Fusion 360: A Look At What’s Next

Keqing Song June 21, 2022 6 min read

With every monthly Autodesk Fusion 360 product update, we deliver brand new workflows that push the industry forward and enable you to design the new possible. Our development team works fast to deliver value at a pace that no other solution offers.

Explore exciting upcoming features and a list of resources to help you throughout your Fusion 360 journey in this quick Fusion 360 update.

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Though shiny new features are always exciting, we also understand that the features you use day-to-day are the true backbone of your product development needs. That’s why we’re also committed to improving existing features and functionality. 

See What’s Coming Soon!

Here’s a list of some exciting features that are currently available as preview features or are in the works for our next What’s New product update coming in July.

Manufacturing quality of life

Last year, we dedicated one of our major product updates to focus on fixing existing issues. This year, we’re doubling down on fixing issues by focusing our upcoming product update on improving the quality of life in the Manufacture workspace. We’re working on improvements like the ability to:

There are so many more improvements and fixes coming to the Manufacturing workspace, and we can wait to deliver them to you.

Electronics design stability

The Electronics Design workflows within Fusion 360 have evolved rapidly over the last couple of years, and we’re committed to maturing the experience so that you can do your work with greater productivity. Improving workflow performance and stability has always been an area of focus for our development teams. We’re happy to report that the issues we’ve been able to fix should yield 63% decrease in electronics design crashing. A huge part of this effort is attributed to the CERs that you’ve submitted; they all matter to us and we go through every single one.

Lofted Flange for Sheet Metal

Lofted Flange is oft-requested functionality that will significantly expand what’s possible in sheet metal. With Lofted Flangeyou’ll have the ability to create a flange and select how it flange will be created (dieform or press brake). These methods will unlock further options around facet counts, chord tolerance, etc. The Lofted Flange will then flatten using the Flat Pattern tool after an edge forms.  We’re just as excited as you are for this feature, and we can’t wait to see what you make with it.

Read-Only for Me from Fusion Team

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Back in January, we introduced Read-Only For Me, which lets you temporarily make designs read-only for yourself, so you’re free to view, analyze, or experiment with a design while other project members continue editing. Soon you will be able to use Read-Only For Me from Fusion Team.

It’s now easier to unblock access for teammates from anywhere, whether you’re away from your desk or out of the office. You can open Fusion Team in any web browser and use Read-Only For Me to remove your reservation so that another project member can edit it. Stay tuned for this exciting feature.

Public Preview Features (Currently Available)

Product Design Extension Paramesh Lattices 

Earlier this year we added Volumetric Lattice to Public Preview as part of the Product Design Extension. When this preview feature is enabled, the Volumetric Lattice tool is located under the Modify tab in the Design Workspace. 

Volumetric Lattice extends the Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) capabilities inside of Fusion 360, giving you the ability to create complex lattice structures quickly and efficiently. The tool has multiple cell types: gyroid, cross, x-cell, schwarz P, schwarz D, and 2.5d x-cell. Whether you’re optimizing components for rigidity, impact resistance, or even weight., this tool could be the solution you’re looking for. 

Give the Volumetric Lattice tool a try and let us know what you think here. And check out this video to learn more:

Resolve External Components  

Have you ever been unable to open a design in Fusion 360 because it was missing external components? The new Resolve External Components preview feature lets you open assemblies with unresolved external components and attempts to resolve them. Once the preview is enabled, you will be notified that you’re opening a design with unresolved external components and then be allowed to open it. In the Browser, right-click an unresolved component, then select Resolve Component or Delete.  

Learn more about Resolve External Components in the January 2022 What’s New article.

Get the most out of Fusion 360 with these resources

One of our goals is to make Fusion 360 as easy to learn as possible. We have a plethora of free resources to help you during your Fusion 360 journey, whether you’re looking to learn the basics, refresh your skills, or upskill. Here’s an overview of the places you can go to level up:

In-Product Chat (available to paid subscribers)

Inside Fusion 360, you have access to our in-product chat feature, which connects you directly with our team. Ask us a question about your workflow, and we’ll respond with tips, tricks any other type of support you need. Fusion 360 also features a help panel that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use certain features as you navigate to them.

Download Fusion 360 to access in-product chat here.

Autodesk Technical Support (available to paid subscribers)

All members of the Fusion 360 community also have access to Autodesk Technical Support to answer your broader technical needs. From account details to installation help, we’ve got your back.

Learn more about technical support here.

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Fusion 360 Forums

Have a technical question about Fusion 360? Chances are, it’s already been answered on the Fusion 360 Forums. And if not, simply add a new post with your question or comment, and an expert or someone from our team will respond.

Browse the Fusion 360 Forums here.

Fusion 360 Self-Paced Learning

What’s better than learning? Learning at your own pace, for free. Our Self-Paced Learning portal hosts all types of learning paths, from Fusion 360 Fundamentals to manufacturing.

Find a Self-Paced Learning path that fits your needs here.

Fusion 360 Blog

Right here on the Fusion 360 Blog is an excellent place to come to check out the latest What’s New product update or to learn about exciting projects members of our community are working on. Make sure to subscribe to the blog to receive the best articles straight to your inbox each week or month.

Subscribe to the Fusion 360 Blog here.

Fusion 360 YouTube Channel

Our YouTube channel hosts tons of helpful videos, including an ongoing Quick Tip series that quickly shows you how to use different features in Fusion 360, from importing STEP files to tool orientation.

Subscribe to the Fusion 360 YouTube channel here.

Fusion 360 Insider Program

If you want to stay ahead of the curve and get access to upcoming features like the ones in this article before everyone else, then you should consider becoming a member of the Fusion 360 Insider Program. As a Fusion 360 Insider, you gain early access to the Insider Build of Fusion 360, which receives product updates several weeks before they’re released to the general public. You’ll also gain access to our Insider Lounge, where you can engage with other Insiders and the Autodesk team.

Learn more and apply here.

Tell us why you can’t stop talking about Fusion 360

Over one million users can’t stop talking about Fusion 360 as their product development solution. Do you love the satisfying feeling of optimizing a design with generative design? Or maybe you can’t get enough of parametrically adjusting your models. Whatever they may be, tell us your reasons why you can’t stop talking about Fusion 360 on social using #Fusion360.

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