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I just downloaded the free hobbyist version of Fusion 360.  I've been able to create new parts and save the files without issue.

 

The problem arises when I attempt to OPEN an Inventor 2011 or Inventor 2015 part file.

They (two different versions) upload fine.  I can see them in the project folder I created.

When I pick them and the menu opens there is no OPEN option displayed as when I opened the new parts I created and saved to the same project folder.

 

Does anyone have experience with this program; uploading/opening Inventor part files?

 

I also understand the program is supposed to convert the file to a Fusion 360 part extension but that didn't happen.  Does it happen after successfully opened in the program and then saved?  Or is it that it is the free hobbyist version and that function is not available in that free download??

 

Thanks for any help offered.

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Thanks for the reply.

I just discovered it only works with a paid supscription.

If you use the free hobbyist version the ipt files needs to be converted to an igs, stp or similar type file.

I tried this moments ago and it worked.

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Now I just discovered STEP files are better than IGES files because they are newer, IGES is 20 years old and can convert with gaps or missing info.

 

still trying them both out.

 

Inventor LT (at $520 Canadian a year) is closer to what I am use to using and all my files are on my computer.

 

Fusion 360 for hobbyist is free, very similar, but cloud based... your stuff goes off site like all those celebrity photos that never should have seen the light of day.

I've read you can save to your hard drive and work on it.  I'll have to give this a try.  I am not a fan of having no choice but to have my files being "out there".

 

Is that privilege worth $520 a year?

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Alan, 

Will Inventor export the files to other formats like most of the 2D programs?  I'm not familiar with 3D so I have no idea what's a "good" file type and what's not.  I might be worth it for one year to get your files exported to something you can use.

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Fusin 360 saves your files in two locations: primo - in the cloud and secundo - inside the sofware allowing you to work offline. On the Preferences you can decide for how long to retain them there. The other option would be to transer your sketch to drawing and save it in PDF format for example. You can go back to  your sketch anytime and update it ( measurements ea.) on both - design and drawing. 

In regards to transferring older files, it's challenging indeed to get it without paying a fee. 

Cheers, JR

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Hi Alan, I just went to the website for Fusion 360 it only comes up with a free 30 day trial.  How did you get the free, non time limited version?

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Jeez, sorry for not answering that question Derek... I didn't get an e-mail notification of your posting.

 

So I am still tooling about with Fusion 360 and Inventor LT (2020 version) with about 20 days left in the free trial for the Inventor.

I had successfully create a Project to put my 3D hull models and rebuilt my assembly.

On Saturday Fusion would not let me make a new Project to insert my ropewalk design models.

Try as I might it will not cooperate.

I checked on the board and there seems to be a glitch they don't explain but they need to perform some tweek at their end.

So I posted my problem in the support group, requested help and an explanation.

Sunday, no success... and no one in support viewed my request.

Monday, no success... and 10:54 am... no one viewed my request.

hmmm.

New Project - operation failed.JPG

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So the answer to my latest problem is that the user must join Fusion Team, create your own "team" of one, and away you go.

This seems to be what they are migrating towards.

If so why don't they just delete the personal hub option from the new program downloads?

 

Fusion Team was created to answer the problem of businesses having employees with company models on the employees personal data log in the cloud.  If the employee leaves the company they still have the models.  Plus it was difficult to manage who gets access to projects or files in projects.  With the Team creation the business company administrator controls it all and it all remains with the business.

 

That makes sense to me.

 

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