What's new in this version:
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13618
- This minor update fixes a few outstanding issues
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13615
- Opening, saving, and closing documents will be noticeably faster, especially when there are multiple Simulation and/or Generative Design studies and load cases present in the document. Users could see up to 5.6x speed improvements in case of large files.
- Opening design documents with complex sketch profiles now happens 5.6x faster than previous versions. Also, there is a general improvement for designs with lots of edges and faces. It shows 7.6x improvement on internal testing dataset.
- Sketch: Several changes have been made to the Sketch area, so you can feel a significant (300x faster!) performance improvement in sketch, sketch geometry, sketch constraint or dimension creations.
- Selections: Fusion 360 now responds much faster when you try to window-select components in canvas. Up to 47x faster. You could also notice a boost in speed when you try to select complex components from the browser of your assembly design.
- Stitch/UnStitch: With this product update focusing on maturing what’s already there, we’ve made some noticeable performance gains in various modeling commands and modeling workflows: The time it takes to Stitch and Un-stitch surfaces generated from imported CATIA models has dramatically decreased by 44%, from 34 seconds down to 19 seconds.
- Loft: You should also be able to feel a boost in Loft preview performance (14.5x faster than before), especially when you’re using Loft with many profiles and faces.
Display Component & Display Mesh Face Groups:
Under the Inspect drop-down menu, we updated how we call a couple of the commands in the list:
- Component Color Cycling Toggle is now called Display Component Colors Mesh Face Groups is now called Display Mesh Face Groups
- Now it reads more concise and consistent with what you’re trying to do, starting with the action
Cancel stalled uploads in Job Status Dialog:
- Internet issues happen, and sometimes at the most inopportune times. Have you ever experienced an upload that may have gotten stuck, or never completed? The original troubleshooting method to fix this was to use text commands to delete and backup the upload queue, or even deleting XML files. We’re happy to report that this is no longer the case! Now there will be an option built into the UI that detects if the upload/save has timed out, and will allow you to cancel the ‘stuck’ uploads. Once canceled, the files can then be uploaded or saved again.
Fixed: Crash on launch on MacOS with many Crash Error Reports:
- For customers that had multiple Autodesk products installed alongside Fusion 360 on MacOS, you likely experienced dozens of crash error reports when launching Fusion 360. We know this was a major annoyance for many – and we are happy to say it is officially fixed with this update!
Data Management & Collaboration:
“Read-Only For Me” now available from Fusion Team:
- Back in January, we introduced Read-Only For Me, which lets you temporarily make designs read-only for yourself, so you’re free to view, analyze, or experiment with a design while other project members continue editing. With this update, you can now use Read-Only For Me from Fusion Team.
- Whether you’re away from your desk or out of the office, if a design is still reserved by you and you’re blocking other project members, it’s now easier to unblock access from anywhere. You can open Fusion Team in any web browser and use Read-Only For Me to remove your reservation so that another project member can edit it.
- Once you’re back at your computer where Fusion 360 has the design open, you’ll see it’s read-only for you. You can either click Make Savable at the top of the canvas or close the design to make it savable for you again.
Create a lofted flange in Sheet Metal Flange tool:
- So many have you have asked for this and we’re happy to say that it’s finally here. Now when you’re creating Sheet Metal parts with the Flange tool, you can also create a lofted flange by selecting the Lofted Type within the Flange command dialog. You can also pick the orientation, Brake Form vs. Die Form, Facet Control options such as Chord Tolerance, Facet Angle, Facet Distance, Face Number, as well as specify the Sheet Metal Rule that applies to your part. Having the ability to create lofted flange should enable you to explore more complex sheet metal possibilities, and easily turn them into a flat pattern.
- Expanded modeling tools now available directly in Assembly Contexts:
- If you’re using Edit In Place for contextual assembly editing in distributed designs, this one’s for you. When we first introduced Edit In Place, we only included an initial subset of the most commonly used modeling tools available in the Design workspace. This was also true when you opened an External Component in its own tab and activated an Assembly Context. Many of you have requested access to some of the tools that aren’t available there.
- With this update, when you open an External Component in its own tab and activate an Assembly Context, you can now use an expanded set of modeling tools while still working with objects you’ve referenced in the context of an assembly. The expanded list of tools includes all the primitives, Surface > Create > Loft, the Surface > Modify tools, all the tools on the Mesh tab, the Form tools, and many others. (Note that a short list of tools that control joints and motion will still switch you back from the Assembly Context to the Local context.)
- As you continue exploring distributed design workflows, let us know which tools are most important for you as we plan for future updates
Rest Tool helps you create flat areas on curved plastic parts:
Rest Tool is available as part of the Product Design Extension:
- Many times when you’re designing a product, you may want to create a flat areas on a curve surface so that other parts can easily mount to it. That’s where this new Rest command comes in. Now you can grab a sketch profile and use it to create a flat face, in relation to the curved surface of your existing body. The command will then do its magic to cut away or add material depending on the thickness you require.
- Snap Fit improvements: selection modes and rotation options:
- Snap Fit is available as part of the Product Design Extension:
- Two new selection Mode options – Automatic and Manual. The Automatic options is on by default, and it automatically selects all visible sketch points to place multiple snap fits at the same time. You can clear the selection set and switch to the Manual selection mode if you want to select your sketch points manually in a complex design. This will help you select points to place your snap fits faster.
New Rotation Options -We’re also adding one of the most common requests to Snap Fit: the ability the control the rotation of each snap fit independently. You can adjust the Rotation Type to one of 3 new options:
- Uniform: Rotates all snap fits to the same angle.
- Independent: Adds a manipulator handle to each snap fit and lets you rotate them independent of each other.
