Introduction: Export an SVG File in Fusion 360

About: Vladimir Mariano is the founder of and instructor of the online course Designing for 3D Printing with Fusion 360. He is cofounder and president of the Fairfield County Makers’ Guild, an …

A friend recently purchased a new laser cutter and asked me how to use Fusion 360 to export SVG files. I suggested simply exporting DXF files instead but it turns out the brand of laser he bought only accepts SVG files. This was the same problem I had with a desktop CNC mill I had bought in the past. Fusion 360 can easily export DXF files but to export SVG there’s a little bit of a trick which I’ll share with you in this post. While we’re at it we’ll go ahead and laser cut this handy (and adorable) earbud wrapper.

Step 1: Open Fusion 360 App Store

The ability to export SVG files does not come natively installed into Fusion 360 but is available as a plugin. Click on the Add-Ins menu and select Fusion 360 App Store.

Step 2: Download Shaper Origin Plugin

Type “Origin” on the search bar and hit enter. Click on the Shaper Origin icon that shows up. Select either MacOS or Win64 version and click on Download. After the download is complete, open the application and install it.

Step 3: Restart Fusion 360

For the icon to appear on the toolbar you’ll have to restart Fusion 360. After relaunching Fusion 360 you should see a new icon on the toolbar labeled Shaper.

Step 4: Export Your Face

Click on the Shaper menu icon and then select the face of the body you want to export. Click Ok and select the file location to save your SVG file. You can now import your new SVG file into whatever software you use in order to prepare it for laser cutting, CNC milling, or waterjet cutting.

Step 5: Video of Entire Process