FIGURE 123: The main interface window of Fusion 360
parts that are the combination of many oher parts, and other cost-saving features.
Once you have a 3D model, you can create photo-realistic images and animations based on your designs,
using life-life material libraries included in Fusion 360.
Allows you to create moving animations of your 3D models to showcase how they work and what they do.
Once a model is created, you can actually run simulations on the computer that will help to predict failure
scenarios for your objects...as long as you know the real-world forces that your objects will be subjected to.
Real world forces include: the direction in which stress is applied, if any faces of your object are “locked”
against other objects, static stress amount, if your object will be exposed to thermal / heat stresses, or if
your object might buckle under pressure.
Fusion 360 will create full GCode tool paths for milling machines. Once you have a 3D model you can define
how you want your object milled and Fusion will create those toolpaths for you.
You can associate 2D drawings with your models for patent drawing purposes or to help shop-workers
manufacture your product. The drawings dynamically update as you change your model.
Also, on the top right of the screen, there is a small “view cube.” This cube can be click-dragged and clicked
on to rotate your model if you forget how to rotate the model using the keyboard shortcuts.
Now that you’ve downloaded Fusion 360 and taken a brief tour of the features, it’s time to try it out.
MAKING A RING IN FUSION 360
In this tutorial you will be designing a ring that could be 3D printed either at home or through an online
service bureau. The steps can be followed precisely, or you can get creative with some of the sculpting func-
tions and add your own features. It’s really up to you!
Start by creating the band of the ring:
Make sure you are in the “Design” environment, and the “Solid” tab in the top-left drop down box and in the
The very first icon in the ribbon is a sheet of paper with a pencil and a “+” symbol. That is the “Create
Sketch” tool. Click that icon. Your screen will look like Figure 12-4. As you move your mouse around the
screen, Fusion 360 will ask you what “plane” you want to create that new sketch on.
Select the bottom plane.Now you are in Sketching mode.
In the top ribbon click the “Center Diameter Circle” as shown in Figure 12-5.
We are creating a jewelry ring. For the benefit of this tutorial (and because we want to make something truly
custom) we measured a family member’s ring finger diameter and found their finger to be 17.3mm wide.
FIGURE 124: Selected plane in Fusion 360 FIGURE 125: In the Sketch mode, choose Circle and Center
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