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January 04, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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[Autodesk] Fusion 360 is very useful for its built in Simulation and CAM functionality. It is being used by only myself currently, as it is not our main design software. But is is my main software at home.
  • CAM (CNC Programming)
  • FEA simulation
  • Top-Down 3D CAD design
  • Free version is now limited to 3-axis machining
  • Feature Tree/History is difficult to get used to coming from SOLIDWORKS
  • Rendering seems simplistic. Or settings (such as custom color) are hard to find.
Companies where you need 3D design packaged with simulation and/or machining. Especially if you have work-from-home employees, as the files are saved to, managed inside, and accessible from the cloud.
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December 13, 2019
Jeff Eaton | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I design 3D printable models for tabletop gaming, and produce one-off 3D printed parts for hobbyists who are prototyping new products. I often collaborate with other members of the local makerspace where a lot of the printing takes place, and Fusion 360 is one of the key tools for the work we do. It has a powerful set of CAD tools for designing precision models, and its hobbyist-friendly licensing terms make it a good choice for designers who want a powerful tool but can't (yet) justify a high-end price tag.
  • Industry standard precision modeling tools
  • Parametric design features for producing multiple variants of similar designs
  • Steep learning curve for users without CAD experience
  • Weak support for organic sculpting
Most of my work with Fusion 360 has focused on its 3D modeling capabilities, and its liberal licensing policies for hobbyists has made it popular in that space. It focuses on a "mechanical engineering" approach to modeling rather than artistic, organic sculpting. While it's less rigid than its big brother AutoCAD, making the most of it will require thinking about the structure of your model rather than simply its appearance.

That emphasis means it's fantastic for producing mechanical parts, and it can simulate how multiple separate parts will interlock and work with each other in 3D printed devices. This makes using it to design hinges and other moving mechanisms orders of magnitudes simpler; it also preserves an ongoing, editable history of the part being modeled. Realizing you need to tweak the tolerances on a part halfway through the design is fairly easy; you can go back any number of steps in the model's creation and modify the parameters used on a specific part, changing a hole's width or a groove's depth without altering any other parts of the model.

