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Fusion 360 Tutorial and What's the difference between Inventor and Fusion 360?

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Fusion 360 Tutorial and What's the difference between Inventor and Fusion 360?

About 10 years ago I did a ton of soild modeling.  I haven't done it in quite a while so I'm a bit out of the loop.  I would like to get back into it and the new Fusion 360 provides a great low cost way to get going considering I don't qualify for any sort of discount (student etc).  


I have two questions:


1.  Are there any recommended guides or tutorials for Fusion 360 yet? I would prefer a book but when I search online I find nothing for Fusion 360 but quite a bit for Inventor.  I looked all over  


2.  Is Fusion 360 the same thing as Inventor?  Is it simply the newest version of Inventor or are they different?  That would explain the lack of books for 360 if they happen to be the same thing.  


Thank you much!  

Message 41 of 44
in reply to: canicoll

Disregard question 2. I just found the answer.
Message 42 of 44
in reply to: canicoll

Thanks for asking.


The Fusion 360 installation itself is about 5GB streaming.


After that the data use depends mostly on you saving designs to the cloud. You can mitigate this a little by working "offline" for short periods of time. Your computer stays online, but Fusion stops sending large data to the cloud.


This is only typically used when internet is spotty. You will miss out on some benefits: offline mode does not save every version, only the latest. So your model history will only show the versions you save when you re-attach to the cloud.


You cannot work offline for more than 2 weeks.


Please let me know if you have any more questions.



Phil Eichmiller
Software Engineer
Quality Assurance
Autodesk, Inc.

Message 43 of 44
in reply to: Phil.E



i seen inventor and fusion both. In an inventor number of tools are more than fusion like documantion, in sketch import excel points, etc. can I prefer inventor than fusion. 

Message 44 of 44
in reply to: Anonymous

Inventor has been around since 1999 and is a very mature product. It
competes directly with SolidWorks.

Fusion 360, unlike Inventor or SolidWorks, is a fairly new CAD program.
Eventually, it may compete very well against SolidWorks or Inventor, but
it's still in early development, although many designers are using it now.
Fusion 360 is cloud-based, and the cost is subscription-based only. There
is no up-front license fee to pay as there is with SolidWorks and similar,
traditional mainstream CAD programs.

Fusion 360 will run natively on an Apple Mac computer or on Microsoft
Windows. Most other CAD programs will only operate within the Windows


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