Transitioning from Solidworks to Fusion 360

For those of you transitioning from Solidworks to Fusion 360 or have begun to implement Fusion into your current workflow, we have collected a few points to help you get started as you make the change.

First off Fusion 360 is a cloud based software, meaning your files are stored on a cloud server giving you the peace of mind that your files are safe if you ever run into issues with your machine. The cloud is also utilised for operations like Simulation and Rendering, allowing the user to continue to work on models and assemblies while the simulation or render is completed in the cloud. These operations when ran locally on a machine can require a significant amount of RAM and processing power to output. 

Fusion allows users to upload files from a number of different CAD packages, a list is included in the image below.


By Opening the data panel and clicking the Upload button you can select the files which you would like to upload to your selected project.






For example a user can upload a Solidworks assembly file then make direct edits to the assembly these changes can be recorded using the "Capture Design History" option which populates the time line at the bottom of the screen. Which can be seen in the image below. This allows the user to easily locate feature and associated sketches and roll back without sketches becoming absorbed or encountering errors. 




The user can then export the files back out of Fusion as for example a STEP file which they can then reopen in their desired CAD software.


Hopefully these few starting tips will help you transition form Solidworks to Fusion 360.


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