- Aligned: Lets you align all snap fits to a plane, line, or point that you select.
- Select modeled geometry as unit cell geometry for Volumetric Lattice:
- Volumetric Lattice is available as part of the Product Design Extension:
- If you’ve been using the Volumetric Lattice tool as part of your Product Design Extension, you’ll be happy to hear that we’ve improved the tool by giving you the ability to select modeled geometry (sketch lines, for example) as unit cell geometry.
- Automated Modeling Public Preview now available:
- In this release of Fusion 360, we are expanding the reach of our Generative Design technology into everyday modeling workflows and releasing a new tool, Automated Modeling, found in the Design workspace, on a new tab called Automate.
- Automated Modeling will allow you to rapidly create and consider multiple design alternatives for connecting two or more faces in your design. Additionally, you can prescribe additional design intent by defining bodies for Automated Modeling to avoid during shape creation. The results of Automated Modeling will consist of a new Automated Modeling feature in the timeline followed by editable T-spline geometry to allow you to further refine and influence the direction of your design.
- The Automated Modeling preview is all about increasing your creativity and productivity during your design workflows and we would love to hear how you think we can make it better. Please share your feedback and experience with the Automated Modeling preview in the forum link below – we can’t wait to hear from you.
- In this QoL update for Electronics, we focused most of our time on addressing the ideas and feedback that you have taken the time to provide us. We are pleased to deliver this update that is packed full of enhancements to your design experience, product stability, and overall performance of Fusion 360 Electronics.
- Expanded keyboard shortcuts:
- We have expanded the keyboard shortcut functionality within the Electronics workspace to enable you to specify commands or a combination of commands. With this new functionality, you can assign shortcuts to execute a User Language Program ( ULP) or your preferred scripts. An excellent example of using this new feature is adding multiple grid options for laying out the PCB; this makes it easier to place components that require a different placement grid.
We understand that productivity is the name of the game, and you cannot waste time searching around for the correct command or struggling to define parameters for the active command. We have spent some time streamlining commands to make everything a bit more intuitive and faster. For example, remembering the exact name of NETs, Pins and Parts on your schematic can be frustrating – even requiring guesswork on more complex designs across multiple sheets. Now, if the appropriate command is active, recently used names in your design will now appear – eliminating guesswork through autocomplete. Check out the productivity improvements we have made in this update:
- More user-definable default preferences
- Exposure to Schematic Assembly Variant designs
- Text on the copper layer can now be viewed on the 3D model of the PCB
- Quick Route now allows making selections regardless of the working layer
- Set a power supply value when placing it on the schematic
- Autocomplete net, pin & part name input anywhere in Schematic
- Schematic net naming directly from Net Command Dialog
- Addressed reported issues when using the Synchronizer for schematic-board annotation
- Set active CAM job in CAM Processor, this will also be used for the One-Click CAM command
- Remember values in command dialogs after switching
- Switch to 3D faster by choosing which components get rendered
Performance improvements & fixes:
- Most circuit board designs require polygon copper pours as they help propagate a specific signal on your PCB around the entire board or specific area. You have shown us that on more complex designs you could expect to create over 50 polygons on multiple layers! When editing the design, the substantial number of polygons can translate to poor performance. For this update, you will notice that we have vastly improved the performance of Fusion 360 electronics with better handling of polygons. Here are a few more examples of performance improvement we have worked on:
- Significantly Improved Polygon Processing performance up to 90x for certain designs
- Improved CAM performance
- Increased average performance by 65% of common commands like undo, move, and add
- Significantly Improved document opening performance
Stability fixes :
In the event that you encounter a crash whilst using Fusion 360 Electronics, there is the option to provide a report which helps us understand in more detail how and why the crash occurred. Thanks to those reports (we read them all!), we’ve spent the last few development cycles fixing the following issues:
- Fixed highlights in ERC and DRC disappearing after mouse move
- Fixed crash when undo-redo after running edit module CLI
- Fixed warning: “The board sketch has rolled out, please roll forward it before update”
- Fixed crash when moving in Footprint or Symbol editor
- Fixed crash when deleting a group if net with a label does not exist in the group
- Fixed consistency breaking when updating part with empty attribute value
- Fixed crash when splitting polygon pour
- Fixed crash when importing device exported from ultra-librarian
- Fixed crash when selecting symbol or footprint while move command is active
- Fixed issue where replacing part with modified symbol or footprint will disconnect wires and undo caused fusion to quit with abort error
- Fixed crash in design manager when using polygons while the “ungrouped” category is selected
- Fixed assert when running ‘show-group.ulp’
- Fixed crash when saving after deleting sheet whose assets were moved to a module sheet before
- Fixed parts getting disconnected when moving to a Module
- Fixed crash when pasting a component connecting another
- component and cancelling the operation
- Fixed crash after updating library and merging assets
- Fixed arbitrary pad shapes not being recognized correctly by polygons
- Fixed issue where rotate gets executed twice when pasting multiple times
- Fixed crash when opening design which contains corrupt splines after DXF import
- Fixed crash using the ERC or DRC dialogs
- Fixed frequent crashes while adding components
- Fixed crash with certain ULPs if board file has polygons
- Fixed crash with importing certain local libraries
- Fixed crash after creating managed library
- Fixed crash when dragging library from place part panel
- Fixed crash when running import-bmp ULP
- Fixed crash when undo with design manager opened with polygons
- Fixed PRINT on Mac
- Fixed polygon, Line & Arcs in footprints not being rendered properly in 3D PCB
- Fixed issue where ESC no longer works after interacting with inspector
- Fixed issue where ESC could not cancel the text command
- Fixed issue where ESC could not cancel the route command
- We know that many of you were unsure how to productively migrate to Fusion 360. In this update, we have made a few updates to ensure the transition from EAGLE to Fusion 360 is much easier for you. EAGLE Design Files and Library files are 100% compatible with Fusion 360 electronics. The first time you launch Fusion 360, it will automatically detect if you have local EAGLE libraries and give you the option to upload them. In addition, when uploading your EAGLE design files, you now have the option to create Electronic Design documents. The electronic design document keeps the schematic and circuit board synchronized.
