Fusion 360


Fusion 360 is a 3D CAD program for product design and manufacturing. One of the benefits of Fusion 360 software is that it is cloud-based, which means that the development process is unified between different designers and engineers. Fusion 360 is also a platform for collaboration between different parties. It is possible to connect different teams and external stakeholders on the same project, communicate in real time and centralize project activity. Fusion 360 enables mechanical and technical 3D models to be created.

Fusion 360 combines fast and easy organic modeling with precise solid modeling, to help the user create manufacturable designs. Fusion 360 offers sketching, parametric modeling, direct modeling, freeform modeling, surface modeling and mesh modeling. Therefore, it covers all the needs designers may have when developing a product. Fusion 360 offers generative design tools, to explore multiple manufacturing outcomes that meet the design specifications that the user will have defined. It will be able to propose designs to reduce weight, improve performance and consolidate parts. Furthermore, simulation tool tells if the models will survive real-life applications, and can therefore reduce the price of prototyping.

Fusion 360 uses a top-down design approach, in which the user breaks down a system to gain insight into its compositional sub-systems. In a top-down approach, the user formulates an overview of the assembly, then refines each subassembly and part in greater detail until the entire specification is reduced to base elements. In top-down assembly design, the user defines the features of a part in relation to elements within an assembly, such as a layout sketch or the geometry of another part. The design intent (sizes of features, placement of components, proximity to other parts, etc.) comes from the top (the assembly) and moves down (into the parts), hence the phrase “top-down”

Applications in Healtcare

Fusion 360 is one of the best tools to help Product Engineers, providing them with simple solutions to complex problems, including those in the healthcare field. In an effort to improve realism in clinical simulation and training, many healthcare organizations contract with outside companies to design and produce needed equipment and supplies. Having tools such as Fusion 360 has enabled users with little to no background in CAD to produce high quality, highly realistic training models for use in a simulation training environment. Implant devices such as orthopedic implants, craniofacial implants and exoskeletons are some of the cases that Fusion 360 is used in health care.


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  • Windows
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  • Create history-based featuresthat update with design changes
  • Single product data management software
  • Real-time collaboration with other designers
  • Ability to set up manufacturing and material constraints
  • Use the live design reviews to view edits made to the design live within Fusion 360
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