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November 28, 2022 - Fusion 360 Update Now Available

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dan.banach
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November 28, 2022 - Fusion 360 Update Now Available

The Autodesk® Fusion 360® update is now available. This is a critical update, if this update is not installed, functionality like Generative may not work in the near future, and  is required for your students to maintain file compatibility. Here is a link to What’s New in this update.

 

You can also receive email notifications about Fusion's update, click here to complete a form.

 

NOTICE: Important OS support information after March 2023 

After the March 2023 product update, Fusion 360 will no longer fully support the OS versions listed below: 

  • Windows 8.1 
  • Windows 10 (Version 1803 or older) 
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) 

Windows users:
NEW: Auto-Download for Windows users only – a time-saving process for updating Fusion Lab Installations. 


To ensure your lab version is consistent with the latest version available on students’ personal devices you now have the option to set up Auto-Downloads. Auto-Downloads for Fusion 360 automate the recurring 6-8 week update process. Learn more about the benefits of Auto-Downloads for Windows users and the set-up instructions here - see section 6 (page 14).

Alternatively, manual installation and update for Fusion 360 in a lab environment remains available. Use the following instructions:

These instructions are for educational institutions that desire to install and use the program in a lab environment where Fusion 360 is installed.

Windows

  1. Download the Fusion Lab Install File.
  2. Open the text file and copy the text in the file and save with the name “FusionLabInstall.bat” into the same folder/directory as your Fusion Lab Install File.
  3. Launch the *.bat file from Windows Explorer, a command shell, script, or software distribution or management system.       

Mac

  1. Download the Fusion Lab Install Package.
  2. Double-click the downloaded file in Finder, or use your customary .pkg deployment mechanism.
  3. The executable will prompt for administrator privileges if it does not already have them.

Please let me know if you have any question.

-Dan



Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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tsmith29NCK
in reply to: dan.banach

Hi Dan,

 

I am an engineering teacher at the high school level in Pennsylvania. I am having trouble with my IT department updating Fusion 360, stating that it is not necessary or required. When I inquired with them about using the auto-downloader they stated that "management has advised that we are not able to allow automatic updates due to security concerns."

 

Would you be able to provide any insight on the importance of regularly updating Fusion 360, and address what could possibly be a security concern with the auto-downloader?

 

Thanks,

 

Tyler Smith

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dan.banach
in reply to: dan.banach

Hi @tsmith29NCK 

There are two reasons that the computers need to be updated.

  1. File compatibility: If a student runs Fusion from a computer at home, this version of Fusion will automatically update. Then when the student tries to open the file on a school computer that is not up to date, the file will not be able to open because of file compatibility.
  2. Updated services: Fusion 360 is always updating services for better scalability and performance. These changes require lab computers to be updated to the latest version. We strongly recommend that all lab computers install the updates.

If the updates are not possible on the school computers and the students run Fusion from a home computer, you can try running Fusion from a browser. This version is updated by Autodesk. Here is a link to the Online - Browser access to Fusion 360 FAQ.

Does this help?

-Dan



Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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tsmith29NCK
in reply to: dan.banach

Thanks @dan.banach, those two points should hopefully be helpful.

 

Do you think you could provide any insight on how the auto-downloader can be a security risk?

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dan.banach
in reply to: dan.banach

Hi @tsmith29NCK 

I've not heard of security concerns about the script, from any other school. Let's see if the community may have some insights to share.

-Dan



Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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kellings
in reply to: tsmith29NCK

@tsmith29NCK I don't think the auto-downloader is a security risk as much as it is a perceived security risk by IT professionals. It's more of a policy violation than a risk. Since all software titles can't be trusted to be safe, IT will put measures in place to mitigate those risks, such as not allowing a piece of software to auto-update. 

Kevin Ellingson
Technical Specialist

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