Associative Match: Better Workflows Between Form and Parametric Bodies

Kyle Gilham January 19, 2022 1 min read

Associative Match in Autodesk Fusion 360 allows you to associatively control a T-spline body or surface with the simple check of a box, enabling better 3D modeling workflows.

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What if we told you that associatively controlling a T-spline body or surface in Fusion 360 is now as simple as checking a box? We’re excited to announce Associative Match, a new addition to the Fusion 360 Form environment that allows for better workflows between form and parametric bodies.

Associative Match allows you to associatively control a T-spline body or surface by associating an edge of the body or surface to a parametrically controlled body/surface or sketch. Fusion 360 is currently the only 3D modeling tool that offers this functionality. You can use Associative Match for any application where you want to control t-splines parametrically. Industrial design, mechanical engineering, plastics, automotive — you name it, it can do it.  

Associative Match is the first step in bridging the gap between traditional modeling and sub-divisional modeling techniques. These new workflows will allow you to develop your products faster and with a higher level of accuracy.

To date, the Form environment in Fusion 360 has been a great way to iterate on designs, concepts, and ergonomics quickly. However, this environment did not allow you to finitely control a surface or body. Thus, it was challenging to ensure that a T-spline encompassed any edits made.

With Associate Match, you can now control T-splines using traditional modeling methods. Ultimately giving you access to a more comprehensive, innovative design toolset. You now have many more options when working with T-splines, such as editing, adjusting, and reusing T-splines.

How to use Associative Match

This command has been in Fusion 360 for a while, but we’ve added a new “Associative” tick box. While this seems like a small change, it allows a parametric model to start driving a form. So small, but so powerful. 

Take a look at the following video to see Associative Match in action:

Check out the rest of this month’s product update here. We’ve announced other exciting features, such as mesh repair analysis and two brand new extensions. Want to try this exciting new feature out yourself? Try a free trial of Fusion 360 to see how Associative Match can improve your workflow.

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