- Fusion’s Upload command now accepts EAGLE projects to automate migration from EAGLE
- Automatic Library import now also enabled on Mac
Generative Model filter now in Explore Environment:
- When working with Generative Design, it is common to consider variants to your design space definition using Generative Models. While providing a path to a larger exploration and more potential design solutions it did make exploring the results a bit more tedious and forced users to name their studies in a unique way to capture this intent. To improve this workflow, we have added the ability to filter against the Generative Model in the Explore environment.
Improved terminology in Fluid Path study type:
- Since our Fluid Path study type has been in preview, we have received feedback from you that the concepts of preserves, obstacles and a starting shape were much more unclear when working in a fluid domain versus a structural domain. To help add clarity, we have renamed these commands to be more precise in what they represent, where some represent the fluid being created and some represent the surrounding solids that contain or obstruct the flow.
- Preserve Geometry is now Fluid Preserve Geometry
- Obstacle Geometry is now Solid Obstacle Geometry
- Starting Shape is now Fluid Starting Shape
- Obstacle Offset is now Solid Obstacle Offset
Attribute fonts & blocks dragging:
- Now when you’re working on your drawings title block you can change the font type going into the Edit Title Block mode, double-clicking on the attribute you want to edit, and then selecting the desired font.
- We’ve also improved the dragging behavior where any selection will no longer cause the title block or border to move. Title blocks and borders can now only be moved via the Move command.
Export Flat DXF:
- Before when you exported a DXF from the Drawings environment, the export files contained some Z-axis geometry, which made it difficult to work. Now when you export a drawing as DXF, we made sure that the DXF is completely flattened.
- For the Manufacture Workspace, this update contains more than 150 Quality of Life (QoL) improvements that positively affect all areas, including milling, tool libraries, turning, nesting, metrology, additive, cam simulations, and post processing. In the spirit of this update, we’re not going to bury these improvements in some forum thread. Instead, we’re going to include the work in all of its glory in this blog post. Let’s start with what we focused on in Milling.
- Milling Updates
“Show Toolpath Data” dialog updates:
- We added new filters to allow any combination of tool-path segments, passes, and/or levels to be displayed or hidden to aid toolpath visualization. Note that “level” is only available for 2D Adaptive, 2D Pocket, Face, 2D Contour, Slot, Trace, Engrave, 2D Chamfer, Pocket Clearing, and Horizontal strategies.
- For 2D Adaptive, 2D Pocket, and 2D Contour toolpaths, when using slot milling tools to cut slots where the tool finishes below an undercut. You can now select pre-defined geometry (typically points) and use them to move the tool horizontally to clear any undercuts or overhangs before withdrawing up the tool axis.
Measure from active WCS:
- The Measure command now allows measurements to be reported relative to the active setup workpiece co-ordinate system (WCS).
Cusp-height based Stepover/down:
- Stepover and stepdown can now be automatically derived from a user-defined cusp height (or vice versa). This option works for most 3D finishing strategies and helps you achieve your desired surface finish.
Flat machining multiple depths:
- Within the Multiple Depths function of Flat Machining you are now able to specify the Number of Stepdowns.
Steep and Shallow UX improvements:
- You can now choose whether to machine steep regions only, shallow regions only, or combine both steep and shallow regions (the previous default).
- Scallop (shallow region only) can now be ordered inside > out or outside > in.
Blend one way/other way preview:
- The Blend toolpath now displays a small red arrow to show the cutting direction prior to calculation. The arrow changes when you select “One Way”, “Other Way” or “Both Ways” this means there is no longer a need to guess which direction to use! You will be able to create the right toolpath the first time around every time.
2D Chamfer improvements:
- You have a new option to “Keep sharp corner” creates a toolpath that does not roll around the edge, reducing the likelihood that the external edge will be damaged.
- Also, a new option “Preserve Order” changes the order of the toolpath such that it matches the order that the contours were selected.
- Hide Warning Messages – Now there’s a new option that allows warning messages to be hidden to avoid excess interruptions when programming.
Tool library Updates:
Separate “focus” and “active” states for elements:
- This is to help you identify what you will be copying using CTRL+C we have aligned functionality so that each explicit area selected in the tool library now has a blue banner surrounding it.
Move/replicate the “Remove unused tool” option:
- Many of you reported that the Remove Unused Tools function was difficult to find, so to help increase discoverability, we moved to the main tool list banner.
- Identify pasted tool in the main tool list:
- When pasting tools into a large list, it’s easy to lose where you are. That’s why pasted tools will now appear highlighted in the destination library.
Download vendor libraries:
- Now there is a link in the tool library where you can download vendor libraries; this will give you greater access to vendor tools.
- Avoid creating duplicate document tools when selecting from another library
- Previously, if you entered the tool library from an operation and selected a tool that was already in the document, a duplicate instance would be created which caused many confusing downstream issues. Now Fusion 360 will no longer do this – it will just use the tool in the document.
Identify reference tools in the tool list:
- Reference tools used in an operation can now be visually identified in the tool library making tool management in the document library a breeze.
- Improved sample libraries in the Tool Library – We updated the Sample libraries to contain all tool types with default values included.
