Autodesk Fusion vs. SOLIDWORKS

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Autodesk Fusion vs. SOLIDWORKS

See how Autodesk Fusion and extensions compare against SOLIDWORKS offerings. Last updated 10/23/23.

Autodesk Fusion®


Design and 3D Modeling

Direct modeling

Parametric modeling 

Surface modeling


Mechanical concept and layout design

Mesh modeling

Automated modeling

CAD assembly concurrent collaboration

*Arrange (2D layout)

Detailed concept renderings

SOLIDWORKS Professional

Edit scans with raster and vector tools


Freeform modeling

Add-in required

Generative design

Volumetric latticing


Geometric dimensions & tolerances (GD+T) standards

Print batches of drawings

Exploded views

Cloud commenting and markups 2D drawings

Subscription Services required

Cloud public shared viewing 2D drawings

Subscription Services required


Mill-turn toolpaths

Water jet, laser cutter, plasma cutter toolpaths

Setup probing

Comprehensive cloud tool library

Comprehensive cloud machine library

2.5 & 3-axis milling

Subscription Services required

3+2 milling (5-axis positional) 

Add-in required

Adaptive clearing

Add-in required


Add-in required

Advanced nesting and fabrication

Add-in required

Automated 3-axis machining

Automated 3+2 machining

4-axis & 5-axis machining

Toolpath modification

Machine simulation

Macro-based inspection

Surface inspection

Collision avoidance

Rotary toolpaths

Additive Manufacturing

Comprehensive cloud 3D printer library

Comprehensive cloud print setting library

Additive manufacturing setup creation

Additive technologies (FFF, SLA, DLP, MJF, SLS, binder jetting)

Automatic and manual part orientation

2D and 3D part arrangement

Support generation (FFF, SLA, DLP)

Additive toolpath generation / simulation

Machine file generation (Gcode, CLI, SLC, etc.)

Additive technologies (MPBF, DED)

Support generation (MPBF and metal binder jetting)

Process simulation (MPBF)

Machine file generation (ILT, MTT, Openjz, SLM, etc.)


Cloud solve

Assembly linear static


Modal frequency 

Add-in required

Non-linear static stress

Add-in required

Structural buckling

Add-in required

Thermal steady state

Add-in required

Thermal stress

Add-in required

Shape optimization

Add-in required

ECAD Cooling

Add-in required

Quasi-static event simulation

Add-in required

Injection molding simulation

Add-in required

Generative design


3D ECAD libraries

Comprehensive electronics and PCB design tools

Add-in required

Signal integrity simulation


Multi-user management

Cloud commenting and markups

Device independence

Version control

Subscription Services required

Revision control


Import, export models

Import, export blocks 

Import, export drawings

Import and convert PDFs

Import, create, prepare, modify point clouds

Technical Support

Forum support

In-product chat

Dedicated phone and email support

Subscription Services required

*Arrange is a feature found within Autodesk Fusion’s core capabilities


This comparison chart is provided for informational purposes only, created using publicly available information, and current as of the date above. The features and capabilities of each company’s software are subject to change at any time. As a result, you should contact each company for a detailed explanation of the current features and capabilities of each company’s software.

SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services provides live technical support supplied by a local authorized VAR. SOLIDWORKS add-ins are developed and distributed by SOLIDWORKS.

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"With Autodesk Fusion, 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 sculpting, or SOLIDWORKS for mechanical design. We can do that with the same software and actually all work on the same file at the same time."

– Carl Budd, Engineering Manager, Moose Toys

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Autodesk Fusion resources

Getting Started Guide

Getting started with Autodesk Fusion? 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 Autodesk Fusion Video Tutorials

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Product documentation

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