Fusion360 Series episode 01

Fusion 360 - Signing Up

In this episode we look at signing up, downloading, and registering for fusion 360. 

Fusion 360 is one of the most awesome apps out there for makers. It can not only allow you to design, model and test in a 3d environment, but also 'drive' machines like laser cutters, CNC routers, and 3d printers.

The 'all in one-ness' of the app means that you only really have to get good at a single app to be able to start making using CAD/CAM technologies. In this mini series I will be taking you through all the elements you'll need to get comfortable with the software.

There are a few steps that are needed to get Fusion 360 onto your device. In brief, you will need to make sure you are eligible to get a free copy of the software (this should be fine if your a a student, teacher, hobbyist or startup business).

The steps to getting started...

If you are a student or a teacher, its better that you go here and sign up, and setup an account using your school/college/uni email account. Alternatively, if your institute hasn't registered (and why wouldn't they???) then follow the list below to sign up as a hobbyist!

  1. First check here to make sure you qualify for the hobbyist/startup account (it's under the heading Entitlement Types)
  2. If you do then...create an account with Autodesk here 
  3. Verify your email address by checking your inbox (the email comes through quickly!)
  4. Then, go here to download a free trial of Fusion 360.
  5. Open Fusion 360, then follow this tutorial by Autodesk to register for hobbyist / startup account. 
  6. Once you have jumped through those hoops... congratulations... you have Fusion 360!

An Overview of Fusion360

At this point you will have Fusion 360 ready to go, so now lets take a quick look over the app