3D Design & Modeling

A 3D design & modeling platform
Engineer products with a comprehensive set of modeling tools. Ensure your products’ form, fit, and function with diverse analysis methods.
Freeform Modeling

Create complex sub-divisional surfaces with T-splines and edit them with intuitive push-pull gestures.

Mesh Modeling

Edit and repair imported scans or mesh models, including STL and OBJ files.

Parametric modeling

Create history-based features, including extrude, revolve, loft, sweep, etc., that update with design changes.

Sheet Metal

Design components, document flat patterns using 2D drawings & DXFs, & manufacture with cutting strategies for water jet, laser & plasma machines.

Direct Modeling

Edit or repair imported geometry from non-native file formats. Make design changes without worrying about time-based features


Create and edit sketches with sketch constraints, dimensions, and a powerful suite of sketch tools.

PCB Design Integration

Synchronize bi-directional changes from your electronics designs with Autodesk EAGLE interoperability.

Surface Modeling

Create and edit complex parametric surfaces for repairing, patching or designing geometry.


Create photo-realistic images of your model, leveraging local or cloud rendering.


Assemble designs with a traditional bottom-up, middle-out, or top-down approach, and analyze assembly motion.


* Some of these capabilities require a subscription to Fusion and the Machining Extension
Design to manufacture

Fusion makes it easy to program CNC machines. Use simplified controls for high-efficiency roughing, adaptive clearing, and tool orientation. Design for 2D up to 5-axis milling. Simplify probing, turning, mill-turning, and profiling operations with a powerful post engine. 

2D and 2.5D machining

Quickly set up jobs and create 2D and 2.5D toolpaths to drive CNC routers, mills, water jet cutters, laser cutters, and more. Integrated CAD simplifies design revisions, reduces programming times and helps avoid mistakes.

3-axis machining

Access a range of powerful 3-axis machining strategies to rapidly create high-quality NC code to rough and finish your 3D parts. Intuitive workflows make it simple to program individual features or entire parts.

Multi-axis positional machining

Unleash your shop’s multi-axis capabilities with 3+1 and 3+2 (positional) machining. Machine parts with fewer setups, using shorter, more rigid cutting tools, for improved part accuracy and faster cycle times.

4 and 5-axis simultaneous milling

Use specialized 4- and 5-axis toolpaths to achieve superior surface finish. Additional tool axis controls and automatic collision avoidance help you achieve safe, smooth and predictable machine motion.


Program 2D turned parts using a suite of dedicated turning strategies. Verify your turning toolpaths with stock simulation to identify errors or collisions with the model, stock, tools, and workholding.


Combine milling and turning operations together to generate NC code that can help you produce more complex parts using multi-tasking hardware capable of supporting both styles of machining.

Setup probing & part inspection

Use spindle mounted touch probes to monitor and control your CNC machining. Save time and money by measuring stock material, updating work offsets, monitoring quality, automating part setup, and more.

Fusion Machining Extension

Purchase access to the Machining Extension to unlock additional capabilities in Fusion. Gain access to automated 3+2 machining, 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, toolpath modifications, surface inspection, part alignment, and more.


Integrated electronics

Bring your designs to life with automation. Use schematic design, PCB layout, and routing capabilities built into Fusion. 

Schematic capture

Save valuable design time with a complete set of schematic tools. Get access to thousands of components. Interconnect circuits and create custom attribute assignments. 

PCB layout

The PCB editor lets you connect your ideas together in the shortest time possible. Even the layout of dense boards is possible with a complete set of PCB layout tools. 

PCB manufacturing (CAM)

Generate gerbers, drill files, and assembly files with a click of a button.

Design for manufacturing/DRC

Stay true to your manufacturing requirements with customizable design rules.

MCAD-ECAD unification

Ensure your PCB fits the first time, every time with the only genuinely unified MCAD to ECAD software.

Component library management

Stay focused on your design instead of creating parts with ready to use PCB library content and component wizards.

SPICE simulation

Ensure accuracy and get your schematics right the first time with fully functional SPICE simulation.

Electronics cooling

Remove excess heat within the enclosure, so you do not damage the internal components.

Data Management

Centralized data management

Data management is the center of your unified development process. Gain more control by leveraging managed user permissions, version control, and cloud storage.

Administrative tools

Assign permissions and grant rights to stakeholders inside or outside of your organization with a collection of advanced administrative tools.


User management

Include internal and external stakeholders in your development process. Manage how users interact with data through project administration.

File export

Export a variety of industry-standard file formats making it easier to share and collaborate. File types include STEP, DWG, DXF, OBJ, STL, IGES, and more.

Version control

Reduce design cycle errors and workflow inefficiencies. Track every change and prevent conflicts with automated, built-in version management.

Cloud storage

Access your data anywhere and everywhere, on any device. Continue working when not connected to the internet using offline mode.


Eliminate the need for translation. Use models and data from any tool directly in your Fusion design.

