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Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk MeshMixer is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

69%
15 Ratings
9.0

MeshMixer

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
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Availability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
2 Ratings

MeshMixer

N/A
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Performance

8.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

80%
2 Ratings

MeshMixer

N/A
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Support Rating

7.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

79%
4 Ratings

MeshMixer

N/A
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Implementation Rating

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
2 Ratings

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Autodesk

Autodesk MeshMixer is best for repairing STL files and basic modifications toward 3D printing. It is excellent for hollowing out models and adding escape holes for SLA printing or lost-wax casting. Its CSG (Boolean) functions to combine different meshes are good too and seldom cause the program to crash. There is even an integrated algorithm to optimize the layout of multiple files on a print bed in case of small-batch production. Autodesk MeshMixer's sculpting tools are there yet limited and there are a few better alternatives. Best of all, it is completely free.
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Pros

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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Autodesk

  • Auto-repair function works fast, and if it does not completely cover all problem areas, manual fixes will work 99.5% of the time.
  • Remeshing algorithm is fairly slow but does a wonderful job in creating meshes with homogeneous or adaptive triangulation.
  • It contains a comprehensive set of tools to optimize and prepare STL files for 3D printing, such as hollowing and support generation.
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Cons

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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Autodesk

  • The remeshing tool needs to be faster, as in some cases it takes up to a day of waiting time.
  • The sculpting tools need the addition of a proper brush for creating sharp creases and ridges.
  • The standard shape library is rather limited. It would be nice to have this connected to online repositories such as Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, or Cults3D.
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Pricing Details

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

MeshMixer

Starting Price

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MeshMixer editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Autodesk

    It does everything I need for great value.
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    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    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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    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    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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    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Autodesk

    It can freeze sometimes while doing heavy tasks.
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    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    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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    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Autodesk

    No. It is basic and straightforward.
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    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    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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    Autodesk

    Using Blender for STL file preparation is like swatting a mosquito with a wrecking ball, plus its boolean functionalities can be glitchy. ZBrushCoreMini proved too limiting as a sculpting tool, but so did Autodesk MeshMixer, so I am sticking to Sculptris. Materialise Magics and Netfabb are somewhat better at STL file repair and offer more advanced functionalities. But Magics does not remesh as well and Autodesk MeshMixer is far more compact and faster than Netfabb, so remains my weapon of choice.
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    Scalability

    Autodesk

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

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    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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    Autodesk

    • It speeds up projects by streamlining the CAD-to-3D-printing workflow
    • As an advanced user, I have written a few tutorials about it as well
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