Associative Match: Better Workflows Between Form and Parametric Bodies

Avatar 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.


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 in Fusion 360

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.

You can 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

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:

Try a free trial of Fusion 360 to see how Associative Match can improve your workflow.

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