I’ll be sharing three tools that a company of 1 to 100+ can employ in Fusion 360 that will increase productivity 10x. From consumer electronics to furniture, architecture, and manufacturing, these workflows can be used no matter what vertical you’re working in. I will be highlighting three job functions and how they can use Fusion 360 to impact their workflow regardless of the focus area.
Here’s the outline for reference:
- Part one: I covered how your process should start with components to utilize design concurrency within collaborating teams.
- Part three: will focus on the specifying role or PM’s and how they can automate technical drawings and wiki creations for any project.
For managers, keeping up-to-date information on each phase of the product lifecycle can be daunting. For some being a technical manager arms you with the skills to use the in platform-tools that Fusion 360 has to offer. For others, your background may be less technical, but you can still employ the powerful collaboration tools Fusion 360 offers by using several web-based tools for collaboration through the Fusion Team Hub. In Part two of the collaboration series, I’m going to show you how you can use in product and online tools to streamline the flow of information regardless of your background.
Creating a Fusion Team
One major collaboration feature is creating teams and ensuring that whoever you need on a project can access valuable information. There are a couple of ways you can create, edit, and migrate information to a Fusion team.
Fusion Team in Product
When first logging into Fusion 360, you’re asked if you’d like to create a team. If you haven’t set one up yet, follow the prompts after selecting Next.
For those who would like to use the project pane in the product.
- Navigate to your name badge in the project pane, select the drop-down, select Create or Join Team, and follow the prompts.
Migrating to a Fusion Team
One of the biggest questions for many users is how to drive your existing information to a single team. To do this, navigate to this link and either log in or sign up. This web-based portal will be a resource for non-technical users of the Fusion 360 collaborative functions. Select all the projects you want to move, and the destination team and Fusion 360 will migrate all the content for you.
Fusion Team: Your Hub for All Things Fusion 360
After you’ve created your team account, you can harness the power of Fusion Team. The following are two examples of how you can use your Hub to the fullest extent. The first is setting guidelines. In Fusion Team you have the power to create wikis. The project admin or individuals can create these to set guidelines for relevant information pertaining to their area of focus. For instance, by creating an admin wiki, you can lay the groundwork with how you want the page to be updated and used or proper workflows identified by company policy. Here’s how to create a wiki.
- Select the project you want to outline. Once you’ve opened the top bar project, you’ll find three choices: Content, Project Members (another spot you can add people), and Wiki Pages. Click Wiki Pages to advance.
- Once you’ve advanced, you can select New Wiki Page to begin your content generation. Like other PM management tools, you can link data, images, format cells, and create functions based on needs.
The power of wiki pages is that you can start to have repositories for information that’s important to your project. You can include the Bill of Materials (BOM), purchased inventory for assemblies, or even create standards for assemblies or how project information is to be shared and managed.
Remember: efficiency gains should equate to boosts in revenue or throughput and one way to do that is to have systems in place to automate processes.
Another set of powerful tools to collaborate with external guests is link sharing, comments, and markups. These three points will make sharing, capturing, working on, and annotating changes easy.
- Navigate to the model or drawing you’d like to share and select the Share icon.
- Here, you get access to a link, input, email, or embed functions. You can also control whether or not the participant can download, and for those concerned with data security, you can password protect your information.
The recipient won’t need to sign up for an account using this service; they’ll be able to make annotations and view the 3D model immediately.
Assuming your team uses the update function covered in part 1, you can rest easy knowing you’re presenting the most up to date changes you need to clients or stakeholders.
The comment section of Fusion Team is hard to miss. But it is important to remember that each feature found within the whole project will have its commentary portion. By accessing the design references pane, you can select which part of the design you want to see commentary on. If you stay in the overall assembly or primary model, your commentary will be addressing the entirety of the project. These specifics can help deal with different portions of the product life cycle, from client to in-house creative to engineering.
Annotations: Awesomely Powerful
Besides the powerful ability to share, comment on, and engage with multiple stakeholders, Fusion Team offers something else that blows the lid off of web-based collaboration: Annotations. For many managers, workflows for project sharing can be challenging. More often than not, you’re sending out PDFs and hoping your recipient will follow the guidelines you’ve set for review. With the annotation function, you can be right there with them, making sure you’re capturing everything while empowering them to provide input.
- Once you’ve shared your project, navigate to the bottom of the 3D view, and you’ll see a toolbar.
- Here, you’ll find several tools like sectional analysis, markups, comments, and even exploded views.
Any company that uses these tools can see a direct impact on de-siloing your practice and boosting remote productivity.
The flow of information in a timely and concise manner makes every aspect of the product journey easier. In many ways – it starts to reframe a complex process that is hardware and turns it into something more like supereasyfunware.
For more tutorials or ways Fusion 360 can change your practice, follow this link. Remember, this guide is just a starting point, spend some time working through these, and you’ll find much more powerful ways to employ this one size fits all tool to your practice.
Start to collaborate with your team today and download Fusion 360 to get started.