Fusion 360

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Fusion 360 review by Lucy R.
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"Excellent CAD and CAM package"

What do you like best?

The flexibility to jump between CAD and Cam facilities. As I mainly use our models to produced CNC machine files the ability to jump between the two saves a lot of time.

What do you dislike?

Some the build features could be improved, solidworks I think does a better job at creating accurate models quickly. I think fusion could improve the accuracy element, sometimes feels a little childish/google sketch up with the way components are produced compared to Solidworks

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a machining program to create GCode fusion is very easy to use, has excellent customer service and help sections if you get stuck. It also is very flexible allowing you to create toolpaths you wouldn't be able to in other programmes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating g code in order to machine parts, without Fusion 360 we would be unable to do this

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Fusion 360 review by Alejandro Daniel C.
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"Fusion 360, the circle of the CAD"

What do you like best?

* 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.

What do you dislike?

* At the moment you have to import your old STL files that you had 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 save in the Cloud, and you have to "download" every time that you want to use it. 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.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You don't have to be afraid to switch to Fusion 360 from other CAD software. It's very simple to lear to use and very intuitive tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my organization, Fusion 360 is used to design our 3D prototypes for 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.

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Fusion 360 review by Mark T.
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"Easy, complete very professional... and free!"

What do you like best?

The business model is unique: Free for startups and hobbyists... no time limit. After that it's reasonably priced.

CAD/CAM is beautifully integrated in one package.

Don't need to worry about upgrades and backup solutions. It's cloud based and everything just works.

What do you dislike?

3D rendering is not great. If we really needed this functionality we would have to look elsewhere or perhaps a plugin/integration partner.

Until recently the functionality of the drawing module (output of 2d drawing for printing purpose or dxf) was very basic and inadequate. This has been addressed in recent updates and is now quite good and very useful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try. It beats everything else we have compared it to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a startup and this type of functionality would be completely impossible for us to obtain with the traditional expensive solutions.

Going from CAD to CAM is an absolute breeze. Keeping track of versions works well and takes the manual error prone old school methods out of the equation.

Fusion 360 review by Christopher A.
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"Fantastic software for designing product prototypes"

What do you like best?

Like other CAD software, the mathematical precision of the operations one can perform within the software is absolutely invaluable. Add onto that the ability to create animated rigs for simple machines with an incredibly intuitive animation kit, and product demonstrations can be easily made. The shading and material library is fantastic as well, and objects can be shaded with a simple drag and drop operation. A prototype product can be designed, animated, and shaded all within the course of a few hours, rather than tens of hours.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, the animation tools can be a tiny bit confusing when setting the direction of object motion, for instance, when creating a piston system, sometimes it can be rather easy to make the animation occur in the direction opposite to what is desired, but this is just a minor gripe to a comparatively fantastic CAD software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is incredibly easy to pick up, and if you have a background in CAD or know the general 3D Design terminology, then you will find this software to have a relatively low learning curve, meaning it's easy to pick up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Whenever an idea for a product is considered, Fusion 360 is usually my go-to software to create and animate the aforementioned product, as a cost effective means for creating a rudimentary simulation of that particular product and what it would achieve.

Fusion 360 review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Great value for the price"

What do you like best?

I like the integration of CAD and CAM and Simulation all in one package. Being able to switch back and forth between those 3 in the design process has been a huge time saver. I'm not sure how this works but the program allows for offline design work. I have a Microsoft surface and do most of the CAD and CAM work offline and everything loads just fine.

What do you dislike?

CAM and CAD still feel a little like a beta release at times. Some of the functionality is buggy and will perform differently at different times. One other example is that the mouse hover help feature when establishing a tool path. When trying to understand more about what a feature does, they will have a pop box to explain it. This is really helpful for some. Others have a half filled in help box with a missing image or text. Program will unexpectedly close or not open the first time you try clicking on it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great value for the price. Can work well without needing a CAD computer set up. CAM and CAD can feel clunky at times. Sketch tools are a little confusing at first and it can be hard to tell where constraints are.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing something that needs to be machined and creating those tool paths has been overall a good experience with Fusion 360.

