I’m new to Fusion360 but have have had some limited success creating parts and cutting them out on my CrossFirePRO. It’s been a real gamechanger.
The problem is that I am just doing “quick and dirty” drawings in the ADMIN Project and quickly filling up the 10 file limit there… the options for “New Folder” or “New Project” are greyed-out which I assume is because I’m just using the free version of F360. Still, there must be a way to organize myself in a way where I am constantly forced to just delete or purge old drawings so that I’m not always up against the 10 file limit?
From an organizational standpoint, it would be really helpful to have a few folders or at least nested directories for similar files depending on what I’m doing… and I’d like to be able to easily find and delete old/incorrect versions of drawings once I finally get them fixed and finalized. I just stumbled across the post showing how to find the hidden “F” and “Q” Folders where local copies of all my files are actually stored, so I should be able to clean up the mess I’ve created there.
If anyone has a good system that is helping them to stay organized, and/or avoid the 10 file limitation of the free version, I’d love to hear from you.
I don’t use Fusion, but the 10 file limit is only for active projects. My understanding is that you can make them inactive and just swap files between being active and inactive to stay under the 10 active file limit.
Edit: the proper terminology is “editable” and “read only”. You can make your files “read only” to free up space in your 10 document limit. In order to make a “read only” file editable, you’ll have to have space in your 10 document limit. You can do that by making another file “read only”.
Thanks! I do recall seeing that option… and I think I played with it a bit.
Initially, I had no idea where my local files were actually being saved and it appeared that my data was being lost or hidden by F360 when I would look for a specific file.
My next challenge: Figuring out how to get back from an “extruded” view of my part to the “dimensioned” view. Often times, I will cut a part out… then realize I want to refine one of the dimensions, but since I’ve already moved from “DESIGN” to “MANUFACTURE” to build the G-code file all I seem to have left is an onscreen view of my part as a solid body, but only about 5% of the time can I get lucky and manage to find the original dimensioned drawing to make my edits on.
One step at a time… I’m having a TON of fun with this new tool though!!!
@ds690 is right all you have to do is click on read only and it will free up a spot. You aren’t limited to the number of read only files you can have and, provided you don’t have 10 active files you can reactivate a file at any time.
You will see all the sketches listed on the left of the screen you can click on the sketch and select the eye to open the view. If you want to make changes you will need to select edit sketch. I’m on my phone or I would post some screen shots for visual aids.
Save a *.f3d file to your computer and use fusion in offline mode. the one catch is it has to talk to the mother ship once every two weeks via internet. You could tether to your phone internet if you had no access to internet.
but if i save it as a dxf then i can use anything to open it. i get lag issues every once in a while. could be problem on my end and things won’t move. i save as dxf and kill it and reopen and all is usually good. just find it a lot easier to have a ton of revisions local and maybe keep the final there as a back up. that seems to be my file strategy.
i hate the lag and spinning beach ball. it’s not built for poor connections. i really wish they would offer a lighter local version i’ve grown accustomed to it for cad. but i don’t need all the 3d stuff. kind of like a jeep with an atlas lockers and 38” to get groceries.
Another thing you can do is have multiple sketches in a single file. Click on New Sketch (#1) and in the dialog tree you will see the new sketch show up at location #2. Double click on the sketch name and you can rename it. All of these sketches are in the same single file and only count as one.