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fizzy13/02/2020 21:31:02
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Hi. Im trying to get into fusion 360 but there are so many youtube tutorials that I dont know where to start. So far all seem to assume that we already know the basics of F360, which means I am falling at the first hurdle. Can anyone advise of a simple guide or better still offer some one to one help. This is for hobby use, not work related. Thanks.

Swarf Maker13/02/2020 22:13:47
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You might be better off by using the F360 tutorials and learning, rather than Youtube - although some of those are Autodesk postings.

With F360 open, click the '?' at top right, select 'Learning & Documentation' and then 'Self-Paced Learning'.

Be aware that you may encounter screens that don't reflect the current updated status of the software, although the underlying functionality remains unchanged. Just that some of the menu items are in a different place!

Brian H13/02/2020 22:18:57
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I found that the Youtube videos by Lars Christiansen helped me to start with Fusion 360 after I had previously given up because I couldn't even get a line on the page.

There are three starter videos entitled 'Fusion 360 for Absolute Beginners' parts 1,2 & 3

There are others but I like the way Lars explains things.

Give him a try and I hope it starts to become clear. It helps if you either have no prior knowledge of CAD or you forget everything you already knew.


Edited By Brian H on 13/02/2020 22:22:31

Swarf Maker14/02/2020 00:07:36
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I agree that Lars' videos are very good but unfortunately they are now 4 years or so out of date so the user interface for the software has evolved. He does cover the basics well though and as I said above, the principles are still the same.

JasonB14/02/2020 06:53:39
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I've only watched lar's ones, a few basic ones for CAD and the 5 or 6 for beginners CAM and can do what I need from that.

It is possible to set it back to the old legacy layout which may help you follow what is being shown.

Bob Rodgerson14/02/2020 08:39:29
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Fizzy, what is your aim with Fusion 360 ?

I am self taught and learnt how to use it so that I could generate G Code for my CNC Mill. I am no genius with it but can manage to produce most shapes that I want for motorcycle restorations etc. I gave a few of our ME society guys a few lessons last summer, after a while I found that most of the guys had picked it up well.

If you are using it for producing drawings only I don't see much point in learning it. I still have not mastered animations, whenever I try things fly all over the place.

I might be able to help you with the basics.

fizzy14/02/2020 09:08:19
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Thanks all. Bob, this is my exact remit. I only want to get gcode to run in mach3 for my mill, and then only basic shapes. I have produced gcode using other software but you need three different programs to get to the end point whereas f360 should do it all...any help most welcome.

Lainchy14/02/2020 09:54:59
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+1 for Lars Christiansen videos on YouTube. This is where I started.

Dave C14/02/2020 10:20:59
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I have been using a site called PRODUCT DESIGN ONLINE on youtube for tutorials. He takes you through from absolute beginner through numerous projects step by step. After a few hours I was amazed at what I was capable of producing.

Quite thorough explanations and also explanations and assistance from other commenters.

I can't recommend the tutorial enough, I found it to be fantastic. It is still using the old layout but still helpful as these changes are explained as you progress through.

Hope this is helpful. I use it for mach 3 on my mill so should be what you need.


Bob Rodgerson14/02/2020 12:22:05
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Fizzy I am in Cheadle Hulme, (South East side of Manchester0 Whereabouts are yo

Emgee14/02/2020 12:30:57
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Start at the Fusion site linked below, all topics are listed so get the topic help needed without watching any videos, I admit to watching Lars and some others who do offer good info.



Bob Rodgerson14/02/2020 14:11:10
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Fizzy I have sent you a PM

fizzy14/02/2020 16:00:56
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Thanks all again. This forum has is so good for help.

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