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Overview

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Fusion 360 by Autodesk is a 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool that combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration,...

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Inventor is a Windows-based 3D CAD software that assists in 3D modelling through mechanical design, documentation, and product...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
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  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
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  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

495

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

290

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

203

5

4

3

2

1

130

59

8

3

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
96%
would recommend this app

4.5

232

5

4

3

2

1

136

85

9

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

Overall, I have had a fantastic experience with Fusion 360 and would highly recommend it to anyone in need of a comprehensive and integrated design platform.
Fusion 360, I believe, is the best tool in its price range for 3D modeling. It is very affordable, and for the price, very powerful.
I loved that it worked on my mac. I wound up winning two national awards while in school with designs I created on Fusion 360.

Pros

Inventor is a perfect tool for mechanical drawings as well as 3D mechanical models. Document production is a very important ability of Invetor.
We used it mainly for R&D, in which we find it usable with some features earning a 'good' and even a 'very good.
Really great as the designers have the great experience using this and create the ideas into 3D models and drawings.

Cons

Some specific issues with parametric modeling were noticed by me. I also noticed some problems with fillets around curves.
Continous updates and patches are released frequently. Some times this becomes annoying.
The user interface at first can be a bit confusing, and there's a lot of unlabeled buttons that take time getting used to.

Cons

Only downside is it does crash sometimes for no reason when opening step files.
The platform is very memory demanding, so running the application on multiple computers caused it to crash or slow down.
I did not like the fact that the program crashes a lot, i would like an autosave function so if if does crash you dont loose your work.
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Key features

  • Total features14
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Design & Modeling
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Assessment Management
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Bills of Material
  • CAD Tools
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Component Library
  • Configuration Management
  • Content Library
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electrical
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multiple Projects
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Task Management
  • Version Control
  • Total features28
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Design & Modeling
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Assessment Management
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Bills of Material
  • CAD Tools
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Component Library
  • Configuration Management
  • Content Library
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electrical
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multiple Projects
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Task Management
  • Version Control

Integrations

  • Total integrations1
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations3
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier

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Luke B.

Automotive, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fusion 360

Fantastic Modelling Software for FREE

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Best part about this is that you can use it for free.

Cons

Functions in comparison to SolidWorks or Inventor are minimal.

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Renato B.

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Renewables & Environment, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Fusion 360

Fusion 360 in product design for manufacturing goods

Reviewed 5 months ago
Pros

Fusion 360 has a unique easy to use machining simulation that makes CNC way easier and also helping you to design a product already looking to its manufacturing is a great differential.

Cons

Sp. Fusion 360 has some simplified resources from inventor wich can make some tasks in the software a bit harder and leans you to also having to buy Inventor.

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Anonymous Reviewer

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Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Fusion 360

Go To for Making 3D Objects

Reviewed 3 years ago

It is quick and easy to use to create 3D files for things like modeling or 3D printing

Pros

I love that they condensed autodesk inventor into a cheaper, simpler software.

Cons

I wish it didn't create a new revision for every change-point I wanted to save.

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Timothy T.

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Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Fusion 360

Good for quick jobs. Not a serious CAD tool

Reviewed 4 years ago

Fusion 360 is nice in a pinch, but otherwise you'll be better using Autodesk Inventor or Solidworks for doing real work.

Pros

- Web-based interface - Most of the tools that Inventor has + some that it doesn't

Cons

- Too many bugs and speed issues as it is not a native app

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Matthew V.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Fusion 360

Not the most robust but gets the job doen

Reviewed 7 months ago

Used to use inventor daily as a designer, but with my current company, we don't require much design work. We typically use Fusion to do simple renderings for sketches to Architects or Engineers review.

Pros

Great for making fairly simple 3D models (especially if you're familiar with the way Autodesk products are laid out). Available for free for personal use. Visually appealing.

Cons

Not the most robust product. If you need something more powerful, look at Inventor.

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Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fusion 360

Fusion 360

Reviewed 7 months ago
Pros

Easy to use interface, clean and not congested while still providing most of the basic features as in Autodesk Inventor

Cons

Visual glitches, occasional slow rendering and bugs such as not being able to roll back the timeline

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Andrew D.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Fusion 360

Not as powerful, but still very useful.

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Really like that you can setup controls to emulate different programs like SolidWorks or Inventor. It is also very easy to setup CAM features and simulate the milling of a part.