- Column Width in Renumber Tools Dialog – Column Width in the Renumbering Tools Dialog now supports a width up to five digits! This update will help you expand your capabilities when renumbering a new tool number.
- We improved the existing Manual inspection tool and added new manual distance options. Now you are able to inspect:
- Distance between 2 circles (midpoints, min, max), Distance between selected points, and Distance between plane and hole.
- We’ve also improved the visibility of selected items where results will be displayed to full precision of decimal places.
- The UI has also been improved with auto-scrolling for creating.
- Selected feature(s) during measurements will also be highlighted.
- New options affecting probe path creation and reporting include:
- New probe tools
- Option to reduce clearance height default to 50mm
- Consistent font use for probe geometry results and reports
- Turning Updates:
Threading tool versatility:
- Threading tools can now be used for Single Groove toolpaths and Chamfer toolpaths.
- New view controls can now be used to show/hide the Spun Profile shape and Rest Material.
- Show toolpath data dialog:
- The interface now correctly shows Z and X coordinates instead of just X and Y.
- Spun profile calculation:
- Now uses multi-threading for improved speed and stability and displays a green progress bar.
Advanced Nesting updates:
- You can now Edit / Rename ‘Material ID’
- Nest invalidation on material thickness edits
- Packaging details is now displayed in theNesting Info Panel and Compare dialog
- The Material info is now appended to Packaging list for ease-of-identification
- Row collapse status is now preserved in ‘Component Sources’
- Fusion 360 now includes the AutoCAD version in exported DXF header, allowing you to open it in Adobe products
- Out-of-date Nest results now show tooltips when you hover your cover over them
- Envelope boundary now previews from timeline
- Dynamic highlighting now works on feature selection
- “last used” settings are now preserved
- Holes/Cut-outs can now be excluded from highlighting
- Error messages have been improved for easier troubleshooting
FFF Toolpath simulation now can display Print Speed:
- A new type to display the print speed has been added to the FFF toolpath simulation. Displaying the printing speed will help you optimize your jobs for printing time or detect potential issues with oozing or stringing. To activate the new display type, create an Additive setup with your FFF printer, generate and simulate the toolpath and change Display Type from “Toolpath Type” to “Print Speed”.
- Print Settings are now only stored on the online Machine Library:
- We have announced that print settings are now stored in Fusion 360’s online machine library. To complete this initiative, we have removed the print settings from Fusion’s installation directory. You can either download the print settings from the website, or you can access them directly within Fusion 360 if you have the following technology preview enabled.
Improvements to additive support structures:
- The focus for support structures in this release was to improve support generation for the SLA process. You now have more control over the support structures in critical areas of the part. The new support action “Edge with Bar Support” will create support bars along the edge of a part. This will help with stability of the part during printing while ensuring the outer contour is built accurately. In most cases you should use this new action in combination with the Bar Support action. You can find the action in your additive SLA or MPBF setup under the supports section.
- However, it is important to keep in mind that the stronger the support structures, the harder it will be to remove them once the build is completed. Therefore, we have also worked on improvements that will help with removing the support structures from the part. For SLA it is common to use a pad on the bottom that connects the support structures with the build plate. However, getting under this solid block of material with a tool, may be hard when trying to separate it from the build plate. Therefore, the pad setting for bar supports and baseplate support was expanded to also allow a negative taper angle. The new setting can be found under the General tab for Baseplate Support and under Bar Support/Bar Properties/Pad on Platform.
- The final improvement made to ensure our support structures are better suited for SLA printing was the new settings under “Bars on Global Features” for Lattice Volume Support. The new options “Down Oriented Points” and “Sharp Edges” make sure that the lowest feature of the part is always detected and supported since it is otherwise easily washed away in the resin tray.
Library updates for templates, additive machines, print settings:
- In addition to these support structure improvements for SLA, a new template with optimized defaults for part orientation has been released. The template is intended for orientation of larger parts in the build envelope. The part will be oriented in a way that reduces the surface area of each layer. This minimizes the amount of contact it has with the tray, which could lead to the part being detached from the build plate. Find the template in the template library under orientations.
- The other new templates are providing support defaults for One Click Metal MPrint+ machines
- These have been validated and tested by One Click Metal. Find the templates in the template library under supports.
- The machine library now includes several new machines that support different processes: We have added a generic SLS machine with 3mf export that can be used as template for adding SLS machines that are not in the machine library yet. To decrease the chances of that happening, Nexa3D QLS820 and NXT Factory QLS350 SLS machines have been added to the machine library. Furthermore, there is now support for EOS M100 and Stratasys Origin One machines.
- Two new print settings for Braskem FL900PP-CF and Braskem FL605R-CF have been added to the Online Print Settings List.
New material file and result type for Additive Simulation:
- There is a new material/ parameter profile (PRM) for One Click Metal 316L print settings. Simply create a new setup with a One Click Metal machine and select a 316L print setting. When setting up the additive simulation it will automatically match the new PRM file to the print setting.
- The second improvement introduced a new result type called “recoater risk”. Since warping is a serious issue in MPBF Additive, it is important to understand whether a part is warping up and runs at risk of hitting the recoater blade, which would be a threat to the entire build.
CAM Simulation Updates:
New CAM Simulation Tab:
- This is the first in a series of updates to improve the simulation capabilities in Fusion 360. A new tab and improved simulation behavior results in more intuitive workflows, paving the way for future updates that will see the emergence of technology currently available in the CAMplete family of products. These updates impact everyone using the manufacturing workspace in Fusion 360 (not just those with access to the Machining Extension).
- The Simulation Tab includes familiar icons that can be used to control the view status of tools, machines, toolpaths, and stock. Additional icons provide quick access to more advanced display options, as well as information relating to the outcomes of simulations.