Fusion 360 review by User
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"Fusion 360 - CAD for the Beginner to the Pro"

What do you like best?

Fusion 360 incorporates easy-to use CAD tools, incredible rendering capabilities, CAM software, and even sheet metal fabrication tools. The state-of-the-art software not only features parametric modelling, but also features advanced surfacing and free-form modeling capabilities. It is easy to use and cloud-based, so files can stay put when you are working on different computers.

What do you dislike?

It does lack certain features which make working on other file types a little bit of a pain, but with the amount of updates and additions the Fusion team adds in a timely manner, more features are being added to help with this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If price is a concern and you need great CAD and surface modeling tools, then Fusion 360 is for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion 360 allows me to download and analyze customer models so that I can consult with them on their projects.

Fusion 360 review by Luciana M.
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"Fusion 360, the easiest 3D modeling app you can find!"

What do you like best?

It's amazing how CAD programs just keep getting harder to use. Except for this one. With Fusion, everything is smooth and easy to do. All features are well explained and really intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Some of the views features don't work as good as they could work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's one of the easiest and fullest CAD program you'll find on the market, if you are doubting, give it a try!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We could finally use a CAD program that didn't need hours and hours of preparation before starting to design. You just sit there with Fusion 360 and start creating.

Fusion 360 review by Hector R.
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"Good Tool for Concepting"

What do you like best?

Fusion 360 has a really easy to use interface without too many bells and whistles to confused a newcomer. It's also free to use (depending on criteria) and has the ability to send the files for 3D printing. Since the program is cloud based, it is easy to switch computers and start off where you left off on a previous device. Fusion 360 also has a way to record the steps taken to build an object so if modification needs to be made on one part, it will change it, while keeping the other steps that might have been done before.

What do you dislike?

There is no easy way to export or convert the CAD objects into an obj file if one needs to take it into a creative 3D program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to have a pretty descent machine.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a great way to create hard surface models with a nice enough render for a presentation.

Fusion 360 review by Kenny C.
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"Strong Modeler, Light on Industrial Tools"

What do you like best?

Fusion 360 is a great 3D solid modeler and advanced TSpline surface modeler that offers fantastic usability and performance. The software runs on Mac or Windows which is nice for a mixed environment. Fusion 360 also supports just about any CAD data out there and makes working with other people's data a breeze. The CAM package and render engine inside Fusion 360 provide great results and the pricing is right in the sweet spot.

What do you dislike?

Fusion 360 stores data in the cloud. While the system has wonderful up-time, the simple fact that your data resides on a server outside of your control may sway some high security entities from pursuing Fusion. The platform is always being updated as well - generally with a quarterly big update and then smaller incrementals as needed. Unfortunately, this means that features may be inadvertently broken during these many updates or new bugs may present themselves. Lastly, the software lacks many of the powerful tools found in Inventor or Solidworks - like gear generators, shafts, springs, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't expect Fusion to replace your desktop solid modeling software - yet. If you're using Inventor, Solidworks, ProE/Creo, Catia, or NX you will likely need to hang on to your heavy license for a while. Fusion 360 is a very capable modeler and the simulation and CAM packages are quite robust, but they lack the more powerful design generators, mechanical simulation, and documentation tools needed to replace the heavy engineering tools found in the other softwares out there. If you're trying to decide between Fusion and OnShape - go with Fusion. Autodesk supports the tools very well and there is an active community of users who help out one another.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion 360 is an all-in-one industrial design and mechanical engineering package. Using Fusion has allowed us to streamline our conceptual development and our mechanical development into a single tool and speed the process from sketch to 3D printed or machined prototype parts. Previously, we were using an integrated but discreet toolchain to achieve these results - which meant moving data from package to package and often from user to user. With all the tools we need in one software, our designers can go from idea to validated design and on to prototypes in hours or days instead of weeks or months.

Fusion 360 review by todd s.
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"great cad package with more features for less money !!!!!"

What do you like best?

