Blowing up a Fusion Design

November 07, 2016 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

 

If you have not already heard, Autodesk's Fusion 360 is blowing up the design industry around the globe. The updates for the product are coming about every month and I am loving it. Fusion allows the user to do a boat load of items, from design to simulation to CAM and more...

One of the biggest problems I see with Fusion is learning all the new features that are being added to the product. You may be a user of another CAD product, but some command operations do not always transfer from one to the next. In this post I will explain how to use the commands in the Animation environment of Fusion. Download Skateboard Model

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Tagged with 3D, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Cloud, presentations, AutoCAD, Fusion, Autodesk, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Cloud Design, Autodesk Fusion, explosion

Autodesk 360 Files and Limited Hard Drive Space

October 14, 2014 By Bryan Fields Leave a comment

To start with, I am a big fan of Cloud Services and find them amazing. It’s nice to have access to my entire photo library, anywhere, anytime. Having access to my files, on any device, makes working on them so easy. I've used a variety of services for cloud storage over more than a decade, including Dropbox, which I tried as soon as it came out and adopted for all of my personal files.

For CAD, it's Autodesk 360! Integrated within most of the Autodesk applications, Autodesk 360 give you access to cloud storage. It easily integrates with Windows, so you can add files just as easily as putting them on a thumb drive. Autodesk 360 is FREE with limited storage space, but with the Autodesk Subscription, you get 25 gigs of storage space for all of your data needs.

The open Dialog Box from AutoCAD 2015

Autodesk 360 sync's data locally to your machine. However, the Autodesk 360 application does not allow you to change the location of where files are synced locally. With 25 gig subscription based storage, this is where a problem can occur. Many users now have Solid State Hard Drives (SSD). These are not as large as traditional hard drives, so where we put files can be a concern. Since my C: Drive is a SSD and my D: Drive is a traditional drive with more space, I want my Autodesk 360 data to sync to my D: Drive.

So, how do I move my Autodesk 360 files to the D: Drive? The answer is simple... Use a Symbolic Link. The Symbolic Link is basically a folder shortcut, pushing data to another location. Computer applications will see the files in one location when they are really somewhere else.

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Tagged with sync, Tips, Cloud, Subscription, data, Autodesk 360, Windows, Tech Support, SSD, AEC, Cloud Computing, Infrastructure, MLINK, AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Cloud Services, Autodesk, Tricks

BIM 360 Glue Add-In for Revit

July 03, 2014 By Thomas J. Kemp Leave a comment

Overview of BIM 360 Glue Add-ins

Teams that have implemented BIM 360 Glue should utilize the Add-ins available to maximize productivity in this collaborative environment. Add-ins are available for all versions of AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks applications and provide a direct link to BIM 360 Glue projects, allowing users to update the model in the cloud without ever leaving the design application.

In my last post in this series, I provided information on where to download the BIM 360 Glue Add-ins and also reviewed the BIM 360 Glue Add-in for Navisworks.

Revit Add-in Functionality

The Revit Add-in includes functionality to upload or download model content directly to/from a BIM 360 Glue project, access clashes clashes identified in Glue, and update properties for equipment based on data collected in the field. The first time any of the Add-in tools are accessed, you will be prompted to enter your BIM 360 Glue login and password.

Glue

To upload current model content to BIM 360 Glue, select the Glue tool. You will first be prompted to select the appropriate Glue project. The Add-in will continue to use the selected project by default until Revit is closed. If you are working on multiple projects, simply select the Back button to select a different project.

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Tagged with Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, Fusion 360, AEC, architecture, Add-in, BIM, Revit, Glue, AutoCAD, Advanced Solutions, construction, engineering

BIM 360 Glue Add-In for Navisworks

July 02, 2014 By Thomas J. Kemp Leave a comment

Overview of BIM 360 Glue Add-ins

Teams that have implemented BIM 360 Glue should utilize the Add-ins available to maximize productivity in this collaborative environment. Add-ins are available for all versions of AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks applications and provide a direct link to BIM 360 Glue projects, allowing users to update the model in the cloud without ever leaving the design application.

Add-in Downloads

Downloads for the Add-ins can be accessed from within the BIM 360 Glue application. Select the Add-ins link from the administration menu under the profile icon in the upper right corner of the application. This will open a webpage with links to all of the available add-in downloads.

There are currently Add-ins available for Revit (2012 - 2015), AutoCAD (2012-2015), Navisworks (Manage and Simulate, 2012-2015) and AutoCAD Civil 3D (2013-2015). Installation of the Add-in is fairly straightforward. Click on the link to download, open the .zip file, and run the installer. You may need to restart Revit/Navisworks/AutoCAD once the installation is complete to access the add-in.

