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Attribute Ratings

  • Altium Designer is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Altium Designer

90%
1 Rating
6.8

Autodesk Fusion 360

68%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

Usability

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Availability

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

80%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

79%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
2 Ratings

Configurability

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

Altium Designer

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Altium

In a professional environment of design and manufacture of electronic equipment, without a doubt, ALTIUM DESIGNER turns out to be the best option! However, the high cost of its license makes us consider the option of using lower-cost alternatives. In the case of small companies or independent developers, free options turn out to be more appropriate, although some functions are not implemented and require more work from the designer.
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Autodesk

This software has been so easy to use from day one! I couldn't be more thrilled with it. Being an SME, it is offered on an annual basis free of charge. My network of engineers are amazed I am able to accomplish what I have using this software when the companies they come from are paying thousands for licensing. I also would like to note that Autodesk offer an incredible specialization to really round out your skills via Coursera.
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Pros

Altium

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Autodesk

  • The first PRO of Fusion 360 that always comes to mind is how versatile it is. Fusion 360 is the first CAD/CAM software that also includes other key features that CAD programs of this size don't have.
  • Fusion 360 has a generous licensing structure that gives those just starting out a place to start with a professional level CAD program. As a result, this has helped build up a huge community and user base around Fusion 360.
  • Fusion 360 is updated on a monthly basis. This has proven to be a huge advantage over Solidworks (something else I use) which is only updated once a year. The nice thing about monthly updates, other than regular bug fixes, is that the team can adapt quickly and no one is taken by storm with a big overhaul of the UI or features at the beginning of the year.
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Cons

Altium

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Autodesk

  • Fusion 360 is a very simple program, so once you begin to draw more complex 3D models, the software gets sluggish and loses its fluidity.
  • It would be really nice if Fusion 360 could output a model as a SolidWorks file so I can begin to draw something out in Fusion 360 and then pick it up in SolidWorks when I need to do some more advanced functions.
  • Because Fusion 360 is a simpler program, there are a few functions such as 3D sketches that are not intuitive like all the rest of the functions are.
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Pricing Details

Altium Designer

Starting Price

$358 per month per seat

Editions & Modules

Altium Designer editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Monthly3581
Single Payment42352

Footnotes

  1. per month per seat
  2. one-time fee per seat

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Altium Designer® term-based licensing allows you to use the licensed software for a specified period, for example, a 12-month term. Designers and organizations preserve cash flow while also having the flexibility to scale capacity with additional seats. Term-based licenses include a Standard subscription for the latest Altium Designer, Altium 365®, and more. Additional features and license options will affect price.

Autodesk Fusion 360

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Autodesk Fusion 360 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Fusion 360 FreeFree1
Fusion 360$60.002

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

It does everything I need for great value.
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Usability

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

Overall it is just a great piece of software for doing most 3D work. It has everything I need plus more at a great price.
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Reliability and Availability

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

Sometimes I like using it on Saturday nights. Unfortunately, they usually do their updates at this time and it isn't available to use.
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Performance

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

It can freeze sometimes while doing heavy tasks.
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Support Rating

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

Support is conducted via internet Q&A boards; newcomers to 3D modeling may find that articulating their questions in the language of CAD software is the tricky part — once they find the right technical term for what they're trying to accomplish, answers come quickly. Autodesk also provides a large library of educational tutorial videos that make the initial process of learning Fusion 360's interface much easier.
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Implementation Rating

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

No. It is basic and straightforward.
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Alternatives Considered

Altium

My relationship with ALTIUM DESIGNER is from the time I was a student of the Electronic Engineering career, at the university, it was the official tool to carry out the electronic practices and simulations of the circuits studied in class. Then I used ALTIUM DESIGNER as an independent consultant, however, at present I am using KiCad EDA as a design tool since it is free and open-source, although I have a high rating for KiCad EDA, it's a choice over ALTIUM DESIGNER is only because of its economic aspect.
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Autodesk

Autodesk Inventor excels at daily core engineering tasks. When integrated with Vault management systems and part libraries, Autodesk Inventor is tough to beat when you need a mechanical design solution. When Inventor and Vault are setup properly it allows for a very efficient design workflow. I think it would be difficult to achieve the same amount of workflow efficiency with Autodesk Fusion 360, that said, Autodesk Fusion 360 offers a very good toolset at a much lower cost. I can maintain a yearly subscription of Autodesk Fusion 360 and get about 85% of the functionality that is available via the Inventor design suite for the cost of about 2 months of an Inventor subscription. I then also get access to manufacturing plugins with Autodesk Fusion 360 but lose a lot in the drawing environment. Inventor beats Autodesk Fusion 360 hands down when it comes to documentation.
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Scalability

Altium

No answers on this topic

Autodesk

It offers so much already, and the reason being is that it showed promise early on.
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Return on Investment

Altium

  • Although I am not currently using ALTIUM DESIGNER, it is only for the price of its license. However, the use of the platform reduces work times, generating a positive impact on the associated costs.
  • When working with colleagues in other countries, ALTIUM DESIGNER is the tool taken as a reference, its use is very useful when exchanging information and files.
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Autodesk

  • It gives me totally positive impacts. Its zero cost eliminates the need to search for other software to use.
  • Fusion 360's Autodesk cloud solution enables me to use 3d files generated via other Autodesk design software that are widely used by my customers.
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