Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of Fusion 360: Designing for Metal.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the exercise files for this course, you can download them to the desktop. Fusion 360 uses cloud storage, so downloading the exercise files will be the first step. As a part of this lesson, we will upload the data into a Fusion 360 project for future lessons. You can also load the files individually using lesson-specific folders if you prefer. If you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay, I encourage you to still follow along as we go through the course.
Now, let's get started. To begin, I've downloaded the exercise files to a folder on the desktop. Expanding the folder, looking in each of the chapter files, I can open a Begin folder and see that there is a Fusion archive file. We'll see how to use this Fusion archive file in just a moment when we go into Autodesk Fusion 360. In Fusion 360, we use projects. To access the projects, I'll go to the Data Panel in the upper left, and I'll create a new project.
Once I've created this project, I can go into it and I can create additional folders if I like. One of the other options and how I can take advantage of the data that's available for this course is to upload the files. I'll select the files that I'd like to use, I'll go to the top level of the exercise folders, and, for my needs, I'll go to the All files folder where all the Fusion archive files for this course are available in one location.
I'll click Open, then I'll ask Fusion 360 to upload them. This is a process where it will convert the files into the project in the cloud. While that's happening, I'd like to show you how you can use the files individually. Going to the File pull-down, you can select New Design From File. Return again to the exercise files folder, go to a specific chapter, to the Begin state, or the End state if you like, select the Fusion archive file I showed you previously, and click Open.
This will bring all of the same data that's currently being loaded into the project on the left onto your screen, but as an unsaved and untitled new design. If you use this path, I highly recommend, once the file is open, going ahead and saving this data to your project. Let's look again at the project on the left. You'll see that all the files are loaded, and previews are being developed for them. All you need to do to use one is to double-click, and it will open in the screen.
If you upload or save the data to a project, you can access these files from any 64-bit Windows or Mac PC that you install Fusion 360 on and log into.
- Setting up parameters
- Joining components
- Animating and rendering the design
- Testing alternative materials
- Creating the setup
- Publishing and posting the design