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Score 8.3 out of 100

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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk Fusion 360

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.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

Specifically for me at my company, the only people that need SOLIDWORKS are in my team. So there wouldn't be a need for anyone else to be recommended the product or eDrawings would satisfy anything else my department would need. If a peer from another company asked me, I would certainly recommend the software as it is simple and everyone across multiple industries uses it as the standard.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Autodesk Fusion 360

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autodesk Fusion 360

  • 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.
Tyler Grudowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Solidworks is continually improving its product, however, more focus could be put into traditional drawings as opposed to MBD.
  • Crashes can at times happen without warning or symptoms.
  • The newer focus on cloud-based applications is a bit late to the game and needs some work to bring it up to enterprise-class.
Chris Bartch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It does everything I need for great value.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 8.6
Based on 2 answers
We have absolutely no reasons to not keep with SolidWorks for the foreseeable future.
Chris Bartch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 3.5
Based on 2 answers
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Sometimes I like using it on Saturday nights. Unfortunately, they usually do their updates at this time and it isn't available to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

No score
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Performance

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 8.0
Based on 2 answers
It can freeze sometimes while doing heavy tasks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

No score
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Support Rating

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 8.2
Based on 4 answers
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.
Jeff Eaton | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 7.9
Based on 24 answers
We have an unusual arrangement. We don’t pay for support, but we’re partnered with a VAR for second-tier support.
I work with other users if I have questions but when we’ve had to ask the VAR, they always have answers.It appears that all of the VARs have access to a support platform from DS SOLIDWORKS that helps them answer most questions.
Cory Puuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 10.0
Based on 2 answers
No. It is basic and straightforward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Autodesk Fusion 360

Both [Autodesk] Fusion 360 and SOLIDWORKS are far beyond any open source project or 2-D oriented software. Compared to SOLIDWORKS, [Autodesk] Fusion 360 comes packaged with more functionality without needing to purchase additional add-ons for each function.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is better in terms of design speed of 3D parts. It is also better for pieces of high technical detail. Other CAD programs do not have a simulation of forces, SOLIDWORKS does. The user interfaces are, in my opinion, friendlier and easier to use than other programs. In general visual quality of design, SOLIDWORKS is much better than the competition.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It offers so much already, and the reason being is that it showed promise early on.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

No score
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Return on Investment

Autodesk Fusion 360

  • 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.
Oral Tosun | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Budgeting for SOLIDWORKS is very predictive and affordable.
  • Deploying a leased software with a fixed number of licenses can, sometimes, lead to aches when sudden changes in number of personnel blooms.
  • Flexible licensing would alleviate day-to-day expenses of non-use but is not presently available.
Christopher Schaefer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autodesk Fusion 360

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Autodesk Fusion 360 Editions & Modules

Edition
Fusion 360 FreeFree
Fusion 360$60.002
  1. per month
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SOLIDWORKS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SOLIDWORKS Editions & Modules

Edition
Solidworks Standard$3,9961
Solidworks Annual Subscription$1,2952
  1. per standalone license
  2. per year
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