Clear and Concise Drawings from 3D Models


Industry Problem: While 3D models are a great way to design products, many manufacturers find it difficult to work from them.

CADLearning Expert Solution: Turn a Fusion 360 3D model into a 2D drawing to achieve greater precision in the finished product.

When working on the shop floor in a small-scale manufacturing environment, accuracy is key. This means that designers need to have dimensions, materials, and assembly instructions readily available in a clear and concise format.

Fusion 360 addressed this concern last year with an update that included the option to create drawings from models, thus becoming the first cloud-based modeling program to include this functionality. Designers can transform their entire design or just a portion of it into a drawing. Manufacturers can then see at a glance how large a part should be, what materials it should be made out of, and how it should be assembled.

In addition, drawings in Fusion 360 can include section views to expose internal features of the model. This helps communicate the interior construction of a part or assembly when exterior views with hidden lines are confusing.

For a wider audience, design professionals of all types can use 2D drawings to create presentations for clients and colleagues. When provided to multiple stakeholders, drawings can be used during the design process both for markups and for analysis. Then, the designer can update the 3D model and assembly, and the drawing will reflect any changes that have been made to the design. Inventors can even use drawings from Fusion 360 designs for patent submissions.

-     Jerry Berns, Manufacturing Content Manager

CADLearning Play List of the Week: Create drawings from 3D models

  1. Generating 2D Drawings from Fusion 360 Models
  2. Specifying Settings for a Model Drawing
  3. Generating and Editing Full Section Views
  4. Generating and Editing Half Section Views
  5. Adding Basic Dimensions 
  6. Creating and Editing Text Annotations
  7. Adding and Editing the Parts List 
  8. Outputting Drawings to Other Formats  

Did You Know? CADLearning lessons can be used as a supplement to in-person training. Assigning basic software functionality as a prerequisite allows trainers to dive right into more advanced functionality and workflows.

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