Fusion 360 - a great step in the right direction
Tyler Grudowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated April 25, 2019

Fusion 360 - a great step in the right direction

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Overall Satisfaction with Fusion 360

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 allows us to save a lot of money being able to model our products before bringing them straight to prototyping.
  • The software saves time by being able to quickly model and draw simple parts.
  • It allows me to be able to model and share my ideas and designs with others at the company, even those not in the R&D department, to help them visualize what I am thinking.
Fusion 360 is the second-most powerful software of the three, SOLIDWORKS being the best. Fusion 360 is an excellent step into making 3D CAD available to more people, but there are definitely still kinks they need to work out. The software gets sluggish and slow at times, but is plenty good most of the time.
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.