Software : Autodesk : Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360

(as of 5/19/2016)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Advanced modelling and animation
  • Model development from scanned designs
  • Form inspection and analysis
  • Cloud storage and collaboration
  • Mobile access to projects
  • Built-in lessons and tutorials

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a 3D industrial and mechanical design tool used during product development. It was originally called Inventor Fusion and came bundled with Autodesk Inventor, but is now a standalone product with many “cloud” based features. The discontinued version is still available for free but is no longer supported.

Fusion 360 provides powerful, modern tools for developing your product both mechanically and aesthetically. It provides many different 3D surface and solid modeling options that allow you to quickly and efficiently develop a product's form. Models can also be created from scanned designs with the object snapping feature. After your models are created they can be assembled and animated to simulate how the final product will behave in motion.

Utilizing modern internet technologies Fusion 360 becomes a both a dynamic tool that is accessible wherever you go as well as a valuable resource for sharing and learning. It allows you to securely access projects and work with a team remotely from almost any device with an internet connection. You can also use your own Fusion 360 site to share information and ideas with the Fusion 360 community.

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a powerful tool for any company involved with the product development process. It is especially useful for projects that require a lot of collaboration. Individuals with a smaller budget will probably want find a different solution as Fusion 360 is only through a fairly pricey subscription. Although it has full 3D modelling capabilities and can import and export many popular 3D formats such as DWG, it is not intended for creating 3D Graphics for movies, games, or other media.

▶ Primary file extension

.F3D – Fusion 3D Design

▶ Other file extensions used by Autodesk Fusion 360 1

Supported File Types
.3DMRhino 3D Model
.ASMPro/ENGINEER Assembly File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing Database File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.GBRL-CAD Geometry File
.IAMInventor Assembly File
.IPTInventor Part File
.NEUPro/ENGINEER Neutral File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.SATACIS SAT 3D Model File
.SLDPRTSolidWorks Part File
.X_BParasolid Model Part File
.X_TParasolid Model Part File
Additional Related File Formats
.IGSIGES Drawing File
.SLDASMSolidWorks Assembly File

Updated: May 19, 2016