Cloud-based software for 3D product design

3D model with Autodesk Fusion 360

The 3D modeling tools in Fusion 360 are a game-changer, providing professionals and hobbyists alike with the power to bring their boldest ideas to life.

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What is 3D modeling?

3D modeling is a crucial component of product design, engineering, and manufacturing. It enables designers and engineers to create detailed virtual prototypes and test their functionality and performance before moving on to physical production. The resulting 3D models can be used to improve the design process, reduce errors, and increase efficiency in manufacturing.

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How do you make a 3D model in Fusion 360?

Fusion 360 offers multiple design spaces to create 3D models with capabilities like modeling, simulation, manufacturing, sheet metal, surfacing, and mesh workspaces. After selecting the appropriate workspace, you can use multiple professional tools to create basic shapes for ideation. Drawings for product documentation, robust mesh tools for 3D scanned objects, surfacing for industrial design, and even manufacturing models for the CAM environment. Then, refine your ideas using more features available in extensions - like product manufacturability insights from our Product Design Extension.

3D modeling for hobbyists

The multiple modeling spaces in Fusion 360 make it easy for hobbyists to bring their ideas to life. With intuitive tools and a user-friendly interface, users can easily create 3D models and refine their designs. From simple sketches to complex designs, Fusion 360 provides hobbyists with everything they need to turn their ideas into reality.

Benefits of 3D modeling in Fusion 360

Comprehensive features

Fusion 360 offers a wide range of professional level features to create 3D models, including sketching, surfacing, sheet metal, and more.

User-friendly interface

The Fusion 360 interface is intuitive and easy to use, with accessible menus and toolbars that make navigation a breeze. Allowing anyone regardless of experience level to learn, deploy, and utilize quickly. 

Collaboration tools

Collaboration tools in Fusion 360 enable users to work together in real-time, allowing for seamless sharing and feedback on designs.

Accessible learning resources

Fusion 360 provides a range of accessible learning resources that include videos, tutorials, and community forums. Making it easy for both professionals and hobbyists to learn and improve their skills.

3D modeling tools in Fusion 360

Fusion 360 includes robust 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tools all in one package.

Direct modeling with Fusion 360

Direct modeling

The direct modeling tools in Fusion 360 allow you to modify the geometry of a model without having to edit the interim model stages. You can seamlessly make design changes without causing modeling errors.



Parametric modeling with Fusion 360

Parametric modeling

Fusion 360 fully supports parametric modeling, the automatic change of an entire design when one dimensional value changes. With Fusion 360, you can quickly resize, add features, and re-version a model and see the changes in real-time.


Surface modeling with Fusion 360

Surface modeling

The flexible toolset in Fusion 360 makes 3D surface modeling easy. Create the external aesthetics of an object using built-in tools like freeform sculpting, polygon manipulation, and parametric modeling.



Freeform modeling with Fusion 360

Freeform modeling

Freeform tools provide an alternate modeling approach to explore and create T-spline based models in seconds using direct manipulation.


Mesh modeling with Fusion 360

Mesh modeling

Edit and repair mesh files inside your CAD tool. Use the mesh to make a sketch cross section, then add parametric features to the design.


Sheet metal modeling with Fusion 360

Sheet metal modeling

Fusion 360 includes tools to bend, edit, and flat pattern sheet metal designs. Capture all the steps to build sheet metal components and ensure their success through integration with our fabrication tools in the CAM environment.


3D modeling in Fusion 360 tutorials

Introduction to 3D modeling

Introduction to 3D modeling

This beginner-level CAD video series focuses on the transition from 2D to 3D design. 


Solid 3D modeling basics

Solid 3D modeling basics

In this video series, you'll learn how to use the basic solid 3D modeling tools in Fusion 360.


Mesh 3D modeling

Mesh 3D modeling

In this video series, you'll learn how to use parametric mesh 3D modeling tools in Fusion 360.


Fusion 360 3D modeling resources

Fusion 360 gives you the flexibility to choose your preferred modeling method when it's most convenient in your product development process. You can even combine the tools to enhance workflow and reduce the amount of time it takes to complete designs.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is Fusion 360 a 3D modeling tool?

Yes, Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D modeling, CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB software platform for professional product design and manufacturing.

What is the best software for 3D modeling?

Fusion 360 is the only integrated 3D modeling tool of its kind that let's you explore design iterations quickly with easy-to-use cloud CAD software.

Is 3D modeling easy?

Fusion 360's user interface was designed to support fast learning. There are various step-by-step video tutorials and documentation to help you get started.

How much does Fusion 360 cost?

Fusion 360 is available by monthly , annual , and three-year subscription. Purchase your subscription directly from the Autodesk store.

Is Fusion 360 available for Mac?

Fusion 360 from Autodesk is both PC- and Mac-compatible so you can use your preferred OS or both at no additional cost.

How do I create a new sketch in Fusion 360?

You can create a new sketch in Fusion 360 by selecting an origin plane, a construction plane, or an existing flat face. Then, click the Create Sketch button in the tool bar.

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