. Sign up for our 14-day trial of this valuable extension. Access to the signal integrity extension is now possible using our token flex system.
Zoom to fit off-center DXF imports:
- usion 360 will now zoom to fit DXF when imported to schematic. This helps when the imported file is not centered, making it so that the content is properly in view.
Improved Tab Switching Performance:
- We improved overall performance for switching workspace tabs in the Electronics Design workspace. The exact improvement percentage depends on machine, design, and other factors, but overall tab switching can be seen to be noticeably faster than in previous versions.
Improved Symmetry Constraints:
- Within this update you will see an improvement in communication and error handling in cases of not supported symmetry planes for 2 and 2.5-axis milling setups. Additionally, you’ll find that the symmetry feature is now pinned to the main toolbar by default making it easier to access.
Improved Frequency Limits in Experimental Generative Solvers and Features Preview:
- In this update, the frequency limit objective will now produce results for all manufacturing methods, except the Die Casting preview. This functionality will allow you to specify a minimum natural frequency that your design must exceed for its intended application.
New Report Capability for Injection Molding Simulation:
- You can now generate reports for Injection Molding Simulation studies. The report generation tool allows you to create customized reports and pick and add the information you wish to include in the report. You can preview how your report would look like and make necessary changes before you generate the report which can then be saved on the cloud and/or locally on your computer.
Improved Simulation Cloud Solve Performance:
- We have made improvements in the simulation cloud solve pipeline, where we are now using faster cloud machines for Simulation, which will improve the cloud solve performance for simulation jobs by around 20%.
Updated Injection Molding Simulation material database:
The Injection Molding Simulation material database has been updated:
- Total number of Materials: 12663
- Total number of Manufacturers: 594
- Total number of New Materials added: 215
- Total number of Materials updated: 199
- Total number of Materials deleted: 75
- Manufacturers deleted: 2 (Exxon Chemical, Hanwha Total Petorchemical Co. Ltd.)
- New Manufacturers added: 10 (Sumika Polymer Compounds UK Ltd, Sumika Polymers North America, SunAllomer Ltd, Hanwha TotalEnergies Petrochemical Co Ltd, Plaskolite West, Sabic, SEKISUI KYDEX, Styrenix Performance Materials, Sumika Polycarbonate Limited, Sumitomo Chemical Asia)
Improved messaging for Injection Molding and Electronics Cooling studies when results are not visible:
- There have been situations where you were not able to see any results for Injection Molding Simulation and Electronics Cooling Simulation after the solves are completed. Previously, you would see an empty window with no indication of what might be wrong. We have now added a user-friendly message on possible causes for results not showing and actions you can take to resolve it.
New Copy with Drawings:
- We’re excited to announce the addition of Copy with Drawings, an enhancement to the Copy Design workflow that lets you copy a design and its related drawings.
- In the image above, you can see the Controls Plate is from a previous project and has a detailed drawing. You might need to create a new variation without the trackball opening in the center of the plate. When you copy the Controls Plate design from the Data Panel, you can now include its related drawings.
Add-in Highlight: Bommer:
- Our friends at Bommer are putting the finishing touches on their own conditional expressions for formulas inside a Bommer bill of materials.
New Rotary Pocket Multi-axis Strategy (for Machining Extension):
- We love it when a new multi-axis toolpath strategy makes it into Fusion 360 and becomes available for you all to use. As of this update, Rotary Pocket, a new simultaneous 4 axis roughing milling strategy, is now available within the Fusion 360 Machining Extension! This feature allows you to clear large quantities of material on parts that are machined most efficiently when using the 4th machine axis.
- Found via the Milling tab under the “Multi-Axis” drop down list of strategies, Rotary Pocket is commonly used on roughing complex parts made from cylindrical or conical shaped stock material.
New Rotary Contour Milling Strategy (for Machining Extension):
- Right below Rotary Pocket is the introduction of another new strategy called Rotary Contour. The new Rotary Contour milling strategy is designed to finish the machine steep walls using simultaneous 4 axis machines. It is similar to the existing 3D Contour strategy, however it differs in the fact that it produces 4 axis cylindrical or conical slices, opposed to Z planar slices. Therefore, it is commonly used for parts made out of cylindrical or conical shaped stock material on a 4 axis machine tool.
