Continuing on from ‘Is Blender 3D Hard to learn?’ I now present my opinion on Is Fusion 360 Hard To Learn?. Blender 3D and Fusion 360 and my two software love in my life, both offer very different design experience. If you are looking for software that can generate precise designs and is easy to use then you’ve come to the right spot.

Cross Section of a Lazy Susan.

How long does it take to learn Fusion?

According to some online forums, it takes a minimum of six months to learn the basic fundamentals of Fusion 360. However, if you were to practise a little bit of it every day then it could be cut down considerably. Fusion is one of the more beginner-friendly packages you can learn.

Becoming absolutely proficient in Fusion 360 can take up to two years. But this would be to master all parts of Fusion, like design, rendering and machining operations too. If you are looking to learn Fusion for 3D Printing, you will only be interested in the design part and maybe the rendering for posting on social media.

How hard is Fusion to learn?

I believe Fusion 360 is easier than most 3D modelling software, however, it can be very constrained when modelling parts. It doesn’t have the same freedom and creativity as others and you will have to go through the modelling in the correct steps, otherwise, you will have warning messages on your screen.

You will need to understand the difference between modelling software (Linke Blender) and CAD software(Like Fusion360). Blender offers you ultimate freedom and creativity but isn’t a precise design package. Whereas fusion is the opposite, Offering the most amount of accuracy but you are limited in freedom and creativity to a point.

Mjolnir Designed In Fusion 360

Is Fusion 360 Easy?

Fusion 360 is easy to get started with. It has a user-friendly interface which is especially good for beginners. With large drop-down menus, you can clearly and quickly find the tools you are looking for. The menus are split very well and after a few uses, you will be very comfortable navigating the sub-menus for further and more exciting tools to use.

Fusion 360 is simplistic and streamlined, with a smoother learning curve than another cad/design packages.

Which is better AutoCAD or Fusion?

AutoCAD is very popular software that many large companies use to progress their projects. But AutoCAD is in a different category to Fusion 360. AutoCAD has options for 2D and 3D modelling, However, it is primarily used for 2D design and drawings. It can be used for 3D modelling, but it tends to be a bit more difficult to do as a beginner.

Fusion 360 is technically considered a CAD program. You will use the same CAD modelling techniques for starting your design in Fusion and then extrude to create your 3D model.

Mjolnir – Work In Progress.

Which is better SketchUp or Fusion 360?

Both Sketch Up and Fusion360 are widely regarded as easy to learn. Sketch-up is easier to learn if you have no experience whatsoever in the 3D environment, so it can be regarded as easier than fusion. Fusion can be learnt by anyone but is genuinely easier for someone with some AutoCad experience. It will take you as a complete beginner a little longer to understand how a Cad-based program works, but I believe once you have a few weeks under your belt you should be fine.

How much is Fusion after a year?

Fusion 360 has a monthly, annual, 3-year subscription and ”educational license” subscription options:

TypePrice (USD)
Monthly60
Yearly495
3 Year1410
Educational License*Free
Fusion 360 Pricing Table

*Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services. These services are then renewable as long as you remain eligible.

Is it worth learning Fusion?

Modelling with Fusion is easy, simple and fast. It can handle most design projects that you need to complete. Fusion360 offers you a lot in terms of modelling and design. It is an industry-standard in design so it is one of the best 3D software to cover your engineering needs. Other 3D packages will be similar to Fusion, so you will have a lot of the basics completed if you need to swap.

Conclusion

So, Is Fusion 360 hard to learn? No. Like a lot of aspects in life, it is easy to learn but harder to master. Fusion360 is one of the more beginner-friendly design packages you can learn. As an industry standard in design, it is one of the best 3D software packages you can learn. I have been using Fusion 360 and other 3D Cad-based packages for the last 15 years, those packages helped me to create some of my favourite models, and I hope they will for you too.

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