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Upgrading FAQ: How do subscriptions work? And what happens to my designs?

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Today we released a major product update, including a much-improved dashboard UI and the extremely powerful new iterative design timeline. You can read more about those updates here. You also may have noticed we began charging for Fusion 360. Wondering what will happen when your trial expires, or if you qualify for a free enthusiast or student subscription? Read on.

1. How do I see how much time is left in my trial?

After logging into Fusion 360, there will be a countdown displayed in the upper right side of your dashboard.
(For reference, if you downloaded Fusion between June 25th and December 1st 2013, your trial will expire on February 28, 2014. If you’re downloading Fusion after December 1st, your trial will expire 90 days after you downloaded.)

2. If my trial expires, will I still have access to all of my pre-existing Fusion 360 data?

Yes. There are two ways to access your data. The first is to login to Fusion 360 and you will see your work on your dashboard. The second is through Autodesk 360 Professional. a free service that lets you access your work through most web browsers. Through either, you can collaborate, share, download and archive your work. However, you will not be able to design or model unless you have a current Fusion 360 license.

3. My trial’s expired, what do I need to do to keep using Fusion 360?

A. Open Fusion 360 and click on the “What are my options?” link

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B. Identify yourself as a Commercial user, Student, or Enthusiast

   – Commercial:  For professional and commercial use.  Flexible pricing starting at $25/month.

   – Student: A student or educator.  Free for 3-years.

   – Enthusiast: For individuals and not-for-profit use.  Free for 1-year.

C. Commercial users will be directed to the Autodesk eStore to complete the purchase. (Students and Enthusiasts can simply start designing!)
D. You’re all set!

4. How much does Fusion 360 cost?

Fusion 360 is free for Students/Educators & Enthusiasts, and starts at $25/month for commercial use. Check out our pricing page for more info.
(Questions or feedback? Just ask below!)

5. Wow, Fusion 360 is free for students and enthusiasts? How do I know if I qualify?

Yes, Fusion 360 is free for Students, Educators and Enthusiasts! To qualify, you must be using Fusion for non-commercial purposes (i.e. not making money with the results of your work in Fusion 360). We just ask that if you start making money, you pay to use Fusion. To find out if you qualify, visit the pricing page. 

6. How does licensing work?

Fusion 360 is based on a pay-as-you-go model to give you access to the design software you need, when you need it. You decide how much you’ll use Fusion, and then select either a Monthly, Quarterly, or Annual option. Not to worry, if you decide not to use Fusion for a month, you’ll still be able to access and view your design files.

7. If I let my trial or license expire, can I export my data to my local hard drive?

Yes! Fusion 360 allows users to export design archives to their hard drive. In addition users can also access their sites and corresponding data through most web browsers, just go to You can also login to Fusion 360 once your trial or license has expired and access your design data there.

8. How is Fusion 360 different from Autodesk Inventor?

Although Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Fusion 360 are both CAD products they operate differently, with different intent, target users, and usage. Fusion 360 is an easy-to-use and affordable, cloud based, design solution for professionals and small companies involved in industrial and mechanical design. By comparison, Inventor provides a powerful and very complete range of desktop based engineering capabilities. Some users find advantage in using these tools together.


Still have more questions? Just ask us in the comments. And, as always, let us know if you need any assistance using Fusion – we’re here to help.

Kat & the Fusion 360 team


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