Additional 5 axis options for the Multi-Axis Contour Strategy Preview (for Machining Extension):
- The Multi-Axis Contour milling strategy now has a more comprehensive set of 5 axis options to try as preview functionality. It is now consistent with most of the other finishing strategies. The primary tool axis can now use the To or From Point/Curve. Automatic collision avoidance can be switched on to avoid collisions between the tool assembly and the design model. To try these options, check the “Additional multi-axis options for the Multi-Axis Contour strategy” box in the Manufacture section of the Preview Features. Note that this preview works only for those of you with the Machining Extension turned on.
New Profile-Only Passes for Flat Toolpath Strategy:
- The Flat toolpath now has the ability to calculate profile-only passes on regions where vertical/steep and flat regions meet. You get the same benefits as using the 2D Contour but you also get the benefits of the toolpath being model aware. This new addition to the flat strategy can also be used as a wall finishing strategy when applying Multiple Depths in the passes tab. The Flat strategy also benefits from having access to rest machining from a previous operation, resulting in a more accurate in-process stock simulation.
Improved Turning Tool Annotated Images:
- If you make turning tools in Fusion 360, you probably have seen some…low fidelity representations of turning tools in the images that we use to show you which tool dimension you’re editing. Recently, we collaborated with our talented design team to update these images with much more detail and to match real tools much more closely.
Tool Library – Persist User Expressions (Preview feature):
- Persist User Expressions stores the expression that you enter into the tool library when defining parameters like tool geometry or feeds and speeds in a Preset. When you close the tool library or even Fusion 360 and reopen, the expressions will still be there when you access the parameter.
- This helps you view the original intent of the value – seeing that it was referencing another parameter for example. It also means if you change a parameter that’s referenced in another parameter’s expression, they will both update! So, for example, feeds and speeds expressions that reference the tool diameter will update if they are copied and pasted to a new tool. Nice!
- In this update, we made this feature flag on by default, so everyone will see this functionality unless turned off explicitly. If you choose to turn this feature flag off, please reach out and tell us why! We are planning to release this fully in the next major release and want to know your thoughts if something isn’t quite right.
- Note: if you previously had the Persist Expression Preview feature on, you will notice that with this update we no longer pass the expression from the Tool Library into the expression dialog. This was an intentional change due to differences in the parsers and will prevent unexpected changes in value until those differences can be reconciled.
Allow no-dragging in a turning profile roughing rest machining toolpath:
- We added the ability in turning profile roughing operations to turn on the no-dragging option when rest machining is enabled.
Existing trace toolpaths will now have extensions applied:
- Start and end extensions have now been enabled for the 2D Trace strategy. As a result, existing 2D Trace toolpaths might have extensions applied with no warning, if regenerated. This can cause gouging if the new toolpath happens to collide with the model or fixture.
Improved: Dynamic Preview (Preview feature):
We have a handful of improvements to the dynamic preview added to the tool library last release cycle, including:
- Reasonable thickness of turning tools, especially when in inches
- Better scale of the compensation point (no longer in the way!)
- Highlight the shaft section being edited for tools and holders
- Overlapping triangles of turning tool insert and holder should display better
- We are also turning this feature flag ON by default! We expect that there may be some hardware issues or hiccups that were hard to identify with the limited hardware we have to test against. If you run into issues, you can turn the FF off to continue your work, but please also let us know that you’re experiencing issues so we can work on fixing them. We can’t wait for you to see your tools in 3D!
Geometry Selection Fixes:
In January of 2023, we introduced a major change in how you select geometry in the Manufacture Workspace. Continuing from the improvements introduced in the April product update, this release includes a further series of enhancements to the Geometry Selection functionality:
- Geometry selections didn’t apply Extension lengths to trace toolpaths issue fixed
- Chain selection did not apply Extension length to Trace toolpath issue fixed
- 2d Pocket / Adaptive “Order by Depth” was not working for some selection methods issue fixed
- Silhouette selection gave empty toolpath for 2D Pocket strategy issue fixed
- 2d Contour was not recalculated if side was changed fixed
- Single click’ chain selection ignored user defaults issue fixed
- Various direction arrow display fixes
- Missing chain preview issue fixed
- Display problems with CAD model and WCS with some selections fixed
- GF preview was missing after switching Passes tab to Geometry tab issue fixed
New and Improved Post Processors Update:
- Looking for the latest post processors and machines updates? This May we released a ton of new updates and improvements to many of the open-source Post Processors and Machines we offer for free. Within this release you will find improvements to generic post processors, mill-turn post processors, and additive post processors. You will also notice we added many new Machine Configurations to our machine library to allow you to define your available machines and resources and automate the settings in your Job Setup. Additionally, we updated and improved our Workholding library, and improved functionality around the Autodesk CAM Post Processor engine.
