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.