Export an SVG File in Fusion 360

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Introduction: Export an SVG File in Fusion 360

About: Vladimir Mariano is the founder of desktopmakes.com 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

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    8 Discussions

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    neowalla
    neowalla

    4 months ago

    This doesn't work as of May 25, 2020. Autodesk updates Fusion 360 so often tutorials like this very soon become obsolete. There is no "app store" anymore. I found the plugin by googling, installed it, re-launched Fusion, and.....nothing. This "plugin" is nowhere to be found.

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    nthnbt
    nthnbt

    Reply 3 months ago

    This still works, I did it last night. You have to goto the tools tab to find the add ons tool bar and then go back to toops to find the origin shaper app. The only trouble I had was the exported svg was much smaller then the intended size.

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    Cricutcutter2000
    Cricutcutter2000

    7 months ago

    Thank you so much for posting this! I use SVG files regularly with my Cricut Explore Air cutting machine (for cardstock, fabric, light balsa wood, etc), and have been wanting to create my own designs. Is there a score line feature in Fusion 360, like for folds???

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    sirskialot22
    sirskialot22

    11 months ago

    For some reason, the Shaper add-in is not showing up after installing and restarting Fusion360 - any suggestions here for troubleshooting? For reference, I'm using version 2.0.6440 of Fusion 360, and I just downloaded Shaper via the app-store today. Do I need to activate the app after installing it somehow?

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    BartB22
    BartB22

    Reply 10 months ago

    Hello, did you find a solution to this, I am running in the same problem...

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    sirskialot22
    sirskialot22

    Reply 10 months ago

    I ended up doing the exact same steps on a different computer and it worked properly. A fresh install of fusion might work too, can't be positive here though

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    BartB22
    BartB22

    Reply 10 months ago

    I had asked the question to the fusion 360 forum. The add-on is in the tools...

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    jbumstead
    jbumstead

    1 year ago

    Thanks for posting this! I have been searching for a solution to export SVG for a long time.