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How to Import Geometries From Fusion 360?

This knowledge base article answers the following two questions:

  1. How to import geometries from Fusion 360 into SimScale?
  2. Does SimScale have an add-in to simplify the process?

Solution

There are two ways to import geometries from Fusion to SimScale. We will go through them in this article.

First Method: SimScale Add-in for Fusion 360

SimScale has an add-in for Fusion, which can be downloaded for free from Autodesk’s app store for Windows and Mac OS.

After downloading and installing the add-in, users can easily take their models from Fusion directly to their preferred SimScale Workbench.

Once the geometry is ready to run simulations, follow these steps to import it to SimScale:

  • Within Fusion, please switch to the “Tools” tab. This is where add-ins are listed. Click on the SimScale icon and launch it.
simscale add-in for fusion
Figure 1: Tools tab in Fusion 360 with SimScale add-in
  • After launching the add-in, enter your SimScale credentials. If you currently don’t have a SimScale account, make sure to sign up on this page.
logging into simscale add-in on fusion
Figure 2: Logging into SimScale on Fusion 360
  • Now, in the drop-down menu, there is a list of all existing projects in your Dashboard. Choose one of the projects to import the geometry.
importing geometries from fusion to simscale
Figure 3: Selecting the project to which the geometry will be imported

After clicking on upload to project, the geometry is available directly in your desired Workbench!

Important: For Users Who Connect to SimScale Using Google

Users who created their SimScale accounts using Google don’t receive a password for their accounts automatically, which prevents them from using the Fusion 360 add-in. The steps below can be used to obtain a SimScale password if you signed up using Google:

1. On the login page, click on the ‘Forgot Password?’ button:

simscale login page creating a new password google account
Figure 4: Creating a password for a SimScale account registered with Google

You will receive an email with instructions to set up a password for your account.

2. With the password in hand, you will be able to use the Fusion add-in.

Keep in mind that you will be able to log into SimScale using Google SSO or the newly created password.

Second Method: Exporting and Importing

The second method consists of exporting the geometry from Fusion and then importing it to SimScale.

In Fusion, when the geometry is ready, click on File and select Export:

fusion 360 exporting a geometry
Figure 5: Steps to export the geometry from Fusion

Make sure to export your geometry in a format that SimScale supports.

Afterward, navigate to the SimScale Workbench and follow these steps:

  • 1: Click on the ‘+ button’ next to Geometries;
  • 2: Select a file to upload or drag it to the box;
  • 3: Click on the ‘Import’ button.
importing a geometry to SimScale
Figure 6: Steps to import geometries into the SimScale Workbench

The geometry should now be visible in your Workbench.

Note

If none of the above suggestions solved your problem, then please post the issue on our forum or contact us.

Last updated: October 13th, 2021

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