Fusion 360

Website: https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/fusion-360/overview

Fusion 360 is a powerful, professional 3D design and modelling tool, ideally suited for students developing their 3D modelling skills at KS3 and above.

About Fusion 360?

Fusion 360 is a Professional 3D CAD, CAM and CAE software program for design, engineering and collaboration. It includes solid, parametric and mesh modelling along with freeform modelling and sculpting capabilities.

Fusion 360 is available as a free download for students, teachers and educational institutions. Education users must set-up an account to access the software download which is available for PC or Mac.

We recommend Fusion 360 for secondary schools, colleges and universities. It is advanced software, but students from upper KS3 should be able to master the basics reasonably quickly with some support. As part of the Autodesk CAD software suite, it is relatively easy for students to progress from Tinkercad to Autodesk Fusion 360 as their skills and the complexity of their designs develop. For more advanced students, Fusion 360 offers a wide range of advanced tools and functionality, for example, engineering students can test fit and motion, perform simulations, create assemblies, make photorealistic renderings and animations as well as access a parts library.

Learn Fusion 360

There are a number of online resources available to help teachers and students to learn Fusion 360.

The Fusion 360 website contains a series of Getting Started Videos that introduce the main concepts. In addition to this when you register (free) to Autodesk, you can gain access to the Fusion 360 Adoption Portal which has a wealth of video tutorials neatly arranged into courses that students can work their way through, the portal also records the student’s progress through each course.

Autodesk also have a very comprehensive Fusion 360 YouTube Channel, with video tutorials you can access without an Autodesk account.

If you would prefer some face-to-face training in Autodesk 360, CREATE Ambassador Steve Cox is a certified Autodesk trainer. Steve is available to visit schools, colleges and universities to deliver Fusion 360 training workshops directly to students or groups of staff. Please contact us to learn more.