3mf export from Manufacturing Workspace Now Includes a Thumbnail:
- Now when you export a 3mf from your additive setup, you will notice that the 3mf file has a thumbnail view associated with it, making it easier to identify what the design is before opening the file. With this release Fusion 360 will embed an isometric thumbnail image with certain machine files it creates. This makes it easier to identify which file you are printing on your 3D printer when a USB file has multiple sliced files to print.
Items selected in the browser are now highlighted in canvas in Additive MFG:
- In additive manufacturing, you can assign a print setting to your setup after selecting your Machine. These print settings could have multiple presets (example: normal vs strong) with varying settings slicing and toolpath related parameters (Examples: infill type, density, number of contours.) In an Additive Manufacturing Setup, you can choose to assign unique body presets to a given body.
- With the May 2023 release, when you select a Body Preset in Fusion 360’s browser, you will be able to identify which bodies utilize this preset, as the associated objects will be cross highlighted in canvas.
FFF support structures can now have unique slicing settings per support type:
- When working with Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers you can use one of three support types: Volume supports, Bar supports, and Setter supports. In the past, the print setting assigned to a given body would dictate how the attached support structure would be sliced. This method worked fine if you only used a single support type per body (example: only volume supports), but if you wanted to mix and match support types on the same body, you would not have the control you needed for each support type.
- With this release Bar, Volume, and Setter supports have their own respective parameter groups in the ‘Supports’ tab of the print settings. Using these settings, you can now slice supports in unique ways, and control how they are sliced (example: assign 3 perimeters to bar supports vs. 0 to volume supports). This will give you a lot of flexibility to combine different support types in a single build and grant you more control over support slicing.
Component selection improvements to Additive Arrange:
- When preparing a 3D print involving multiple components, object placement within the build volume is an important part of the workflow. In Fusion 360, after creating an additive manufacturing setup, you can use the Additive Arrange feature to automatically pack parts using 2D or 3D arrangement methods.
- With this release, you will now be able to see a list of all the components you are arranging within the Additive Arrange dialog. You will also be able to add/remove components from this list with ease.
Additive Slicing performance boost for Volumetric lattices:
- Slicing an Additive Setup that contains a model with a volumetric lattice is an important step for manufacturing such components. Through slicing, you convert your models with Volumetric data to slice data, and later can create an additive toolpath for 3D printing. As models with volumetric data tend to represent complex geometries, slicing such models is a time-consuming task.
- With the latest release of Fusion 360, the slicing performance of bodies with Volumetric lattices has been significantly improved. Without compromising the resolution of the sliced outcome, bodies with volumetric lattice data can now be sliced up to 8 times faster.
Automated Arrange (Public Preview for Nesting & Fabrication Extension):
- Automated Arrange provides a quick and improved way to create manufacturing setups for the arranged layouts. Moreover, creating an arrangement no longer moves the original components. Instead, it creates new instances for the arranged components. This prevents “breaking/disassembling” of the model and allows for side-by-side viewing without needing to manually create a copy of the model. Besides storing the Arrange results on the timeline, it will also create the corresponding Arrange and Envelope nodes in the browser tree (contained under an ‘Arrangements’ node).
- For those of you that also have the Nesting & Fabrication Extension enabled, the Automated Arrange Preview unlocks additional functionality – Quantity, Priority, and Filler.
- Quantity – Specify the number of component instances to arrange.
- Priority – Specify the relative importance of a component to be included in an arrangement
- Filler – Specify what components can be added to further minimize the wasted material once the regular components have been arranged.
- Notes: Arrangements can only be created in the Design Workspace, and then consumed in the Manufacturing Workspace. Arrange feature is no longer available in the Edit Mfg Model environment. To ensure that results do not overlap the model use the ‘Offsets’ option on the Envelope tab
API and Add-Ins:
New API Support for Rendering Workspace:
- Many of you have asked for this and we’re happy to say that the API now supports most of the functionality available in the Render workspace. You can define all the settings and start local renders, however, there are two things not currently supported: in-canvas rendering and cloud rendering.
