What's new in this version:
Autodesk Fusion 360
Sketching & Modeling:
Improved! Thin Extrude now support Chaining selections:
- Design Workspace > Solid tab > Create Panel > Extrude > Thin Extrude Type
- Previously when you picked Thin as an extrude type in the Extrude command and selected an open profile, you were only able to select an entire curve chain, but was unable to select discrete curve segment of a chain. Now when you do a Thin Extrude, you’ll see a Chaining check box (default is on), which will give you the option to turn off chaining, so you can select discreet curves as you see fit.
- bezakdavid told us about an issue where he was not able to run any Spice simulations on his Eagle Schematic. Sorry about that, this is now fixed.
Manufacture Notable Fixes:
- We fixed an issue where re-opening a part that have previously been exported locally incorrectly showed that the toolpaths were out-of-date.
- We found a bug lurking in the Turning roughing toolpath where if you didn’t have Spun Profile enabled, the toolpath gouged into the model and incorrectly machined through the radius. You shouldn’t have to enable Spun Profile to avoid this from happening, so we fixed it and now Turning roughing no longer gouges the model.
- We fixed an issue reported by Farzati.Scott where the tool preview was not showing in the old tool library when you reverted back to it from the new one.
- We also fixed an issue with certain turning profile roughing toolpaths where the tool was starting inside the stock. Now the toolpath starts at the correct Z coordinate (stock front + z clearance).
- There was a problem with certain turning profile finishing toolpaths where they were not generating when the Z stock width was smaller than the tool nose radius. Now the correct toolpath should generate just fine.
Improved! Properties dialog:
- Now when you right-click on a component in the browser and select Properties, you’ll not only notice that it now has a modern user interface, but you can also pick different component in the browser and display properties of the selected component without closing the dialog.
- This update sets us up to deliver a more cohesive experience around the upcoming Manage Extension mentioned below. If a component is managed through the Manage extension, its info will be displayed in this section, and will also be synced via Fusion Team.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.10032
We released a minor update that fixes the following issues found in the Manufacture workspace:
- Shift + tab not working – now it does
- Operations not generating due to “Turn” and “Tilt” parameters – now they do
- Fusion 360 crashes when simulating the newly created Probe geometry operation – now it no longer crashes
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.10027
New! Insert TraceParts:
- Design Workspace > Insert Panel > Insert TraceParts Supplier Components
- We partnered up with TraceParts to give you access to millions of supplier components, 3d models, CAD files, and 2D drawings right from the Insert drop-down menu. Simply navigate to what you are looking for, sign-in with your TraceParts account, download and voila, you’ve inserted a supplier component directly into your Fusion 360 canvas.
Improved! UI framework:
- We recently updated our UI engine, which contains a number of behind-the-scenes updates to Fusion’s UI framework and modeling components. Some of the usability issues you’ve been experiencing with Fusion 360 have been addressed in a few updates back, but some may be addressed in this one. Let us know if you’re seeing wonkiness in the UI so we can capture it on our backlog. We’d also appreciate it if you do a quick search for your issue before posting it to our forums or the comment section; chances are someone has already reported it.
Sketching & Modeling:
New! Create a Full Round Fillet:
- Design Workspace > Modify > Fillet > Type > Full Round Fillet
- Previously if you wanted to create a full round fillet, you’d have to select 2 edges and go by trial-and-error to get the closest result. Now within the Fillet tool, there is a new Fillet type called Full Round Fillet, that does exactly what you think it does. No more guessing around – select a face and the tool will automatically find the 2 opposite edges and create a full round fillet.
Improved! Thin Extrude now supports Open Profiles:
- Design Workspace > Create > Extrude > Type > Thin Extrude
- A couple updates ago, we introduced the ability to Thin Extrude within the Extrude tool. You were able to Thin Extrude sketch profiles that were closed. In this product update, we’ve improved on this Extrude type to support open sketch profiles. This should give you even more flexibility while using the Extrude tool.
Improved! Text curves are now smoother after Explode Text:
- Right-click on Sketch Text > Explode Text
- Depending on the font you’re working with, it’s sometimes necessary to “explode” the text. Explode Text converts your text into usable sketch geometry, and previously some edges on fonts that contain lots of curves were not very smooth. We improved the performance of Explode Text and now text curves are a lot smoother after the text has been exploded.
Improved! Font dropdown now shows preview of font:
- Design Workspace > Create Sketch > Text > Font
- Now when you’re looking through your font library in Sketch Text, you’ll notice that each font will show a preview of what it looks like, right within the drop-down menu. This should help you scan the list of fonts and zero in on the one that you want to use faster.
New! Connectors and battery holder added to content libraries:
- File > New Electronics Design > New Schematic > Add part
- Connectors are an essential part of all PCB designs. Every time you charge your tablet, your phone, or plug your computer into the internet cable, you interact with them daily. Our developers have expanded the content to include many of these connectors, such as RJ type connectors, D-Subs, and USB connectors. We have also added LED segment displays which are great when your design needs a read-out display and coin-style battery holders.
- Improved! Access to Start 7-day Generative Design Extension Trial:
- The 7-day Generative Design extension trial is one of the best ways to get started experiencing all that Generative Design has to offer. We wanted to make it extremely easy for users to start the trial, so now upon entering the workspace, you will be greeted with a prompt to start the trial if you meet the eligibility criteria, i.e., you haven’t already run the trial or subscribed to the Generative Design extension. You can always get access to the Generative Design extension through the Extension Manager, as well.
Improved! Moment Command:
- Design Conditions > Structural Loads >Moment
- We are continuing to extend consistency across the Generative Design and Simulation workspaces. The Moment command will now allow you to define moment directions that are not parallel to the axis of the cylinder. In the example here, you can see we have applied a moment to a cylindrical face but defined the axis of rotation for the moment about the vertical axis in the design. This will give you additional ease of use in defining the loads your generative design will experience.
