FusionNews for the week of 7/25: A weekly roundup of community + industry news

Shannon McGarry Shannon McGarry July 25, 2014

4 min read

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.




From the Fusion Team


ONLINE EVENT – Fusion 360 Live Classroom: Assembly Training

Join the team on Tuesday, July 29nd at 1:00pm PDT and get introduced to the steps for assembling components, creating joints, setting joint parameters, and showing motion. We will also show you methods for creating complex animations using motion study.


ONLINE EVENTCreating Industry-Changing Toy Designs (How to be Original and Unpredictable)

The design and manufacturing process is undergoing massive changes and the toy industry is at the forefront of this evolution. Join Simeon Teifel, a toy design maniac, and our own Fusion 360 expert, Garin Gardiner, as they share their insights into how industry knowledge and next-generation design tools can drive better product design – August 5th at 2:00 pm EDT.


LIVE EVENTFusion 360: TechShop San Francisco

Join Taylor Stein, one of our Fusion Evangelists, to learn about direct and parametric modeling, dimensioned sketches, T-spline geometry, and many other features within Fusion. – July 30th at 6 pm


LIVE EVENT – Fusion 360: Connect, learn and show off

In the Portland area? Join us at ADX for the first Fusion 360 Meetup on July 31st at 6pm. Get a tour of the shop, show off your projects, and meet members of the Fusion team, who will be on hand to answer any questions and give you pro tips.


LIVE EVENTFusion 360: Grow your knowledge and network

If you are located in the Bay area, join us for our second Fusion 360 Meetup on Thursday, August 21st at 6pm. Get a tour of the Pier 9 workshop and get a live software demo from the Fusion 360 product team.


Q & A – Help and Support Answers Summary

Each week we will publish a roundup post that covers all of the questions that were asked and solved throughout the past week from the Help & Support Forum. Looking for help? Check it out – it’s easy to scan and full of good information. Special thanks to all who provided solutions!


TIPS & TRICKS – Sculpting Tips

Taylor Stein, one of our Fusion Evangelists, shows you his favorite sculpting tips for creating clean, symmetrical models.


BLOG – Start with an Empty Design

Are you new to Fusion 360? Check out this step by step tutorial that will walk you through how to create a new Fusion design and how to get started with some simple shapes. We will continue to add more “Getting Started” tutorials in the coming weeks.


Gallery Spotlight

Do you have designs you’ve created using Fusion 360? Share them with the Fusion community on the Gallery


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          Lamp by David Finlay                  Helmet by Yolegmma Marquez        Shower Head by Rachanon Keawmanee


News from around the manufacturing innovation space


Shoplocket chats with Jack Al-Kahwati, Co-Founder and CEO at Velo Labs

Velo Labs is the maker of Skylock, a connected bike lock. Shoplocket chats with Jack about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.


Xiamomi’s $13 fitness band can also unlock your phone

The Mi Band tracks your movements and sleeping patterns, plus you can use it as a vibrating alarm.


Materials that make up our world

Max Shron reflects on his takeaways from the O’Reilly Solid Conference as he talks about the future of digital manufacturing.


A Mechanical 3D Printer

Jeremy Cook built an entirely mechanical 3D printer powered by a 15 kilogram weight and controlled by a series of gears and chains.


Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech

Imprint Energy, a California startup, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed using industrial screen printers.





Your Ideas from the Fusion IdeaStation

We have received 22 new ideas in the past week! Thanks to everyone for your requests.


We take our users recommendations very seriously, so please share your ideas and product requests, and vote for the features you want to see implemented, on the IdeaStation. Here are a few of the most popular recent ideas.


Allow for project moderator to be changed

Accepted idea to allow the moderator to give his or her rights to another user and/or allow multiple moderators on the same project


Product team – Further updates to the dashboard interface along the lines of project management and sharing are underway. I can see this being needed by a company for a number of reasons, and as it is receiving a lot of support, I will work on getting the idea onto the road map.


Undo behavior in sketches 

Idea under review to revise the Undo behavior to keep you in the command.


Product team – “We agree.  The Edit Form command exibits the same behavior when modifying T-splines, and we’re currently working to revise the Undo behavior to keep you in the command (hopefully this will be delivered for the next release in August).  Once the Edit Form command has been addressed, we can look at sketch Trim and other tools..”


Improve Loft with rail interface for edge selections

Accepted idea to improve the workflow for defining rails.


Product team – “It’s definitely a valid point: the workflow for defining rails could be improved, and in fact it’s something we’re working on right now. This won’t be ready in the next update I’m afraid, but we’re planning to make a sizable interface improvement in one of the next few releases”





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