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Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/19/2017 8:43 AM

I want to buy one of these two softwares but i'm not sure which one to get. Can someone compare these? Tell me what are their strengths against each other. My mind if more torward Sketchup because I've used it before.

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Re: Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/19/2017 10:10 AM

All you'll get here is opinions. Unless someone here claims actual user knowledge of both, you're better off searching the net.

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It also has a lot to do with your skill level and your intended use, neither of which you have divulged.

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Re: Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/19/2017 8:33 PM

Fusion 360 can do good things that Sketchup can not.

Fusion 360 is (also) free to use and learn .. Really. so download it now.

Until you have a part or piece you intend to sell or market you can use the system freely.

Don't quote me on this, but I have used them.

Tip? Master 2D in Fusion before moving into 3D..

(that's what I need to do!)

I wasted a lot of hours in TinkerCad, but damn I got good at it!.. only to learn it's limitations..

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Re: Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/20/2017 4:51 AM

Both are free to download and try.

With sketchup you get to try out the pro version for a month then decide whether to pay or just stick with the free version. I'm not sure how the fusion goes when the trial period ends.

To me AutoCAD/desk is the MS office of the CAD world: nothing is intuitive, and, when you look for help it always tells you everything you already know but won't divulge the simple bit of how to information you need. I know that a lot of it is about what you're used to.

If you can do what you need to with sketchup, I'd stick with it.

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Re: Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/20/2017 9:58 AM

My experience with AutoCad® was similar.

I had to take a two day class to get the basics down, because as you say, it is not user friendly.

I no longer use it for work (I no longer work) but I will try Sketchup for fun.

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Re: Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/20/2017 10:12 AM

I have worked with Fusion... I saw no real issues so my opinion may be bias....

Now my co-worker who has little experience with CAD taught himself (3 years experience) loves it and swears by it.

He uses it to make models to export it into his slicer program for 3D printing.

It comes down to a tool is only as good and the person who uses it.

So it comes down to, how much effort you are willing to put into it, because there's no magic bullet.

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Re: Fusion 360 vs Sketchup: Your Thoughts

10/20/2017 12:14 PM

Look at Blender, too. Steep learning curve but much more functional than either of your two choices. It is also free.

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