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Tagged with Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, Fusion 360, AEC, architecture, BIM, Navisworks, Glue, Add-ins, construction, engineering

BIM 360 Glue Overview

A Week in the Life of BIM Project Coordination

We are seeing an increasing number of projects where either the owner, a construction manager, or a project manager are requiring all disciplines and trades to submit Building Information Models to use in a 3D Coordination effort. Coordinating electronically is a lot easier that resolving conflicts in the field and if done properly, can save time and potentially costly change orders. If you haven't had a project where 3D BIM Coordination has been used, it is only a matter of time. Let's take a look at how this process typically works, and the advantages of working in the cloud with BIM 360 Glue.

Typical Week of BIM Coordination

In the typical BIM coordination process utilizing Navisworks, the project BIM Manager is responsible for compiling all of the various files into a single aggregate model, generating clash detection reports and distributing these to the project team. Each individual team member independently reviews the clash reports and addresses the assigned issues. Once their work is complete, they upload a new copy of their model to the BIM Manager to be updated in the aggregated model. At the end of the week, the team gathers for a coordination meeting to review any outstanding issues. Since each discipline is working in an isolated silo, the team may have hundreds of minor issues to cull through before they can identify specific issues that require input from the entire team.

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Tagged with BIM 360 Field, Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, AEC, architecture, BIM, Glue, Advanced Solutions, construction, Autodesk, engineering, Field

Not Nuclear but Gnarly with Fusion 360 - Part 3

April 17, 2014 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

In my previous post, I guided you though how to create a skateboard deck with Fusion 360 using T-Spline forming tools. Now I would like to guide you on how to add mounting holes for the truck assemblies. Next I will show you how to insert and assemble the truck assemblies. Then finally change the material and add a decal to the deck. (Download truck assembly here)

Adding Mounting Holes

If you shut down Fusion or closed your design, you will need to reopen it. So from the main dashboard you should see the deck in the Activity feed. Just pick the Open Design button on the Skateboard Assembly post and you will be put into the Fusion 360 design interface.

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Tagged with Cloud, Skateboard, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Autodesk Cloud, Fusion, Manufacturing, News & Events

Not Nuclear but Gnarly with Fusion 360 - Part 2

April 16, 2014 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

Designing the Skateboard Deck

In this post I will guide you on how to design the skateboard deck you see at the top of this post. Once you have logged in for the first time, Fusion 360 will create your design Hub and put you in to the dashboard. In an upcoming post I will get into more detail about the dashboard, but for now I will focus on the project and design of the skateboard.

Project Creation

The first item to create is the project, this can be done from the Create button on the top right of the dashboard. Then in the Create Project tab, add the Name of Project and Purpose (both fields are required to make a project). Then select the Create button.

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Tagged with Cloud, Skateboard, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Fusion, Manufacturing, News & Events

Not Nuclear but Gnarly with Fusion 360 - Part 1

April 15, 2014 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

As a long time user of Autodesk Inventor, I first was little hesitance to use or even try the cloud design software by Autodesk. But I have to say that Fusion 360 has grown on me more and more each time I use the product.

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Tagged with Cloud, Skateboard, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Fusion, Manufacturing, News & Events

Overview of Autodesk 360 and BIM 360 Cloud Services

February 25, 2014 By Thomas J. Kemp Leave a comment

Hey! You! Get off of My Cloud!

You may not realize it, but if you use a computer or a smartphone, you probably already use the cloud. Applications like Dropbox, Pandora, Netflix, Spotify and Evernote all take advantage of cloud computing and provide not only a wealth of content, but flexibility and mobility to the end user. The basic idea behind the cloud is that, instead of delivering data and content directly to the user, the user is being brought to a centralized source for data and content.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of working in the cloud.

  • First, the cloud provides access to unlimited computing power. Need information on a particular subject? Let Google or Wikipedia help find the answer. Need to generate a rendering or do some analysis of your latest building project? Autodesk has a solution to help you with that.
  • If you work in the cloud, you can share and access your data anyplace. Stuck in an airport with time to kill? You can work on that proposal saved to the team Dropbox account or login to Netflix and watch a movie.
  • Web based applications are always up to date. If you are running an application from the cloud, it is constantly updated as the developer adds features of fixes bugs. No need to download updates or install new versions.
  • Web applications are platform independent. Your data can be access from your PC at work, your Mac at home, your smartphone or tablet.
  • Finally, cloud applications and data is safer. Hosting applications and data remotely in the cloud provides greater level of security from viruses, malware, spyware and hardware failure.
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Tagged with BIM 360 Field, Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Subscription, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, AEC, architecture, BIM 360, BIM, Technology, Glue, Advanced Solutions, construction, Autodesk, engineering, Field, Dropbox

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