Fusion 360 – 3D Printing

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In the advanced Fusion 360 app training, we also focus on 3D printing. Autodesk Fusion 360 is becoming one of the most popular programs in the 3D printing community, especially for those interested in industrial design. It combines powerful features with a beginner’s interface and a relatively easy learning curve. Here is a little taste of the preparation for 3D printing.

Modeling rules for 3D printing

As with other programs, when it comes to 3D printing, we have to follow certain design rules. Although the 3D model may look perfect on screen, it could not exist as a geometric object in the real world. However, Fusion 360 primarily uses tools to create functional parts. For this reason, the transition from a virtual 3D model to an actual 3D print is relatively easy.

The following rules should be kept in mind:

  1. Wall thickness: the printer needs information about the wall strength you expect for your object (or, of course, you can print a completely solid body). Therefore, when returning a 3D model for true 3D printing, you must have this information about the wall thickness or volume of the model. Simply put, you can’t print an object that has a massless “paper” wall.
  2. Impermeability: the printable model must not have any holes on its surface. You can also imagine it as water resistance: if I fill the inside of my model, will it leak? If so, we need to find and close those holes.
  3. Grouped models: although it is possible to export several bodies to a single STL file (so-called grouped models), it is recommended to export one model at a time.

Order Wizard

So if your model design is ready for 3D printing, use the command MANUFACTURE.

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Then click to select the body you want to print.

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3D print file resolution

The right side of the screen displays a dialog box with additional 3D printing settings, from which you can select additional settings. This is primarily the resolution of your 3D print. A very low resolution will make the print look a bit “pixelated”. On the other hand, too high a resolution can make the file less manageable or even too heavy.

In addition to preset resolution options moo (to moo), Average (medium) or High (high) which you can access to adjust settings Refinement options (Advanced options). For 3D printing, this value can be recommended by the 3D printing processor, in general we can recommend a deviation of 0.01 millimeters. These recommended resolutions ensure that the highest possible details are printed, while ensuring that the data is not too large.

3D print file type

At the bottom of the settings window, you can choose to exit (Exit) of your 3D print.

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You can either export it as an STL file (the most popular 3D printing file format) or continue to Autodesk Print Studio to prepare this model for a 3D printer. If you choose the second option, the selected body will be exported from Fusion 360 and imported into the new Autodesk Studio window. You can also use another option, export to another Autodesk application, MeshMixer.

In conclusion

For more information on importing and exporting STL files in Fusion 360, preparing to 3D print using Autodesk Print Studio or MeshMixer, see another article.

However, if you don’t want to wait for more articles and instead want to streamline your work, or learn more tips for your work, feel free to choose from Fusion 360 courses from Autodesk NICOM Authorized Center, like

The NICOM Authorized Training Center organizes training in fixed classrooms in Brno, Ostrava and Prague, or in mobile classrooms throughout the country.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the selected 3D or CAD courses.

Michael Spielmann
Autodesk Certified Instructor
Autodesk AutoCAD Professional
Autodesk Inventor Professional

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