Learn about advanced modeling tools such as sweep and loft.
- Advanced sketch features can use more than one sketch to develop a feature. Other advanced tools might be used to build a feature for multiple existing features. In Fusion 360, defining a complex shape, while maintaining a precise level of control, requires using tools like Loft and Sweep. To start a Loft feature you need at least two profiles. Under the Create pull-down, I'll start Loft and begin selecting circular profiles. As I select, a preview will appear.
When I select the third profile, you'll see the shape transition from having straight sides to curved sides. Then, selecting the fourth profile, it transitions again. So when I'm comfortable with the shape, I can keep it, or I can make modifications. For example, on the fourth profile, I can change the direction calculation from "Free" to establishing a precise direction. I can also establish a takeoff weight. The higher the weight, the greater influence it will have on the shape of the part.
When I click "Okay", it will generate the profile. Going back to the Create pull-down, I can select the Sweep tool. Here I'll select a single profile, but then select a path. This will give me a preview of the shape, and since it's passing through existing geometry, Fusion will make the assumption that it's cutting. I'll change the operation to Join, and I can follow the preview. Some of the options are, I can change the orientation from being perpendicular to the path to being parallel to the path.
When I click "Okay", it will add this new spoke to the wheel. I can then pattern this, or I can continue on to separate the initial lofted shape into separate bodies. Taking a look at the browser, under the Bodies folder, presently there's one body in the design. Turning on the Construction folders, with the Construction plane on, I can use it to divide the lofted body. I'll go to the Modify pull-down and select the Split Body tool.
Selecting the body to split, I'll choose the entire model, and then, selecting the splitting tool, I can either select the plane from the window, or expand it in the browser and select it from the browser. I'll click "Okay" and now I have two bodies. One labeled Body One, the other labeled Body Three. These bodies can be renamed if I like, and I can also control the visibility of either of the bodies. The advanced modeling tools have several options that can make them behave quite differently depending on your choices.
It's good to experiment with these options as you become more comfortable with the tools.
- 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