Join Vladimir Mariano for an in-depth discussion in this video Insert parts into current design, part of Fusion 360: 3D Printed Product Enclosure.
- Let's navigate to our Enclosure Parts project by clicking on our data panel, finding the right project here, Enclosure Parts, we'll double click on that, and we should see our four different parts. Now, we're going to bring those parts into a new design, so that we can arrange them. So, we'll do that by simply left-clicking on a part, and dragging it in. However, you'll see that you're going to get an error, and it's going to say that you have to save your design before you can bring any components into it. So let's go ahead and do that.
We'll click on our save icon, and make sure to navigate to the right project. So, let's find it, in this case, Enclosure Parts, and you'll see it here, in the location. And we'll give this one a name of, Enclosure Case, since that's what we're going to be designing, and we'll click save. Now, we can try dragging in the parts again. So, we'll left-click, drag it in. And we'll see our part pop up.
It gives us this option to move it into a certain location, but we're just going to click okay, and it should just go right in the origin there. It'll center it. Let's try that again with a different component. So, let's bring in our battery charger. Again, it puts it right in the middle there. So, we don't need it on top of, or right inside the battery. So, let's go ahead, click on this arrow here. And we're going to move that component to the side.
Zoom out a little bit. Just so that they're not on top of each other. And we'll click okay. Next, we'll bring in the slide switch. So, we'll do that the same way. We'll select this one by this arrow here, and move it down a bit. Click okay. And then finally, we'll bring in our circuit playground. Again, it's going to position it right in the origin. So, we'll take this by the same arrow, and just move it up, and click okay.
We can now close our data panel. A few things I want to point out here is if you notice under our browser, we have each of these parts that we brought in. If we try to expand it, we'll see that bodies is grayed out, and so is sketches. So, if we try to double click on it, we won't be able to edit any of them. It's not going to let us. And we also notice on that timeline, we have this little, sort of, chain here, on the four different components that we brought in.
So, a little chain icon under each block. Okay. Because these were brought in as components-- Now, you may be wondering, "Well, we didn't "design them as components." Right, when we designed our parts, we just started designing sketches and bodies, we didn't make 'em into components. But when you save them, and your bring 'em into a new design, it brings it in as components, regardless if you have it as a component or not. And there's a difference here. So, because we brought them into a file that's within that same project, it brings it in as a component, and it links it.
So, what that means is we won't be able to modify any of these parts within this design. If we want to make changes, we actually have to go into that part and change it, and then update it. In the next video, I'll show you what I mean.
- Changing Fusion 360 settings
- Inserting parts into a current design
- Modifying a linked component
- Moving, aligning, and positioning components
- Designing a housing
- Modeling circuit playground platforms
- Checking the fit for 3D printing
- Preparing for 3D printing
- Modifying constraints
- Designing a cover and a shell
- Adding cutouts
- Finishing the assembly