New! Break View now available:
- Drawings > Create > Break View
- Good news! The Break View tool is the Drawings environment is now out-of-preview and available in the drawing environment.
- A broken or break view reduces the size of long models by removing irrelevant portions, to make it fit the drawing sheet. Dimensions that span the break show the true length.
Improved! Create Smart Templates with All Level assemblies:
- Workspace Switcher > Drawing > Create > Sheet Creation > Structure > All Level
- Smart templates now support “All Level” assemblies, which makes drawing creation even faster than before. The handy video below, shows the difference between “First Level” & “All Level” sheet creation.
Improved! Toolbar Usability:
- Workspace Switcher > Drawing > From Design or From Animation
- The toolbar in the drawing environment has been given a subtle update. This includes better grouping of commands, new icons and better tooltips. The user experience team leaned heavily on user research to inform the new design, as a result, commands are now more discoverable and are grouped more logically.
- Improved! Toolpath Simulation Usability & Performance
- We’ve added more flexibility around how you can show or hide tools and toolpaths:
- Show/Hide leads and links in Simulation
- Show/Hide tool, shaft, holder – out of simulation
- Display the tool on the cursor
- Show/Hide multiple toolpaths
- Section View Stock in Simulation
- Simulation Accuracy Slider
- Follow Tool option
- Improved! Defaults, Displays, Auto-completes, Tooltips:
Here are some areas where you’ll see better information and general improvement in usability:
- Renamed make/reset default options
- Display Machining Time
- Compare & Edit
- Better Autocomplete
- Display Model Dimensions
- Icons for errors, valid, and valid with IPS
- Show notes in timeline tooltip
- Better error reporting
Improved! Probing Usability:
- Here are 5 new improvements we’ve made to the Probe tool:
- Better guidance in updating work offsets
- Better toolpath selection for Probe Geometry
- Drag “bottom height” for more consistent probe positioning controls
- Drag probe position on “Surface at Angle” selections
- Combine Inspect Surface & Probe Geometry results for the same part in the same folder
Improved! Turning Toolpath Usability:
- Safe Z & Chuck Drag Handles
- Spun profile Visible in all Tabs
- Reverse Direction Chamfer Option
- Minimum Retract for threading
- Turning options in the Tool Library
Improved! Tool Library & Machine Library Usability:
- Alignment of functionality
- Engraving Tool
- Add Presets
- Drag & Drop
- Local library folders for Machine Library
Improved! Nesting Usability:
- Nest Material Override
- Tab Key Control
- Persist Dialog Size and Settings
- Improved Toolpath Calculation Time – 2D Profile
- Total Shapes Indicator
Improved! Steep & Shallow Tool Strategy:
- The Steep and Shallow strategy is typically used to machine freeform parts, often with a ball-nose tool. Machining flat regions with the same ball-nosed tool isn’t very efficient (Lots of passes to get a small cusp height) and the surface finish on flat regions isn’t as good as we’d get with a bull-nosed tool.
Exclude flat regions:
- This option has been added to exclude any flat regions automatically. These excluded flat regions still need to be machined and this will typically be achieved by using a purpose-built strategy such as Horizontal, and a more appropriate bull-nosed tool.
Improved! Consistent behavior across 2D and 3D Adaptive and Pocket strategies:
2D Pocket Tool Start Position:
- 2D pocket now correctly enters the pocket using a helical ramp, while still using the predrill points for pockets where they are available
2D Adaptive with Ramp=Predrill shouldn’t be inserting an arbitrary ramp:
- 2D Adaptive now correctly ignores the pocket which doesn’t have a suitable predrill location. This is now consistent with other Pocket and Adaptive strategies.
Improved! Form Tool:
- We added added Tip offset (Controls Z) and fixed offsets in the Form tool, so you can have more flexibility in how you want your toolpaths to work
Improved! Quick Access to Post:
- Simulate Additive Toolpath now give you the option to Post Process, giving you Easy access to Generate GCode right from the dialog without any extra clicks.
Improved! Infill pattern reorder:
- When you are editing your FFF print settings, you may notice that we reordered the type of infill patterns within the Sparse Infill Pattern drop-down menu. The new order is based on how sustainable each infill pattern is and their print success. We also updated all the print settings included with Fusion 360. This means when you select a print setting from Fusion 360’s Library you will be printing with gyroid infills by default. And if you wish it to change to a different infill style, the infill pattern order will look slightly different than it used to.
Improved! Smart Nozzle Priming:
- We have added some smarts behind the nozzle priming action in FFF 3D printing, so that the prime line does not interfere with the rest of the print. Before starting to print the model, the nozzle priming process extrudes a small amount of plastic along the edge of the build plate to get the plastic flowing smoothly. Fusion 360 already included a parameter to control the distance of the prime from the edge of the bed. But it always placed the prime line at the X axis by the front of the build plate. However, if you are printing a large part, or printing your parts close to that front edge, the prime line often interferes with the print. After this release, the prime line will look for another edge when it detects such interferences, so that you can print a problem free first layer.
- Improved! Ultimaker 3D Printers:
- All the Ultimaker printers in Fusion 360’s Machine library now display a more realistic build plate when selected. This will give you better confidence on where you are placing your parts within the build volume.
Notices, Fixes & Known Issues:
- Notice: MacOS 10.13 High Sierra is no longer supported
- As of this update, Fusion 360 no longer supports MacOS 10.13. This means that Fusion 360 will no longer be receiving updates on any MacOS that is running MacOS 10.13 or lower. Fusion 360 is not available to be downloaded and installed on MacOS 10.13 or lower, from this point, if uninstalled.
