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Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:57:45 pm »
I know there are some members here that have interest in 3D modeling their fab projects.  I have used Solidworks (the industry standard 3D CAD software) for almost 20 years.  But it is expensive, and I wanted a home solution.  I've just started checking out Fusion 360 and I'm impressed.

https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/free-trial

It's free if you are a student, an enthusiast or a small business generating less than $100K/year.  And it's good software.  If you need help or tutorials search Youtube, it's loaded with instructional videos.   {cool}

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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 02:30:35 pm »
    I may have to check it out.  I've been wanting a 3D modeling software again just to play with.  I am used to using SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor along with a couple others. 
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 03:42:52 pm »
    Interesting, may give it a try.  Crazy how we have moved from stand alone software back to Main Frame (Cloud) based software.
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 11:02:14 pm »
    There's a free companion smart phone app for this too with some neat features.
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #4 on: January 18, 2018, 04:39:10 pm »
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #5 on: May 3, 2019, 02:15:31 pm »
    I had the free version of Fusion360 for a few years. Now they want me to pay for it. It's not free anymore.
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #6 on: May 6, 2019, 04:05:30 am »
    Any other freebies? I'm trying to learn it so not really worth it to pay for something I might not get into
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #7 on: May 6, 2019, 08:49:51 am »
    I work on CATIA V5 for a living. It is one of, if not the best 3D parametric design and manufacturing software packages available. But it comes with a premium price nobody but corporations can afford.

    The other best in class software would be SolidWorks and fusion 360. Looking at the cost of SolidWorks, Fusion360 is a major bargain. With the cloud based system, you will always have the latest software and won't have to spend thousands for a software package you own forever without upgrades.

    Fusion360 offers 3D design and manufacturing at an unbelievable low price. If you think you are interested in 3D design, Fusion360 would be your best choice.
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #8 on: September 3, 2019, 04:11:25 am »
    Fusion only works when connected? I play with sketchup now as I can use it offline.  I don't qualify as any of those. Just someone that like playing with this trying to put my ideas I a 3d form.
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    Re: Fusion 360, free 3D modeling CAD software
    « Reply #9 on: September 23, 2019, 01:56:20 pm »
    Fusion only works when connected? I play with sketchup now as I can use it offline.  I don't qualify as any of those. Just someone that like playing with this trying to put my ideas I a 3d form.
    Fusion is a cloud based program. I believe you can work offline as well. I lost my free account that I have had for years now, and now they want about $400 a year which is still a bargain.

    I have never used sketch up before. I have seen it and it reminds me of a very primitive 3D scratch pad. But, if it works for you, free is a good thing. Keep on keeping on. If you want something far more advanced and you use it frequently, you can design a whole new truck and go total FOOSE/Boddington on it. lol
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