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Fusion 360 expands the possibilities of Design with Announcement of New Manufacturing & Generative Design Extensions

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Above: Autodesk announces three new sets of capabilities for Fusion360/Image Credit: Autodesk

Autodesk announces three new sets of capabilities for Fusion360 – capabilities that have been designed and implemented as a direct response to its customers’ needs. The new manufacturing & generative design extensions will expand the possibilities of the design capabilities with the technology.

Fusion360 is a cloud-based manufacturing ecosystem from Autodesk with advanced capabilities for product development that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package.

According to Autodesk, the users has helped Fusion360 to evolve into what it is today and what it will be tomorrow.

Manufacturing Extension

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Above: New manufacturing extension user-interface/Image Credit: Autodesk

The new manufacturing extension is a bundle of sophisticated Autodesk manufacturing technologies, reimagined and delivered in Fusion 360 to increase production efficiency. Upon activation, this extension will act as a hybrid manufacturing environment, letting users perform state-of-the-art processes like complex surface finishing, automated drilling, additive manufacturing, and automated verification workflows.

By using these automation and optimization tools during programming, users will generate more effective NC programs faster, yielding time savings across both programming and machining, resulting in a faster time-to-market. And if you’re the more refined type, the additional options to control your output will help deliver a higher-grade surface finish.

Cost Insights for Generative Design

This extension is developed in collaboration with aPriori, a leader in product cost management solutions. From now on users will be able to evaluate the tradeoffs between performance and the cost to make the part. This will integrate manufacturing cost insights for generative design.

APriori will analyse each design variation created with a generative design study to identify its manufacturing cost range. Whereas other product costing solutions on the market require significant manual input by highly trained experts, aPriori’s solution for generative design is entirely automated.

Speaking on the partnership, Stephanie Feraday, president and CEO of aPriori Technologies said, “This partnership with Autodesk is very strategic for us. We’re expanding our footprint into the concept design phase of product development, integrating the power of Fusion 360’s generative design with aPriori’s manufacturing simulation capabilities.”

She added, “We’re also seeing future opportunities to extend the insights provided with each generative design study. We could potentially include not only cost, but also manufacturability guidance, which will make the selection of design direction even more efficient.”

Two New Manufacturing Constraints to the Generative Design Workspace

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Above: Fusion360 unveiled its generative design capability last year/Image Credit: Autodesk

In order to make generative design more valuable to users, Fusion360 is adding two more manufacturing constraints to the workspace. 

A new die casting constraint for generative design will bring together next-generation design technology with one of the industry’s most established manufacturing processes. Those who use the casting process know it’s is an ideal method for high-volume and high-performance applications in the aerospace, automotive and medical industries because it allows you to scale production of your generated parts with a higher degree of precision than traditional machining.

After casting, Fusin360 will see the addition of 2.5-axis milling, which will enter the line-up of existing CNC constraints available for generative study: 2-axis cutting and 3- and 5-axis milling. This constraint will make it even easier to practically manufacture generative design results, with the processes and machinery already have in place at users’ disposal.


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