- To see details around this, our extended list of fixes, as well as known issues, check out this forum thread in our support forum
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9937
- We encountered an odd behavior where if you were editing a locked sketch dimension, started moving your cursor, and changed the value of that locked dimension again without pressing the ENTER or Tab key, the dimension wouldn’t update the sketch. Now it does.
- We fixed an issue that was causing some of you with macOS machines to hang on startup of Fusion 360 (or a noticeable decrease in startup speed)
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9930
- We noticed that if you where in the Additive tab and clicked on the Move command with the Setup dialog still active, Fusion 360 got really confused didn’t want to go any further. This also happened when you were in the Move dialog and clicked Cancel, knowing that you haven’t selected a machine in the Setup dialog yet. We untangled some wires and now both issues are gone.
- blakebarrier reported that when he was trying to generate a toolpath, he kept getting a pop-up message that “The software component within Fusion360 that calculates operations has closed unexpectedly. Fusion360 remains open, but some operations have not been generated.” We got working on this issue and found that it was related to an Adaptive Clearing with rest machining issue that we’ve fixed. Now this is fixed too.
- Apparently a recent bug emerged where if you have “sync visibility with active setup” active, then created a new setup, the visibility did not sync up correctly. It was only when you re-activated the setup that the visibility took effect. Now it should sync correctly.
- We fixed in issue where if you accidentally crash during a palette command, it was possible to somehow link the Palette to Fusion 360’s Native UI.
- We also fixed an issue regarding _dependentParameter_s method. When a user parameter depended upon a model parameter using the _dependentParameter_s method on that model parameter, an access violation exception occurred, which caused Fusion 360 to crash. Now this method should work properly again.
- We cleaned up some dialog formatting issues in the add-in install dialog for certain add-ins that contained lots of information and text. Now it should more consistent across macOS and Windows.
- We fixed a few nasty bugs while testing Nesting workflows. If you started to create a Nest Study andpressed CTRL/COMMAND, the browser node disappeared for no reason. If you clicked OK, the nest study would fail. Trying to create a new Nest Study caused Fusion 360 to crash. This has now been sorted.
- If you were in the Setup command and decided to create a new Nest Study with the command still active, Fusion 360 refused to cooperate and crashed. Now it will no longer crash, and you’ll be presented the Nest Study dialog as expected.
- When using Edit Arrange on a previously modified Component Orientation angle value in the Nest & Fabrication Extension, we noticed that the Orientation field didn’t display the manually modified value that you’d expect. Now it does.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9854
- StuffAndyMakes reported an issue where entering dimensions for an initial sketch that was locked did not affect the size of the sketch. Do this should update the sketch to reflect the new dimension, and now it does.
- arlimbad222 and a number of others have told us that .STL machining was not working properly. Fusion 360 generated the toolpath, but completely ignored the .STL file, placing the toolpath at a fixed height and violating the .STL surfaces. This is now fixed as well.
- Some of you experienced instability with the 3D Adaptive Clearing toolpath where rest machining was causing Fusion 360 to crash. Sorry about that – this is now fixed.
- We found some wonky behavior around how NC programs were being output if you had selected a different file path as output location. The new output folder typed in the Compare and Edit dialog was reset to default inside NC Program dialog. Now Fusion 360 will remember the output folder associated with the NC program.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9849
New! Know who’s working on what with Design Reservation:
- Previously if you and your team were working on a single Fusion 360 project, you had to be careful about who is making changes to which document. Changes saved to a document are versioned, however it wasn’t easy to know who is working on what (without staying on top of everyone’s activities), nor was there a way to explicitly reserve a document. Now, Design Reservation makes this all possible by building on top of functionality that currently exists, as well as expanding on what is possible.
- Now if you and your team are working on an assembly with external components (xrefs), you’ll notice avatars and reservation badges placed on the documents that you and your team members are currently working on. Badges will appear in the document tab, browser entities, and the data panel.
- Design Reservations is a part of our Assembly Concurrency workflow. Coupled with the ability to edit externally referenced assemblies with Edit-in-Place and working with Local and Assembly Contexts, this enables you and your team to work closer together with more transparency. There’s a lot more to cover, so if this functionality is relevant to you, be sure to check out our detailed blog post.
- New! Use Arrow keys to navigate the design browser:
- Arrow keys – cast aside by gamers but still beloved by everyone else. If you’re wondering what you could be using your arrow keys for in Fusion 360, you’re in for a treat. As part of this update, you are now able to use your arrow keys to navigate through the design browser, digging into folders, components, and component assemblies. Now you can use your mouse for something else as you navigate with your trusty arrow keys.
Sketching & Modeling:
New! Sketch Chamfer:
- Sketch Environment > Modify > Chamfer
- Yup, that’s correct. Now under the Sketch > Modify drop-down menu, you’ll find not 1, but 3 Sketch Chamfer tools at your disposal: Equal Distance, Distance and Angle, and Two Distance Chamfer.
- Once you’ve selected the one you want to use, the Chamfer tool Feature Options will appear in the Sketch Palette. This will make it easier for you to switch to a different Chamfer type, without needing to go to the toolbar.
Improved! Joint Origin disc updated:
- Design Workspace > Assemble > Joint Origin as well as other tools that require Joint placement
- One of the things that sets Fusion 360 apart from everyone else is our use of Joints when creating assemblies. Joints dictate the kinematic relationship between 2 components in 3D spaced, and the Joint origin disc was not clear at conveying a three-dimensional coordinate system.
- We improved the joint origin glyph so that it clearly shows the three axis of 3D space (X, Y, and Z). Now when you apply a Joint Origin on a component, you can easily tell which direction that Joint Origin is facing.