- Support for in-canvas rendering is planned, but there are no current plans to support cloud rendering since it requires Flex Tokens and becomes much more complicated. There is also a difference in how the local rendering works. When you render locally through the user interface, it creates the rendering locally but then stores the result on the cloud. You can do the same when using the API or save the result to a local file.
New API support for creating and editing Canvases:
- The Fusion 360 API now also supports creating and editing canvases within a component
Improvements to the Manufacturing API:
- For those of you who use Fusion 360 API for automating your manufacturing
workflows, you can now create scripts (Python/C++) to:
- Set “Fixture attachment” during a setup creation
- Use CAD parameter for an operation input for geometry selection
- Utilize Hole recognition
- And if needed, delete operations and setup
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16009
- This update addressed one of the key issues that was causing an unexpected spike in crashes for some of you, especially for those of you running Fusion 360 on Windows machines. We wanted to release the fix now instead of waiting for the next big update so that you can get the fix as soon as possible and continue your work without worries.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.16007
- a crash issue that occurred when selecting a tool after filtering tool type
- an issue that occurred when using Offset Plane and inputting a value from your keyboard
- A few of you on the forums reported an issue within Fusion 360 Electronics that occurred when transferring 2D PCBS to 3D PCB, this issue occurred when your OS region was set to either French or Dutch
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.15995
- kdh4287 reported an issue within the new export dialog box workflow where Fusion 360 removes the user defined body name and replaces it with the component name. This change made it so you had to rewrite your part names when exporting STL files. This workflow is now fixed, and you will be able to accurately name your exported mesh files with ease.
- We fixed an issue where the Viewcube was displayed incorrectly in non-English languages
- A few of you on the forums reported an issue where high DPI scaling was not working as intended. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue within wrap 2D Contour where trimming a chain and setting the negative value for start/end extensions would cause an error
- A few of you on the forums reported a graphics issue in Fusion 360 Electronics where a black screen would be displayed instead of the Schematic and Board design areas. This is now fixed.
- Previously, if the pads in Fusion 360 Electronics were rotated (but not with 90 degrees) and the polygon edges are also with some angle, the pad (with the same signal as polygon) was displayed as a gap/cutout. This is now fixed, and the pads should display as expected.
- We made many asset management improvements and addressed multiple CERs in the Electronics workspace
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.15775
NOTICE: Important OS support information after April 2023
- This update marks the end of support for legacy Operating Systems like macOS 10.15 Catalina, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1. While old versions of Fusion 360 will continue to work on these OSes for some time, the latest and greatest releases now require a minimum OS of macOS Big Sur 11 and Windows 10 (v1809) or newer.
- While we try to support as various OS’s for as long as possible, this often comes at the cost of embracing newer technology and developmental efficiency. What we gain from dropping legacy support is the capability to leverage the latest and greatest technologies supported by Apple and Microsoft.
- While the April update will still be native x86_64 code, the update is a crucial step in our quest to create a native ARM-based Fusion 360 client on Apple silicon (which we hope to show you later this year). In addition, this update will greatly facilitate our ability to bring high DPI scaling support to Windows.
Updated Sign-in Experience:
- For those of you signing into Fusion 360 after this update, you may have noticed the new sign-in experience. Now at the log-in screen, clicking on the Sign In button will take you to a separate web browser to continue the log-in process. Once you’re done, clicking on Go to product will bring you back to Fusion 360 and you’ll be logged in. We updated how you sign into Fusion 360 for a few important reasons.
- This new experience adds a new layer of security, allowing companies to leverage their own single sign-on policies.
- Also, you can now use your own password managers to fill in your account info. This was a pain-point we’ve heard from many of you, and we’re glad to say that it is now possible.
- Lastly, this makes our sign-in consistent across multiple Autodesk solutions.
- Sign-out experience of Fusion 360 will behave the same way as well.
Like our past updates, we continue to improve usability performance across the platform. Here are some key highlights for this update:
- Saving design files with a large local .SQL cache file is now up to 10x faster
- Mirror component for large design files is now up to 8x faster
- Opening large design files is now up to 51% faster
- Window-selecting component under Move command has improved 58%-132%
- Moving components in large design files has improved up to 40%
- Invoking Pattern command after selecting many bodies from Browser has greatly improved
- Expanding Document Setting Browser to change Thread Type when convert the model into Direct Modeling is now greatly improved
F3D and F3Z files should no longer get caught in email filters:
- Some Fusion-generated files were generating an embedded .INF file to define the model’s material properties. This clashed with email file scanners’ heightened security policies, causing false positives when the .INF was detected. Files generated with the April release and later should no longer contain embedded .INF data and should once again withstand email scanners’ scrutiny.
