Fusion 360 is a parametric CAD/CAM/CAE software package, most known for its modern user interface and versatile feature set. You may be wondering if Fusion 360 has a command line similar to AutoCAD.
A command-line interface processes lines of text for a computer program. The command-line is not to be confused with Fusion 360’s line command, which is a tool used to create linear lines.
In short, Fusion 360 does not work via a command-line interface like AutoCAD, which is also from the software giant Autodesk. However, Fusion 360 does have a ‘hidden’ command line that offers some functionality that is not available through the graphical user interface.
How to Access Fusion 360’s Command-Line
Fusion 360’s command line is currently for internal testing purposes. Thus, it’s not a part of the user interface by default. All Fusion 360 users can open the Text Commands (command-line) pane, regardless of which Fusion 360 license type you’re on.
To open the command-line in Fusion 360, select Show Text Commands from the View dropdown menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Option + CMD + C on Mac OS or ALT + CTRL + C on Windows OS.
Opening the command line in Fusion 360 will make the Text Commands pane appear at the bottom.
Once open, you can type text commands that are unique to Fusion 360. Type a single question mark “?” for help, which will provide a description and additional information about Fusion 360’s command line.
What can Fusion 360’s Command Line do?
It’s important to note that Fusion 360’s command line is not the same as AutoCAD. You will not be able to place sketch objects by coordinate points.
To see a complete list of what’s accepted, you can type “TextCommands.List” in the Text Commands pane. After pressing Enter, this will return a long list of available Text Commands.
Important: Use these commands with extreme caution. Because the command line is (mainly) set up for internal testing purposes, many of these features can disrupt the normal functions of your Fusion 360. Use with caution and read the description of a command before you use it.
List of Fusion 360’s Command Line Tools
Fusion 360’s command line is a DOS box-like command window. Command names are split into Subject Areas and Operations (e.g. ‘Document.Open’).
There are 146 hidden (i.e. seldom used) Subject Areas – use ‘??’ to include these Subject Areas in this help information. Use ‘/?’ to get help on a Subject Area or specific Command (e.g. ‘Document /?’ or ‘Document.Open /?’).
Use the following command to see the full list of available text commands, or download the text file below.
How to Highlight Unconstrained Objects in Fusion 360
Through the user interface, there is no way to automaitcally highlight unconstrained sketch objects in Fusion 360. However, you can use the ‘hidden’ command line to list how many sketch points and sketch curves are not yet constrained. This Text Command will also subsequently highlight the sketch objects in your active sketch.
Open the Text Commands pane. Then, copy/paste the following Text Command into the input of the command line:
This text command will return a list of what’s yet to be fully defined. This is a great ‘secret’ way to figure out why your Fusion 360 sketch is yet to have the red lock icon. Remember, the red lock icon in the Fusion 360 Browser lets you know that a 2D sketch is not 100% fully defined.