Autodesk Fusion 360 – 3D CAD reinvented

Fusion 360™ is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.
 



    Features

    Fusion 360™ is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package. The tools in Fusion 360 enable fast and easy exploration of design ideas with an integrated concept-to-production toolset.

    Fusion 360 is natively written for both Mac and PC, allowing you to use your preferred OS or both at no additional cost.




 

Design –
Quickly iterate on design ideas and use sculpting and modeling tools to explore form and finishes.



Freeform modeling & sculpting

Create smooth and precise surfaces with T-Splines technology or with sketch curves, patches, and extrusions. Obtain the exact amount of curvature you want in your models by editing the form’s face, edges, and vertices



Solid modeling

With Fusion 360, history modeling consists of a historic timeline. The timeline captures commands used during the design process. You can go back and edit any of those operations without needing to update anything downstream—everything updates automatically. Create base feature models that are history-free, and then use them in the history-enabled environment for top-down design.

Access robust solid modeling tools that allow you to easily create organic designs, as well as detailed mechanical parts, or a combination of both.

Perform powerful Boolean operations, and add features such as webs, lofts, patterns, and much more to your existing model.



Parametric modeling

Set precise parameters to your sketches. Model dimensions with specific values as well as relational functions. Make changes to the parameters and the model will update, keeping the mechanical features previously created intact.



Mesh modeling

Bring in scanned STL or OBJ data and use them as the reference for your Fusion 360 design. Create T-Spline faces right on top of the surface using Object Snap, or use the Pull command to snap vertices right onto the mesh body. This allows you to freely edit the T-Spline model.



 

Part libraries & content

Fusion 360 comes with a library of engineering standard parts based on ISO, ANSI, DIN, etc. Use them as the start of a new design or insert them into an existing design without re-creating these parts from scratch.



 

Engineer & Simulate –
Test fit and motion, perform simulations, create assemblies, make photorealistic renderings and animations.



Simulation & testing

Understanding how your design works before fabricating can save you time and resources. Create tests and animate test results to help you determine the weakest areas of your model or areas that are most likely to fail. Share, view, and mark-up study results with your team via A360.

Choose from several types of simulation studies :

  • Linear static stress
  • Modal frequency
  • Thermal
  • Thermal stress


 

Data translation

Import standard CAD formats, such as SLDPRT, SAT, IGES, STEP, STL, and OBJ. Fusion 360 will keep your original file and create an F3D counterpart.

Export locally as well as via the cloud—you’ll receive an email notification when your model has been translated and is available for download.

  • Local file export types include IGES, SAT, SMT, STEP, F3D, and DXF.
  • Cloud export file types include Inventor 2014, IGES, SAT, SMT, STEP, DWG, DXF, STL, FBX, and F3D


Assembly modeling

Assemble your parts in the same environment in which you designed them.

  • Join parts as they are built, or select specific joint origins and positions
  • Choose among a variety of different joint types, such as rigid, revolute, slider, cylindrical, pin-slot, planar, and ball
  • Set joint limits to get the exact amount of movement you need in your designs, and preview the kinematics in real time


Joints & motion studies

Assemble your parts in the same environment in which you designed them.

  • Join parts as they are built, or select specific joint origins and positions
  • Choose among a variety of different joint types, such as rigid, revolute, slider, cylindrical, pin-slot, planar, and ball
  • Set joint limits to get the exact amount of movement you need in your designs, and preview the kinematics in real time


Assembly modeling

Get a sense of how the assembly could behave as a working prototype by activating all the joints in a motion study.

  • Animate the motion of the joints by setting a specific order in which the motion should take place
  • Play the motion from start to finish, or play it in reverse


Rendering

Create photorealistic renderings with Fusion 360’s local real-time ray-tracing rendering engine or with powerful cloud rendering.

  • Choose from a large library of materials such as translucent plastics, paint, wood, metals, glass, and composites
  • Edit existing materials and make custom ones that fit your needs
  • Explore various camera settings such as focal length, depth of field, light source, and environments


 

Animation

Fully animate how your product comes together or comes apart with flexible camera views, fade-in/fade-outs, manual or automatic explode features, as well as instructional call-outs on areas that require more detail. Easily share these scenes with others by exporting them as MP4 videos.



