Getting Started in Fusion 360

Introduction

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D modeling software tool that has professional capabilities but is far more user friendly than other professional solid-body modeling packages.  It is a relatively lightweight install (800 mb), runs on both Mac and Windows, supports easy file sharing, version control, import/export of common CAD file types, and has powerful parametric tools and analytic mesh tools that are well-suited to the challenges faced in designing low-cost prosthetics.  More on Fusion’s features can be found here. An example of the mesh-fitting tools available in Fusion:

Setting Up Fusion 360

Download the latest version of Fusion 360 hereand then launch the installer.

After the installer has finished running, you will be greeted by this page. If you have an Autodesk account already, go ahead and enter you information. Otherwise, click "Create an Account".

After the installer has finished running, you will be greeted by this page. If you have an Autodesk account already, go ahead and enter you information. Otherwise, click “Create an Account”.

 

Fill in your details, pick a username and password, and decide whether or not to receive periodic updates from the Fusion team.

Fill in your details, pick a username and password, and decide whether or not to receive periodic updates from the Fusion team.

 

Your account will then be created

Your account will then be created

 

After your account is created, Fusion will display this welcome message. The default download is a 30 day trial, but we'll get a one year license in moment.

After your account is created, Fusion will display this welcome message. The default download is a 30 day trial, but we’ll get a three year license in moment.

 

Fusion has some great introductory tutorials which area good place to start.

Fusion has some great introductory tutorials, which are a good place to start.

 

If you would like to do the tutorials later, you can always find them under the help icon.

If you would like to do the tutorials later, you can always find them under the help icon.

 

Next we'll pick our license type. Because we're using Fusion for non-profit work, select "Sign up as a Student or Educator".

Next we’ll pick our license type. Because we’re using Fusion for non-profit work, select “Sign up as a Student or Educator”.  If you want to decide later, you can always find this dialog by clicking the  “Term ends in XX days” button.

 

Enter your country, accept the Terms and Conditions, and enjoy your new 3 year renewable license!

Enter your country, accept the Terms and Conditions, and enjoy your new 3 year renewable license!

Getting Started Modeling

There are a ton of great resources for learning Fusion.  The best place to start if you are new to 3D modeling is the Fusion 360 for Beginners Youtube Playlist.  It covers all the tools needed to get started modeling.  If you have some experience modeling, but are new to Fusion, take a look at the Tips and Best Practices playlist.  It has a lot more information about techniques and more powerful modeling strategies.  There are many more specific tutorials and tips on the Fusion Learning Page as well.

e-NABLE maintains a collaborative repository of design files in Fusion.  Contact Andreas Bastian for access.  The e-NABLE community is producing targeted tutorial videos to help members get up to speed on Fusion and start designing. In the video below, Andreas covers using basic “bread and butter” solid-body modeling tools to model a proximal phalange.

3 thoughts on “Getting Started in Fusion 360

  1. Andreas, I just completed a Cyborg Beast and downloaded/installed Fusion 360. Could you please provide access to the E-Nable Sandbox to me at *******@gmail.com? Thank you for your help. Regards, Reid Becker

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