I love the timeline at the bottom for scrubbing through various stages of the design. Very easy to edit cad files in a nonlinear format. Also, love innovative features like the sheet metal add-on and the new and improved hole wizard

What do you dislike?

I wish they had a more robust selection of pre-made fasteners and basic parts used most commonly in part design and manufacturing. Would be nice to not have to always be creating screws etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anyone looking to do simple to advance CAD will love fusion. I have heard there are model limitations but I have not hit them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to quickly build and test CAD parts and even allows for the easy pipeline to 3d printing.

Fusion 360 review by Carl S.
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"Extensive user of Fusion 360"

What do you like best?

I like that it has a variety of functions( T-spline, solid modelling, Rendering, CAM, etc) that I can seamlessly switch between within the same design. I also like that it is a powerful program with a clean and intuitive interface. The cloud storage of designs and could rendering features are also extremely nice.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that there are limited options for exporting designs from Fusion 360 into other programs( Even other Autodesk ones).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fusion is a great software for creating CAD models quickly and accurately. It lacks some of a complex assembly functions of other software, and its rendering engine is not as powerful as dedicated rendering programs such as Keyshot. Overall good for smaller designs, but surprisingly powerful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solved a variety of business problems including: a wearable worker safety device, a new system for loading cars onto trains, and a retail booth model for Cameras. The benefits I have gained are rapid iterations, easy rendering using the cloud rendering engine, and the ability to share designs with others without them needing CAD software.

Fusion 360 review by Melissa H.
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"Learning curve but not to bad"

What do you like best?

It's a step up from tinkercad, which I have been using in the classroom. The fact that students and educators can get it for free has me trying to create lesson plans to incorporate it in to my class.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve. I have experience with basic CAD programs and this was not out of the box intuitive. I'm still learning it through Lynda videos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch the Lynda videos

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

More robust CAD program than Tinkercad reddish I have been using to introduce students to 3D printing.

Fusion 360 review by Kunal S.
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"NEW IN TOWN!"

What do you like best?

The best would be the smooth cloud backup feature, the new proposal of a cloud rendering system, which works pretty smooth. A mix a polygon modelling and engineering precision, fusion360 can make it to the top in a few years. The tools are pretty much straight forward! the UI simple and extremely user friendly. it makes fusion360 very smooth and easy to handle. it makes you happy with many features like direct 3d printing,etc.

What do you dislike?

It's new, still a lot to learn. You can't build everything in fusion! there are still things which it lacks, and they are not small features. you cannot trust the cloud rendering, for immediate renderings fusion is not something i would rely on.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say, fusion is best for product design, interiors and drone design as well. it has the power to create concepts with real dimensions. sounds funny, but true. the cloud storage and backup with the app support is really well done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

rapid modelling of products and promoting use of fusion360. the benefits would be the new age design / UI and smooth cloud backup and access.

Fusion 360 review by Ujwal I.
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"The compact software with multiple characters."

What do you like best?

The software has a potential to replace many existing softwares- the reason is because of its unified tools and ease of learning. It has multiple tools right from parametric modeling to sculpting as well as surface modeling which then can be used to model the industrial designed product that can be tested with inbuilt simulators. Its built in rendering tools also allows a quick visualizing interpretation, allowing the user to share the progress of the model for quick feedbacks for changes to be done in real time.

It does have the option for cloud storage allowing the safety of our files, and the easy access from any system/laptop/mobile to showcase and present the 3D model.

What do you dislike?

Not much is there to dislike on the software for the time being, apart from its rendering abilities is quiet weak when compared with other software. It's a bit irritating- due to its cloud storage option that we as users have to remind ourselves to keep a backup of the file on the system so as to not depend on internet every time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For the time being it is the software to invest your money on- As an industrial designer this is one software that allows me to get the results that I seek for quick 3D development, from sketch to a 3D printing ready model - which can also be directly fed into a 3D printer. It requires a very short time to be trained to use the software and once you get the hang of the method on how to create things the software allows us to develop the product even further.

