Discover how to create and manage top-level assemblies and subassemblies, and create a component from a body.
- [Instructor] Fusion 360 has the ability to link files into a design, but its native behavior is to be able to create multiple components in a single design. This makes it easy to explore ideas without the file management overhead, common to most mechanical CAD-systems. This flexibility does have some trade-offs, in that you have to be more aware of what state a component is in, and whether or not it's simply a body, or an assembly component. Looking at the Joint Breaker Assembly, I see that there are multiple components in the browser.
Looking more closely at the browser, we can see there are two individual components, and one component that has a sub-component. There's also a Bodies folder at the top level. This could present a problem, as a body that is at the top level cannot have assembly joints applied to it. To rectify this, we have a couple of options. One, is to move the body under another existing component, another is to create a new component from that existing body. I'll select the Crate components from Bodies, and we'll move the hook out under the main assembly, as a component.
Some of the other options we have, regarding components and working with Fusion 360, are to link files from the outside. If I expand the data panel, go to the breaker arm, right click, and select Insert Into Current Design, you'll bring that component into this assembly. You'll see the manipulators up here, allowing me to relocate it right away. When I'm finished, I'll simply click Okay. I see that the new component has been added to the browser, with a special link icon, to let me know that it's still managed, externally, to this file.
Another resource available to Fusion 360 for standard components is the built-in McMaster-Carr library. Under the Insert pull-down, I'll select insert McMaster-Carr component, and I'll choose a component from the catalog. I'll select Screws and Bolts, I'll choose a Hex Head screw, select a Metric screw, my thread size, and the length of the fastener. On the right, I'll be shown all of the options that are available.
I can choose the one that I want, and by selecting the product detail, have the option to insert a 3D-step file directly into my design. I'll relocate this, as well. With the structure set up to allow for the joints to be applied, we'll take it to the next step.
- Considerations for becoming certified
- Tips for taking the exam
- Creating a project
- Creating a 2D sketch
- Creating extrude features and revolve features
- Working with direct modeling
- Understanding assembly structure
- Creating drawing views
- Working with advanced modeling tools
- Generating data for 3D printing
- Performing a stress analysis