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  • January 14, 2021
  • Author: Catherine Aspinall
  • Blog

Netfabb joins the Fusion 360 family

Autodesk has recently added its suite of Netfabb tools to the Autodesk Fusion 360 software, which incorporates additive CAD, cost-projection, and milling tools.


What’s the change?

As of January 7th, 2021, Fusion 360 and the Netfabb unification became live. A subscription of Autodesk Fusion 360 now includes Netfabb Standard functionality (Netfabb Standard is no longer a standalone product).

The powerful AM software Netfabb, builds upon the Fusion 360 software by adding a parts library, additive system, and material parameters and simulation software to the Fusion 360 package. All existing Netfabb subscribers will receive access to the Fusion 360 package included with their subscriptions. Traditional users of Netfabb have been able to import 3D print STL files, fix and repair models, prior to exporting to your preferred 3D Printer. Now with Fusion 360, you can combine the ability to convert STL files back to Mesh files, to make CAD changes and they have added a really useful way to add a fillet rad or add holes, features, to an original STL file.

Other changes include Netfabb Premium and Ultimate subscribers will start receiving the Additive Build Extension to set up jobs for metal additive manufacturing. Ultimate subscribers will also automatically receive the upcoming Additive Simulation Extension as it becomes commercially available (Cadspec will communicate this). The ability to simulate the Additive process, at the PC stage, eliminates the risks of build failures,  uses the same machine parameters, laser setting, scanning speeds, to give as good a degree of actual machine performance, as possible, essential when printing exotic or high profile parts.

Why the change?

We believe that Autodesk’s goal with this new pairing is to further ignite that collaboration between designers, engineers, fabricators, and the increasing use of all 3D Printing technologies, where all require 3D models to get started. The company aims, in short, to unite the disparate elements of the AM process via its offering of connected workflows, automated processes, and the ability to network with supply chains. Added to this is the amazing use of Generative Design, where using Fusion 360 and Netfabb, take this into a completely new area of design, the ultimate light-weighting combination of software tools.


I am a current Netfabb user, how will this new change affect me?

Nothing changes in the way you currently use Netfabb, the addition of Fusion 360, which is a powerful CAD, CAE & CAM package, now gives added benefits to change CAD data, where generally Netfabb is only working with an already created model, STL for example.

Do you offer specific training courses for Fusion 360 with Netfabb?

Cadspec currently is the only UK Partner to offer a fully extensive and flexible range of Fusion 360 training that covers CAD, CAD for Manufacture & CAM which we also plan to add a 1-day Netfabb Basic Essentials very course soon.

For any further questions on Fusion 360 with Netfabb, or to find out how you’re affected – get in touch.

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