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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.