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Getting Started with Autodesk Fusion 360

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Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud based 3D modelling software used mainly by tinkerers worldwide, though Fusion 360 is not as feature rich as other 3D modelling software like SolidWorks and Solid Edge but it has a very easy to use and its user interface (UI) and the features available are very suitable for tinkerers.

Learning Fusion 360 is very helpful for tinkerers specially those who are working with 3D printing, so if you’re a student, engineer, hobbyist, teacher or an enthusiast (bottom line, a maker) learning Fusion 360 is a must for you and it would be a very useful tool in your toolbox.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn Fusion 360, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn Fusion 360) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Start Learning Autodesk Fusion 360 from Scratch

Cadline Community

Cadline Community is the first online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training has a learn by doing style, where you’ll learn Fusion 360 through 4 videos where you’re going to create a desk lamp.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the tutorial and it’ll start right away.

1 - Cadline Community Fusion 360 Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every aspect of Autodesk Fusion 360.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Autodesk Fusion 360 YouTube Channel

Autodesk Fusion 360 YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into playlists, beginners are advised to start from either the “Fundamentals” playlist or the playlist entitled “Fusion 360 Training” both are suitable for complete beginners and you should be up and running in no time.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

2 - Autodesk Fusion 360 YouTube Channel Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. This training is well-structured for beginners.
  3. The training has a huge collection of video tutorials that cover most of the tools in Fusion 360.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well-organized for beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Udemy

Udemy is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Fusion 360 through video tutorials, you’ve to register in order to have access to the training.

Structure: At the time of writing this post the course entitled “Product Design in Autodesk Fusion 360, idea to prototype” was the best free course available, the course is divided into 4 sections, each section is divided into lessons (25 in total) that cover the various tools in Fusion 360.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in or just continue from where you’ve left and the video will start right away.

3 - Udemy Autodesk Fusion 360 Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The training covers the basics beginners should be familiarized with in order to start using Autodesk Fusion 360.

Cons

  1. There’s hardly any drawbacks in this outlet.

Verdict: This is the best free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Autodesk Website

Autodesk Website is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through a mix of video and text tutorials, Autodesk is the company currently developing Fusion 360.

Structure: The training is divided into 6 sections, each section is divided into lessons that are either video or text.

Interface: The interface is very simple, click on the section you’re interested in and the list of available lessons would appear and then select the one you’re interested in and it would appear on the right hand side of the window.

4 - Autodesk website Autodesk Fusion 360 Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training covers the basics beginners should be familiarized with in order to start using Fusion 360.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well organized or structured for beginners.

Verdict: This is a good free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through a mix of video and text tutorials.

Lars Christensen YouTube Channel

Lars Christensen YouTube Channel is the fifth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 10 video lessons, each video lesson covers certain topics and tools in Fusion 360, the training is targeting those who are using Fusion 360 for 3D printing.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

 5 - Lars Christensen YouTube Channel Autodesk Fusion 360 Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training is targeting those who are using Fusion 360 for 3D printing, though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Enabling the Future

Enabling the Future is the sixth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 4 video lessons, each lesson is a Hangouts on air session that covers the various topics and tools in Fusion 360.

Interface: As the other outlets it’s very simple, just click on the video session and it’ll start right away.

6 - enabling the future Autodesk Fusion 360 Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. The sessions are too long which might be a problem for some beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Autodesk Fusion 360:

  1. Cadline Community and Udemy are the best outlet for beginners to start learning Autodesk Fusion 360 through video tutorials.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning Autodesk Fusion 360.