Fusion 360 Canvas


Right-click the canvas in the browser and select Calibrate. Pick two points at the widest part of the shaver and enter 50 mm for the distance. Repeat the Attached Canvas command to insert the “front” image on the plane shown below. Remember to set the Canvas Opacity to 50 and enable Display Through. Join us at the Autodesk Online Gallery Community! How to use an image that would like to recreate model in Fusion 360. The image is scanned already and saved as a pdf, tif or jpg file. To insert an image as a canvas. From the toolbar, open the Insert dropdown menu. Navigate to the image that is going to be inserted. Select the Face or Plane to place the canvas on. Make any necessary adjustments to size, location, etc.

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Autodesk - Lars Christensen November 23, 2016 Comment

In the video above we look at the Sketch Basics of constraints and dimensions for Fusion 360.

In this example, we are going to sketch up a basic shape, while following a few sketch rules. It’s worthwhile to turn on the origin, as it is important we connect our first sketch entity to it.

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Remember, you can only sketch on a face or a plane. Since we don’t have any solids on the screen, when starting with an empty canvas, we will be picking a plane for our first sketch.

When you start your sketch, just create something close enough to your finished geometry. You will use constraints and dimensions to tie everything down afterward.

It is a good rule to start adding constraints before dimensions. Constraints are like rules for the sketches. For this example, we will apply horizontals and perpendicular constraints.

When you are applying your constraints and dimensions, your final goal is to fully define the sketch. This means that the sketch is completely fixed. Fusion 360 indicates this by turning sketch geometry from blue to black.

If you have a hard time figuring out what constraint or dimension you need to apply, you can try to drag a corner with your mouse.


It is very important that you get in the habit of fully constraining your 2D sketches, before extruding them into 3D. If not, someone can easily change the geometry by dragging a corner.

To recap: Onedrive.live login.

  1. Always sketching on a plane or a face.
  2. Use constraints and then dimensions
  3. Make sure you fully define your sketch (From blue to black).

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