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Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk Fusion 360 is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • SimScale is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

69%
15 Ratings
8.5

SimScale

85%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating
5.0

SimScale

50%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
2 Ratings

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

80%
2 Ratings

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

79%
4 Ratings

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
2 Ratings

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

SimScale

N/A
0 Ratings

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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SimScale GmbH

For a small company, SimScale is a great fit. It allows me to gain the use and support of higher-end software analysis on demand without the traditional high cost. This is super convenient for a company that does occasional design and analysis. Since the computing is cloud-based it also allows me to process large and detailed models without the high hardware cost that can be required. One potential drawback is that the design information is stored on someone else's server. For some industries and companies this would be a deal-breaker.
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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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SimScale GmbH

  • Material non-linear analysis.
  • Geometric non-linear analysis.
  • Meshing.
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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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SimScale GmbH

  • Learning from tutorials is great, but limiting. The online help is a must.
  • Some simulations take a lot of time, but at least it's not on your PC.
  • Sometimes the software times out due to the server.
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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

SimScale

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SimScale editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Autodesk

    It does everything I need for great value.
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    SimScale GmbH

    I had a great experience with SimScale but we only used the software for a short period of time to complete the current design requirements. It is not a software that we would continually subscribe to. Next subscription event would occur when there is a design requirement to do so.
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    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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    SimScale GmbH

    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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    SimScale GmbH

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Autodesk

    It can freeze sometimes while doing heavy tasks.
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    SimScale GmbH

    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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    SimScale GmbH

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Autodesk

    No. It is basic and straightforward.
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    SimScale GmbH

    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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    SimScale GmbH

    SimScale is much faster to spin up on than OpenFOAM. Ansys CFD tools are much more expensive! Both tools require expensive computing equipment to run, which SimScale does not!
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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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    SimScale GmbH

    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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    SimScale GmbH

    • It has allowed us to increase our service offering which has lead to additional work.
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