New Blend Curve Command in Sketch:
- Now in the Sketch contextual workspace, you can use the Blend Curve tool to create a tangent (G1) or curvature (G2) continuous blend curve between the endpoints of two existing sketch curves or edges. The live preview helps you make better choices related to continuity. This addition is a fast and easy way to connect existing geometry.
Improved Face Selection in T-Spline Subdivide:
- Previously, you were unable to select any additional faces after the T-Spline Subdivide command was invoked and an initial selection was made. Now you are able to easily select additional faces to subdivide. Preview graphics will be displayed on all selected faces.
New Support for Document Switching While Waiting for Results in Automated Modeling:
- In this update, we have improved Automated Modeling to be more aware of those of you who want to multi-task while alternatives are being generated on the cloud. Previously, if you switched to another document while Automated Modeling was generating results, it would close the command, forcing you to start over. Similarly, if you started another command while Automated Modeling was running, it would close the command, again, forcing you to start over. With these improvements, Automated Modeling will now run in the background when switching from document to document, allowing for improved multi-tasking across many documents.
Improved Insert X-ref behavior:
- Previously, when a design with a milestone is inserted, Fusion 360 automatically inserts the latest top version of a design rather than respecting the existing milestone. We’ve corrected this behavior so now the workflow will insert the latest milestone version of the design. This means minor saves beyond the milestone will not be exposed until the next milestone is created.
Improved Electronics Graphics:
- We switched our graphics engine and are now using GPU rendering as our graphics back-end. This should make things look a lot more crisp and less pixelated, it’s as if we turned anti-aliasing on. The difference is noticeably better and improved performance.
Insert DXF/DWG is Now a Native Command:
- Previously, the command inserting DXFs & DWGs was executed via a ULP and limited. It’s now possible to insert DXFs & DWGs and target them to a specific layer as well as change scale/position all through a handy wizard.
New Option to Paste on Active Layer:
- Previously, if you tried to copy and paste objects existing on a source layer, the target layer always matched the source layer. In many cases, you may have wanted to paste the object onto the active layer. Now you can choose whether to paste the object on the source, a new target or active layer.
New Choice to Keep the Via Source Net When Pasting Vias:
- It’s now possible to choose whether to keep the Via source net when pasting Vias. Previously, when patterning GND Vias in the 2D PCB, the resultant patterned GND Vias were not connected (they were created as GND1, GND2, GND3… respectively). Now, patterned GND Vias can either retain the source net or target a new net with a user toggle option.
Electronics Assets Now Stored Through Fusion Cloud:
- Previously, locally stored Fusion 360 Electronics vendor-supplied/sample utility files (including Design Rule Files (DRU), Scripts/User Programs (SCR/ULP) and CAM files) could only be accessed through your local drive. You can now browse these files hosted in the Fusion cloud directly within Fusion 360!
Tabbed Panels are Now Collapsible:
- Previously, when you wanted to collapse a tabbed panel directly, you had to instead first ‘convert to stack’ now you will be able to simply ‘collapse dialog’.
Improved Signal Integrity Extension:
- For our Signal Integrity Extension, we improved geometry analysis so that it gives better and more correct segments. We also fixed several bugs in the UI.
Improvements to Simulation Pre-Check:
We have added some better guidance to the Simulation Pre-check dialog:
- Pre-check now lets you know that you are missing the Simulation entitlements and will ask you to contact your contract manager to get the right entitlements assigned to your account.
- The pre-check dialog now captures issues with edge-based contact and will identify the problematic area for you to go back to and modify.
Heat Sources Defined on Contact Surfaces Now Recognized in Nastran Solver:
- We have added an improvement in the Nastran solver where it now recognizes heat sources defined on contact surfaces correctly, allowing you to see more accurate results for your Thermal and Thermal Stress Simulations.
New Additional Warning for Body/Component or Settings with Visibility Off in Simulation Workspace:
- Turning off the visibility of a body/component or a particular setting in the Simulation workspace does not exclude them from being used during the Simulation run. Previously we showed this just as a Pre-check warning. Now, you will be reminded ahead of time, so you’re not caught off guard at a later step.
