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FusionNews for the week of 10/3: A roundup of community + industry news

FusionNews highlights the key things that happened over the past week in the Fusion 360 Community and news from the industry. New posts every Friday.

 

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From the Fusion Team

 

PRODUCT DEEP DIVE Writing Scripts Using the New Fusion 360 API Preview

Earlier this month, a new version of Fusion 360 was released and it contains a preview of the API (Application Programming Interface) we’ve been working on. By writing scripts using the new Fusion API, you can automate repetitive tasks and create new capabilities. Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

ANNOUNCEMENT Expanding the Fusion 360 Family:  Introducing Fusion 360 Ultimate

Fusion 360 Ultimate will include all the features of Fusion 360 plus 2D drawings, 3D exploded views and animations and 3-axis CAM with advanced support.

 

GETTING STARTED Fusion 360 Learning Guide

Whether you’re new to Fusion 360 with the new Mac store download or just getting started on your PC, the Fusion 360 learning guide will help you learn the basics of Fusion 360.

 

Q & A – Help and Support Answers Summary

Looking for help? Here is the weekly roundup post that covers all of the questions that were asked and solved for the week ending 9/28 from the Help & Support Forum. Check it out – it’s easy to scan and full of good information.  Special thanks to all who provided solutions!

 

Events

 

ONLINE EVENT Fusion 360 Live Classroom: Assembly Training

Join us on Tuesday, October 7th at 1:00 PDT to learn more about the steps for assembling components, creating joints, setting joint parameters, and showing motion.

 

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ONLINE EVENTHow to Use Interactive Rendering in Autodesk A360

Join us on October 8th at 11:00 PDT as Interactive Rendering Senior SW Architect John Hutchinson, shows you how to prepare a Fusion 360 model for A360 Interactive rendering.

 

ONLINE EVENT – Fusion 360 Live Classroom: Make it with CAM

Interested in learning more about using the milling CAM solution for your 2-1/2 axis (2.5D) machining projects? Join us on October 9th at 1:00 PDT to hear all about it.

 

LIVE EVENTHardware Workshop – New York – 2014

Hardware Workshop, a two day event for hardware startups is coming back to New York on October 24th and 25th. Its purpose is simple: Teach important lessons to the next generation of hardware entrepreneurs. Register now!

 

Gallery Spotlight

We love to see what our users are designing in Fusion 360! Share your designs with the Fusion community on the Gallery.

 

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Yin Yang Espresso Cup by Hans Kellner               Camera by Hector Cepeda           Hong Kong City by Kingson Lee

 

News from around the manufacturing innovation space

 

Microsoft Unveils New Operating System, Dubbed Windows 10

Microsoft has revealed its initial work on the next version of the Windows that was designed primarily for use by the world’s businesses.

 

Funky-Shaped Solar Car Can Transport the Whole Family

Meet Stella – the first solar car that can comfortably transport four people.

 

The Digital Tattoo That Could Be The ID Badge Of The Future

NewDeal Design studio, has designed a smart tattoo that can be used to prove your identity, verify payments, track your health and much more.

 

Pebble’s Price-Cutting Defense Against the Apple Watch

Will the price gap give Pebble the opportunity to pursue those who want to read text messages without paying for an expensive piece of jewelry?

 

Masters of Innovation: IndustryWeek’s Technology Leaders of the Year

Check out these leaders who have changed technology forever.

 

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Your Ideas from the Fusion IdeaStation

We have received 8 new ideas in the past week. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!

 

Sketch improvements

New accepted idea to address horizontal/vertical constraints

 

Product team – “Our next update will address the Horizontal/Vertical confusion…The sketch grid shows x in red and y in green so knowing what is hor/vert will be easier… We combined the hor/vert constraint into one and when you apply the constraint, it assumes the closest solution is the most likely you want. This takes all the guessing out. We also added a new default behavior that rotates the camera to look at the sketch ( you can turn this off if you like). Looking at the sketch aligns the x and y to be clearer as well.”

 

Better feature system for DM environment

Idea under future consideration to allow one to build all parts first – do an assembly, then have the ability to move back and forth in the timeline.

 

Product team – “We are realizing that these more conceptual workflows and techniques are not explained well enough in the help and tutorials. The team is working to beef up that material.”

 

Ability to import files when you’re offline

New idea to allow you to import files to Fusion when you’re offline and later when you have internet connection it syncs with your account as it is currently.

 

Product team – “Would it be OK to have a limited set of offline import options? STEP or maybe SAT? As to upload speed… we are working on that too.”

 

 

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