- In addition to interface changes, simulation behavior has been enhanced. As an example, you can now create section views whilst still in simulation avoiding the need to ‘re-compute” the stock simulation. Prior to this change, you would need to leave simulation, create the section view, then re-enter and recompute simulation to get the same result (sometimes taking many minutes).
- In future releases, we hope to enhance the error reporting to provide additional information relating to collisions, travel limits, and more. In addition, CAMplete technology will be integrated into Fusion 360, allowing G-code to be displayed whilst simulation is running, so you can see line-by-line what actions your machine will perform.
Show spindle direction arrows:
- A New option displays arrows to represent the direction that the turning axis rotates.
Section View during simulation:
- One of the quick things we added to this mode is the ability to add section views whilst already in simulation. This means you can section up the view without needing to leave simulation and lose the computed stock
- When building a machine, you can now select and hide construction geometry from view, resulting in a cleaner looking simulation.
Jogging UI updates and new “home” icons:
- The jogging interface now displays the current position of the machine’s axes during jogging commands.
- New home icons have been added to the jogging UI to reset each axis to its home position. Separate icons exist for each individual axis, with another master home icon that resets all axes.
Selecting center point on non-cylindrical parts:
- Now you can hover over a non-cylindrical part on your machine and snap to the center points of the face, just like how you would place a Joint/Joint Origin on component faces.
- Non-TCP machine simulation support – machines without TCP control can now be simulated in Fusion 360 .
Post Processing Updates:
- Properties for individual operations – post processor files can now be edited such that individual properties can be enabled at the operational level, allowing them to be revealed and edited within the Fusion 360 interface
- Draw toolpaths on NC program selection– when a NC program is selected, Fusion 360 can (optionally) display the toolpaths that it contains in the main 3D interface.
- All Generic Post Processors now make use of the probeWorkOffset variable and drill cycles that feed out of a hole do now respect the retract feedrate.
- We’ve improved post processors from the following machines:
- Milling – Heidenhain iTNC 426, Syil, Syntec, LinuxCNC, PlanetCNC, woodWOP, UCCNC
- Turning – Intelitek, OmniTurn, Doosan Turning, Fanuc Turning
- Mill-Turn – Doosan, Mazak
- Additive – ABB
- We now have Machine simulation models for this following machines:
- 16 x new Hurco machines
- 11 x improved Hurco machines
Fusion 360 Core Updates:
UX Pattern Consistency:
- We made multiple updates inspired by the pattern UI in the Design workspace, including:
- Update linear and circular pattern to have Extent vs Spacing
- Update linear pattern to have Symmetric vs One-Direction
- Update linear pattern to allow negative numbers
- Incorporate icons into Strategy drop-downs
Expression UI improvements:
- In the spirit of consistency, we also tweaked various expression UI elements so that they behave more like the rest of the other workspaces, including:
- New interface for Edit Expression
- Parameter list display in Edit Expression window
- Search for parameters in Edit Expression window
- Tooltips on hover of parameter in Edit Expression window
- Evaluate value of Expression Preview
- Help Button
Machining Time is back:
- Machining Time is back! We’ve reinstated the command back into the Fusion 360 UI including the following improvements:
- Machining time now uses multi-threading
- Show machining time in browser for containers
- The NC Program UI now includes a “Machining time” right-click-menu
- Add machining time command to actions section toolbar
Major 5-axis Upgrade:
- The July update sees a significant expansion in 5-axis programming capabilities offered in the Fusion 360 Machining Extension. Prior to this release a small number of 3D finishing strategies offered limited 5-axis options, with only one (Steep and Shallow) offering full 5-axis capabilities. With the July update, many more strategies now support additional 5-axis options to control the tool axis via a user-defined point or curve. Additional strategies (Corner and Inclined Flat), that also support 5-axis machining, are also getting ready for inclusion in the Insider Preview program. The development team continues to work on adding 5-axis support for the remaining 3D finishing strategies.
API & Add-ins:
Fusion Data API is now out of Preview:
- We are very excited to announce that the first set of capabilities for the new cloud-based data API has been released, allowing you to traverse assembly hierarchy and read additional component properties even for “internal” components.
- Previously you could access Fusion 360 file information via the Forge Data Management API and perform translation and viewing using the Forge Model Derivative and Forge Viewer APIs, respectively.
- We have big plans for this API so expect to see more information and enhancements coming over the next few releases. To see more of what it can do now, check out this blog post.
- Here are the new capabilities that have been added for this release. See the API Documentation What’s New Page for more details.
- Control Point Splines – The API now supports creating, querying, and editing control point splines.
- Tangent Distance Dimensions – The API now supports creating and querying tangent distance dimensions in a sketch.
- Parent Sketch Text – It’s now possible to get the parent SketchText object from AlongPathTextDefinition, FitOnPathTextDefinitionObject, and MultiLineTextDefinition objects.
- Joint Origin Light Bulb – It’s now possible to get and set the light bulb state for a Joint Origin.
- Dimension Values – For sketch dimensions created in a direct edit model and dimensions that are driven by the model, there is no associated parameter. In the API, the only way to get a dimension’s value was to get it from the associated parameter, but that’s not possible in these cases. The various sketch dimension objects now support a “value” property that directly returns the current value of the dimension.
- Help System Enhancement for Retired Functions – The help system has been enhanced to better indicate that a function has been retired and what has replaced the retired function. Here’s an example. Also, retired functions are no longer shown in the code hints list in VS Code, although they still exist to support compatibility with existing programs.
- Our friends at Bommer updated their add-in as well, so if you’re using it with Fusion 360, be sure to update your version of Bommer to the latest one!