The downside of this CAD-like power is that it's much less capable of "sculpting" organic models. Tools like ZBrush, Rhino, and even Blender are a better choice there.
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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January 28, 2020
Oral Tosun | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Fusion 360 is a great tool for my company which serves online to 3d printing customers. It's a solid modeling tool which is a necessity for a good 3d printable design. Besides its solid features, Fusion 360 has a special module for 3d printing. It connects to another 3d printing software called MeshMixer created by Autodesk. 3d printable files must have a special extension called *.stl. and Fusion 360 easily handles this file extension without any hassles. There is an urgent need for a 3d printable file to have certain characteristics. If the design has some faulty places then it must be repaired before 3d printing. MeshMixer, which is reachable inside Fusion 360, does this job.
  • Fusion 360 is ideal for technical design jobs. Because it could work on the cloud with multiple users, you can work on the same file with your team-mate or your customer.
  • Fusion 360's other great functionality is its assembly features. You could easily and effectively create assembly parts via Fusion 360.
  • And its greatest feature: Parametric design. This gives a huge capability to a designer. You could change some design parameters after finishing your whole job. Thus, making last-minute changes is very easy on Fusion 360 after negotiating the final design with your customer.
  • Fusion 360 comes free with full features. It's a great software solution for a budget restricted start-up company.
  • Even though it has a very good cloud software, Fusion 360 gets very laggy when using slow internet connections.
  • Fusion 360 uses a vast amount of your device's memory. It is recommended to select the RAM value as high as possible on your device.
  • Fusion 360's sculpting and retopology features are behind the competing software on the market.
Fusion 360 is great for mechanical or technical designs, but its ability to sculpt artistic 3d models is very restricted. It's a business software rather than an artisan software. It works on both cloud and device. Thus, if you do not have an internet connection you could work on your project as well.
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October 01, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I use Fusion 360 to make sample parts for customers who would like to see the capabilities of our 3D printers. It makes designing for 3D printing easy and painless but is also extremely powerful. I can always rely on Fusion 360 to make parts that print great every time. Having very little time to learn new software, Fusion was easy to learn and I was designing models in minutes when I first started.
  • Offer parametric modeling, but also has organic modeling features.
  • The workflow is extremely easy to learn. You can start designing in minutes.
  • The cloud upload is nice so that you do not have to bring files with you when working from other computers.
  • I would like to see Fusion 360 have some kind of STL editor since it is used so much for 3D printing.
  • Better mesh editing tools.
  • More 3D printing tools.
This software offers professional tools which are extremely easy to learn when compared to competitors. You can become a CAD expert in just weeks. If you are looking for a software to use that creates clean files for 3D printing, look no further. For teachers, designers, and even hobbyists, Fusion 360 have tools for everyone.
Customer support is on par if not better than most. They are responsive, and are all very knowledgeable on their products, and seem passionate about helping.
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April 25, 2019
Tyler Grudowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I use Fusion 360 as a quick and simple way to easily draw things out. It is a much faster-loading and quick software than SOLIDWORKS, so I like to use it for quick 3D CAD modeling and drawing. It is strictly used by me, as the primary and only design engineer. It helps me quickly model ideas that I have in my head to see what they look like physically.
  • Fusion 360 is incredible at enabling me to quickly and efficiently capture the ideas that I have in my head and output them as 3D models without having to do any intense drawings. I use this all the time to model small, less important parts of our products during the prototyping phase.
  • The software is really good at helping even the least experienced designers get acclimated to the software extremely quickly. Having a quick-access help manual and easy to navigate functions made the software feel almost second-nature the first time I used it.
  • Fusion 360 has the functionality to save all of your files online, so you can draw something out on one computer and move to another one that has the software and pick up right where you left off. I use this function all the time when I am when I work at a computer that is not mine.
  • 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.
Fusion 360 is a fantastic program for a wide variety of uses. The models that the software does well with are simple ones, but once you get into more complicated ones, the program loses most of its usability. Once you get there, you will have to turn to a product like SolidWorks to get the job done.
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July 07, 2019
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I'm using Fusion as my one and only solution for 3d printing design. I mostly model electronic gadgets cases and simple toys. It's an absolutely brilliant tool if you need to model some objects quickly and precisely. It allows me to collaborate with my colleagues on one project or share my private designs with a team.
  • History timeline is a life saver. You can correct almost any errors by just going few steps back in your design.
  • You can use parametrical design like with OpenSCAD
  • It has very intuitive UI.
  • Works perfectly with MacBook's touch pads, even better then with a mouse.
  • It is still under heavy development so it likes to crash from time to time.
  • Working with some complex patterns can be a real challenge to your CPU and fan.
  • More keyboard shortcuts would be nice.
In my opinion Fusion, 360 is best for designing for 3d printing, especially with its parametric design. Mixing sculp and model mode really helps, especially when you're designing toys. If you are, for example, a woodworker (I am), I believe it can be useful but there are better tools for that type of project.
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May 21, 2018
Samuel Crawford | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We currently use Fusion 360 to create photorealistic renderings for high-quality branding elements and marketing visuals. We use it only within our design department and use the outputted PNG files alongside Adobe Creative Cloud programs to add engaging backgrounds and effects. If we were not to have Fusion as a resource, we would be reliant on stock, pre-designed Photoshop mockups that have only graphic replacement capabilities as opposed to the freedom of directional control, lighting, realistic 3D effects, textures, exposure, and perspectives.
  • Very intuitive interface for 3D modeling beginners
  • FREE FOREVER if your organization makes under $100,000
  • Very natural photorealistic rendering settings
  • Local rendering and cloud rendering options
  • Cannot directly open files created in Maya
Fusion 360 is great for start-ups or hobby modelers. It has great, simple, easy-to-use tools but it does not have some of the more high-level functions needed for either engineering (like Finite Elements Analysis and Stress studies) or very complex rigging capabilities. I consider Fusion 360 to be a beginner software while products like SolidWorks and Maya are for advanced 3D users.
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March 13, 2018
Luciana Montivero | TrustRadius Reviewer
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It's used for designing different models for 3D printing. I decided to use this program because of its really nice interface and that it's a really complete app for 3D modeling, while not being hard to use. We haven't had any business problem while using it since it's a really easy-to-use app.
  • Designing different 3D models
  • Analysis of movement of objects that interact with them
  • Exploring all angles of your design
  • Choosing different materials in objects
  • When you use the little box that's on your right upper corner, you can easily choose what angle you want to see, but when you use the specific tool designed to use for moving the camera across the object, usually fails or gets stuck.
  • The force analysis is a little hard/anti-intuitive to use.
  • When you use an operation in a wide angle of places (like rounding up all the corners of a cube) sometimes it doesn't work and you can't tell why. It would be awesome if there was a form to know what's the thing that's crashing your operation.
  • It should be easier to copy/paste things.
I think it's really a full package when using Fusion 360. It's suitable for 3D modeling beginners and also for experienced modelers that need further analysis of their pieces. It's way easier to use compared to many other 3D modeling programs, and especially when thinking of 3D printing. I think you can use it if you want to design a simple box when you need to design a complex mechanical device.
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February 14, 2018
Alejandro Daniel Copati | TrustRadius Reviewer
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In my organization, Fusion 360 is used to design our 3D prototypes to make 3D printings and test the products before the final version. I am working in the electronic development department, but we collaborate a lot with the design department because all the electronics have to fit in the prototype perfectly. We make the stuff at the same time all together.
  • It's the perfect environment to create 3D models. It's very friendly with all the tools that you have to make powerful renders.
  • The features to make inserts, hinges, gears, extrudes, etc., are very simple to use and have a perfect match between them.
  • You have all the tools and a lot of shortcuts juts with a few touches of your mouse or keyboard.
  • The transition of the different camera angles and the views of Fusion 360 are very smooth, even if your computer is not the best.
  • Even the representation of complex parts is very fast, having the best machine or not having it.
  • At the moment you have to import your old STL files that you have created with other CAD software. Fusion 360 imports the piece with many triangles and makes it very difficult to work on it. Sometimes, it's easier to start over with this directly in Fusion 360 and forget about the old.
  • All the files that you create are saved in the Cloud, and you have to "download" them every time that you want to use them. It's a very good idea when you have an internet connection, but when you do not have it, like in a plane flight for example, you can not work on it.
Fusion 360 is perfect both for education and for professional designers, with all the specific and professional tools it has, it is a very powerful set to learn to create wonderful things.