It is light on the hardware of our computer systems and takes the complete advantage of the cloud synchronization - giving us the ability to share and visualize our models without any extra add ons of softwares

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

none

Fusion 360 review by Paul D.
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"Build shell for IT product"

What do you like best?

Provide similar tools that you can find in solidworks. It is lighter to use it, and it works on Mac os x. you can build parametric 3D easily, and export them or use the software to 3D pring or manufacture your model in a CNC machine. You can directly manage the drilling head and there specifities depending on what you have available and the need of precision of your object

What do you dislike?

I don't like the interface, despite it is modern, it doesn't work correctly when your model become too complexe. The simulation tools are not advanced as other like the one in solidworks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fusion 360 is a good alternative to solidworks, providing usefull tools such as, parametric modelisation, rapid prototyping, rendering, physical test.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am conceiving shell pieces for existing technologies. I modelise the package of the technology, and build the shell around it. All the build in feature allow to have a fluide workflow

Fusion 360 review by Bonne W.
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"Fusion 360 is the powerhouse of CAD for SME's and hobbyists"

What do you like best?

Fusion 360 is first off is accessible.

Using a subscription based model and provided content for free for low level users and start ups. Fusion 360 really enables anyone to jump into a professional CAD CAM software and start a project without the need to purchase traditional CAD packages which easily run into the thousands.

An all in one. it really is.

Free form modeling T spilnes, paramentric modeling, animation (needs work) rendering (cloudbased), CAM and simulation all in one product. means as a small company or freelancer you have access to all the tools you could possibly need to design and produce real products.

The extensive online tutorials makes the learning curve very easy and with so many features this is really important.

What do you dislike?

It can be slow and crashes a fair amount, however in the defense the support is very good and as it it cloud based data is normally always safe, although i have had a few large files corrupt on me.

The Clodbased rendering while great sometimes struggles with large complex files. cloud credits also soon add up and can be expensive. however if rendering is important there are plugins from Keyshot, and Thea Render.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a industrial design student, freelancer or a small SME i would strongly recommend download the free trial and testing it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use fusion 360 for my own personal projects and my start up.

it has allowed us as a start up company to design our products to a stand

Fusion 360 review by Rajesh P.
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"Simple To Use And A Product For Engineers"

What do you like best?

Simple To Use ,Response To Any Kind Of Problems,Simple Interface,Provides A Variety Of Actual Situation Solution.

What do you dislike?

Size Of Software Is Bit Large In Terms Of Space

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very efficient as compared to other software available

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solution Of Various Mechanical Model ,Their Practical Situation Analysis .

It Is Useful To Provide Various 3D Models Of Nearly Anything.

It Also Has A Mobile Friendly App Which Is Very Helpful To carry And Show Your Work In A Go.

Fusion 360 review by Luca F.
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"An amazing a powerful tools for designers"

What do you like best?

Lot of functions and surfaces sculpting features, cooperative working in the cloud (for free!), ridiculously cheap for companies. This software bring to you the power of a 3D software like Solidworks and Rhinoceros totally free: the Autodesk team let the users decide future features and the communities offers cools plug-ins.

The app for iOS or Android give you the possibility to take notes or see in 360 your models from remote.

What do you dislike?

Still have to improve the plugins store as, at the moment, it’s a little bit empty.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primely I’m working with an amazing 3D software with a free license, second working with surfaces it’s never been easier for me. Some features like “wrapping surfaces around a body” are just amazing and very useful.

Fusion 360 review by Vittorio C.
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"This is the future of CAD and design work"

What do you like best?

I love the collaboration tools readily available right out of the box, allowing you to share and critique quickly and easily.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike here! I've used a number of systems in the past, and Fusion I picked up and with little to no guidance, starting mocking up a product within minutes. beautiful!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just try it... You'll easily see the difference from other softwares.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost, very manageable for startup or anyone for that matter.

Collaboration/Transparency, the share tools work really slick.

Fusion 360 review by Adam .
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"Its powerfull and easy to learn. Maker dream."

What do you like best?

It's really easy to lear and very intuitive and powerfull at the same time. You can found thousands of tutorials and courses and the community is very helpfull. It's great for 3d printing designs.

