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Fusion 360: Simulation

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Learn how to use Fusion 360 simulation tools to discover how your designs will stand up to real-world conditions.

Designing your parts is just the first step. In order to ensure they will perform as designed, you need to know how they will stand up to real-world conditions. Will they deform, break, or otherwise fail when they are used? Instructor Thom Tremblay shows you how to use Fusion 360 simulation tools to specify materials, loads, constraints, and then perform your analysis to learn what changes you need to make before manufacturing your part. Thom explains how to use the application's various simulation tools, including Finite Element Analysis (FEA), thermal simulation, and tools to study cooling for electronics. He concludes with a recap of Generative Design, a cloud-based service that runs on Fusion 360 and uses simulation to offer design suggestions. Then he discusses how Autodesk CFD can be used in conjunction with Fusion 360 from computational fluid dynamics studies.


  • Stress analysis and simulation for your designs
  • Using the exercise files
1. Accessing Simulation Tools and Quick Start
  • What can be simulated in Fusion 360
  • Review an existing simulation setup and results
  • Review the results
2. Creating a Study: Static Stress
  • Creating a study and simplifying the model
  • Assigning materials to the model
  • Applying loads and constraints
  • Preview the mesh and run an analysis
3. Creating a Study: Static Stress
  • Cloning a study
  • Using simplification to explore design
  • Refining the mesh
  • Manage materials
4. Fundamental Analysis Types
  • Creating a static stress study of an assembly
  • Finding the frequency response of a component
  • Define the conditions of a thermal analysis
  • Apply the thermal loads to calculate thermal stress
5. Advanced Simulation Types
  • Applying static loads to a design to search for nonlinear material behavior
  • Set up an analysis of an event over time
  • Predict the risk of structural buckling
  • Use simulation to guide a change to the topology of the design
  • Analyze how air flow can contribute to cooling electronics
  • Review the electronic cooling results
  • Additional Fusion 360 simulation extensability
  • Next steps

Taught by

Thom Tremblay

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