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How to keep CAM information when inserting a model into another

Message 1 of 9
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How to keep CAM information when inserting a model into another

Hi there!


I'm creating a library of parametric and flexible models which always will be inserted into another models to create bigger compositions. With that, I get a pretty fast and powerfull way to draw some kind of flexible compositions, such as kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, etc.


I'm really glad with the performance of my models, at least to get the whole design of my compositions. Nevertheless, the great thing that I miss, is that every time I insert a parametric model from my library, I lose all the CAM information that is programmed for each component into those models, so I have to program component by component into the final composition.


So, is there any way to keep that CAM information set in the components of my models once they are inserted?


I have to say that I get what I'm asking if the models I insert are in the same project than the model of the composition, and they are inserted as linked. But this is not an option to me, because I need to make some "Combine" operations to some of those linked inserted models and I can't find a way to be allowed to do that. If I break the link to be able to combine, then I lose the CAM information.


So, another question is, is there any way to make "Combine" operations to linked models?


Thanks in advance.

Message 2 of 9
in reply to: Rafa_Navarro

Hi @Rafa_Navarro,


I don't think what you're asking for is currently supported in Fusion (I'm happy to be proven wrong though). However, you could use Toolpath Templates to save the toolpaths you have already programmed and then reapply them in a different Fusion document (see this video).


Hope this helps,



Tom Hemans

Technical Consultant
Message 3 of 9
in reply to: Tom.Hemans

Hi Tom, thanks for your response.


Using templates is a good point to accelerate the workflow, but even that way, I have to remake yet the setup for each component into the assembly, and then, reasign the operations of the template to each geometry.


I guess what I'm asking for, is not supported right now in Fusion 360. It would be great it was considered to be implemented in the near future.



Message 4 of 9
in reply to: Rafa_Navarro

This is definitely something we have in the roadmap.


Message 5 of 9
in reply to: jeff.pek

Can't wait to test it!!!! Is there an approximate date for the implementation? 🥰🥰


Thanks for going on with the improvemens!

Message 6 of 9
in reply to: Rafa_Navarro

Sorry, not yet.


Message 7 of 9
in reply to: jeff.pek

Hey, maybe something has change since 2021 in this topic? 😉

Message 8 of 9
in reply to: Pabiuro

@Pabiuro Sadly, this is still not possible. I know it's something that we are intent on solving, it's just a matter of "when".

Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 9 of 9
in reply to: seth.madore

Thanks for reply! Waiting for it. In my opinion you could bring many customers from furniture industry by adding that feature to basic fusion 360 and problably then get new customers for nesting addon 😉

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