What do you dislike?

Stability and update process could be improved. Changing size of certain parts of the project could be difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's cheap or free and very powerful tool for 3d design. Great for makers, students and startup!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3d designs for non commercial and commercial use. I'v realised that 3d modelling could be easy and fun.

Fusion 360 review by Karl E.
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"F360 is my new best friend in the world of 3D CAD/CAM"

What do you like best?

It's free for a startup company like mine, and it's easy to learn and use!

What do you dislike?

The initial learning curve, but that's more me than the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If it seems overwhelming at first, I highly recommend joining Titans of CNC Academy and going through all of the tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My old software was limited to 2D paths. I can now run 3D surface contours.

Fusion 360 review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Difficult to master, but extremely powerful"

What do you like best?

Fusion 360 is extremely powerful, there is a steep learning curve, but once you grasp the basics you can create most anything. I use it to create models for my 3d printer, the automatic export for printing is very useful. The maker edition is really awesome if you're just getting started with 3d printing or computer-aided design.

What do you dislike?

This program has a very steep learning curve. Be prepared to watch all of the introduction videos in order to get comfortable with the toolset it provides. The cloud storage can sometimes be painful to work with. Having to upload a model before being able to import into my creation is painful. It is also slower than most cloud applications, so it is very noticeable that you're working on the cloud (e.g. long load times to close the app because it has to sync work in progress). Sometimes the GUI can be buggy, or do unexpected things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this application to create 3d models.

Fusion 360 review by Vladislav K.
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"Unexpected discovery"

What do you like best?

- The workflow processes

- Cloud-based projects

- The modern UI

- Hotkeys

- Cool rendering features

What do you dislike?

There are a few bugs and lags that make it difficult to work with.

But there's nothing that could interfere with work.

limited options for exporting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fusion is a great creative software. Extremely good and powerful for designs and not only.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Incredibly fast concepts. This is a quick and easy tool to create complex things.

Fusion 360 review by Luis A.
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"Future of CAD"

What do you like best?

It´s a software that updates itself instead of having new versions and you pay for the time you use it instead of a complete anual license. It has CAD, Drawing, CAM and Rendering workflows to have an all-in-one software.

What do you dislike?

Still things to improve like line wait in technical drawings and rendering.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It´s a great software for the price you pay

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modelling of organic products and their technical drawings.

Fusion 360 review by Constance T.
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"A great software between Rhinoceros and Solidworks"

What do you like best?

What I like about this Software it's that I feel it's kind of a mix between Rhinoceros and Solidworks' tools. You have the easy to understand and quite intuitive way of working of Rhinoceros ; and the precision of drawings, measures etc... from Solidworks.

I feel like the possibilities with this software are much deeper ! You have a lot of options to do a sleeker work, use smooth surfaces etc...

What do you dislike?

I don't thinks there is something that I dislike about this software, apart from the fact that it's underrated !

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a try ! It's a wonderful software, you will be surprised !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A huge gain of time ; the time that I usually spend wondering "okay, what software will I use for this shape modeling ?" ...!

Fusion 360 review by Robert K.
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"Fusion 360 for product design"

What do you like best?

I like the innovative way how this program renew the usage of a CAD program. After using some other CAD modelling programs fusion is much simplier to use and have less useless features. It updates regularly and they always implement new features. I also like the sculpting mode, its a unique feature compare to any other CAD software.

What do you dislike?

I dont like the view of the model layers. I would prefer a separate window for it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its good for begginer CAD users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for product design from the basic ideas to the final 3d modelling. It useful for surface and solid modelling too.

Fusion 360 review by Fred H.
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"Lean software for graphical modeling"

What do you like best?

I really like the auto updating feature that always seems to work. The program launches quickly and never causes any trouble.

What do you dislike?

It is a little frustrating to keep having to log in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The tutorials on Autodesk web site are helpful in starting to learn the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to model simple parts for 3d printing.

Fusion 360 review by Yaniv G.
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"Almost all in one CAD package!"

What do you like best?