- We have provided the Object Visibility option for Joint Origin Axes. We’ve also provided the Object Visibility option for Joint Origin Axes in the Object Visibility section of the Nav bar, as well as updated all related Joint Origin icons in the toolbar, timeline, browser, dialogs, and context menus.
- Improved! Capture position for Joint and As Built Joint:
- If you’ve created assemblies in Fusion 360, then you’ve probably come across the Capture Position dialog. This dialog appeared when you tried to create a Joint after moving a component. In many cases, you were just moving a component so that it was out of the way, making it easier for you to apply the joint needed. This Capture Position dialog was confusing to many of you, and was often unnecessary.
- Now the dialog will no longer appear when you’re creating a Joint or As-built Joint. Also, the capture position feature is created in timeline only if it is necessary, otherwise Joint is created in pending capture state itself. This avoids unnecessary capture position features in timeline. For the cases where the capture position is necessary before creating the joint (like the case where the custom axis for joint motion is selected from a moved component), the capture position feature is silently put in the timeline (i.e. without the prompt) followed by the Joint feature.
- Improved! Fillet and Chamfer Chaining:
- Design > Solid Tab > Modify > Fillet or Chamfer
- The Fillet tool has seen some significant improvements last year, and now we’re back with another good one. Previously when you applied a fillet on an edge, the command will chain edges where there is curvature created. If you went back a couple of steps before that fillet was created and added more fillets to the perpendicular edges, the chained edges will not update. Now when you go back and add new fillets to the perpendicular edges, the chained edge fillet will detect the new curves and chain them automatically.
- Improved! Custom parameters are now automatically added to Favorites:
- Many of you have asked for this, and we’re glad that we can finally tell you about it. Now when you create named dimension, that named dimension parameter will be automatically added to the Favorites section of the Parameters dialog. With this improvement, you no longer have go hunt down the right on and add it manually.
- Our friends at Bommer are particularly excited about this. If you’re using Bommer for Fusion 360, you can use your named parameters to perform calculations inside your bill of materials. Check out their blog post to learn more.
- Improved! Sketch Text on Path now puts text on the correct side of the curve:
- Previously when you placed text on a path in Sketch > Text on Path, the text sometimes appeared flipped or on the wrong side. We tweaked the code so that the text will now appear on the correct side of the curve by default, closer to what you’d expect.
- Improved! Export New Text as DXF created from Sketch:
- We noticed a bug where if you tried to save a sketch that includes text as a DXF, the text was weirdly omitted from the exported DXF file. Sorry about that; now sketch text is included as part of your exported DXF file.
- Improved! Centerline option for projected lines:
- We introduced the ability to turn sketch lines into cetnerlines from the sketch palette in the last update. Now if you project a line from one plane/surface onto another plane/surface, the projected line can also be turned into a centerline directly from the Sketch Palette > Options > Linetype.
New! Synchronizer Tool:
- File > New Electronic Design > Schematic > Validate > Synchronizer
- usion 360 uses the Electronic Document to synchronize the schematic and PCB live. Meaning that changes done to the schematic will be instantaneously reflected on the board. There are times that this synchronization can be lost due to file corruption or by working on one of the editors while the other one was closed (seriously, don’t ever do that). Traditionally, fixing PCB and Schematic annotation meant continuously running electrical rule checks and fixing each item manually. In this update, the synchronizer will enable you to restore consistency easily and automatically. It also paves the way for some exciting workflows in the near future.
- Need to match an existing schematic with a PCB used in a different project?, no problem. With the designs loaded, setup your synchronizer preferences and in moments that PCB will be synchronized with the schematic. If you have ever run the diff tool in a text editor or IDE the interface will be familiar to you. It will provide you with a dialog box listing the differences between the schematic and PCB. You will be able to selectively determine what differences from the schematic that will be transferred to the PCB.
- Improved! Edit-in-Place PCB in Design Workspace:
- In the design workspace, it is possible to edit the PCB component position. This allows you to fine-tune part placement at a precise location, making sure that connectors are properly exposed, and components are not interfering with the enclosure. Previously after moving components around in the design workspace, you had to take a few additional synchronization steps to update the PCB. In this latest update, you now have the option to update the PCB including routing from the design workspace, without manually forcing this synchronization.
- Another time saving feature added to this update, gives you the option to push the PCB changes to the 3DPCB or directly to the 3DPCB in the design workspace.
Improved! Package Generator User Interface:
- File > New Electronics Library > Package Editor
- The package generator is one of the best tools in Fusion 360 because it allows you to create complex electronic components in a matter of minutes. A task that could take much longer without it. In this update, all component options are now tabbed instead of a single scrolling dialog box. This will make it much easier to access thermal options and manufacturing tolerances.
New! Obstacle Offset Command:
- Generative Design workspace > Design Space > Structural Loads
- If you have been using generative design with obstacles in your design space, you have probably noticed a time or two that the generated geometry grew right up to your obstacles or even interfered with your obstacles around a tight corner, leaving an unexpected notch or cutout in your final shape because of the obstacles being cut from the generated geometry. The solution to this was to make your obstacles a little bit bigger and then remove the cut operation from the parametric recipe, which was tedious and not obvious. With this update, we have a new command, Obstacle Offset, that will allow you to virtually “inflate” your obstacles as part of the study setup without having to alter your original CAD geometry. The solver will now generate geometry based on this “inflated” obstacle definition, giving extra clearance so that your generated geometry is sure not to touch or interfere with your actual obstacles.
