Introducing Component View in Fusion Team

Britta Ritter-Armour December 1, 2021 4 min read

Learn about Component View, the new tech preview in Fusion Team that exposes assembly structure, components, and metadata in one tabular view. 

Have you ever viewed an assembly in Fusion Team that doesn’t “use” any parts because it’s made up of internal components? Do you wish you could look inside an assembly to see its internal components without the need to open the entire file? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the new Component View in Fusion Team is a perfect fit for you. Component View is a new view created to show you detailed information about your design data outside of the Fusion 360 canvas. 

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Fusion 360 encourages users to model all components inside a single file instead of referencing external parts to build an assembly. A component created within an assembly is called aninternal component. Internal components are quick and easy to make, but they aren’t accessible outside of their parent assembly file. Historically, there hasn’t been a way to access internal components, assembly structure, and metadata without opening the entire parent assembly file in Fusion 360 — until Component View! 

What is Component View and Why Would I Use It? 

Component View is a tabular view that shows an assembly’s hierarchy, complete with all sub-assemblies and parts, nested in hierarchical order with a corresponding thumbnail image. Component View lists each component’s metadata as columns in the table. You can see property values, such as Description, Part Number, and Material Name for each component, all at once. If you have Manage Extension, Component View also shows each component’s Manage properties. You can see Item Numbers, Lifecycle, State, and hyperlinks to each component’s Manage Item Overview and change orders. 

Component View also allows you to browse the data for any historical version and supports the Export of any component to the file format of your choice. Use this feature to quickly export internal components to STL for 3D printing or to extract internal components to share with external vendors without exposing an entire assembly.   

The goal of Component View is to give you access to internal components and assembly data outside Fusion 360, so you can perform process, management, and collaboration workflows in a web-based environment that is practical and natural. Imagine being able to milestone, release, issue change orders, get procurement information, and more for internal and external components from an accessible browser page. 

How to Enabe and Access Component View 

Component View is in Fusion Team. Therefore, your Team admin must enable Component View for your entire Team hub.   

As a Team hub admin, navigate to Team Hub Settings. Find the Preview Tab at the top of the page. Open the Preview tab and find the Component View preview. Click the Edit button, turn the toggle on, and click Save.  Component View will now be visible for all members of your team. For more detailed instructions, please visit our help page here.  

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Once your admin has enabled Component View in your Team Hub, select a Fusion 360 assembly in Fusion Team (or Manage Extension Home tab) and click on it to open the Overview. Next to the Overview tab, you should see a Components tab. Click on this tab to open Component View! 

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Known Limitations 

Component View is a tech preview, so it’s still under development. Therefore, there are some known limitations we wish to address: 

  1. Fusion 360 Data Only: Component View is only available for Fusion 360 3D data stored in Fusion Team as F3D files. 
  1. AnyCAD: Data referenced into a Fusion 360 design via AnyCAD does not appear in Component View. 
  1. Derives: A component’s derivative(s) do not appear with that component in Component View. 
  1. Missing Data – Spilled Coffee Cup Icon: If you open Component View and see a spilled coffee cup icon, it means that your design’s data has not been stored in a way Component View can read it. To fix this, open the design in Fusion 360 (no save required). Wait a couple of minutes and re-load Fusion Team and Component View. If you continue to have issues, reach out to us via the Fusion 360 Feedback Forum
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Learn More and Provide Feedback 

Visit our help page to learn more about Component View and check out detailed instructions on getting started. If you would like to provide feedback on Component View, please use this thread on the Fusion 360 Feedback forum. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and engaging in a discussion! 

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