I think it's a bit less appropriate in the event that I have to have the files and work with different rendering programs at the same time.
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January 31, 2019
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Fusion 360 was solely used in the design department to conceptualize and visualize concepts in 3D. Turning sketches into 3D objects then helped us present ideas to upper management and, in some scenarios, important stakeholders. This proved to be a valuable advantage as stakeholders and those alike could see the same vision as me, the lead designer on the project. Previously, stakeholders were presented 2D drawings or other resources, that oftentimes caused more unnecessary questions. Details of 2D sketches and drawings were often lost in translation. On top of that, Fusion 360 provides the extra outcome of being able to rapidly prototype ideas with a 3D printer, something that was often overlooked before. This has provided us with valuable feedback early on in the design process.
  • 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.
  • Fusion 360's UI is by far better than any other CAD program on the market. However, I think the engineers/designers working on Fusion 360 need to be careful with where they're taking it. On one hand, it's great that they have finally given CAD a modern look. On the other hand, they should really look into their user base more, and consider some of the fine details of the UI that could be improved -- icon size, tab layouts, dialog styling, etc.
  • Fusion 360 could use some better copy for each feature's help text. I find that the help text often uses the feature's name within it...which means if someone doesn't know what the feature does they're probably not going to be able to understand the help text.
  • Fusion 360 has random crashes...albeit, just about every CAD program does. I will say, however, Fusion 360's file backup structure is much better than most CAD programs.
Fusion 360 is a great CAD package if you're looking to do rapid prototyping, general/mechanical engineering, packaging design, 3d printing (or other hobbyist related things) or of course, CAM. I wouldn't recommend Fusion 360 for those who need a more specific type of software, such as, civil engineers, architects, or soft-goods designers.
Overall, Fusion 360 is best suited for rapid prototyping and product development. The cloud-based advantages of Fusion 360 make it extremely easy to work in agile product teams versus conventional CAD programs where sharing and backing up files is a job in itself. The Fusion 360 Hub, where files are backed up to, also provides additional collaboration tools such as notes, comments, and version control, which makes working with teams even more of a pleasure.
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July 02, 2018
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Fusion 360 allows for quick designs and has a relatively small learning curve. Simple designs are easy to produce. It is being utilized on an individual basis for evaluation. Additionally, I have used the software for small hobby projects for the home and car.
  • It is relatively easy to design a component or product.
  • The design can easily be uploaded to be 3D Printed.
  • Fusion 360 also provides a community base for training and questions.
  • The interface is a bit cumbersome and outdated.
  • I would like to see better integration of 3D file formates that can opened and can be exported.
  • I would also like to see a customizable interface based on the file that was selected.
Fusion 360 is appropriate for learning basic design and creating small parts. It is less appropriate to use when more robust design tools are needed such as lightweight with lattices or compiling large assembly files.
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What is Autodesk Fusion 360?

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool which integrates design, modeling, and simulation capabilities.

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