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Export and Import Autodesk Fusion 360 Designs

30 Apr, 2016 By: Anthony Dull

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Learn about the process for handing off a design and what options are available — without having to add them to your A360 project.


 

Sharing Designs That Have References to Other Designs

This method of sharing files involves working with A360 directly from a webpage. It can be used for sharing designs that are self-contained in one design or that reference other design files.

First, log in to A360 and navigate to the required file that is being exported. (Note: folders cannot be included.) Hover your cursor over the file to be shared/downloaded. There are two methods you can use: Share or Export.

Share. This method enables another user to view the design without having to download the entire file and open it in Fusion. However, if after reviewing the file, the user wants to download it, they certainly can.

  1. Start by selecting the Share icon.

  2. Choose whether you want to just copy the link to the clipboard, send an e-mail with a link, or copy the embedded code for someone to view on a website. For this, I will copy the link and e-mail it to the person I want to share it with. Verify that the option “Allow viewers to download to their computer” is turned on. Click Copy, paste it into an e-mail, and send it.


     
  3. Once they receive the e-mail and click the link, the file can be viewed in the online viewer using tools to spin, pan, etc. To download the design for themselves, viewers can expand the Download drop-down list and select Fusion 360 Archive.


     
  4. Enter an e-mail address and click Send. The link to the file will be sent there.


     
  5. You will be prompted that the Export has been complete, and it will identify the format that it is being exported to. Remember that if it is a design that references files, it will be in .F3Z format. If it is a single design, it will be in Fusion 360 Archive (.F3D) format.


     
  6. Once the e-mail is received from A360, click Download File.



     
  7. Now this is where it can get tricky. If you are using Internet Explorer or Edge, the archived file is downloaded as a ZIP file. If you use Chrome, then it will download as the desired F3Z file. If you end up with a ZIP on your system, simply rename it to the extension F3Z and all is well (the F3Z is actually a ZIP-type file). If the design is an F3D file, then no renaming is required.
  8. Back in Fusion 360, you need to upload the file to your A360 account to open it. In the Data Panel, click to open the “Select files to upload” dialog box. Click Select Files and navigate to the F3Z or F3D file on your local drive. Click Open.

  9. Once the upload is complete, you can open the file from the Data Panel.

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