It's almost free, I can model my designs with precise and with free form tools so I have a great power in my hands. I can model assemblies with easy without a need to divide my work to parts/assembly that hard do model when they depend on each other.

very easy to learn, always updated and can work from PC and MAC.

What do you dislike?

People's says that it's not so professional like other package but I don't need this kind of tools yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software along with Blender can beat almost all my needs!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design models for 3D printing and for CNC machining.

Fusion 360 review by Matt J.
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"Difficult at first but amazing after some training."

What do you like best?

The software itself just looks amazing. Everything is right where I need it to be. The rendering is beautiful. Autodesk makes it free to students! How awesome is that?!

What do you dislike?

If you are new to 3D modeling then users will feel very overwhelmed. But after studying and watching training videos, it is super easy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't let it intimidate you. It will get easier. Youtube has SO MANY tutorials as well as Autodesk.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to design replacement parts for some arcade games within our facilities that otherwise would have cost a very high amount.

Fusion 360 review by User in Design
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"All in one 3D combined"

What do you like best?

The freedom that fusion provides with the different types of modelling environments, helping us do solid, polygon and even surface modelling

What do you dislike?

The software is not very intuitive and smooth. The idea of again and again changing the environment and not able to edit the object once you get out of the mode is frustrating and time taking sometimes

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to learn but still hesitant to use in final results

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It provides quick form explorations. Realising the sketches in actual 3D for understanding purposes to confirm the visual imagination that we had during the sketch makes the process easy and decision making very clear.

Fusion 360 review by Carson B.
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"Fusion 360 Student Review "

What do you like best?

Great product and easy to learn!

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is an awesome tool for anyone involved in product design. The software allows you to combine your technical skills and artistic vision to create functional, yet beautiful, products. Coming from a Google Sketchup background, I was drawn to Fusion 360 because of its highly functional and aesthetically pleasing 3D capabilities. If you have a background in SolidWorks, I am confident you will have success with Fusion 360. Although I was completely unfamiliar with the software at the onset of my design process, by the end I felt very comfortable with the interface and was able to navigate through the software with ease. As I learned the ins and outs of the software, I was constantly focused on three elements: functionality, adaptability, and user-friendliness.

Advantages:

• The interface is simple. You will be able to find whatever tool you are looking for with just a few clicks of the mouse.

• Creating 3D objects from 2D sketches is very easy. The “extrude,” “revolve,” and “sweep” tools give you the versatility needed to create exactly the object you want. Also, the “modify” tools in Fusion 360 make it possible to change your models if necessary.

• Cloud based storage makes saving your designs convenient. You also have the option of saving files locally.

• If you get stuck on how to perform a specific operation, Autodesk has created a plethora of videos, articles, and forums to help you learn the technicalities of the software.

• The “sculpt” environment is great for anyone looking to create more organic shapes. This is an advantage over a program such as SolidWorks, where designs tend to end up somewhat boxy.

What do you dislike?

Disadvantages:

• Although Fusion 360 offers hundreds of different colors and textures, the “appearances” tool is tricky to get the hang of.

• The “assemblies” functions are limited. Being able to connect objects is a useful feature, but there are still some bugs that need to be worked out in this area.

• The components browser is not very user-friendly. It is useful for keeping track of all your different sketches and bodies; however, in a larger model, the browser can be cumbersome and difficult to navigate.

• The software has the ability to create beautiful renderings, but the options in the rendering workspace are limited.

• Creating a large-scale model in Fusion 360, such as a house design, would be difficult. For that type of project, Autodesk’s Revit would be more appropriate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion 360 is an easy-to-learn product and can create designs that are only limited by your imagination.

While a few of its functions are flawed, most of the learning comes naturally. Whether you have a background in computer design or are just starting from scratch, you will find great value in this product.

Fusion 360 review by Hernan G.
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"Intuitive Modeling"

What do you like best?