Symmetry Graduates from Preview:
- Previously available as part of our Experimental Generative Solvers and Features preview, the Symmetry Plane option has now graduated out-of-preview and is officially part of the Generative Design Extension.
- The Symmetry Plane tool enables you to define up to 3 orthogonal planes of symmetry to enforce in the design outcomes. These symmetry planes will also be present in the outcomes and will drive symmetric editing in the T-spline form body. The Symmetry Plane tool can be found on the Design Space panel of the toolbar in the Generative Design workspace.
Improved Study Settings Dialog:
- We improved a few aspects of the Study Settings dialog so that it is easier and more intuitive to use. You will now see updated nomenclature, slider tick marks, and new tooltips explaining what high/low-resolution setting means.
Alternative Outcomes Option is Retired:
- In this release, we reached a major milestone in our Experimental Generative Solvers and Features preview and our retiring the Alternative Outcomes option that was part of the Study Settings dialog. We are now fully standardized on our new solver technology for all non-preview functionality in the Generative Design extension. As a result, you will no longer see multiple duplicate outcomes that look the same and clutter up your Explore environment. The remaining functionalities in the Experimental Generative Solvers and Features preview are Modal Frequency Limits, Buckling Limits, and the option to Remove Rigid Body Modes for under-constrained models.
New Automatic Centerline and Center Marks feature:
- With the new automated center mark and centerline feature, you can now quickly create center marks & centerlines for all holes. We’ve even included the ability to create center marks and centerlines on extruded (or revolved) bosses and cuts. Additionally, center marks can be set on or off by size of radii.
New Incline Flats for Flat Machining Toolpath:
- Flat machining now includes intelligence to give you a multitude of automatically calculated 3+2 toolpaths for all inclined planes while the connection moves are all simultaneous 5-axis. This is a great addition to the Flat strategy, which automates the toolpath to machine all the flats on your parts, inclined or not. Inclined Flats detects the max and min tilt angle range defined by you, references either the setup z-axis or the tool orientation for the angles defined and finds all the flats within that range and cut them.
New Deburr Toolpath (Machining Extension Preview):
- When you machine parts, there is often a “flash” of material left on the edges of the machined parts called “Burrs”. They can be anywhere between 1- 10 microns and almost always need to be removed as part of manual process after machining. The new Deburr toolpath (found under the Milling Tab > 3D Panel) aims to address this and is typically used on finished parts. Use it on areas where you have a corner between a vertical and a horizontal face or where two flat surfaces change direction from one another. The toolpath runs the tool along the edge just enough so that the sharp burrs are removed, reducing the need for manual processing. Deburr works for 3, 4, and 5-axis milling, uses the side portion of the tool, and lets you define the gouge value. This is currently a Machining Extension Preview feature and will be released as part of the Machining Extension.
New Corner Toolpath (Machining Extension Preview):
- New for this update, we’re introducing a new toolpath called Corner Finishing (found under the Milling Tab > 3D Panel). This technology was brought over from Powermill and is currently available to try as a Machining Extension Preview.
In Fusion 360, you already had a corner-style finishing strategy referred to as “Pencil”. In PowerMill, there are 3 main strategies: Corner Finishing, Corner Multi-pencil Finishing and Corner Pencil Finishing. Pencil in Fusion 360 machines all model segments ‘along’, meaning the tool will run up and down steep corners, potentially creating dangerous cutting conditions. The new Corner Finishing strategy can cut along for shallower regions and across for steeper regions to avoid damaging the part and tool.
- In future releases we plan on adding capabilities to address variable corners/fillets as well as adding capabilities from Multi-pencil Finishing from PowerMill to create a combined unified strategy within Fusion 360.
Global Planes Now Displayed in Section Analysis for Additive Setups:
- Section analyses applied to Additive manufacturing setups will now automatically display the Global planes based on the machine origin. When you add a section analysis to see how the parts / support interact you will now notice that the XY, YZ, and ZX planes are now automatically visible / selectable. This improvement makes it easier to select a section plane specially for organic looking parts which do not have any planar faces to select for section analysis.
New Additive Brace/bracing Cross-connections between Bar-supports:
- Additive Brace/bracing cross-connections between bar-supports helps you create lightweight, strong bar supports, and minimize wasted material usage as well as labor involved in post processing printed parts.
- Now when you create an additive setup with an SLA/DLP and or Metal printer (this does not apply to FFF printing), you will see new settings for bar supports around “grouping, base plate for groups and bracing. This allows you to have more control over how you create your bar supports.
