As many of you are aware, on October 1 Autodesk implemented changes in Fusion 360 functionality for those that are using the Personal Use license. You can read about the various changes here: https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/blog/changes-to-fusion-360-for-personal-use/
Among the changes, Fusion 360 now manipulates the G code programs created to remove all G0 rapid moves between cuts. They are instead replaced with a G1 straight moves that is assigned the same feed rate as the previous cut loop. This means that rapid moves between cuts are going to be slower than what you are used to.
More concerning is that the changes Fusion 360 has made has caused issues with the way that the FireControl post processors work. Those issues are dependent on which post processor you are using. The issues are described below:
- Post Processors up to and including V1.5
Programs posted with V1.5 will load into FireControl properly and can be run successfully. Your rapid moves will be slowed down to the feed rate of the program. In addition, none of the run from loop functionality will work. This means that if you have a misfire or other mishap, you will not be able to run the program from where you left off.
- Post Processor V1.6
Programs posted with V1.6 will load into FireControl properly and can be run successfully (remember you will need to make sure that you are running CrossFire V1.2ls machine firmware with V1.6). Your rapid moves will be slow. In addition, none of the run from loop functionality will work. This means that if you have a misfire or other mishap, you will not be able to run the program from where you left off.
As many are aware, we were planning to release FireControl 20.5 which includes a host of new features and some bug fixes that we have been working on for the past few months. We have decided to postpone the release of 20.5 so that we can modify the how ‘Run From Loop’ and the new ‘Run From Line’ algorithms work in these new circumstances.
Unfortunately there is nothing that we can do to restore the rapid moves between cuts, as doing so would violate the Fusion 360 personal use license. We are hoping to have these changes in FireControl 20.5 by the end of next week. Our team is working as fast and efficiently as possible to make this happen.
As always, SheetCAM can be purchased from our website. Now is probably as good a time as ever to convert over.
Thanks for your understanding.