New! Remote Moment Load Type:
- Generative Design workspace > Design Conditions > Structural Loads
- We heard from many of you about challenges accurately creating your generative design setups due to moments applied on cylindrical faces being limited to the axis of the cylinder. You described many scenarios where an off-axis moment was required to accurately reflect the operating conditions of the design. In this release, we have a new option for defining moments in generative design. With the Remote Moment option, you can now apply a moment to any preserve surface, cylindrical or planar, in any orientation you require. In the image below, you can see that we can now apply a moment that is not aligned to the axis of the cylinder.
New! Post processing to Fusion Team:
- In our drive to improve NC programs and unify the post processing experience (seen within the Post using NC programs feature flag), we have added the ability to post process directly to Fusion team! The new “Post to Fusion Team” option allows you to not only post code as a regular NC program, but automatically uploads that posted NC file to your Fusion team, creating a much tighter integration to the cloud.
- With this, your NC file will have its own revision control and a link directly back to the reference document. It’s not easier than ever to stay up-to-date with the latest NC file, go back to an earlier version or even share a link with the shop floor to download the NC code
New! Probe Geometry inspection report:
- Consolidation of Probe Geometry into inspection reports. Measure critical features and dimensions, confirm that they are within required tolerances, and record the results in Fusion 360. Inspired by the reporting capability from PowerInspect this functionality allows you to include all types of measurement results in a single consolidated inspection report. It imports results printouts created by probing cycles (such as Renishaw Inspection Plus) and provides the additional benefits of graphical reporting and the ability to format and export inspection results. We have extended the capability since the original preview In October 2020 and updated the color conventions used to highlight whether results are in or out of tolerance.
New! Match color conventions for inspection & simulation and allow user to choose convention:
- Fusion 360 uses color to indicate when areas of a model exceed upper and lower tolerance values, so you can easily see any areas of the model with too much, or too little, material. Historically, Fusion 360 has used the same colors to mean different things in stock simulation and inspection. The color conventions for inspection & simulation now match, and you can choose between the two historic conventions with a setting in preferences. A legend explaining the color convention is now included both with the inspection results and in the CAM stock simulation comparison. In addition, there are changes to the color conventions used for Probe WCS and Manual Inspection- out-of-tolerance inspection results are displayed in orange, and the nominal values for Manual Inspection in black.
New! Selection and Deletion options of toolpath segments (available in extension):
- If you’re new to Fusion 360, you may not be aware that window selecting from left to right is going to give you a different result as opposed to right to left. If you window-select from left to right, only the entities that are completely included within the selection window will be selected. If you window-select from. Right to left, everything the selection window will be included, regardless of whether it is completely within the window or not. This is how window selection behaves today with model geometry and sketches, but did not pertain to toolpaths, until now.
- Now you can window select left to right to catch pesky fringe toolpaths while avoiding valid toolpaths that are overlapping them without any issues.
New! Nesting & Fabrication Extension:
- Nesting has been available as a Preview since December. We are now releasing it as part of the Nesting & Fabrication Extension. To purchase it, visit Extension Manager dialog then click Access Options to select a preferred method – Credit Card or Cloud Credits. The Nesting & Fabrication Extension is also available for a 7-day trial (resets annually).
- New! Advanced Arrange in Nesting & Fabrication Extension:
- We have added Advanced Arrange as an extension preview functionality that unlocks additional capabilities for your Arrange tool. Once enabled from Preferences > Preview Features, your existing Arrange tool will allow multi-sheet arrangement and enable part rotation control. This means you can select multiple closed sketches as arrangement boundaries or simply select a plane and provide length & width dimensions and the arrange tool will calculate the number of sheets needed to arrange all selected components. Moreover, the rotation control lets you specify the initial part orientation plus allowed part rotations in 90-degree increments. For example, if you need to arrange parts at 45 degrees to conform to material grain – set the orientation to 45-deg and disable 90, 270 rotations. This will arrange the part at 45 or (45 + 180) degrees counterclockwise.
- This extension preview is currently available to all users that have access to the Arrange tool (Student, Start-up, and paid subscriptions).
Improved! Additive Simulation Extension icons are now available for ease of access:
- Expanding on our Extensions experience, we’ve added Extension icons to the appropriate Additive Simulation Extension tools in the toolbar for easier access. Clicking on either of them will take you to the Additive Simulation Extensions dialog and Access Options.
- Improved! Additive Simulation – Export Compensated STL accessible from simulation results:
- In metal 3D printing, parts can potential deform while printing, that why it’s smart to always simulate the printing to compensate for that distortion. Now within the Additive process simulation results environment, you’re able to export a compensated STL based on the simulation study, so that when the part does deform, it is doing so in an expected and desired way (Instead of some failed print or out of tolerance part).
- In your preferences> General> Manufacture >Additive section, we updated the description of both Generate SLM Supports as well as Optimized Orientations so that they read better
- FFF Print Settings dialog has been updated to include units for all relevant inputs
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9719
- We fixed an issue where Fusion 360 inexplicably crashed on startup after changing the language setting to German
- If you belong to multiple team hubs with a large amount of projects and were switching between them, there was an elusive issue that caused Fusion 360 to crash if you were switching between them multiple times. We dug into this and have resolved the issue.
- LarsFi and a few other folks reported on the forum that they came across an issue where Fusion 360 told them that they no longer had permission to save their own documents. Apparently Fusion 360 got confused didn’t allow them to save due to the permissions warning. Sorry about that – this is now fixed.
- Some Fusion Team Error messages that appeared in the new Notification Center had some wonky text formatting where URLs and spaces were missing. Now these messages are formatted correctly.
- Another case of the disappearing weblinks was found in the Job Status > Action column. Turns out that the results of completed Simulation studies lost their links to the web viewer. Now Results are clickable again.
- We fixed an issue related to DirectX 9 where Fusion 360 became unresponsive if you had put your computer to sleep (or locking the screen) and came back to it after you woke up your machine. Looks like Fusion 360 was trying to snooze just a bit longer, and we weren’t having it. Now if you went back to it after waking your machine, it should work without issues.
