FusionNews for the week of 9/5: A weekly roundup of community + industry news

Shannon McGarry Shannon McGarry September 5, 2014

3 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


BLOGSeptember update is live

It’s here! The Fusion 360 update is now here! Driven by user feedback, we have revamped the data sharing and collaboration experience, integrated learning, improved graphic and modeling performance in a variety of places and enhanced the overall usability of the software.


ONLINE EVENT – Evolving a Design Firm’s Workflows (Solving Everyday Design Process Challenges)

Join us to explore emerging technologies and techniques to drive better product designs in a timelier manner – Thursday, September 11 at 2:00pm EST.


ONLINE EVENT – Fusion 360 Live Classroom: The Basics

New to Fusion 360? Join the team on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:00pm PDT and get introduced to the Fusion 360 experience. We will walk you through a complete modeling task including creating 2D sketches, outlining the initial shape, using sculpting and surfacing modeling strategies, and more!


LIVE EVENTFusion 360 Meetup: Design to Manufacturing with Autodesk Fusion 360

Located in the San Diego area?  Join us on September 17th at 6:30 pm as Curt Chan, one of our Fusion 360 Evangelists shows you how you can take your idea from concept design to rapid prototyping using Fusion 360.


Q & A – Help and Support Answers Summary

Looking for help? Here is a weekly roundup post that covers all of the questions that were asked and solved for the week ending 8/31 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!


Gallery Spotlight

Share your Fusion 360 designs with the Fusion community on the Gallery.


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                    Aircraft by Pankaj Kuli                            Headphones by Hector Cepeda                        Foot Launch Glider by Shigeru A


News from around the manufacturing innovation space


Garmin Vivosmart Is a Fitness Tracker With a Smartwatch Punch

Garmin recently launched fitness wristband tracker that offers smartwatch-like capabilities, including the ability to get calendar notifications and alerts for incoming calls, texts and emails.


Shoplocket chats with Marcus Weller, Founder and CEO Skully Helmets

Shoplockets sits down with Marcus to discuss their Indiegogo campaign, the crash that changed his life and a dream that led to Skully Helmets.


3D Printing Goes Mainstream

The 3D printing market is rapidly maturing, shifting attention from those who manufacture these devices to those where the technology is finding distribution and practical applications.


The Maker Movement and Its Impact on Supply Chain Transformation

3D printing supports the Do-It-Yourself Makers, turning manufacturers into suppliers:


Dyson Releases the Eye, a Robot Vacuum With a 360-Degree Camera

The Dyson 360 Eye, hinges on a 360-degree camera that views the room at a 45 degree angle.




Your Ideas from the Fusion IdeaStation

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


Our user’s recommendations drive our product development, 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.


Integration with 3D CAD parts provider

New accepted idea to have Autodesk partner with TraceParts Online, CADenas, and any others to integrate their catalog directly in to Fusion 360.


Product team – “We did a beta integration with CADENAS a few months ago and the final integration should be available on the exchange site soon.”


API Text Editor Options

Idea under review to allow users the option to set a default text for the API, and allow an “open with” dialog when selecting a file from the Scripts Manager.


Product team – “Good idea Justin. We have been considering this internally too. There are always trade offs when allowing you to switch editors. Would you be ok your prefered editor was unable to debug scripts and you had to come back to our tools for debugging?”


Offer calibrate canvas tool to automatically center an image

New idea to add an option to the calibrate tool that says “Align the canvas to an axis to the midpoint of the measurement”


Product team – “Thanks nkloski.  We were actually just discussing this and that it needs to be worked on.  I have encountered this and a few other “oddities” with the way canvasing works.  Being able to easily center these would be extremely helpful (great example by Scott below), so look forward to this being added in the future.”


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