The Formlabs Fuse 1 SLS Integration is Now Available in Fusion 360

Pooria Sohi January 28, 2022 1 min read

Autodesk Fusion 360 and Formlabs have teamed up to integrate the Fuse 1 SLS printer into the suite of 3D printing CAD tools in Fusion 360.

We’re excited to announce that Fusion 360 has deepened its partnership with Formlabs! New hardware integrations with the brand new Formlabs Fuse 1 SLS printer are now available in Fusion 360.

You now have the ability to set up print jobs for your Fuse 1 machine directly in Fusion 360. This includes a quick packing/arranging of parts into the build volume and exporting a .form file ready to print on your Formlabs Fuse 1 machine.

This is our first step into SLS functionality with Fusion 360, and we couldn’t be more excited or thrilled to be doing this with Formlabs first. We’ll be adding more SLS integrations in the future, along with supporting other hardware, but more on that later. Let’s dive into what’s available today and how to benefit from it.

Benefits of Fusion 360 and Fuse 1 SLS Integration

If you’ve used the AM Manufacturing space in Fusion 360, you’re already familiar with how to set up prints in the product. With the new SLS functionality added to Fusion 360, setup and printing are the easiest they’ve ever been.

Now, when setting up your job, you can pick your Formlabs Fuse 1 machine. You’ll notice a new option appear in the setup dialog box for arrangement. This new option will automagically arrange your parts into the Fuse 1 build volume in 3D. It’s worth noting that this version of the arrangement tool does not re-orient parts, but packs them as is. Re-orienting functionality for packing parts will be coming in a future release.

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Auto-arrange functionality

Once the parts are packed up, you can export a .form file as with the SLA workflow, and open it up in PreForm ready for sending to print. You’ll notice that the part is already tool pathed once imported, and it’s ready for manufacturing.

.form file ready for printing, note the toolpathing

And that’s it! Once you’re in PreForm, you’re ready to print.

We’re so excited about deepening our partnership with Formlabs, and we’ll continue to bring new and amazing features to Fusion 360.

Ready to give the 3D printing and additive manufacturing capabilities in Fusion 360 a try? Get started today.

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