Fusion 360

Last updated: Oct 12, 2020 at 4:42pm

As your teams come together and start to work on a single product concept, it is important to establish a single CAD workspace to manage your many drawings and parts. This year, the 2.s009 teaching team is recommending all teams use Autodesk Fusion 360 as their main CAD program. While teams are always free to use whatever software they deem best for their needs, we highly encourage at least exploring and testing out Fusion. Below are some of the benefits of Fusion 360 over its competitors, some resources to help you get set up on Fusion, and a link to the free install. We will also be hosting “Fusion 360 Office Hours” this week to answer any questions you have that may arise.

Benefits of Fusion 360

  • Fusion is completely cloud-based, allowing teams to easily manage large projects with multiple contributors without having to worry about version control or third-party software like grabCAD
  • Fusion works on Windows, Mac, or Linux and has a much smaller install size than its competitors
  • A very robust and customizable UI, allowing beginner users to get started easily and advanced users to create their models very quickly
  • An extensive and easy-to-use machining workspace, allowing teams to easily export designs to CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D printers, and many others
  • A beautiful rendering workspace for creating drawings, renderings, and animations, along with a full web viewer and mobile app for showcasing your designs (this will be very important in the coming milestones!)
  • While Fusion lacks some of the assembly functionality of its competitors, new updates come quite often to alleviate this, along with a large library of free community-made add-ons that address many of the more frequent issues.


  • All MIT students can download a free student version of Fusion 360 here. Note that it may take a day or two for Autodesk to process your license. If you previously had a student license that has since expired, you can also update it here.
  • Once you have downloaded Fusion, each team should create a workspace for their project and invite all their team members. Only one person on the team will have to set this up, so either leave it for an experienced team member or come to the “Fusion 360 Office Hours” for some help!

Learning Resources

Fusion 360 Office Hours

To aid in the transition process, the TAs will be holding Fusion 360 Office Hours this week:

Wednesday, October 14th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM: Zoom Link

Thursday, October 15th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM: Zoom Link

Please reach out to the teaching team with any questions. Happy modeling! 

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