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13377
- an issue where Fusion 360 crashes when entering full screen mode using Alt+Enter
- an issue where Fusion 360 was having difficulties opening files with Contact Reaction
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13375
- Some of you have experienced Fusion 360 freezing when you tried to either start a new document or quit the application. Well that’s embarrassing, sorry for the trouble. Now you should be able to start and quit Fusion 360 without any hiccups.
- We fixed a crash issue that happened to some of you when you tried to log into Fusion 360.
- We fixed another crash issue that came from those of you who attempted to open specific designs repeatedly.
- We fixed a bug that was causing Fusion 360 to crash when you tried to “Get all latest” for an assembly that contained externally linked references, as well as Simulation models.
- The “modal” effect behind the Extension Manager is unexpectedly different in macOS from Windows, but still unexpectedly maintains some qualities of the old modal effect. Now they look the same.
- We discovered that some text found in the tooltips and more info section for Boss command was not translated to other supported languages. Now when you’re running Fusion 360 in a different language and are using the Boss command, hovering over the options should show you tooltips in the appropriate language.
- We fixed a few bugs that were affecting various icons in Electronics Design workflows. Apparently, the Flip and Move component commands weren’t using the new icon styles when you invoked them from the right-click menu in the 3D PCB workspace. The Package Generator command was also using an older icon in the Library workspace. The Manufacturing icons were incorrectly shown as being greyed out.
- Speaking of updating icons, the library icon in your data panel has been updated to be consistent with the icon shown in the toolbar.
- We also updated the Phase Probe icon so that it is easier to see the blue phase line.
- A few of you told us that Fusion 360 unexpectedly gave you an error message when you tried to generate an 1 pin male connector as a 3D Package using the Package Generator tool. Sorry about that, this is now fixed. You should now be able to generate it without issues.
- We noticed an issue during the creation of smart templates where the placeholder preview didn’t appear after a significant delay, which made the overall experience troublesome. And sometimes, it appeared but refused to follow your cursor. This is fixed.
- If you placed a part-list for a flat pattern design, added mass properties in the part-list, then proceeded to change the unit from the edit part list dialog or document setting dialog, the mass value was displayed incorrectly for the flat pattern. Now it updates as expected.
- We fixed a bug where it was the Canvas in Fusion 360 to lose focus, restricting operations in the Drawings workspace
- NC Program Dialog is now the default path to Post Processing (legacy tool library retired*)
- In the May product update what’s new blog post, we talked about how we are in the process of retiring the Legacy Tool Library, in favor of the new tool library. Due to the extremely low usage of the old library, pace of improvements, ability to address bugs and issues, and the development cost of maintaining two separate library experiences, we’ve decided to make the new tool library as the new default experience as of this product update. If you need to use the old tool library for whatever reason, you can still revert to it by going to the Preview Feature section of your preferences and toggle it back on. Be aware this option will only be available for a limited time and will be removed in the upcoming product update.
- Results are no longer erroneously shown in the document commands dropdown after a mesh preview has been executed but before the simulation has been actually solved.
- We fixed an issue with certain turning profile finishing tool-paths with compensation set to “in control” where the compensation NC codes were being output incorrectly.
- If you type an invalid value like “5 m” into Surface Speed on the Cutting Data tab on the Edit page for a tool that has it, Fusion 360 incorrectly gave you this error: Parameter expression contains a circular reference: tool_surfaceSpeed → tool_spindleSpeed → tool_surfaceSpeed. Instead, it should have given you something like : Cannot convert from m to m/min. Now it does.
- Now when you paste a tool or holder using “Paste tools” or “Paste from spreadsheet” into a library, Fusion 360 will indicate that the paste action has been successful.
- Some of our Japanese users have reported that tooltips for Retraction Policy and other options in the Manufacture workspace didn’t appear when they hovered their cursors over the options. Now the tooltips appear as expected.
- Previously when you were making selections in the tool library on macOS, it was challenging to differentiate what was “active” vs. What was actually “selected”. Since both the states were shown as the same color, it was not clear what got copied if you did a ctrl+c. Now the ‘focus’ and ‘active’ states are better distinguished, with the selected state being a darker blue than the active state.
- We’ve added a ‘Remove unused tools’ option to the browser in the tool list to increase discoverability and improve the automated workflows.
- We fixed a macOS crash issue that was occurring when generating a toolpath after editing some parameters.
- Apparently if you opened a legacy design and dove into the print setting editor for SLA and SLM printing, the Maximum Edge Length parameter was incorrectly missing. Now it will show the correct value.
- Recently added Anycubic Photon and Prusa SL1SPEED print settings either do not work (added 12 days ago) or show the wrong type. Now they show the correct type.
- We fixed an issue where supports were incorrectly generated for the wrong mesh body if a face group of another mesh body was first selected as the target
- We fixed a crash issue that was occurring when you tried to switch from Render workspace to the Design workspace and vice versa
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13168
- We fixed a crash issue that was occurring when some of you tried to open certain design documents
- We fixed a CAM kernel issue where operations using Voronoi diagrams were unexpectedly crashing
- A few of you noticed your uploads via the data panel to be stuck. These issues have been fixed and your uploads should be completed in a timely manner.
