Fusion 360 Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Fusion 360

Cloud enabled 3D CAD & collaboration platform for designers

4.73/5 (62 reviews)

Fusion 360 overview

Fusion 360 is a 3D CAD, CAM and CAE tool that combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining to connect the entire product development process in an integrated, concept-to-production toolset


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Fusion 360 reviews

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An Excellent Tool for Designing 3d Prints and CAD Prototypes

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-12-30
Review Source: Capterra

In the context of Fusion being a tool for novices, it is an excellent tool to start designing in to learn the ins and outs of CAD and 3D modeling.Fusion is a hybrid parametric modeling program offered by Autodesk. Fusion is the more entry level offerings in the Autodesk lineup, being simpler to use compared to their other offerings like Maya and 3DSMax, albeit while fulfilling a different role. One of the main benefits of Fusion 360 is that it is free. After then end of the trial you can choose to continue using the software as a hobbyist for free, allowing you to use it so long as you do not monetize the models created in Fusion. Being free, there is plenty of documentation and tutorials available to get started on Fusion and begin using it for CAD design. One of the areas where Fusion shines is for 3d printing, creating suitable printable models with ease. Fusion integrates with many models of 3d printers so that they can be directly printed from the program. For unsupported printers, Fusion can also export 3d printable formats such as .STL files for the printer to use. This is usually preferable anyways, as it allows for more flexibility compared to printing right in Fusion.

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A great alternative to the more expensive 3D modeling softwares out there

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-20
Review Source: Capterra

The cloud-based rendering is a great feature in Fusion 360 which puts way less strain on your cpu compared to a local render, allowing to continue working uninterrupted. There are a ton of render options for both your model and the background environment, and the final quality of the rendered images is fantastic. I like the cloud-based file sharing option which allows you to collaborate with others on the same project. It's also available for mac operating system as well as windows unlike some of its competitors. Regular updates and improvements that run relative unnoticed in the background, and they are constantly adding cool new features. It takes up very little room on your hard drive as the software is mostly cloud-based.

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Christopher Van

I use this for prototyping AND teaching children how to design 3D prints!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-12-05
Review Source: Capterra

I've really been able to take my modeling and prototyping and even teaching STEM students to the next level. Fantastic ease of use, easy to teach and learn. Everything is in places that makes sense and you can create models based on measurements very easily. The software is designed to go right to 3D printers and even CNC machines. Lot's of options for modeling types/contexts such as parametric and even sculpting primitives. The cloud platform makes it very easy to access your work from other computers/devices.. One of the most useful features for me is the fact it handles threads so well, easy to 3D print and have parts properly screw together. I tested over 30 different modeling software packages before I settled on this. No regrets.

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Long Bui

Great Designs Require a Reliable Software

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-12-14
Review Source: Capterra

Thanks to Fusion 360, I have found myself relying on it constantly for virtual design testings. Of course, true testing requires real-world application; however, Fusion 360 has been fairly accurate with its simulated statistics. Ever since high-school, my team and I discovered Fusion 360 and used it for our design testings to which we 3D-printed and used for our Toyota-sponsored hydrogen car. By far one of the most reliable and useful software for prospective designers and engineers. Or you know, if you have a passion for these kind of fields, I recommend giving Fusion 360 a shot.As an engineering major, Fusion 360 has become my go-to software when I feel the need to simulate any designs my team produces. It provides a multitude of options when creating designs, such as angular checks, grid-line-based auto adjustment, 360 degrees perspective, and so on. It also has a cloud feature that allows you to store your designs or even share it via email. I also find it particular helpful that you can do design tests such as putting it through a wind-funnel and seeing the air resistance as well as the designs performance in general.

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Ryan Branch

Everything you could want.....and more

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-19
Review Source: Capterra

This is the only software I choose to use when starting a project. I have used other CAD packages in the past, but Fusion 360 has made everything easier. It's not just my top recommendation for CAD software, it's my only recommendation. It has everything you could want in a single CAD/CAM package. You can take an idea from concept, through development, and then to manufacturing without switching programs. The software is very intuitive if you have ever used any other piece of CAD software. It's also very easy to experiment with different tools you may not normally use. With Fusion 360 it allows you to jump into Rendering or even some FEA analysis without having to learn an entirely new piece of software.

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Fusion 360 pricing

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A 30-day free trial is available, after which standalone single-user licenses are priced as follows:

Fusion 360:

-$620/ 2 years

Fusion 360 Ultimate:

- $190/month
- $1,535/year
- $3,070/2 years

Fusion 360 features


Access Control (181 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (346 other apps)
Activity Tracking (218 other apps)
Audit Trail (183 other apps)
Auditing (266 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (355 other apps)
Compliance Management (213 other apps)
Custom Fields (202 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (271 other apps)
Data Import/Export (262 other apps)
Document Storage (198 other apps)
Inventory Management (213 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (209 other apps)
Invoice Management (197 other apps)
Monitoring (201 other apps)
Real Time Data (236 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (268 other apps)
Third Party Integration (251 other apps)
Workflow Management (233 other apps)

Additional information for Fusion 360

Key features of Fusion 360

  • Simulation
  • Testing
  • Freeform modeling & sculpting
  • Solid modeling
  • Parametric modeling
  • Mesh modeling
  • Part libraries & content
  • Data translation
  • Assembly modeling
  • Rendering
  • Animations
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Quickly iterate on design ideas with sculpting tools to explore form and modeling tools to create finishing features.

Test fit and motion, perform simulations, create assemblies, make photorealistic renderings and animations.

Create toolpaths to machine your components or use the 3D printing workflow to create a prototype.