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: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xMF0BbSoj0]

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”.

Enter the information that you'd like to use for your account.

Enter the information that you’d like to use for your account.

Accept the terms and use agreement and if you would like, opt-in to the user feedback/testing programs.

Accept the terms and use agreement and if you would like, opt-in to the user feedback/testing programs.

There may be a brief pause while your account is created.

There may be a brief pause while your account is created.

Once your account is created, you will be taken to the Fusion 360 Dashboard.  On the right, you should see a message indicating that you have 29 days left in your trial.  Click "tell me more".

Once your account is created, you will be taken to the Fusion 360 Dashboard. On the right, you should see a message indicating that you have 29 days left in your trial. Click “What are my options?”.

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Click “Register for Non-Commercial Use”.

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If you are an academic, select “Student, teacher, or mentor”.  Otherwise, select “Enthusiast” and then accept the non-commercial use terms and click “Submit”.

Congratulations!  You now have a free and renewable 3 year license to Fusion 360 for non-commercial use.

Congratulations! You now have a free and renewable one year license to Fusion 360 for non-commercial use!

 

Getting Started Modeling

e-NABLE has 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. More tutorials can be found tutorials on the Fusion 360 Resources Page.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdmEPC2yzYI]

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