- We fixed sketch issue that was causing Fusion 360 to crash
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13162
- Change log not available for this version
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.13158
- 5 New Additive materials in the Fusion 360 Material Library
- New Mesh face group Display Toggle command
- Ribs is now available in Boss Command (Product Design Extension)
- Snap-fit improvements (Product Design Extension)
- Replace Component now supports patterned components
- New Layer Stack Manager
- Support for Slotted Pads
- Improved Handling of Panels
- New Radial Template added to Library Editor
- New Sync library index
- New Add-in Ultra Librarian
- New User experience improvements: Updated Icons
- New Preference Option: load 3D model when loading electronic document
- New outcome in setups (Experimental Generative Solvers and Features Preview)
- New Auxiliary Views
- New Arc Length Dimension
- New Jogged Radius Dimension
- New Model Properties in Title Blocks
- New Mass unit overrides in Title Blocks and Parts Lists
- New Quasi-static analysis study type
- New reaction data and result visualizations for Contact Force and Contact Pressures
- Notice: Retiring the Legacy Tool Library
- New Accessibility Analysis
- Import & Export CSV files
- More options to set defaults for tool strategies in Manufacture Workspace
- New & Improved Post Processors
New Manufacture Previews:
- We’ve dropped 3 new Manufacture previews for you to try in the Preview Features section of your Preferences
- Additive Simulation is now a part of the Additive Build Extension
- New Center of Gravity Height Ranking criterion for Automatic Orientation
- New Additive Support Templates in Template Library
- Select Mesh face groups while creating Supports
- Taper angle for padded bar supports
- New MPBF machines added
- New Pause and Filament Change options for multi-color/single extruder printing
- Fusion Data API now in beta release
- Triad Command Input
- 3D Texture Control
- Active Folder
- Selection Sets
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12887
- We fixed a crash issue that was found when you tried to delete a mirrored component and the joint associated with that component.
- leonknook reported on the forum that Fusion 360 froze when he was in the browser, right-clicked on a body, and selected "Save as Mesh". We dug into this a little deeper and found that it had to do with a registry and a missing executable, throwing Fusion 360 into an endless loop. This is now fixed.
- A bug in the Electronics environment caused the UI to leave extra empty item in the Design Manager for Net Classes. Now these empty slots are gone.
- If you renamed a Net Class entity and pressed the Enter key to commit the change, the name of the Net Class was updated in the Net Class dialog but was not updated in the Design Manager. Now it is.
- If you tried to add another symbol or footprint to a library that was in the process of saving, Fusion 360 unexpectedly popped up the Save dialog. This is now fixed.
- We fixed a tooltip typo where “footprints” was missing a “p” in word.
- We fixed an error that was occurring when Fusion 360 was performing an Autosave.
- We fixed a Fusion 360 crash issue when Fusion 360 was trying to update the library from a not having a footprint to having a footprint in a schematic file.
- Apparently you were not able to delete the first of the Name in Inspector when pressing the Backspace key. Now it should work without issues.
- We fixed an issue related to memory management and threads run outside of the UI thread.
- yscheer told us about how Entering empty values into the name field of the Inspector lead to instability, causing Fusion 360 to crash. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue where you were not able to change the name of your device into Chinese characters in the name field within the Inspector dialog.
- Some command dialog failed to reappear after you cancelled the Insert Schematic/Insert Design Block and then proceeded to activate the Move or Net command. This is now fixed.
- sebastienSQA5P and others reported that they’ve been seeing an error messaging say that Fusion 360 has detected an unexpected condition ...orthomover.cpp,Line672', whenever they tried to convert arcs to polygon and continued to move it. Sorry about that – this is now fixed.
- Some of you told us that Creating a drawing using an existing template took more time to load, along with this warning popup "Your version of Fusion 360 is out-of-date. You won't be able to see all the properties of this drawing or design until you restart Fusion 360." This is now fixed and creating drawings shouldn’t take that long anymore.
- Related to the issue above, we also fixed an issue that caused Item numbers to go missing in the parts lists after you’ve acknowledged the "Your version of Fusion is out-of-date. You won't be able to see all the properties of this drawing or design until you restart Fusion 360." Warning.
- We fixed an issue where a warning popped up unexpectedly when you tried to create a drawing from a 3D design saved in the cloud.
- Editing an operation with a tool that has multiple presets and then re selecting the tool causes the pre set selection to change and invalidates the toolpath.
- Previously when you were editing a tool in the tool library for older files, the trailing angle field was incorrectly missing for the custom general turning tools. If you had created a new tool, that field will appear. Now the tools for the both old and new toolpath operations should show the trailing angle field in the tool library.
- Amish from SSCADCAM reported that, when trying to create a form mill, the window showed up as blank. Closing it and opening a new window still showed blank but the number was incremented.This is now fixed.
- We fixed a crash issue that was happening after you moved a part in the Design workspace and then switching to the Manufacture workspaces.
- You told us that while entering force values in the Simluation study, the applied force with a minus sign produced "flipped" results (according to the applied force the model should be stretched). After looking at the code, it appeared that the minus sign was not respected by the solver. With the positive value, everything looked correct. This is now fixed.
- Nick Polanosky told us that the ability to drag the position marker for plane, walls, partial cylinders etc. No plonger worked as expected. We untangled some wires and now position graphics handles for cadProbe x/y/z plane, channel, boss, angle and partial circle should be draggable again.
- We fixed an issue where placeholder parameters were not exported properly in defaults. Now when you import exported files with parameters, you will no longer get an “"Unable to load parameters from file"” error.
- We updated the hidden Support > Internal settings to be 0 by default
- We fixed an issue where "Assign Body Presets" wasn't working correctly after you cleared the bodies selection
- We fixed an crash issue that was triggered when you tried to delete body presets
- We fixed a crash issue when you tried to generate a toolpath for FFF machines
- If you created an EOS machine setup, sooner or later you’ll notice that the General tab in your Print Settings Editor disappeared for no reason. This is now fixed and the General tab will always been there.
