Selfie Ring Light Tutorial #6: Tying It All Together

Step 4: Adding Screws

It’s best for your design to include important details like screws…

There are tens of thousands of different screw designs, different lengths, diameters, thread types, head types, drive types, the list goes on.
It would be no fun at all to sit in Fusion 360 modelling them.

Thankfully we don’t have to – Fusion 360 can automatically download and insert standard parts like screws!

  1. First we’ll make a new component in the design.
    This will be used like a container component to group all the screws under one place.
    (a useful practice)

    1. Right-click on the top-level ‘SRL mk1‘ component,
    2. Select ‘New Component’,
    3. Click twice on the component name in the browser, and rename it to ‘Fasteners‘.


  2. Now, go to the Insert Toolbar and select Insert McMaster Carr Component.
    (A vast catalogue will appear. Every one of these components has a 3D model available for integrating into our design!)

    1. We already know the part number we need,
      In the search bar type in 91420A122.
    2. In the results box, click on the link.
    3. Scroll down and find the dropdown box in that page:

      Change this to ‘3-D STEP’ and click SAVE.
    4. (Wait for the component to download… it can take a little while)
    5. When the screw and the dialog appears, click OK.
  3. Expand the ‘Fasteners’ component.
    1. Do you see the ‘91420A122′ component inside it?
      That’s the screw, though it’s hard to see behind the other components.
    2. Hide the Back Cover and Battery Holder components.
    3. Pivot the view around and find the screw.
  4. That’s one screw added to the design, what about the other three?
    1. Make sure the Fasteners component is still activated. (the small circle next to it should be filled)
    2. Right-click on the 91420A122 component and select ‘Copy‘.
    3. Right-click on the Fasteners component and select ‘Paste’.
    4. When the dialog appears, click OK.
    5. Paste two more screws into the design.
    6. Check the Fasteners component in the browser – are there four screws inside it?
      (they’re all overlapping right now, so look just like one screw)


  5. Now those screws can be locked with Joints into the screw holes made earlier.
    1. Click on the Joint tool in the Assemble Toolbar.
    2. Find and select the Joint Origin in the top centre of the screw head,
      (Hover the mouse over the edge of the screw head until it appears in the centre, then click)
    3. Pivot the view around to the front cover.
    4. Find and select the Joint Origin in the centre of a hole,
      (Hover the mouse of the outer edge until it appears, then click)
    5. The screw should jump into place.
      If it is backwards, click on the ‘Flip‘ icon.
    6. When you’re happy with the placement, click OK.
    7. Repeat steps a-f with the next three screws and holes.


  6. Lastly, the screws are imported with just the default appearance.
    Let’s change their Appearance to be nice and shiny stainless steel.

    1. Open the Appearance tool by pressing a.
    2. Look through the library to find Stainless Steel – Satin.
    3. Drag it onto the Fasteners component in the Browser.
      (this will apply that appearance to everything inside the component)

It’s got dimples!

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