Fusion 360 has been well known in the CAD world now. More and more designers, engineers, artists, manufacturers are getting exciting designs, assemblies, and more business opportunities. Like other products of Autodesk, Fusion 360 is the solution as a platform. Fusion 360 also provides API that allows 3rd party or even the end user to extend the abilities of the platform. Since the API was born in September, 2014, it has got a lot of attentions. Some customers have taken it for commercial applications.
I am also a learner. The help document is well written and the API is very easy to understand. I do not want to repeat the content of existing tutorial. I am just making a tiny note what I have had for the friends to whom Fusion 360 are brand new.
Firstly, I took a look at the relevant tutorials on Fusion Help, where key features are introduced in videos. In Fusion 360 environment, the Help button is on the typical location. It can direct to Fusion Help.
By the material, it helped me to know what Fusion is and how to work with it. I also found many interesting demo videos/blogs/articles on internet. How a design could be by Fusion 360? I strongly recommend Fusion Gallery. Global fans share their wonderful works there. We can download, comment, share. We can also share our own works. I really envy these designs They are so cool!
I have been working on Inventor API for years. I had never known the object model of Fusion is exactly similar to that of Inventor API. e.g. the top entry object is also Application. A Design object is similar to Document of Inventor API. There is also component definition in which sketches, features, workfeatures are organized like Inventor, even the Brep geometries structure. So if you have knowledge of Inventor (API), you would be able to get started with Fusion API quickly.
Forum of Fusion 360 API is the most beautiful board on Autodesk forum. Autodesk engineers, our team and global gurus are active there to help the questions. When you are scratching the head to find an answer, do not forget to leave a message on this board.
I am happy to learn the API with you. I will try to keep updating this article if I have tricks for beginners. Any of your sharing is also welcome.
Last, do not forget to attend the webnair on March 25th. see you there..