Collaboration In Fusion 360 | Part 1

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Even before a global pandemic, access to platforms that successfully enable remote cross-team, cross-departmental collaboration has been an asset. Rarely have we seen platforms that de-silo engineering and product design fields into a single tool. Recently many companies have seen a decrease in efficiency and throughput that at its best, impacts release and delivery dates. At it’s worse, it can equate to sizeable revenue losses, until now. Fusion 360’s cloud-based services allow any team to work concurrently on any project at any time.

Say what? Yep…it’s true.

Fusion 360 has and will continue to de-centralize the product design and manufacturing industries by empowering companies and users to work remotely without impacting efficiency and throughput. Follow along this three-part series to see how you can deploy Fusion 360 as a high-value asset to increase productivity, lessen the risk of missed release and launch dates, and hopefully add an increase in throughput to help your bottom line. 

Designers and Engineers, Share the Load

In part one, we’ll be covering design concurrency and the power of componentry. We’ll show you why designers and engineers should start with components and utilize cross-team component editing using our Edit in Place feature.

Here’s the outline for parts 2 and 3 for reference:

Part two: We will share with managers how to deploy Fusion’s web-based information sharing to highlight comments, security, and annotations. Part three: We will focus on the specifying role or PM’s and how they can automate technical drawings and wiki creations for any project. 

I’ve worked in many different design and engineering roles, from a designer to a machinist, or manager to founder. Each of these positions has taught me that the most powerful tool for successful hardware projects is good practices around collaboration and data sharing. One problem I’ve had is that for most of my career, I used app after app to increase my productivity. I had software for modeling, a different one for CAM, then another for data management. It became so overwhelming my productivity declined.

I have no reservations telling you that Fusion 360 can manage most, if not all, of your company’s design and engineering needs. And it can all be deployed from individual contributor to CEO. 

Components in Fusion 360

The component function is where it all begins and where it should stay forever. By utilizing this function, you can deploy all the needed information to your collaborators without lifting a finger. 


The power of components lies in the ability to compartmentalize information and references into neat packages. It takes the information found in the model tree-like sketch, solid bodies, and origins and creates a package of that information. Every project should be an assemblage of multiple components. Think of it as a pizza; you have the crust, then the sauce, the cheese, and the toppings. You don’t just throw them all into one mixture, you layer, and each layer is a component of the overall delicious design. Creating components as I’m about to show you is the single most powerful tool used in collaborating with managers, PMs, and other designers and engineers. It’s what will allow you to

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