Fusion 360 vs. SOLIDWORKS

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Fusion 360 vs. SOLIDWORKS

Fusion 360



Design and 3D Modeling

Direct modeling

Parametric modeling 

Surface modeling


3D graphics rotation/panning

Mechanical concept and layout design

Detailed concept renderings

Shape generator (Generative + Simulation)

Tube and pipe design

Edit scans with raster and vector tools

Freeform modeling

Mesh modeling


Geometric dimensions & tolerances (GD+T) standards

Print batches of drawings

Exploded views

Commenting and markups

Public shared viewing

Shared view collaboration

Multi-user management


Assembly modeling

2D manufacturing drawings

3D printing compatibility

2.5 & 3-axis milling

3+2 millings (5-axis positional)



Adaptive clearing

Water jet, laser cutter, plasma cutter

Setup probing

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing

Fused filament fabrication

Associative programming

Metal additive manufacturing


Comprehensive electronics and PCB design tools


Import, export models

Import, export blocks

Import, export drawings

Import and convert PDFs

Attach, edit, display point clouds

Technical Support

Forum support

Dedicated phone and email support

In-product chat

See the top 5 reasons why users make the switch to Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 is more than just CAD. It's the future of design and manufacturing, combining CAD, CAM, CAE, PCB, data management and collaboration into a single integrated cloud software platform.

Let's take a look at the top 5 reasons you need to switch to Fusion 360 so you can start bringing better products to market, faster.

Fusion 360 vs. SOLIDWORKS: The Ultimate Migration Guide

Learn more about what sets Fusion 360 apart from SOLIDWORKS, the key steps to successful migration, and the resources to help get you there.

"With Fusion 360, we can execute several different functions within one package, and that has been the most important thing for us. We don't have to use Rhino for sculting, or SOLIDWORKS for mechanical design. We can do that witht he same software and actually all work on the same file at the same time."

– Carl Budd, Engineering Manager, Moose Toys

Industry leaders rely on Autodesk Fusion 360

Fusion 360 resources

Getting Started Guide

Getting started with Autodesk Fusion 360? This is a great place to start. Here’s an overview of the platform, toolsets, and functionality, and a few things to keep in mind.


SOLIDWORKS to Fusion 360 Video Tutorials

Learn how to accelerate your design workflows in Fusion 360 for users coming from SOLIDWORKS.


Product documentation

Explore technical documentation and step-by-step guides.


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