Autodesk Fusion 360

Woodworking & furniture design software

Fusion 360 is easy-to-use 3D modeling design software that lets you design, validate, and manufacture your woodworking and furniture products. Each phase of the product journey is integrated into one CAD/CAM solution.

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What is furniture design software?

Woodworking is the craft of making usable and functional objects, and like every craft, woodworking starts with design. 3D design software for woodworking allows you to design, visualize, and experiment with your parts in 3D, before you start cutting wood by hand or on a CNC router. Furniture makers, designers, cabinet makers, and crafts people use woodworking software to design and make anything.

3D design software for woodworking

3D design software for woodworking allows you to design, visualize, and experiment with your parts in 3D, before you start cutting wood by hand or on a CNC router. Furniture makers, designers, cabinet makers, and craftspeople use woodworking software to design and make anything. Fusion 360 is easy-to-use 3D design software that allows you to design, test, modify, and visualize your projects in 3D before bringing them to life.

3D modeling software for furniture design

3D modeling software has become an important tool for furniture designers. It allows for sculpting in a 3D environment and delivers more flexibility compared to 2D drawings. Fusion 360 is easy-to-use 3D design software that allows you to design, test, modify, and visualize your design projects in 3D before bringing them to life.

Carpentry & CAD

CAD software can help streamline the various stages of production in carpentry from design to manufacturing and ensure accuracy and efficiency of the requirements for each project. 2D drawing and drafting, 3D modeling, and design automation using CAD software can improve workflows for designers, engineers, and woodworkers.

Benefits of using furniture design software

Whether you're a designer or manufacturing engineer, Autodesk Fusion 360 can help improve workflows for woodworking and furniture design.

  • Save time & money

    Expand your products' possibilities with integrated fabrication tools to help save time and money, including sheet metal, simulation, electronics, and CAM.

  • Reduce waste

    Design and edit cabinetry or ergonomics more accurately with parametric controls.

  • Collaborate on complex designs

    Create complex, organic shapes, and traditional joinery with complete 3D modeling tools that integrate surface, free-form, and solid bodies.

Optimize and automate nesting processes

The Nesting & Fabrication Extension adds powerful features to Fusion 360 for woodworking with customizable grain controls to enhance the design of your models. This will help improve the aesthetics of the final product by allowing users to fine tune wood grain components in the design stage.

Types of CNC machining processes for woodworking

Various types of CNC machining are utilized in woodworking to fabricate components of cabinetry and furniture during manufacturing.

CNC Lathes and Turning Machines

Create wooden bars, columns, and more by using a CNC lathe to rotate or turn wooden components to remove material to reach a specific diameter and shape.

CNC Milling

Design furniture with custom carvings and cuts by using a CNC milling machine to hold the wood in a stationary position while rotating cutting tools to produce various shapes.

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CNC Laser Machines

Add high detail engravings to your furniture design with CNC laser machines that use a focused laser beam for precision cutting and slicing of wooden material.

CNC Routers

CNC routers combine multiple functions of carpentry shop machines into one device that can be used for cutting and boring.

See how people are using furniture design software

  • GANAS Manufacturing

    See how Fusion 360 provides GANAS Manufacturing all the capabilities they needed and more, including 2D CAD, 3D modeling, CAM, and CNC support, and nesting.

  • Grovemade

    Grovemade uses Fusion 360 to create an aesthetically appealing set of desktop speakers using a mix of maple and walnut wood.

  • XLAM

     XLAM South Africa has improved consistency, precision, and efficiency by using Autodesk Fusion 360 for its entire process, from 3D modeling to CAM.

Woodworking & furniture design resources

Learn more about furniture design and woodworking software using Autodesk Fusion 360 with the following resources.

  • How 3D Modeling Software for Woodworking Provides an Advantage

    Physical prototyping can be valuable for hobbyists and professionals alike and has never been easier than with Fusion 360.

  • What is Parametric Design in Furniture, and How is it Shaping the Industry?

    Elevate your design processes with parametric design by leveraging algorithmic computing for efficiency and speed to improve your furniture design workflow.

  • 10 Ways Fusion 360 Can Enhance Your Furniture Design

    Fusion 360 offers many functions that can help improve your furniture designs and streamline the process from design to production.

Woodworking and furniture design software FAQs

Yes, Fusion 360 runs on both Mac and Windows.

Fusion 360 allows you to design, test, modify, and visualize your projects in 3D before bringing them to life.

Fusion 360 is paid monthly, paid annually, or paid every 3 years.

Parametric design in Fusion 360 allows you to create history-based features, including extrude, revolve, loft, and sweep that update with design changes. Generative design in Fusion 360 allows you to explore multiple manufacturing-ready outcomes that meet your design specifications while reducing weight, improving performance, and consolidating parts through generative design.

Using Fusion 360 to create a parametric model, woodworkers can re-evaluate cutlists, eliminate unnecessary fabrication expenses, provide a visual representation to clients and suppliers, and check parameters all in one digital platform.

Fusion 360 is an easy-to-use 3D modeling design software for hobbyists and professionals alike that offers specialized features for woodworking and furniture design to help throughout every stage of the design and manufacturing process.

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