You might have heard by now of the biggest ever Autodesk Developer Conference coming this June, Forge DevCon
The Early Bird tickets are running out this Friday, so you'll have to hurry up if you want to use them! :)
At the conference you can learn everything there is to know about our Forge Platform and how you can build on top of it.
Brian will be there to talk about Fusion API, and I will be there too explaining how you will be able to take advantage of our translation services to get data out of pretty much any design file you have.
Then the following week we'll also hold a Cloud Accelerator, a program that we have run many times by now all around the world with great success. Here we work side-by-side with 3rd party developers to jump start their development on our cloud technologies.
It's looking to be a great couple of weeks that nobody should miss :)
Later this month I’ll be attending and presenting the Fusion 360 API at several Fusion 360 Meetups along the west coast. The list below contains links to the Meetup site where you can get more information about times and specific locations.
At the Meetup here in Portland last month they had a couple of modeling challenges. One of them was a butter dish. As a teaser for this upcoming Meetup I created the animation below using my butter dish and the API. If you’re curious how this was done, I’ll discuss it at the Meetup. And for those that can’t attend, I’ll post something here at the end of the month.
I know Adam already posted about Answer Day but I just want to give one more reminder and to let everyone know that API questions are included in this. There’s a special forum that’s been created just for Answer Day. If you go there now it explains about Answer Day but tomorrow it will become active at 6am Pacific time and you’ll be able to start posting questions. Depending on the quantity of new questions coming in there, we’ll also be going back through any open questions on the Inventor Customization Forum. It should be a great event and a chance to get over any hurdles on the project you’ve been working on or jump start the project you’ve been wanting to get started.
The rest of this week the Q&A sessions were not very busy - as you can tell from the number of questions below. I hope it's because everyone is working heads-down on their product to finish them by the end of the hackathon. :)
Here are the questions and Brian's answers to them:
Q: Is there an ExportManager? - i.e. the same thing as ImportManager, but for exporting
A: Yes, the API supports the same capabilities as the UI for exporting the design, or portions of the design in different formats.
Q: Is it possible to Export documents without having to individually open each one?
A: A document has to be open in order to export it.
Q: When is the next update (release)?
A: The new major update is currently planned for November.
Q: Where can we find the list of static functions in F360 webpage?
A: There isn’t a complete list of all static functions, but the “Syntax” portion of each function in the API help indicates if it is a static function or not.
Q: Any status bar to put a message in?
A: Fusion doesn’t support a status bar, but there are plans to expose a progress dialog.
Q: What are these transient Line2D and Line3D and Arc2D things used for?
A: Transient geometry is used in several ways with the primary use being able to query the shape of an existing model. An edge of a solid can be any shape and the geometry property of the BRepEdge object will return one of the transient geometry objects that describes the shape of the face. For example, it can return a Plane, Cylinder, etc.
The 2D transient geometry is also used in querying existing geometry but is used to return information back in the parameter space of a surface. This isn’t commonly used by most applications. Because sketches in Fusion are always 3D, 2D geometry is not used for sketches.
Q: How do I put up a wait cursor?
A: It’s not currently possible to display a wait cursor.