Being able to directly modify and alter components without necessarily going back to an original sketch.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve in the beginning was pretty steep, for example: the assembly in Fusion360 is greatly different than in Autodesk Inventor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are many aspects of Fusion 360 that are more intuitive compared to Autodesk Inventor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used the modelling to create components that were used on UAVs. Another benefit beyond modeling was the stress analysis.

Fusion 360 review by User in Construction
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"Delightful product to use"

What do you like best?

As I do laser engraving and CNC machining as part of my work, I like that it has a simulator for this so I can check my work before applying it in the workshop.

What do you dislike?

The copy/paste functionality needs to be improved. especially between projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time to learn the product by looking at YouTube or however you wish, but it is highly reccomended

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to test my CNC creations in the simulator before taking them into the workshop

Fusion 360 review by User
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"Opinion sobre Fusion 360"

What do you like best?

Poder trabajar tanto online como offline, su almacenamiento en la nube de fusion,

What do you dislike?

Tarda mucho en cargar y si no tienes un buen ordenador es casi imposible usarlo.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Poder hacer cualquier tipo de diseño, desde uno muy básico y sencillo a uno complejo.

El principal beneficio es poder trabajar en cualquier ordenador gracias a su nube lo que también facilita poder trabajar en equipo.

Fusion 360 review by Matt B.
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"excellent parametric modeling for hobbyists and commercial users"

What do you like best?

* great interface

* works on multiple platforms

* great rendering tools (including cloud rendering)

* large community online with good tutorials

* free for hobbyists and small commercial users!

* frequent updates and improvements to the software

* works on Mac!

What do you dislike?

* definitely need a mouse

* limited customization

Recommendations to others considering the product

* consider Onshape and other free alternatives such as OpenSCAD and FreeCAD, but know that this tool is one of the most popular, stable and easy-to-learn systems

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

designing prototypes, showing proof-of-concepts

Fusion 360 review by User in Design
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"Fun, Fast 3D software"

What do you like best?

Love that I can model organically as if my hands were working with clay inside the computer... Most CAD software's UX is either too engineering heavy or too simple and light on features. Fusion 360 strikes the perfect balance! It also has a history tree so going back to make changes is a breeze.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the simple task of moving a part is a little strange. (could be I'm use to Solidworks functionality) but when I try to use the origin as my reference point to move a part nothing happens... I find I need to move or rotate hit the green check then move it again before it acts. But again most likely a human error over software glitch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My organic modeling or surface modeling capabilities have increased greatly due to the smart software. I sense a trend in funkier product design emerging away from ridged forms now that we have the tools to do so :)

Fusion 360 review by User in Animation
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"Engineering tools for everybody"

What do you like best?

Fusion 360 has everything you need to design everything you want.It's free to use for non-commercial purposes and I think this makes it the best cad design software available at this moment.

Being used to CG modeling software like 3ds max or Modo I had to familiarize myself with fusion's workflow but the help forums and the community provided all the information I needed.

I mainly use Fusion 360 to design models for 3d printing and it's working great so far.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of things that could be better.

I would like more tools for organic modeling or at least an easier way ti import and use models form other apps.

Performance could also be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are used to apps like 3ds max or Modo expect some learning curve.

It's not very good for organic shapes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using this app for 3d printing.

Fusion 360 review by Kate J.
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"Fusion 360 review"

What do you like best?

I love that this software is cloud based. You can access your work and your teams work anywhere! I love creating models with this program because it is very easy to sculpt, shape, scale your model. Other programs make the model very square or not exactly what I was looking for.

What do you dislike?

I don't really like the assembly modeling, wasn't as easy as I would of hoped. The simulation testing isn't as good as when you actually create the product. The functions you can test with it isn't up to par. Wish It could of been more accurate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For anyone thinking about using Fusion 360, I would suggest at least do sign up for a trial run. It gives you enough time to really feel out the product. This was one of the first 3D CAD Modeling so it has a lot of good things going for it. The community is also an awesome source of help and inspiration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am trying to make easy and affordable 3D printing

Fusion 360 review by Gonzalo C.
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"Great Product for a great price."

What do you like best?