- In the previous version, the IsoCurve Analysis tool was missing its command icon in the toolbar on macOS machines and had some wonky UI formatting in the command dialog as well as the analysis appearing in the wrong place (away from the actual model). These issues are now all fixed.
- The Reset Grid options for Electronics in your Preferences was confusing some of you. We realized that the options should say “Reset Grid to Default when…” instead of “Reset Grid to Default on…”. Now it reads better.
- rbeyerCLBSZ reported to us that the Meander tool doesn’t show trace length for any traces. As we dug into this, we also noticed that the meander result did always follow up with the mouse cursor, and sometimes got lost if you moved the mouse for a while in the 2D PCB editor. We’re happy to report that this is now fixed.
- sn2010 told us that the Label dialog was not showing up when he activated the Label command on his 2D schematic. Sorry about that – this is now fixed.
- When you tried to post to a specific destination on your computer, the “Select output folder” dialog won’t pop up when post processing with a cache post. Also, this skipped the file over-write warning and directly overwrote the file with the same name. That’s pretty annoying; this is now fixed.
- We fixed another post processing issue where Post processing from NC program did not include the machine information to the output code, even though the machine is selected in the setup being posted.
- We noticed an issue where Fusion 360 will occasionally become unstable when you switch from the Design workspace to the Manufacture workspace after you deleted a component in the Design workspace. Now Fusion 360 will no longer crash when you switch from one workspace to the other after deleting components.
- We fixed a crash issue stemmed from a certain “simulation-ready” machine design being imported into the Fusion 360 machine library and used in a setup.
- When you associated a named view to an operation, you should also be able to remove that association by right-clicking on the operation and selecting Associate Named View > Remove Association. We ran into some issues with this workflow, but now it should work fine.
- Fusion 360 crashed when you selected either the Yes or No button in the “Proceed” warning messaging after you changed the value of the max extruder option and decided to cancel the change. We’ve resolved this issue and now Fusion 360 will no longer crash.
- There were UI inconsistencies in the FFF print settings dialog where the direction of the menu expand arrow was incorrect, and the extruder parameter names were greyed out for some weird reason. This is now fixed.
- If you created a setup, selected a machine in the Machine library, re-opened the setup dialog, deleted the selected machine but canceled the action, Fusion 360 got confused and went ahead to remove the machine as if you selected OK. Now the selected machine will remain selected if you canceled the action as it should.
- We noticed a few of you have been experiencing crashes when working with FFF setups, activating a FFF setup, clicking on the SLM setup, and then clicking on the FFF infill command. A error message will pop-up, and when closing it, Fusion 360 would crash. Sorry about that; this is now fixed.
- If you didn’t have the Post Process with NC Program Preview, opened a NC Post configuration dialog and selected either “Turning” or “Mill/turn” option the Capabilities drop-down menu, Fusion 360 didn’t know how to handle itself and got all hung up. This is now fixed.
- There was a copy-and-paste error where if you tried to copy a machine from one of you setups in the machine library document folder and then pasted it into another local/cloud folder, a “Cannot save machine file, file already exists” error message popped up. A pesky bug was preventing the copy-and-paste to happen correctly, so we squashed it and now it works fine.
- rolandas.vegis told us that the Extrude NegativeExtentDirection API stopped working. This is now fixed and should work as expected again.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9642
- Some of you told us that when non-ASCII characters were used on the tool description such as ÄÖÜäöü in German or Ą Ć Ę Ł Ó Ś Ż Ź in Polish and Czech language, the Kernal fails to calculate the toolpath. French and Italian UI versions also affected. Sorry about that – this has now been fixed.
- We also fixed a related issue where non-standard characters in jobfiles caused a kernel error, which sometimes resulted crash
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9640
- If you were unable to save changes made to you documents, after the last update, then restart Fusion 360 again and take the latest fix. We found the culprit and now this issue has been resolved
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9636
Note: 10 Document Limit for Personal Use Offering:
- In mid-October of 2020, we announced that we were going to make some changes to the Fusion 360 for Personal Use offering. Most of the changes mentioned in that announcement have already been made, and in this update, the 10 document limit change is now also in effect.
- This means that if you are using the free Personal Use offering (which will remain free), there is a limit on how many documents are “Editable” at the same time. The rest of your documents are set as “Read-Only”, and you can mark them as “Editable” as you see fit. Once you’ve reached 10 out of 10 and want to mark more as “Editable”, you’ll need to mark one of the “Editable” ones as “Read-Only” to make room. You can still create or upload as many documents as you want; there is no limit to that. The limit applies to how many documents are “Editable” at the same time.
- In response to all the questions around how the experience would play out, we made a detailed blog post explaining what to expect, describing everything around what’s new, what the interactions will be, to how you can manage your documents. If this change affects you, be sure to check out the blog post for details.
New! Notifications Center:
- When you upgraded to this product update, you may have noticed something was different yet also familiar. The green update banner no longer appeared, and instead, a new notification greeted you to the latest update, now located in our new notification center in the top-right corner. This will be the place where you will be notified of data translation status, update success, and much more. We will be making continual improvements to this notification center, so that you get the news you need to know, without taking up additional design real-estate.
Improved! Extensions icon is now a plug icon:
- After talking to many of you, we learned that the wrench icon we used for Extensions was causing confusion on what it actually meant. That’s why we’ve now updated the icon to a plug icon. This icon will also appear on tools that belong to an extension pack, such as Generative Design Extension, Machining Extension, and Additive Simulation Extension.
