ParametricText
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⚠️ NOTE: Autodesk® Fusion 360™ v. 2.0.10244 (May update) introduces two bugs related to text height.

 

ParametricText has a workaround since v. 2.2.0 for the bug that resets text height to 10 mm.
For disappearing text (Text disappears when updated by ParametricText #24), you need to do this manual workaround: Open the text in the sketch for editing and press OK. This will rewrite the text height parameter.

 

ParametricText is a Fusion 360 add-in for creating Text Parameters in sketches.

 

Text parameters can be pure text or use parameter values by using a special syntax. There is also a special parameter, that contains information about the document’s version and save the date.

 

All parameters are stored within the document upon save. The texts are always “rendered” in the sketches, so they can be viewed without having the add-in. However, to correctly update the values, the add-in is needed.

 

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⭐ This add-in is free, but if you like it, please drop a review and tell us about your use case! Drop a review even if you don't like it. (The reviews will also provide feedback for future development)

You can also support me by buying me a coffee (Ko-fi link).

 

The add-in is licensed under the MIT license. 

About This Version

Version 2.3.0, 3/29/2022
- v 2.3.0 (February 2022) - Add ``_.newline`` - Add ``parameter.inchfrac`` - Text parameters based on sketch dimensions now also update when the sketch dimension is edited within the sketch. - Fix numbers showing with a very small error (e.g. 43 shown as 42.99999999). (#11) See https://parametrictext.readthedocs.io/en/stable/changelog.html for older versions.


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  • Fantabulous!
    Iain Royle | October 28, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Does exactly what it says on the tin, and makes revisioning for inscriptions super easy, barely an inconvenience!

    Ollie Townsend | November 27, 2022

    Your review is what sold me! I wanted something that would leave me saying Wow wow wow wow wow..........wow!


  • Awesome!
    Jussi Kallio | October 11, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Exactly what I was looking for and it just worked!


  • Perfect!
    Dennis Fredriksson | September 27, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Like someone else said, why isn't this already in the base version of Fusion360?

    Anyways, excellent work! This makes my life so much easier.


  • Very useful add-in. Good work!
    Rene Hagen | September 01, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Should be possible with the standard functionality. Since it isn't this add-in fills the gap. Good work!


  • Where's this add-in been all my life!
    Chris Heerschap | July 14, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Have always wanted this ability but never thought to look at Add-Ins and today I did. Tried it on one very simple model that needed one marking driven by the key dimension, and it's done exactly what I wanted. Looking forward to making much more use of this - thank you!


  • Makes Version Tracking So Much Easier!
    Jeff Miller | June 20, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I do a lot of work designing 3D printed parts. Having the ability to  automatically embed version information (dimensions, etc) onto those parts is huge for us.

    In our project, we have multiple manufacturing processes, and we have to do a lot of "trial and error" testing. A 3D print gets used to make a mold which gets used to make a casting which gets fed into a CNC process, etc.

    To keep that all straight, we include version information on the surface of each print. But maintaining that by hand was an error-prone pain.

    This plugin is really helping to tighten up our process. Thank you!!!


  • Thank you!
    Eugene Yamamoto | April 24, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is really great! Thank you so much for putting this together, it's exactly what I was looking for.


  • Version 2.3.0
    Andy Barnett | March 13, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Many thanks for the latest update - the {newline} feature is magic 😎


  • Does exactly what I wanted it to do!
    Rick Seiden | February 12, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I was building a sleeve for IC sockets, and wanted the number of pins to be embossed on the lid, so I wanted something that would take the parameter of the number of pins for the text to emboss.

    This does it quickly and easily.  I just had to figure out that the formatting of {pins:.0f} would get rid of the ".0" on the end.

     

    THANKS!


  • Works Great!
    Ronen Shouker | January 20, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It just works.


