MUR's Design Partner - Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 is the next generation of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. It is enabled with ever developing features and add-ons that streamline design, not just for the individual, but in a collaborative workplace as well. Here are some of my favorite features of the continuously evolving CAD package.

Team Hub

Autodesk’s entirely cloud-based hub enables each of our team members to work from anywhere in the world. Collaboration is no longer limited to the design office. Design Engineers can compare, check, and confirm compatibility of any design across any of the MUR projects. The Fusion Team Hub allows the Design Manager to break down sub-systems into manageable chunks, and to assign permissions and project roles more easily.

Autodesk Team Hub

Assemblies and Joints

The assembly system on Fusion 360 makes interference and compatibility checking easier than ever before. Due to the cloud-based structure, any individual design file can be inserted into any assembly file, which then in turn can be inserted into any other assembly file. As the initial design is updated, any alterations flow through the design tree, right to the master assembly. The effect of design changes can be checked in seconds, streamlining the entire process.

Joining components into sub-assemblies and master assemblies ensures all parts are constrained properly and effectively. The joining operations allow the team to see how parts will move and interact with one another during operation.

Cross-Section Analysis of the Steering System

Load Path Analysis

Another one of my favorite Fusion toys is ironically something that will one day render engineers redundant. The intelligent load path analysis system on Fusion 360 enables the Engineer to input shapes, loads and constraints, and then identifies not only the load path, but also areas of optimal mass/safety trade-off. The simulation can suggest a new design of optimal mass, capable of fulfilling the same result.

Rudimentary Load Path Analysis of a Motor Mount

Rendering Capabilities

Last, but not least, we at MUR like to play around with Fusion’s life-like rendering system. Seeing our designs come to life before we even started the manufacturing phase was incredibly exciting, and really gave the team a push into building and construction.

Rendering of the Intake System

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About the Author:

Luke Bofinger
Team Coordinator, 2017
Junior Engineer, 2016