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    As promised in my last blog, here are some tips and tricks that I often use to convert mesh body to a b-rep or t-spline body in Fusion 360.

    Tip #1:

    Converting a mesh body to a b-rep or t-spline body in Fusion 360 requires some knowledge on mesh elements. At the moment, the current limit for number of mesh elements for Fusion 360 is roughly 10,000. Meshes with greater than 10,000 elements will cause the performance of Fusion 360 to suffer and Fusion 360 may not be able to convert them to solid bodies.

    Tip #2:

    When using the “Convert” command to convert a mesh into a T-Spline body an error might occur such as detailed in the picture below.

    This is because Fusion is better equipped to handle Quads as opposed to Triangles or Polygons. Quad meshes cannot be created in Fusion. To create a quad mesh, Use 3DS MAX or Autodesk Recap Photo. To convert triangulated mesh to Editable Poly with 3DS Max before inserting into Fusion 360, use these steps:

    Import triangulated mesh into 3DS Max

    • Apply Subdivide (WSM) with “Display Subdivision” turned OFF
    • Use “Collapse To” to Collapse the mesh
    • Convert the Collapse mesh to Poly mesh
    • Apply “Quadrify All”
    • Export and Insert the Quad Mesh into Fusion 360

    Tip #3:

    You can create or convert quad mesh using ReCap Photo. ReCap Photo can create mesh from a series of photographs. Photogrammetry is not an exact process. The mesh generated from the pictures will seldom, if ever, be perfect. Typically, some cleanup is required. Use ReCap Photo to simply highlight and delete unnecessary surfaces. You can also use the Slice and Fill command makes it easy to preserve the desired portion of the mesh while ensuring a watertight result. The final step in ReCap Photo is to export the mesh as OBJ(Quads). Traditional meshes are made up of triangles. The Quad mesh is made up of four-sided patches. The image shows how to export mesh to OBJ(Quads).

    create or convert quad mesh using ReCap Photo

    Tip #4:

    In your Fusion 360 preferences, you will need to ensure that the “Triangulate mesh polygons” flag is not enabled. Only quad meshes can be converted to t-spline bodies and enabling this flag will convert imported quad meshes to triangular meshes.

    Disable "Triangulate mesh polygons" in Fusion 360

    Tip #5:

    To convert a quad mesh to t-splines, you must be working in the Direct Modeling environment. After ensure the preferences above are set up correctly, right click the mesh body you would like to convert to t-splines in the browser and select “Convert”.


    convert a quad mesh to t-splines in Fusion 360

    The “Convert” dialogue will then allow you to convert a quad mesh to t-spline body.

    Tip #6:

    Some conversion may produce error due to surface self-intersects. These errors are often highlighted very well in Fusion 360. The self-intersected T-spline will not be able to become solid body if not treated. You can use Edit Form to move vertices, edges or faces of the T-Spline to clear out self-intersected area.

    fix conversion error in fusion 360

    Tip #7:

    To fix surface self-intersects quickly, you can double click the edge ring and use UnWeld Edges to separate the T-Spline to remove self-intersected T-spline.

    fix surface self-intersects quickly with UnWeld Edges in Fusion 360

    Tip #8:

    Finally, learn some tricks from Autodesk Fusion 360 site will speed up your mesh to Solid conversion process. Here is my top 7 tricks which may be useful for you

    • Learn some fusion shortcut – there are many Fusion shortcut image which you can download.
    • I love the “S” key where you can search and add your favorite command to your shortcut.
    • Hold down the “Alt” key while moving, rotate or scale will add extra edges to the model
    • When add new edges; Fusion, by default will add uncreased faces to the model. By holding down Alt + Ctrl, you can force Fusion to add creased Faces.
    • To select a ring of faces, select a face then hold down the Shift key and Double Click a next face.
    • Alt+1, 2 or 3 will display form in different mode.
    • Finally, learn to identify between components and bodies if you want to turn a multi bodies part to an assembly.


    Fusion 360 shortcutsUntil next time…

    SolidCAD continues to grow exponentially with another acquisition of Autodesk Reseller, AMS 360 Inc.

    Toronto, ON, November 5, 2020 – Today, Canada’s largest Autodesk Platinum Partner and professional services company, SolidCAD, announces another thrilling acquisition of Autodesk Reseller, AMS 360 Inc. located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. AMS 360 operates as a full-service CNC and CAD/CAM training provider for the manufacturing sector. Outside of their training expertise, AMS 360 also provides their customers additional services including: optimization of the programming process, machine tool data creation and post processor builds.

    SolidCAD has been in the reseller channel for over 25 years and employs one of the largest team of technology experts. This acquisition marks an exciting milestone that will expand their application specialist team, knowledge and services for Autodesk’s advanced manufacturing solutions including FeatureCAM, PowerMill, PowerShape and PowerInspect.

    “AMS360 has excelled at providing Autodesk CAM products to it’s customers in Canada,” stated Marcus Tateishi, President of SolidCAD.  “We’re excited to have their whole team joining us and welcome their customers to the SolidCAD family.  By combining our capabilities, AMS360 and SolidCAD can provide our manufacturing customers with immediate benefits helping them prepare for new and innovate ways they can adopt technology that improve business operations and manufacturing processes.”

    “We are excited to join the Advanced Manufacturing Team at SolidCAD. The decision to merge with Canada’s largest Autodesk Platinum Reseller will solidify our position as the premier leader in Digital Manufacturing Solutions for the Canadian industry”, says Robert Kobielski, founder of AMS 360. “With SolidCAD, we can now expand our offerings to include the full, unified portfolio of Autodesk solutions, along with new products developed specifically for our customer’s needs. We intend to leverage the best technology with a dedicated development team to standardize our customer’s daily work and increase their programming capacity and flexibility”.

    SolidCAD and AMS 360’s combined team of experts are ready to support and service manufacturers across Canada with leading-edge CAM training, custom programming solutions and consulting services. With a new and improved team, SolidCAD is dedicated to helping firms streamline their entire digital manufacturing process from start to finish. This new merge is marked as SolidCAD’s third acquisition since last year.

    To learn more about SolidCAD’s Advanced Manufacturing services, visit us here:   https://www.solidcad.ca/partner-products/autodesk-cam/

    For more information, contact SolidCAD’s Managing Director for the Advanced Manufacturing Division, Marty Cornacchi at marty.cornacchi@solidcad.ca.

    About AMS 360

    AMS 360 is a full-service CNC and CAD/CAM training provider in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. We have combined a team of experts from various manufacturing sectors to form a complete and flexible customer training experience. Our services include product training, optimization of the programming process, machine tool data creation, and post processor builds. AMS 360 was incorporated by Robert Kobielski. www.ams360inc.com

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