- There are parameter groups which are optional so that the youcan enable/disable such a group and its parameters. The parameter dialog should show a checkbox to allow enabling/disabling. Apparently, the OneClickMetal MPRINT machine has some parameter groups which are optional but cannot be enabled/disabled. Now the option "interval" can be enabled and disabled correctly.
- We fixed an issue where “Configure EBPA Settings” section was missing in the Print Settings Editor after you re-opened certain files
- For some weird reason, Tessellation settings for One Click Metal MPRINT+316L were being multiplied by factor 10. This now fixed.
- We fixed a crash issue that was triggered by the action of deleting a print preset
- We fixed another crash issue that was triggered when you tried to delete a duplicate build strategy with the same name as the original
- If you changed the default build strategy, then Fusion 360 did not correctly update the browser tree if all the bodies were assigned with the old default strategy. This is now fixed.
- We fixed an issue in the Extrusion print settings where the parameter values for Extruder 2 incorrectly matched the values of Extruder 1, after you changed the values of Extruder 1. Now the Extruder 2 will remain unchanged if changes were made to Extruder 1.
- The machine platform inexplicably disappeared after you assigned a Body Preset to a body. This is now fixed.
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12670
- Fixed issue where Fusion 360 crashed after a specific pocket selection action was performed in 2D Pocket
- Fixed a bug where the Fusion 360 was incorrectly setting the default value for WCS offset within setup to 1. This default can potentially cause crashes on some machines. It has now been reverted back to 0.
- Originally reported by eli.dannenbaum, we fixed the DB error issue that was occuring for number of our Electronics Design users
- We fixed a crash issue that was happening when you tried to quit Fusion 360 with pending manufacturing changes
Autodesk Fusion 360 2.0.12392
NOTICE: We’re converting Cloud Credits to Flex tokens:
- In this product update, we are in the process of converting Cloud Credits to Autodesk Flex tokens. Don’t worry, if you currently have Cloud Credits associated with your account or have recently purchased Cloud Credits, you will still be able to use them on tasks like Generative Design solves, Simulation solves, and cloud rendering jobs. The only difference now is that you can no longer purchase additional Cloud Credits. Instead, you can buy Flex tokens moving forward and use both types of digital currency during this transitional timeframe.
- Autodesk Flex is a new pay-as-you-go subscription service like Cloud Credits, but it has one major advantage: flexibility. Flex tokens are being adopted by many of our other Autodesk products, including Inventor, AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Maya, and many more. Not only are you able to spend Flex tokens on specific in-product functionality, but you’re also now able to spend it on the products themselves, and at a rate that makes for you and your team.
Repair issues without Uninstalling Fusion 360:
- Fusion 360 now comes with a it’s own brand-new Service Utility. A common (yet many times unnecessary and troublesome) way of fixing an issue in Fusion 360 we see many of you follow is to un-install Fusion 360, run the Clean Uninstaller, and then re-install to see if continue working. While this method has worked in the past, it was counter-productive and time-consuming. The fact that you had to download a separate clean uninstaller was also clunky. With this Service Utility, you’ll be able to repair reset, or uninstall (if you really have to) Fusion 360, as well as gather system info, perform a network diagnostics test, or contact support. There are 2 ways the Service Utility can be invoked:
- Triggered automatically when 2 consecutive launch failures are detected
- Triggered manually by holding CTRL + A (Windows) or Command + A (macOS) during the first 3 seconds launch of Fusion 360.
Design Advice helps you make better design decisions:
- Available in the Product Design Extension
- Previously available to try as a preview feature to the Product Design Extension, Design Advice graduated out of preview and is now available for all Product Design Extension subscribers. Located under the Inspect Panel of the Plastic tab, Design Advice highlights areas of concern based on the material you select, and gives recommendations based on manufacturing best practices. This level of intelligence enables you to design better for manufacturing, and helps you take the guessing game out of your designs.
Select and Export multiple outcomes simultaneously:
- Now in the Generative Design > Explore tab, you’ll be able to select up to 4 study outcomes at once and export them simultaneously. This improvement removes the hassle of exporting your outcomes one at a time. Fusion 360 will notify you throughout the export progress, so you know exactly what it’s doing and when the export is complete.
- Faster Results in Generative Design Experimental Solver and Feature Preview:
- We have improved the technology stack that is powering our Experimental Solvers and Features preview as we push towards commercialization. While we are not ready to commercialize just yet, we wanted to pass along some of the progress we have been making. Our recent data shows that outcomes generated with our preview solvers are completing up to 2x faster than our production solver in many cases. If you haven’t checked out this preview yet, now is the time. You can turn on the Experimental Solvers and Features preview in your Fusion 360 Preferences under the Preview Features heading.
Place Component Panel:
- We have done away with the outdated, modal, add dialog and instead have introduced an entirely non-modal, always-on place component panel that consolidates multiple experiences into a single workflow you can feel confident using. With the new panel, better search and more flexibility in searching ensure you find what you need faster. Component previews and a deeper search into part metadata combine to deliver the search results you would expect without the limitations inherent in EAGLE. Search filters enable you to identify and switch between different content sources quickly. Components that include multiple footprint variants can be expanded and previewed, making choosing between packages more obvious. Combined with easier migration and management of your legacy local content and a complete overhaul of the Library Manager experience, we are delivering massive improvements to the #1 concerns expressed by our users!
Modular Design and Design Re-Use:
- Design Blocks are finally coming to Electronics Design, and this release marks the first of several significant updates in delivering on the promise of intuitive Design Reuse. We have added the ability to source and place your Design Blocks created in EAGLE and bring those into Fusion 360. Coupled with adding a new Insert Schematic from file the file, there are multiple ways to leverage smaller, more reusable subcircuits or third-party reference designs with ease.
- Merging the contents of one design into another could create