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    Question Anybody using Fusion 360?

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    Looking to get some feedback from the Inventor and SolidWorks type of guys. Wondering if anybody here is using Fusion 360 and how they are liking it so far?

    I took some work from a local fabrication shop and wound up getting a client that stuck. I've used vanilla AutoCAD for the couple of jobs they did, but now they're wanting some more complex CAD design of their own fab projects, for in house documentation. They build skids with tanks, piping and valves that are basically a one-piece equipment.

    My Industry Collection doesn't come with Inventor, and SolidWorks seems out of the question for the more simple stuff (and for the price tag) but I can do $40/mo for Fusion 360 no problem.

    My main question for anybody who uses it is if it comes with standard items like fittings, flanges, valves, etc for piping, and how well documentation is. I'll jump over to the Fusion 360 forum and begin asking questions too, but thought I'd ask here since I feel like this forum is family.

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    Tannar, Shift1313 is involved with the testing of, and development of it, if I remember correctly.
    He is also a Solidworks & Inventor user, so he would likely be a good resource for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzframpton View Post
    Looking to get some feedback from the Inventor and SolidWorks type of guys. Wondering if anybody here is using Fusion 360 and how they are liking it so far?

    I took some work from a local fabrication shop and wound up getting a client that stuck. I've used vanilla AutoCAD for the couple of jobs they did, but now they're wanting some more complex CAD design of their own fab projects, for in house documentation. They build skids with tanks, piping and valves that are basically a one-piece equipment.

    My Industry Collection doesn't come with Inventor, and SolidWorks seems out of the question for the more simple stuff (and for the price tag) but I can do $40/mo for Fusion 360 no problem.

    My main question for anybody who uses it is if it comes with standard items like fittings, flanges, valves, etc for piping, and how well documentation is. I'll jump over to the Fusion 360 forum and begin asking questions too, but thought I'd ask here since I feel like this forum is family.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hey Tanner, I am indeed in deep with Fusion. Wrapping up a 40hr course for Autodesk right now actually. Fusion is great and is free for startup companies making under 100k a year FYI. Not sure where you fall with that. Also i do believe that Autodesk offers(they did) a bundle of Inventor, Fusion and maybe revit. If you decide to buy we(solidbox) are a reseller of Fusion 360 and Fusion 360 Ultimate.

    To answer your question, no. There is currently no routing functionality built in. They do have McMasterCarr integrated into the software so that you select Insert > Part from McMaster Carr and it opens the website in Fusion and lets you insert into your "design". You could get standard fittings that way pretty easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shift1313 View Post
    Fusion is great and is free for startup companies making under 100k a year FYI.
    I was on the Autodesk website the other day, as I was considering downloading and trying it out, but from what I understand, it's only free for 1 year and then after that you have to pay for it? Or do you just have to renew the license every year to keep using it for free? I'm a little confused. Maybe I need to go back and read the fine print.
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    The fine print says limited time and the license structure does change. I don't work for autodesk so i can't say for sure, but i think you can renew it each year. The issue they want to avoid is hobby/maker users profiting from it and/or companies that go from under 100k to over that mark. I am guessing you just need to validate your intent. I think the price is very reasonable though considering the competitors. Even OnShape browser cad they want $100-$200/mo for it....
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