Fusion 360 has the "browser" (tree structure) and timeline to represent the CAD model.

When I realize I should have created a parent component for an already existing component, how to do this?

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In the picture, I wish to create a component LockBogie that would wrap the already created component Lock underneath it.

I tried this:

  • rewinded the timeline to prior of creation of Lock
  • created LockBogie there so it would be available as a parent for Lock

Then comes the dead end.

My first intuition was to edit the creation step of Lock so I could have reparented it. There's no "edit" or "reparent" option.

Second, I went to the browser. Maybe I can drag Lock to be within LockBogie (LockBogie was the active component when I tried this). Nope. Dragging is not allowed, it seems.

Adding a level of component hierarchy afterwards feels like a relatively common thing that should be no-fuss. If you have done it, please tell how you did it.

Disclaimer: This question is particular to one tool. I will likely post it in the Fusion 360 forums as well, but wanted to probe how beneficial the Engineering SO could be in coming to solutions. If the general guidance states the site is for non-tool-related questions only, I will certainly remove this. :)

  • $\begingroup$ Why make a post which you yourself consider is off-topic? The Fusion 360 forum seems a much better choice, or Stack Overflow for software type questions... Is the "disclaimer" just a method to try and avoid downvotes? $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 25, 2019 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ I'd like to see more discussions on the StackExchange platform about any tools. There are some SolidWorks questions around here and I'm just testing the waters, I guess. While I would definitely report bugs etc. at the product forums (same for software vs. Stack Overflow) I'd appreciate the CAD discussions coming out of their silos. That's the main thing, I imagine. $\endgroup$
    – akauppi
    Jul 25, 2019 at 16:27


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