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Tech Tip: Threading Parts in Fusion 360

Do you require threaded parts in your Fusion 360 design? It’s very easy to specify a thread using the Thread command under the Create menu.

 

thread command

 

Once in the command, you can specify which circular face, whether internal or external, that you want to create the thread on.

 

circular face thread

 

 

Fusion 360 will find the closest “standard” thread in relation to the size of the circular face you selected. You have the option to specify the Thread Type, such as Pipe Threads, ACME Threads, Inch or Metric Threads, etc. You can also change the size of the thread, if necessary.

 

thread types

 

 

By un-checking the Full Length option, you can specify the length of the thread on the face.

 

thread length

 

You will notice that the threads show up as a “decal” instead of modeled threads. This is to help create a visual reference without adding all the extra faces and edges that modeled threads would create. The threads will be represented correctly on a drawing.

 

However, if you need to show the modeled threads, such as for 3D printing, you can quickly convert the decal threads to modeled threads using the following tip:

 

In the Document Settings pull-down in the Browser, you can change the Threads option from Cosmetic to Modeled. They will all switch to the Modeled format!

 

thread options cosmetic modeled

 

 

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