New in preview! High DPI Scaling for Windows machines:
- Preferences > Preview Features > High DPI Scaling
- If you have been using Fusion 360 on a Windows machine with an high DPI display, you may have experienced some UI scaling issues in the past. We’ve been working improving Fusion 360’s scaling performance, and are happy to you can now try a new preview feature that will enable your Fusion 360 to scale accordingly.
- Since this is still a preview, we are still ironing out some kinks. The scaling preview today works best at 200% DPI Scale or higher. Setting your UI at 125%, 150%, or 175% scale may make it appear disproportionate. The application window may also move offscreen while it resizes into these specific percentage scales. If you try this preview, we’d love to hear your feedback. We have a plan set in place for improving our scaling performance, and your feedback will help guide us in the right direction.
Out of preview! Project navigation in Fusion Team:
- Back in May of 2020, we enabled an optional preview of the new navigation experience for Fusion Team to enable a much smoother and more intuitive workflow. The foundation of this navigation view is setting the stage for many new data and view components that are coming soon, but for now everyone (except those who have still not migrated from the legacy environment) will now see this new navigation experience in the Fusion Team browser client.
Sketching & Modeling:
New! Thin Extrude Option:
- Design workspace > Solid Tab > Create Panel > Extrude > Thin Extrude Option
- New for the Extrude command is now an option to create a Thin Extrude. This will allow you to take the original sketch profile and give it a wall thickness instead of a block of material. We have enabled a lot of options for you to use around direction control and positioning of the extrude.
New! Untrim Surface tool:
- Design workspace > Surface Tab > Modify Panel > Untrim Surface
- One of the most requested surfacing features by you has been the ability to “Untrim” a surface. We’re happy to report that this update now gives you the ability to create an untrimmed surface from a surface body. You will have the options for how to Untrim the surface: internal, external, all, or manual. This gives you control to get the right untrimmed surface without cumbersome workarounds.
New! Isocurve Analysis Tool:
- Design workspace > Inspect Panel > Isocurve Analysis Tool
- We have a new analysis type within Fusion 360, Isocurve Analysis. This analysis type will start to show the flow of a surface. This will allow you to check the surface and make sure the surface is flowing in the correct way but also if the surface blends well with other adjacent surfaces. This should help when tangency and continuity are key to the aesthetics of the design.
Improved! Sketch Text now has text spacing as percentages:
- Create Sketch > Text > Text on path type > Character Spacing
- If you’re using the Text on Path feature, you’ll be happy to know that you can now set character spacing for your text (if Fit to Path is unchecked). This enables you to fine tune the spacing between characters and adds more customizability to your designs.
Improved! Centerline Linetype option now available in Sketch Palette:
- Create Sketch > Sketch Palette > Centerline Linetype
- As one of those quality-of-life improvements that will be sure welcomed by many of you, we’ve added the option to turn a sketch line into a Centerline Linetype directly from the Sketch Palette. Along with the Construction Linetype, you can now toggle between one and other without needing to right-click and select it from the marking menu.
- Improved! Sketch Text settings will be remembered through active session:
- Previously, your Sketch Text settings used for a particular sketch only applied to that sketch. These settings are now remembered throughout your active session of Fusion 360, so that you can spend less time on messing with the settings and more time on creating the text itself.
New! Package Generator now has a separate tab for Footprint customization:
- File > Electronics Library Editor > Create New Package
- Aligning with the native Fusion 360 interface experience, The Footprint tab now makes it easier to differentiate between 3D component generator and the 2D footprint parameters. This also allows you to better focus on creating custom footprints if needed.
New! Package generator now supports customizing footprint pads for all through-hole package types:
- File > New Electronics Library > Create a New Package
- We have extended the SMD pad customization option to all through-hole parts. The new Footprint tab allows you to customize through-hole pad stacks according to your own guidelines or follow the manufacturer’s datasheet.
New! Additional libraries and parts now available:
- File > New Electronic Design > Schematic > Add Part
- New year, new libraries and parts! This update includes a new library of Transformers as well as some new connector parts in the connector library.
- New! Re-use Device pin-pad mapping from available devices to other device variants:
- File > New Electronics Library > Device Editor
- It is not uncommon that you will be using electronic devices that have 10 to 1000 connecting point.
- The process of building a component will require that you map all your symbol pins to their respective pads. With small pin count devices, this task can be accomplished relatively fast. But when working with FPGA or BGA’s with a large number of pads, mapping the pin to the pads is a time-consuming task.
- With this new feature you can build a device with a single symbol or multiple symbols and re-use the existing pin-pad mapping. This is a huge time saver when working with components with large pin counts. The main advantage of this is that it makes it easy to split a large BGA symbol into multiple gates. Often pre-made parts just give a single monolithic symbol, with this feature you can make your own symbol configuration and re-use the mapping.
New! Preference for Electronic Grid Settings:
- Preferences > Electronics > Reset Grid
- With this new option, you can have the grid reset to the default values when you load your designs or continue to work with the grid setting you have been using. The default setup has the schematic grid resetting to the default grid.
Improved! Extended support for Send to Ansys workflows:
- Simulation > Ansys Tab
- Over the past year, we have continued to work to expand our partnership with Ansys. Last year, in our January 2020 update, we released workflows that would allow you to take generative design outcomes and the associated linear static stress setup to Ansys Mechanical and Discovery with the click of a button. In this release, we are expanding this functionality to allow you to send any Fusion 360 design, part or assembly and with or without generative components, to Ansys Mechanical and Discovery 2021 R1 from the Simulation workspace. Further, we have expanded this workflow to allow for transferring study information from Modal Frequencies, Linear Buckling, Nonlinear Static Stress, Thermal and Thermal Stress studies.
New! Taper & Slope Symbols:
- Drawings workspace > Symbols Panel > Taper & Slope
- We added weld symbols in December, and now we are adding Taper & Slope! As with other mechanical engineering symbology this new symbol conforms to ASME or ISO standards, depending on your drawing setup.
