Autodesk Fusion Tips

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Autodesk Fusion (formerly "Autodesk Fusion 360") is a cloud-based commercial software package for doing parametric CAD, electrical drawings, simulation, rendering and CAM.

The software is free for hobbyists, non-commercial use, and for qualifying startups.

At Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) members use Fusion to create output suitable for our 3D printers and CNC machines.



  • Use post processor "Mach4Mill" (not Avid CNC).

Links to external sites (

How to Make an Augmented Reality File
Fusion 360 Tutorials, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
The Ultimate Fusion 360 Sketch Video (44 Strategies & Tips)
Autodesk Fusion

Training — PPM Trainer(s) needed

PPM announces all its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup

Links to external sites (

What is parametric modeling software?
Self-paced learning for Fusion
Training/Learning resources for Fusion
15+ Essential Fusion 360 Modeling Commands
How to insert McMaster-Carr components
Create an animation
Connect with Autodesk on social media
Autodesk Fusion Product Home Page
Autodesk products

Links to other external sites:

Lars Christensen — Tutorials on YouTube
Generative Design — Make magazine

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

Mach4 Tips
VCarve Tips
Blender Tips
STL File Format Tips
USDZ File Format Tips
  3D Printing — Filament (FDM)  
  3D Printing — Resin (SLA)  
  CNC Router Table  

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

Autodesk Revit — on-demand learning
Making for Motorsport — on YouTube
The Art of Product Design book by Hardi Meybaum, founder of GrabCAD
Autodesk Online Gallery, Cults 3D, GrabCAD, or Thingiverse files and models

Alternatives to Fusion:

Autodesk Tinkercad — "free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding"
Onshape — Cloud-native CAD
SOLIDWORKS — Product page
SketchUp 3D design software — 3D modeling
FreeCAD — Parametric 3D CAD
LibreCAD — Open Source 2D-CAD
OpenSCAD — Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #fusion-360
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.
PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive
Search the PPM Wiki — include both Content pages and Multimedia
Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki, or you notice something is outdated.

Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.