Its cheap. It really is the best cheap CAD program available for anyone who is a product design. They are constantly trying to get better. I know this for a fact having several friends who work at the company who sole purpose is to design products using the product. Report issues so that they can fixed or improved upton. I like many thing within this product. My favorite is taking a drawing and CADing one side of it perfectly and mirroring that over. Genious tool. SolidWorks my favorite product cant do that. Plus the product works with or autodesk products which is great.

What do you dislike?

Its fairly new. It needs help in the user friendly department. But overall the product is great. The learning curve is there

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes I would. For sure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

designing products for people. Concepts. Its quick and easy.

Fusion 360 review by Paul G.
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"Quick to learn, very powerful tool."

What do you like best?

The ability to make molds, and write gcode for cnc based off models

What do you dislike?

Some of the short cut tools, commands are different that most every 3d modeling program

Recommendations to others considering the product

Youtube can teach you how to use this program

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick fixes to STL files, allows us to edit and fix stl files and print clean parts

Fusion 360 review by Administrator in Automotive
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"Promising software, but not integrated to existing workflows"

What do you like best?

One can see the future of CAD, and it looks like Fusion 360. Clean, intuitive interface and web connected app ensures it's always up to date.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, this product doesn't fit within established engineering workflows for companies that have been using Inventor and Vault.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're a small engineering team starting from scratch and have fairly simple products, Fusion might work well for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is the problem with Fusion 360. It doesn't solve any of our problems. Which is why we don't really use it.

Fusion 360 review by User in Wholesale
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"It's worth test driving!"

What do you like best?

Fusion allows solid direct edits which is really nice. Also includes a patch environment that allows the user to create surface geometry from scratch and ability to repair less than perfect data, remodel and prep geometry and data for reuse. Fusion has also started including sketching tools into the newest updates and these files can be exported to dwg and pdfs

What do you dislike?

You really have to keep up with the updates. It seems like they do them every couple months, so if you don't stay on top of them you are missing out on the newest technology offered with the program. I found that, like other cad programs, I tend to skip the updates and stick with what im used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its worth testing to see if its something that would benefit you or your company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Am just using this for personal trial

Fusion 360 review by User in Health, Wellness and Fitness
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"Hard to start, rewarding after"

What do you like best?

Great tool. Also they have the free account for startups and students.

What do you dislike?

The hard part of learning. The learning curve is really really steep.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is my software to go when it comes to product design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

They solve a lot of problems. From industrial designers, to inventors to whatever. Their software is the king on creating 3d representation of real products. I won't use any other software. Plus the handy integrations are really a bless.

Fusion 360 review by User in Arts and Crafts
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"Great 3d modeling for fabrication"

What do you like best?

I use this program to do solid modeling for professional fabrication. It has a lot of good mechanics necessary for me to produce high quality prototypes.

What do you dislike?

There are some features of trying to create compound curves that don't work as well as they should on complex pieces, such as drafts, fillets, and chamfers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion 360 is free and easy to learn which helps anyone in my industry to pick it up and use it.

Fusion 360 review by User in Environmental Services
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"My Go-To Program for Photorealistic Rendering"

What do you like best?

I love how intuitive the program is when it comes to selecting materials and even more so, choosing backgrounds to render your product in.

What do you dislike?

Not a whole lot to dislike. Maybe just that I wish I had more time to learn more of the full features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is much easier to present prototype concepts to potential clients with these VERY realistic renderings of products.

Fusion 360 review by User
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"Great software for Industrial Design"

What do you like best?

The ease of using the modeling tools and the ability to do full kinetic linkages.

What do you dislike?

The links between components sometimes can be tricky to get correct.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is great for modeling small parts to full product design

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Fusion to model and evaluate intricate design for equipment. We also use this for small form factor models and 3d printing.

Fusion 360 review by User in Retail
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"Fantastic 3D modeling "

What do you like best?

Easy to learn, fantastic renderings, great price.

What do you dislike?

Can be a smidge laggy because you are working off the cloud.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for simple designing as well as complex builds. Renders are fantastic. Easy to use. Lots of functionality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great design tool and sharing capabilities for collaborative projects.

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