In our September 19th product release we added simulation functionality to Fusion 360. The Simulation workspace allows you to perform stress analysis to determine how loads lead to deformation and failure, helping you understand if and how the part will fail. You save time as you experiment with virtual design variations or adapt to changing design requirements.
You can use the simulation tool to:
- Validate the design: Is my design strong enough, or is it under-designed? Will it fail under heavy load? Is it prone to resonance?
- Optimize design: If the design works correctly, is it over-designed? Does it use too much of a material? Or, Can I substitute a different material? Can I achieve the design goal by changing the geometry?
To help you learn how to use Simulation, the Fusion 360 Learning Experience team is excited to point out a few ways for you to get started!
If you’re new to simulation, the three videos under Get Started are a great way to get an overview of how it all works. Our learning expert, Stepa, will walk you through how to set up a simulation, view and interpret simulation results, and share simulation data and results.
Ready for more?
Explore the content within the Function section. Here you’ll find in-depth information about simulation, information on the Simulation workspace toolbar, an overview of a simulation workflow, and a page on simulation theoretical background – just to name a few.
You’ll also find in-depth descriptions of how to solve a simulation, information on the interpretation of results, and ways in which you can share your simulation data.
In-Product Step-by-Step Tutorials
We’ve introduced two step-by-step tutorials for Simulation which are accessible in the product. To access these tutorials, click the Help menu icon in the upper right corner of the canvas, select Step-by-Step Tutorials and then the Function category. We have created one tutorial for each of the simulation studies that are available to you; Static Stress, and Modal Frequencies. By following these tutorials you’ll be well on your way to understanding the power of simulation and being able to use this tool with your designs.
As always, if you can’t find the information you’re looking for or are stuck, reach out on the forums. We’re here to help!