Cons

It is very difficult to save projects offline if you are working in an area without internet access.

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Anonymous Reviewer

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Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fusion 360

Design your Own 3d Prints!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Creating 3d Printable models with Fusion 360 are difficult yet rewarding when a model of the product is avalible.

Pros

Fantastic software, easy to learn, hard to master. A dumbed down version of Inventor, Fusion 360 is a great starter program for hobbiest and beginners. Tools are easy to use and make sense.

Cons

Learning curve for the program is rather steep. The difference between being a "Pro" and muddling through the file is a leap. There are quite a few online courses both free and paid that help you through the most difficult issues.

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Jason A.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fusion 360

Best CAD software for the price

Reviewed 2 years ago

Fusion 360 has made it really easy to prototype designs, as it is much easier to pick up than a lot of other CAD software, like Inventor and Solidworks, and significantly cheaper.

Pros

First of all, it's really easy to use, and it can run on lower-specced machines that can't run other CAD solutions. I also love how it's cross-platform. I switched from Windows to macOS about a year ago, and still have to use Windows for certain software, but I can start a project on my Mac and easily open the same project on a Windows device. And everything is saved to the cloud so it's super easy...

Cons

Sometimes Fusion takes a while to launch. Another issue I have is with the pricing of cloud renderings. If you are a student you have unlimited 'cloud credits', but for a hobbyist or business, you have to buy a pack of at least 100 credits for $100, and every time a cloud rendering or simulation is done, you have to pay one of those credits. It doesn't seem like much, but it does add up, and I would personally refrain from using the cloud rendering and simulation services.

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Eduardo R.

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Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fusion 360

Simple but effective, Fusion 360

Reviewed 3 months ago

Fusion360 is simple and great specially to get started or simple projects since the software allows the user to undergo the whole process from your 3D model to the simulation of the manufacturing process. A highly recommended product.

Pros

3D CAD is simple, controls are user friendly, very straight forward menu with ease of accessibility to the various 3D modelling tools/controls, work can be saved on the cloud meaning you can access your work at any place. The best part about this software is the manufacturing add-in, you can undergo the whole process of bringing your product to life, from the 3D model, to manufacturing it with the various options fusion 360 has to offer (lathe, milling, water cutting, etc). 3D printing function is also great, the software gives you the G-code (necessary for 3D printers to print) for you to import it into your printer dedicated software and voila!

Cons

The software is simple which can also be a con if you are interested in more complex geometries and mechanical studies of parts you should look for more specialized software like SolidWorks or Inventor.

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Karli T.

Civil Engineering, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Fusion 360

Biomedical Engineering Projects

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great if your design is more simple, or if you are an expert in this specific software, and you want to collaborate live with a team on a design. However, compared to Autodesk's other products, this one is lower on my recommendation list.

Pros

Love the ability to work on one project/design live with a team. Great feature that really sets this software apart.

Cons

It really is not Autodesk's best product. Inventor and AutoCAD are much easier to use. Though this one is able to be collaborated on live with multiple team members, the design features seem mixed up and sometimes limited.

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Umar A.

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Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Fusion 360

Fusion 360's fusion of incredibly innovative features

Reviewed a year ago

It has been very enlightening and 'easy on the eyes'. Unlike the complexity of similar applications such as Inventor and Solidworks, it was easy for me to get used to the interface quicker. The app has also opened my eyes to the innovative possibilities that CAD software can offer. Overall, it has been an awesome experience.

Pros

The software is a gamechanger in the domain of collaboration. It has allowed me to work on projects with people from across the globe. Another thing that stands out is its user interface. Despite its rather simple interface that resembles that of Tinkercad, it offers almost the exact set of advantages that Autodesk Inventor offers.

Cons

So so many features are behind a pay wall. I got frustrated when I wanted to perform some functions such as simulations. If some of the features in the pay wall can be included into the free version, it would be magnificent. And even if they do remain behind the pay wall, they should at least become much more cheaper. Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Autodesk is making it

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Anonymous Reviewer

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Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Fusion 360

Powerful, but not intuitive for experienced CAD users

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The software is built with the idea of designing from the system level down rather than building up from components. This is good since you're forced to consider how the whole system interacts rather than focusing on designing one piece at a time.

