August 2022 Product Update – What’s New

Annaka Ketterer August 4, 2022 10 min read

V.2.0.13881 (current)

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V.2.0.13866


Design

Improved:

Ever try to Edit Joint from the timeline and experience a huge delay? With this update the time it takes to do this task will substantially decrease, leaving you with a smoother more enjoyable experience. 

Fixed:

We fixed an issue where the mesh palette would not appear when going to direct edit.

We fixed an issue where Fusion 360 would crash when executing a Rigid group command on missing Xrefs.

We discovered a few issues causing “Get All Latest” to fail on post compute and when using an assembly that contained Missing Xrefs. These issues should be fixed now. 


Electronics

Libraries exported as EAGLE v9.6.2 now imports into EAGLE with no issues 

Library assets created in Fusion 360 library editor are intended to be compatible with EAGLE v9.6.2. We learned that some libraries exported from Fusion 360 in EAGLE v9.6.2 format would give an error when loading into EAGLE. The problem would occur when: 

A. the Fusion 360 package editor creates the asset, the corresponding footprint is modified and  

B. the library is pushed to be managed.  

These exported libraries would cause a compatibility error when loaded into EAGLE. The problem has been identified and addressed in this update. 

Backspace and Space key now works in Route Multiple tool 

Manual routing is possibly one of the most challenging tasks when working on a circuit board, but to be honest, it is the most satisfying. Fusion 360 includes a host of features that make manual routing easier and interactive. While Group Routing, and after switching layers would disable the route undo when using the keyboard backspace. This has been identified and fixed. 

SHOW command now works as it should 

Highlighting assets using the SHOW command in the Fusion 360 electronics workspaces makes it easier to find the parts you are inquiring about. From the context menu from any selected asset will have the SHOW command available. The show command would only work every other engagement, meaning trying to highlight another asset you had to use the show command twice. This issue has been identified and addressed for this update. 

Jesper identified that the SHOW command, used to highlight assets, was not working as expected when accessed from the context menu. Invoking SHOW a second time would disable the active highlight but not highlight the currently selected asset. The issue was identified and fixed. 

ESC key now dismisses component placement preview in editor 

We found out that if we are navigating the Place panel in the schematic editor after selecting an asset would cause problems after pressing the ESC button to cancel the operation. We were able reproduce this issue and fix it. 

ESC key now cancels Paste Pins in library editor 

The building blocks of electronics are the libraries. We have many libraries made by our team and many more made available by our partners. There will be a rare occasion you might have to make your parts. When using the Fusion 360 library editor, you will have your parts in the moment.  

One of these helpful features is that you can paste a list of Pins into your schematic symbol by selecting a list of names from a spreadsheet or a component specification sheet. We were made aware that this feature was not being disabled after pressing the ESC key. This issue has been identified and fixed.   

ESC key now cancels Module command 

Fusion 360 schematic workspace allows engineers to create a modular design representation in a hierarchical matter. The modules are used to represent a sheet or multiple sheets. We noticed that the ESC key would not stop the MODULE command. For this update, this issue has been taken care of and will work as expected. 

2D PCB now supports Autocomplete in Name/Inspector/Properties 

Autocomplete was added to Fusion 360 electronics workspace in the last update. This allows you to select the necessary name of the asset from the list of available assets already being used in the design. We have now improved the electronic workspaces by adding autocomplete the to NAME and Properties dialog box as well to the inspector panel.  

Color layer and drill hole preferences now stay with your account 

Many of us use multiple computers for our work and require the flexibility and portability of our data and applications. Automatically accessing your data and preferences allows you to continue working on your projects and eliminates the hassle of a setup process. Login into Fusion 360 from a remote computer or do a new installation on your computer will now load your color layer and drill hole preferences in the electronics design workspace of Fusion 360. 

OK button no longer disabled by a custom keyboard shortcut 

Fusion 360 electronics workspace has a feature that allows you to define shortcuts to be assigned to a single command, a command sequence or a useful ULP. Defining the keyboard shortcut before the actual command shortcut would disable the OK key. This has been fixed. 

Adding a footprint from another library will now include the 3D model 

Fusion 360 electronics workspace has a repository of electronic components that possibly exceed over 100,00 parts. Our team of librarians, and our partners, such as TE, Wurth Electronics, Panasonic, and many more, continue to add parts for your use. Sometimes, making your components might be necessary, and the Fusion 360 library editor offers the tools to make your parts in moments. Reusing assets in other libraries while making a component is standard practice. Fusion 360 library editor does offer the means to reuse Symbols or Footprints from other libraries. In this Fusion 360 update, adding a footprint from another library will now include the 3D model, if available in the original library. 

