Turning Off Caption Design History in Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 “Caption Design History” feature is used to keep track of features and changes made to components within a file. But what would happen if it was turned it off? More importantly, how could turning it off be advantageous?

In the tutorial above, we see a Fusion 360 file with both a yellow and red brick. The Caption Design History captured the steps taken in their design and could be found as a timeline underneath the components.

With the Caption Design History feature on, edits to a user’s components aren’t possible. To turn the feature off, right click on the object listed under the Browser and select “Do not capture Design History.”

Objects within the Fusion 360 file can now be edited, but all the history for each object in the file is gone. Because of this, it is important to think carefully before turning off the design history.

Luckily, the history can be restored simply by undoing your actions.

The history of a component can be preserved while having the Caption Design History feature turned off, but it’s a bit of a tricky process that requires some early planning. Components can be recreated in a separate Fusion file.

To move the object into a new file, simply right click on the component listed under Browser and select “Copy.” The copy can then be pasted into a new file and edited as needed with the design history turned off. Remember to save this file under a unique name.

The modified component can then be moved back into the main Fusion file. To do this, simply right click on the component in your Capture History window and select “Insert into Current Design.”

Editing this object is possible while the design history is on and saving any changes done to it will create a new version of the object.

An alert will also appear explaining that changes had been made to the component and will ask if you wish to update to that latest version. To do this, right click on the component listed under Browser and select “Get Latest.”

The original object in this assembly can be kept as a starting reference or deleted.

Users must remember that once the Caption Design History is turned off, the history for each component in that Fusion file disappears. Plan your edits ahead.

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Anthony Dull brings solid hands-on experience in manufacturing and design, as well as a mastery of cutting edge digital prototyping concepts to IMAGINiT’s technical team. With a clear understanding of the design process from concept through production, Anthony is aware of the issues that our clients face and can assist them with the becoming more efficient and remain competitive.

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