 

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



2- & 2.5-axis machining

The CAM capabilities of Fusion 360 share the same proven CAM kernel as HSMWorks and Inventor HSM™, enabling you to quickly generate toolpaths that cut cycle times, reduce machine and tool wear, and produce the highest-quality finished parts.

2D strategies include drilling, contouring, pocketing, facing, and adaptive clearing.



3-axis machining

In addition to all the existing 2-axis strategies, 3-axis CAM offers parallel toolpaths, horizontal clearing, penciling, scallop/constant stopover strategies, and spiral/morphed spiral for more organic designs.



 

3D printing utility

Prepare your designs for 3D printing by previewing the mesh structure, making pre-print refinements, and automatically creating optimized support structures. You can also print multiple different designs at once.

Fusion 360 is easily used with 3D printing software utilities, including Autodesk® Print Studio, powered by Spark, which allows you to prepare and communicate directly with the Autodesk Ember™3D printer. It’s also compatible with a variety of 3D printers, including direct integration with printers from Type A Machines, Dremel, MakerBot, and Ultimaker.



Drawing

Rapidly specify views, dimensions, and tolerances with associative 2D drawings, which can be updated with just a click if changes were made to the original model downstream. Archive them locally as DWG or PDF.



 

Collaborate & Manage –
Bring design teams together in a hybrid environment that harnesses the power of the cloud when necessary and uses local resources when it makes sense.



Distributed design

Multiple contributors can create and modify referenced components within a project, allowing teams working in various geographic locations to work much more efficiently.

Distributed design allows you to insert one Fusion 360 design into another and maintain an associative link between the two. If the linked design is modified, you can choose whether you’d like to update the referenced design to reflect the changes. Open designs just as you left them and Fusion 360 will highlight referenced components that are “out of date” and allow you to update them individually or as a whole.



 

Synchronous design reviews

Review a design with team members and clients in multiple locations in real time. In a live review session, teams can view edits made to the model from within Fusion 360 as well as interact with the model in their web browser.



Track, comment, and share

Invite unlimited team members to your projects. Keep track of versions, and view the work others have done within the project through a live activity feed. You also can keep track of progress and team activities via the A360 Team application in your web browser.



Version management

See the project versions your team has been working on within Fusion 360. Save multiple versions of your designs in the cloud with A360 Team or archive them locally.

You have the flexibility to review previous file versions and boost them to the top of version history to iterate from a previous design.

Easily find components embedded in complex design files and data archives using an integrated search engine.



Mobile viewing & management

With the Fusion 360 mobile app, you can view, mark up, comment, and collaborate on 3D designs with anyone inside or outside your company.

  • Access projects from your iOS or Android mobile devices to review and interact with designs in 3D
  • See the latest updates, and give team feedback by posting comments or marking up areas of review
  • Get support for more than 100 file formats, including DWG, SLDPRT, IPT, IAM, CATPART, IGES, STEP, and STL


Share or publish data & designs

Upload your designs to the community gallery or securely share your designs with specific individuals using the public sharing link from your data panel. The link will allow the recipient(s) to view and download the design within their web browser with our free 3D viewer—even if they don’t have an Autodesk Account.

You’ll be able to maintain control of who has access to view, comment, or edit projects. Get 3D measurements, and mark-up or redline areas of the design you want to focus on using the commenting tools right in the 3D web viewer. View 2D and 3D files in more than 65 formats in Fusion 360 without extra downloads or plug-ins.



API extensibility

Automate custom tasks in Fusion 360 with built-in API editing functionality. Create custom scripts using JavaScript or Python (using Brackets and Spyder 2) within Fusion 360. Sample scripts include bolt generator, spur gear generator, and simple bill-of-materials (BOM) extractor.



Design variations with branching & merging

Create multiple branches from the same master design and let your team members iterate without any interruptions.

  • The whole team is notified when changes are made in a branch so everyone is aware of each other’s work
  • Branches can be merged with other branches as well as back into the main design with intuitive change conflict detection