All of my tutorials are recorded with the Fusion 360 defaults settings. This helps make my tutorials easy to follow along with. Any special settings used throughout a tutorial will be mentioned on a case-by-case basis.
With that said, the Fusion 360 Engineers occasionally decide to add or remove a default setting. This can cause confusion when trying to follow along with my tutorials, especially if the tutorial is more than a few months old (since Fusion 360 receives monthly updates).
This page will serve as a cross-reference to check your settings with the settings of my tutorials. I will update this as defaults settings are changed, to notify you of settings you may need to turn on. I recommend bookmarking this page so you can reference it often.
Restoring the Default Settings
If you’ve been turning different settings on and off then you may want to restore your settings to the default settings. This helps you start “from scratch” and will make it easier for you to check the settings below.
To restore your settings click on your username in the upper righthand corner > preferences > restore defaults (button in the lower lefthand corner of the dialog box). Then, click the “apply” button to apply the settings and the “OK” button to close the dialog box. Finally, you will have to restart Fusion 360 in order for the changes to take effect.
Visual Style Settings (on by default)
Nearly all of my tutorials are recorded with the “Shaded with Visible Edges Only” visual style setting. In some tutorials, I will mention changing the visual style in order to look at different parts of the model. The Shaded with Visible Edges Only visual style is a great way to better understand the curvature and contour of your model, without seeing too much information (the hidden lines).
To change your visual style head to the bottom-middle of your Fusion 360. Click on the Display Settings (computer desktop icon) > Visual Style > select Shaded with Visible Edges Only.
Auto Project Edges on Reference (turn this on)
In some of my earlier tutorials, especially in the “30 days” series, you’ll find that edges can be used as reference geometry. This setting is a fantastic way to create models in a more efficient manner while ensuring that objects are properly aligned. Unfortunately, the Fusion 360 Engineers decided to uncheck this as a default setting. You’ll want to turn this one on (and leave it on).
To turn the “Auto project edges on reference” click on your username in the upper-righthand corner > preferences > design (tab on the lefthand side) > check the Auto project edges on reference option. Be sure to click the “apply” button to apply the settings and the “OK” button to close the dialog box. Finally, you will have to restart Fusion 360 in order for the changes to take effect.
Layout Grid (turn this off)
The Layout Grid is simply a visual grid that appears in your canvas window. This setting is on by default. However, I typically turn this off so it makes it easier for you to see what I’m doing throughout the tutorials. The grid makes it harder to see the small things.
With that said, this Layout Grid setting will not affect the outcome of any of the tutorials. It’s really up to you whether or not you want to leave it on or turn it off.
You’ll find the Layout Grid setting at the top of the Grids and Snaps folder (grid icon), which is locate at the bottom of Fusion 360.
Sketch Palette (check your settings)
The Sketch Palette lets you quickly access the tools that assist you in creating sketch geometry. Below is an image of the default settings (restore your defaults, as explained above, to automatically do this). Makes sure your settings match mine.
Notice a setting that is not on this list? Let me know by commenting on one of my YouTube videos.