Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It’s built for the modern designer, maker, or engineer, and best of all it works on PC, Mac, and mobile devices.
Hearing how advanced Fusion 360 is may have you thinking its way out of your budget. But, did you know that most (practically everyone) qualify to get Fusion 360 absolutely free?
Do you qualify for Free Fusion 360?
Fusion 360 offers free use to qualifying startups and hobbyist makers. It also offers a different free license to qualifying students and educators. Let’s take a Re-arranges screen to look at selected object. the difference between the two.
All free trials (versions) for Fusion 360 are the Ultimate plan. You will have access to most features, except generative design and a few other features only available with a commercial license.
Hint: Most people qualify as a hobbyist, enthusiast, or maker that is using Fusion 360 for non-commercial purposes.
The Start-Up, Hobbyist, & Maker License
This start-up or hobbyist license allows you to access Fusion 360 with a yearly subscription after the 30-day trial period has ended. You can use this license if you are a startup (small-business) making less than $100,000 each year (with Fusion 360), or if you’re a hobbyist, enthusiast, or maker that is using Fusion 360 for non-commercial purposes.
The Educational Licenses
Fusion 360 education licenses come in two different versions. The first version is a single seat, giving access to an individual. Educational institutions will want to use the group lab installation, giving them licenses for multiple seats.
Note: If you plan on using a free license to activate Fusion 360 then you cannot download it directly from the Mac App Store. If you’ve already downloaded Fusion 360 from the Mac App Store then uninstall everything and reinstall from the Autodesk website.
Activating Your Fusion 360 License
Once you have Fusion 360 downloaded you’ll have to activate your license. To activate the Start-Up of Educational licensing:
- The selection mode controls how objects are select when you drag in the canvas. Trial Counter in the upper Use the Toolbar to select the workspace you want to work in, and the tool you want to use in the workspace selected. of Fusion 360.
- In the dialogue Creates a solid box. Select a plane, draw a rectangle then specify the height of the box., indicate what you plan on using Fusion 360 for. Then, the continue button will become clickable.
- After clicking “Continue,” you will see another dialogue box prompting you to “Buy Now.” Clicking “Buy Now” will route you to the Fusion 360 website. To sign up for a free license, you will need to click on “See if you qualify for free use.” at the bottom of the dialogue box.
- Next, you will be prompted to select the type of license you are applying for – Commercial Start-Up use, Non-Commercial Hobbyist use, and Educational use.
- After selecting your license type, Fusion 360 will prompt you to provide additional information based on your license type. The required information will differ by license type.
Activate Fusion 360 – Administrator for an Educational Institution:
- Create an educational Autodesk account if you don’t already have one, or log into the Autodesk Education Community if you do: http://www.autodesk.com/education/ .
- Review the installation instructions.
Install Fusion 360 for Educational Institutions.
Switching from an Education to Start-Up License
If the email address or name used in an Autodesk Account has been previously used with an education license then you will have to provide new account information. If you would like to maintain your current account information associated with the existing education account then you should contact the Autodesk Education Support Team.