Disabling/enabling libraries is now faster 

While using the library manager, disabling/enabling many libraries would sometimes cause the application to appear frozen. We have now improved the handling of library indexing; therefore, loading many libraries will now work as expected.  


Generative Design

We noticed an issue where after deleting preserved bodies the color would still display, this is now fixed. 


Simulation

Update to Fusion 360 Simulation Extension and Local Solve Capabilities 

In the up-coming September update for Fusion 360, local solving for Linear Static stress, Modal, Thermal, and Thermal stress study types will be moving from local solve to cloud solve and cloud result-viewing. Linear Static Stress via the cloud is still included in your subscription at no extra cost. Going forward, we are focusing on the availability and overall experience that is provided. We are doing this in order to focus on performance, availably, and experience delivered as a part of the simulation workflows. 

To learn more about why we are moving all Simulation solves to the cloud, check out our blog post.


Manufacture

Post Processor and Machine Simulation

If you haven’t seen our recent forum post yet, you’re in for a treat. This August we released a whole bunch of new updates and improvements to many of the open-source Post Processors and Machines we offer for free. Within this release you will see new post processors for both Fanuc Robotics and Haas ST series machines, as well as improvements for existing post processors, new machines, improved machines, documentation and more!

To learn more check out the forum post here.

Tool Library

Copy & Paste Presets

Previously, you were able to create a preset within a tool definition, and that preset was stored within the tool. When you wanted to share this proven preset with a family of tools, it quickly became a very manual process. Now you’re able to select a tool from the main tool list and then select a single preset to copy. You can then paste the copied preset to a single destination tool of the same type. All driven parameters associated with the preset are updated automatically and this workflow significantly reduces the amount of labor required. 

Active document improvements when opening from an operation

When entering the tool library, we want to make it extra clear to you which is the active document.

The new behavior when entering the library through an operation is as follows;

  1. The active document is at the top of the list and focused and expanded.
  2. The rest of the documents are ranked in alphabetized/numerical order.
  3. All set ups are collapsed – for every document library except active document.
  4. The active document is identified in bold.

New Extract Holder (from existing tool assembly)

When a holder is applied to a tool, an instance of that holder exists within it. If the original holder is deleted, then you have no way to apply it to additional tools.

Now you can copy the holder from the tool in the right click menu of the main tool list and add an ‘Extract holder from tool’ option in the holder tab of the edit menu.

Define library structures by adding child folders

Maintaining libraries and the tools within them is important so we have added more granular control over them by allowing the user to define library structures . Accessed through the right click menu in the library tree users can start with a parent folder and add child folders within it and then manage libraries accordingly.

Use keyboard to navigate through shaft and holder creation

Whether the user is creating holder geometry from a drawing or direct measurement they will benefit from the reduction in required mouse movement when creating additional segments.

Now by pressing the enter key the cursor will tab through fields and on the last tab, enter will create a new segment. When you have finished creating the geometry just tab off the last field and enter to accept.

Link Spindle speed to Ramp spindle speed by default

In the cutting data tab we have automatically linked Link Spindle speed to Ramp spindle speed in cutting data by default.

Nesting

If you created Basic Arranges while using dimensions you might have noticed an issue were boundaries were no longer visible. Boundaries should now appear as expected. 


Public Preview

Home Tab Public Preview now available 

We are making it easier for you to browse and find the data you’re interested in with a new Fusion Home Tab experience. Home Tab is what it sounds like: a place where you can start from – open an existing design, create something from scratch, or browse through your projects for a specific document. It is designed for multiple Autodesk products so you will have a consistent way of accessing your work. As of March 2022, Home tab is available for Autodesk Inventor and selected Autodesk Fusion 360 teams. As of this update, this experience is now available to try as a public preview. Turn it on by going to the Preview Features section of your Preferences and check the Fusion Home preview.  
 
If you want to see what it’ll feel like as a default launch experience, you can check the “Fusion Home as startup” experience option once you’ve enabled the Fusion Home preview.  

With Fusion Home, you can start something new, look through recent work, review file properties, switch between a list and thumbnail view, and much more. Here’s a quick tour of the UI:  

  1. Access Home tab. 
  2. Switch between teams in Fusion 360. 
  3. Access contextual controls for the switcher. 
  4. Open or create projects. 
  5. View recent data, projects, or, if enabled, the Fusion 360 Manage Extension. 
  6. Switch between List and Grid View. 
  7. Sort the projects. 
  8. Show properties for a selected component. 

Learn more and find directions on enabling in our Fusion Home Tab help documentation

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