Cons

Adapting to the software was difficult as someone experienced with using various CAD packages. I often found simple things like building relations between features to be non-intuitive vs mates in packages like SolidWorks or even Autodesk's Inventor software. Once a relationship was set, I found it hard to undo.

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Alejandro S.

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Oil & Energy, self-employed

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fusion 360

Fusion 360, a simple alternative for 3D mechanical design

Reviewed a year ago

The use that I have given to Fusion 360 is more oriented to modeling simple parts and parts to be printed in 3D, in these areas it is even more versatile than the other software I have used, such as Autodesk Invetor and SolidWorks, which I have used. used to perform complex assemblies and simulations. Fusion 360 has been very useful for me to make prototypes to scale in the 3D printer

Pros

Fusion 360 is a lighter and cheaper alternative for the design of 3d parts and machines, although it does not have all the features that can be found in specialized software such as Autodesk Inventor or SolidWorks, that simplicity and low cost can mean an advantage if what you want to design and draw is not very complex. Another great advantage is that Fusion 360 can be used for free if you are looking for a hobby use. For example to manufacture parts on your 3D printer or on your CNC router.

Cons

As it is a technical software, free modeling is somewhat restricted, so if you are looking to make aesthetic models or with complex shapes, this software is not the best alternative. In terms of mechanical design, although you can get good results with simple parts and machines, for complex assemblies it will also be somewhat limited and you will have to opt for options such as Autodesk Inventor.

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Arie C.

Renewables & Environment, 501-1,000 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Inventor

Excellent AutoCAD Modeling Software

Reviewed a year ago

I find Inventor to be a great AutoCAD modeling tool and I have used Autodesk Inventor throughout my educational and professional career.

Pros

I liked the ease of use of Inventor, as it is as welcome to new users as seasoned AutoCAD veterans. The feature set is quite broad and useful for all engineers and I have used Autodesk Inventor extensively in my professional career.

Cons

Overall, I find Autodesk Inventor to be a little less feature rich than certain competitors. Furthermore, there is a lack of cloud saving capability unlike something like Autodesk Fusion 360.

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Tobias B.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Inventor

Inventor als Entwicklungsprogramm für Engineering-Produkte

Reviewed 8 months ago

Inventor ist eine super Entscheidung. Es beherbergt schon sehr viele Werkzeuge , welche andere Anbieter als Zusatzmodule anbieten. Daher ist Inventor mit einem Paket schon mehr als GUT ausgestattet, welches in aller Regel ausreicht um Aufgaben in der Produktentwicklung und Planung vollständig und Exakt durchführen zu können.

Pros

Die Inventorsoftware stellt Lernprogramme in der Software bereit. Das bedeutet du kannst einen Kurs wählen und das Worksheet durcharbeiten. Anschliessend weisst du , wie das dementsprechende Werkzeug zu verwenden ist. Dies bietet sich an bei Entwicklungen für Neuprodukte, wenn du noch nicht alle Softwaremodule benutzt hast, bzw. kennengelernt hast. Inventor ist ein PRozess, es dauert einwenig bis man sich komplett eingearbeitet hat. Der beste Tipp: Klein Anfangen !

Cons

BIsher fiel nichts auf , was wirklich gefehlt hat. Sicherlich gibt es software, welche in der Struktur ähnlich aber etwas einfacher zu verwenden ist, nehmen wir zum Vergleich z.B. Fusion360. Verschiedene Modellierungsprozesse sind bei Fusion 360 etwas einfacher gestaltet. Dafür hat Fusion aber nicht so ausgeklügelte Belastungsanalysen-Werkzeuge etc.

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Alejandro S.

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Oil & Energy, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Inventor

Why I use Inventor in my daily work

Reviewed a year ago

I started using inventor 15 years ago at university and although the software has grown a lot, its use is still just as easy, of course with certain improvements and additions that must be learned with each new version. Although inventor generates high-quality blueprints, many times the drawing standards of each country or region are not met, so I usually edit the drawings in AutoCAD before presenting them

Pros

It is very easy to learn, it is a very intuitive software and you can start designing pieces from the first time you use it. Being Autodesk software, it is compatible with other important software such as AutoCAD or Fusion 360. It has a large number of libraries, so it is not necessary to draw standardized parts

Cons

This is very powerful software, so it requires a high-end computer, so the initial investment is somewhat expensive and the more elements an assembly has, the more RAM memory it will need, which can easily reach 64 or 128 GB.