Fusion 360 For Makers Book Review

tl;dr

Fusion 360 For Makers is full of pretty pictures and is a great resource to help people new to Fusion 360 get a leg up on what they can do and brief intro in the app features. As Fusion 360 is under constant development, the book will be only as good so long as the UI doesn’t dramatically change. Recommended to buy if you have a 3d printer and need to create your own models to print.

Price
$34.48 CDN
$23.17 USD

Thoughts

There are lots of YouTube videos showing how to use Fusion 360, however they vary widely in quality and don’t always get to the point quickly. I like Fusion 360 For Makers because the first part of the book is an introduction to the basics and quick review of all the features. This was valuable to me because sometimes the biggest challenge is knowing that a feature is available, answering ‘can I do this easily?’ There are lots of images and clear descriptions of the features.

The one risk with any book that contains lots of images of the UI is that it will become out of date as soon as the UI changes. While that might be true some time in the future, for now it is great.

The second part of the book, Make Some Stuff, drills down into concrete examples, with five example models. These example models go step by step work through the features introduced in the first part of the book.

For the Emoji Wall Art, it would have been helpful if the emoji svg file were available for download.

For the editing of the melting face STL, entering Mesh mode instructions were either incomplete, or the application has changed.

To enter the Mesh mode:

  1. Click on the Fusion 360 menu and select Preferences. Then under Preview, check Mesh Workspace.
  2. Right click on browser root and select Do not capture Design History.

Reference:
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/The-mesh-workspace-is-missing-in-Fusion-360.html

Recommended?

Overall I would recommend this book to people who are starting out with 3D modeling, specifically for 3D printing. The book is cheap for what you get and will give you a jump start in using Fusion 360. At the very least allowing you to know what to search for, even if you don’t know exactly how to create your model.

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