New in preview! – Broken Views:
- Preferences > Preview Features > Drawing > Break View
- Those of you with long or tall parts and assemblies can now display them as a broken view! We are so excited to get this feature to you that we are releasing it early as a Preview, so first head to your Preferences, then choose Preview Features, and turn on Break View.
- Once you’ve turned on the Preview feature you will find a new toolbar button near the Drawing Views. Start the command, choose a view, then place the two locations where you want to break your model.
- You can add a break to a base view, edit the break, and adjust the spacing between the two “halves” of your view. Your “break” can be either horizontal or vertical. You can add a dimension “across” the break and it displays the correct value. There are some known limitations with this feature-in-preview. We are very interested in your feedback on this preview feature. We have posted a brief list of what is working, and where the feature still needs improvement, on the forum. Comments, questions, and bug reports can be reported in replies to this forum post, and the feature list is included in that forum thread.
- Improved! Document settings now update Hole & Thread Notes:
- Many of you have told us that you when you make changes to your document settings for your drawings, you also want those changes to update your Hole & Thread Notes. We totally agree, and now, changes to your Document Settings are applied to existing and new Hole & Thread notes.
- New! Tilt and Turn Graphical handles (Extension Feature):
- Manufacture Workspace > Milling > Toolpath Strategy Form > Geometry Tab > Tool Orientation > Turn and Tilt
- Previously available in preview, new graphical controls, Turn and Tilt, have been added into the Tool Orientation section of the toolpath strategy form. These allow you to adjust the Tool Orientation directly in canvas and are very useful when you can’t use existing geometry to define the Tool Orientation you need. There are also new options to align the Tool Orientation to the normal to a point on a non-planar surface or normal to the current view orientation.
New! Support for additional Creality, and Geeetech 3D Printers:
- Manufacture > Additive tab > Machine Library
- We conducted an in-product 3D printing survey during December 2020. The responses we received showed that a good percentage of Fusion users had access to Creality 3D printers that we were not yet supporting with the software. To address this gap, Fusion Machine Library now includes several new Creality (CR10 MAX, CR10 S5, CR10 V2, CR10 V3, CR10S PRO, CR10S PRO V2, Ender 3 V2, Ender 5, Ender 5 PLUS, Ender 5 PRO), and Geeetech (A10, A20, A30, A30 Pro) 3D 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.
New! Control over when to calculate common 3D printing operations:
- Preferences> General > Manufacture > Additive
- You now have dedicated set of additive manufacturing preferences, which will let you control when to perform certain calculations within an additive setup such as: Automatic orientation for components to identify a suitable part orientation, and Support structure generation for faces and/or parts. For example, if your desired workflow includes adding unique support structures to multiple faces/parts for a metal 3D printing setup, you may find it easier to apply the support structure operations first, and later generate them all at once, instead of automatically generating them at the time of application for each support. The choice is yours.
New in Preview! Additive Simulation Extension:
- Manufacture > Additive tab > Process Simulation Panel
- NOTE: We found an unexpected issue in the dialog where clicking on “Access Options” doesn’t do anything. We are actively working on fixing this issue.
- This new extension allows you to simulate what will happen to your parts during the metal laser powder bed fusion 3D printing process. It predicts in-process and post-process distortion and informs you if you will experience interference with the recoater blade during printing. Using this simulation, you can perform what-if studies by testing out different part orientations or support structures. This extension also allows you to generate a compensated geometry in order to reduce distortions and achieve the desired shape when 3D printing. Please note that you will need to have access to the Additive Build Extension in order to benefit from this simulation.
New in Preview! Automatic update of Posts and Machines:
- Preferences> Preview Features > Manufacture > Automatically get latest Posts and Machines
- With this release, we are also changing how we add new 3D printers and posts to Fusion 360. You will no longer have to wait for a new release of Fusion 360 to get access to the latest version of 3D Printers. Going forward, the list of 3D printers accessible in Fusion will be the same as the one’s available on our online machine library (https://cam.autodesk.com/machineslist). This means each time you restart Fusion 360, you will see the list of available 3D printers in Fusion 360 grow as we upload a new Machine and/or post to our online library.
Improved! Additive Setup creation workflow:
- Manufacture > Additive tab > Setup > New Setup
- When generating a setup using the New Setup button within the Additive tab, the operation type is automatically set to Additive. When selecting a machine for such a setup, the associated Machine Library dialog is also automatically filtered for Additive machines. We hope that these smart defaults will reduce your mouse clicks while setting up an Additive model, and get you 3D printing faster.
New in Preview! Custom Feature Definitions:
- This is a long-awaited capability for the Fusion 360 API and our first iteration is now available. Please note we are considering this “Preview” functionality as there are some limitations and only some specific workflows that we support. That said this a MAJOR enhancement to the Fusion 360 API. You can now not only define a custom command dialog for your add-in, but you can actually define it as a full feature definition. This means that parametric timeline updates, model parameter changes and user edits will all now behave as expected for any other feature in Fusion 360. There is a lot of information to digest for this one, so if this interests you, check out our help documentation and learn more about this functionality.
- Improved! Using ValueInput created with createByString now sets the expression:
- When providing a ValueInput for the creation of anything that will result in the creation of a parameter, if the ValueInput was created with the createByString method, the expected result is the created parameter will have the expression defined by the string. This now the case.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.9512
- We fixed an issue where some of you were experiencing instability in the software when you tried to view 3D PCB in Fusion Electronics. Now it should work more smoothly.
- Some of you also told us about an issue where the content manager was showing a blank field after you tried to import a package from the web into the device editor or Add Local Package after an import. This is now fixed and the field will