New Ability to Import Custom Process Parameters (PRMs) for Metal Additive Simulation:
- Additive Build Extension users now can import custom PRM files (created using Netfabb Local simulation) to Fusion 360’s metal powder bed fusion print settings. This will allow them to simulate parts printed with any material/print setting a custom PRM file may contain.
Copy/Paste Presets – Multiple Presets to Multiple Tools:
- We’ve improved the current Copy/Paste Preset functionality so that multiple presets from a single tool can be copied and subsequently pasted to multiple tools of the same type. For example, you can select 3 presets from an existing flat end mill and paste them across 5 other flat end mills. Typical list selection controls are supported, like shift-select to grab all items in a range, or control/command-select to grab individual items across the list.
New Visuals for Threading and Grooving Turning Tools:
- When creating a threading or grooving turning tool, previously there was no center image or visual to help display what the insert dimensions corresponded to. Now you will see the appropriate visual for round grooving inserts, rectangular threading inserts, and square grooving inserts.
New Dynamic 3D Preview of Tools and Tool Holders in Tool Library (Public Preview):
- This public preview changes the 2D preview of tools and tool holders in the Tool Library to a dynamic 3D preview that can be manipulated with pan, zoom, and orbit controls. If you have too much fun and lose sight of the tool or otherwise want to return to the original view, there’s a “Home” button in the upper left corner to snap back to the original view.
- This preview is especially valuable when creating or editing milling tool assemblies where the tool is much smaller than the holder. Same for turning tools where the insert can be difficult to see in detail when a holder is applied.
- This is currently under public preview as there may be driver or other hardware issues that we were unable to catch in our tests. If you experience issues, please let us know so we can make sure your hardware is supported!
Improved Drilling Toothpath Dialog:
- In the January update, we made a UI change to the drilling toolpath dialogue where you can designate between using FPR (feed per rev) or FPM (feed per minute). This had unintended consequences in only showing the active parameter. We heard your feedback about the benefit of having both FPR & FPM displayed at the same time and in this update, brought the field back (but in a read-only mode). The read-only mode will provide a visual sanity check between the two output types that were previously missing.
We have also brought back both the FPR & FPM fields in the Tool Library presets. This will allow you to visually see all 4 input fields: Plunge/Retract FPR & Plunge/Retract FPM. They will retain the old behavior of being linked together with one driving the other with changes. The ‘Use FPR’ checkbox will remain in the Tool Library preset and will act to default set the FPR checkbox on/off. The presets will pass both fields independently to the operation, and if you check/uncheck the ‘Use FPR’ we will take the value from the Preset when performing the initial switch.
Improved Geometry Selections:
Back in January we released a big change in how you select geometry within the Manufacture Workspace. In this update you will see a series of enhancements to the Geometry Selection functionality:
- Pocket area preview will no longer block selections
- We fixed an issue relating to persistence of property expressions
- There will now be a warning when reusing selections from a different tool orientation
- We fixed an issue occurring while using mesh silhouettes
- We added support for handling expressions stored in templates
New and Improved Post Processors Update:
- Looking for the latest post processors and machines updates? This March we released a ton of new updates and improvements to many of the open-source Post Processors and Machines we offer for free. Within this release you will see a new beta post processor for FlexCNC as well as a new milling post processor for Faro CNC. In addition to that, you’ll find improvements to generic post processors, milling post processors, turning post processors, mill-turn Post processors, and additive post processors. We also added new machines to our machine library, updated our Haas tooling library and improved functionality around the Autodesk CAM Post Processor engine.
API & Add-ins:
New API calls for Manufacturing:
Big news for those of you who use Fusion 360 API, you can now create scripts (Python/C++) to:
- Create Manufacturing Setups
- Add operations
- Control (most of) the inputs / parameters to those operations
- Generate toolpaths, and post using the NC program
You will also be able to access the following libraries via the API to accomplish the above-mentioned points:
- Machine library
- Tool library
- Template library
- Print settings library
- Post library
- Additionally, you will be able to choose items from an existing library and to some level even edit the item in the library via the API.
New Makersite Add-in gives you live Assembly Carbon & Cost Calculations:
- Makersite uses AI, data, and apps to power sustainable product and supply chain decisions at scale. This plugin provides a direct integration to the Makersite platform from within the Autodesk® Fusion 360™ environment. It works by converting your CAD model into a Bill of Materials (