  • Brilliant!
    Mike Cameron | December 30, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I create objects for my 3D printers to test tolerances and things of that nature. I will often have text right on the side of an object so I can tell what a certain dimension is. This will save me a lot of time by not having to go into the sketch where the text is each time and change it. Not to mention, I would sometimes change the text, but forget to change the parameter. Now I can do it all from the parameters window. Game changer.


  • Works Great
    Tyler Pope | November 19, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Exactly what I needed. I miss this feature after switching from Onshape. Thanks!


  • Awesome. As is the support.
    Mark Lewno | September 03, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great plugin.   Excellent for embedding product revs, patt numbers, and a myriad of other uses.   Support is great as wel. 


  • Very Good!
    Yl Yang | August 23, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It will be better if a parameter autofill/selector and value preview could be added.

    I have to open Change Parameters and copy the names first. Cause Fusion has the parameter autofill, I never remember the parameter names.


  • Exactly what I was looking for.
    Stephan Veigl | August 05, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Exactly what I was looking for.


  • Excellent! Much needed!
    Mattias Ranbro | March 23, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Been looking for this! Works perfectly.


  • Deserves to be installed by default !
    Guy Capra | March 20, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I can finally automatically engrave the size of pieces !

    Thank you very much dear Thomas, the editor should give you a medal (in real gold) !


  • Fills a void in Fusion 360
    Zobel Junk | October 15, 2020

    Glad to finally have this basic functionality to version my parts and embed paramentric details.


  • Excellent !
    Jérémie Tarot | October 01, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Hi thanjs for this nice and handy app !
    Used for engraved text on part and makes text update much more easy and fast.
    Only issue I've met is it seems to choke on parameters without units:

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    Copy this message using Ctrl+C:

    C:\Users\tarax\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\ParametricText.bundle\Contents\thomasa88lib\events.py failed:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "C:/Users/tarax/AppData/Roaming/Autodesk/ApplicationPlugins/ParametricText.bundle/Contents\thomasa88lib\events.py", line 141, in catcher
        func(args)
      File "C:/Users/tarax/AppData/Roaming/Autodesk/ApplicationPlugins/ParametricText.bundle/Contents/ParametricText.py", line 356, in map_cmd_execute_handler
        save(cmd)
      File "C:/Users/tarax/AppData/Roaming/Autodesk/ApplicationPlugins/ParametricText.bundle/Contents/ParametricText.py", line 377, in save
        sketch_text.text = evaluate_text(text)
      File "C:/Users/tarax/AppData/Roaming/Autodesk/ApplicationPlugins/ParametricText.bundle/Contents/ParametricText.py", line 458, in evaluate_text
        shown_text = SUBST_PATTERN.sub(sub_func, text)
      File "C:/Users/tarax/AppData/Roaming/Autodesk/ApplicationPlugins/ParametricText.bundle/Contents/ParametricText.py", line 442, in sub_func
        value = design.fusionUnitsManager.convert(param.value, "internalUnits", param.unit)
      File "C:/Users/tarax/AppData/Local/Autodesk/webdeploy/production/81fe16c330656df1a293195f4c169d3f2a29c315/Api/Python/packages\adsk\fusion.py", line 15775, in convert
        return _fusion.FusionUnitsManager_convert(self, *args)
    RuntimeError: 3 : Bad units parameter

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    OK   
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    Thanks for sharing. Keep the good code coming :-)

    Thomas A (Publisher) | October 03, 2020

    Hi, thank you for reporting this. Believe it or not, I actually hit the exact same problem today. I'm planning to submit the next version in the coming days, but it might take 1-2 weeks due to the review process. However, if you want to, you can try the beta here: https://github.com/thomasa88/ParametricText/releases/tag/v1.1.0-beta.4 You will need to uninstall the version downloaded from here and then follow the instructions in the readme: https://github.com/thomasa88/ParametricText/blob/v1.1.0-beta.4/README.md If you don't uninstall the store version first, you will get errors when the beta and the released version tries to run at the same time.

    Thomas A (Publisher) | October 13, 2020

    v1.1.0 with the unit fix is now published!

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