Fusion Team Participant

All data management features are included with every Fusion subscription or can be purchased separately. Add users to your environment for data management and collaboration purposes only.


A platform for collaboration

Remove silos from your design process and utilize a collaboration environment regardless of your role. Connect your teams and external stakeholders, communicate in real-time and centralize project activity.

Global share

Connect teams across various departments and locations, both internally and externally, using a single platform.

User management

Include internal and external stakeholders in your development process. Manage how users interact with data through project administration.

Commenting and redlining

Capture and share feedback from any device, directly on the design using comments, redlines, and markups.

Unlimited access

Access your data anywhere and everywhere, on any device. Continue working when not connected to the internet using offline mode.

Public/private design sharing

Share links to preview in a web browser, so any third parties can interact with a 3D model, even if they don’t have access to a modeling program.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing in 3D

Quickly create physical prototypes to validate prior to manufacturing and build 3D printed parts using additive manufacturing in Fusion. Connect to a library of 3D printing machines including Ultimaker, EOS, and Renishaw.

Fused filament fabrication

Manufacture parts using FFF in a seamless approach from design to print preparation. Reduce 3D printing time. Save material costs with infill pattern options and automatic part orientation. Simulate slices across a range of additive manufacturing machines before printing.

Metal additive manufacturing

Use additive manufacturing to fabricate metal parts with powder bed fusion. Reduce material wastage and cost. Select 3D print parameters, automate part orientation and generate fully associative support structures.

Associative programming​

Your toolpaths update with every design change through our fully integrated manufacturing tools, making it quick and easy to machine prototypes.

Generative Design

Generative design optimization

Explore multiple manufacturing-ready outcomes that meet your design specifications while reducing weight, improving performance, and consolidating parts through generative design.

Methods & constraints

Identify your design requirements, constraints, materials, and manufacturing options to generate manufacturing-ready designs.

Machine learning and AI

Review cloud-generated design outcomes based on visual similarities, plots, and filters powered by machine learning.

Native, editable results

Avoid lengthy, manual import-export processes. Choose your outcome and start editing in your modeling environment immediately.

Cloud solve

Simultaneously solve for various design outcomes, freeing up your time to focus on other tasks.


Make the right decisions balancing performance & cost early in the design process. Estimate production volume requirements impact on manufacturing cost.  


Digital simulation

Test your designs to ensure they will survive real world conditions. Simulate your products digitally, reducing the cost of prototyping by using fully-validated solvers.

Cloud simulation

Using cloud simulation in Fusion eliminates the need for expensive hardware. Set up multiple studies to gain insights on finite element analysis through exploration. 

Static stress

Static simulations introduce the benefits of finite element analysis. Determine the effects of static loads on individual parts or assemblies. They are simple to set up and run.


Cut solve time or explore design changes specific to the simulation workspace.

Compare results

The compare workspace makes it easy to see the benefits of design changes in a single view. Compare up to four iterations side by side.

Study breadth

Test for eight different failure criteria, including nonlinear, event, and more.

Modal frequency

Avoid the consequences of unwanted resonance. Use finite element analysis and modal frequency simulations to improve designs. Modal frequency simulation is one of eight different simulations available with Fusion.

Thermal and thermal stress

Thermal analysis in Fusion is crucial. Determine temperature distributions and heat flow of your designs. Use conduction, convection, and radiation to improve thermal management with design changes.

Shape optimization

Remove unnecessary bulk from an existing design. Optimize for light weighting or to maximize stiffness. Using 3D mesh outputs as a guide, you’ll be able to advance design refinements. 

Non-linear stress

Analyze permanent deformations and nonlinear materials of your design.

Event simulation

Test your designs with several impact scenarios. Add time dependencies, inertial effects, velocities, accelerations, damping, and mass to your calculations. 


Predict unexpected failure modes for slender members under compression using simulation.


Document your designs

Document your designs in Fusion with 2D drawings, renderings, and multi-step animations. Include dimensions, notes, tolerances, and custom properties.  

2D manufacturing drawings

Turn your 2D designs into detailed parts and assembly drawings. Document manufacturing specifications with drawing templates and stored annotation preferences.


Start marketing before a first prototype. To capture design details drag and drop realistic appearances from an extensive database. Adjust the focal length, exposure and depth of field to create focus.


Use Fusion's animation workspace to create videos that show your design assemblies. Auto explode an assembly or, for more precision, change camera views in manual mode. Export to MP4 to share with stakeholders.

Fusion Extensions

Innovate faster with extensions

Get even more from your Fusion subscription. Access our most advanced design and manufacturing technology with Fusion extensions. Flexible cost-effective options help you access the tools your business needs today. 

Machining Extension

Unlock additional capabilities that build on the CAM programming tools in Fusion. Gain access to 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, toolpath modifications, surface inspection, part alignment, and more.

Nesting & Fabrication Extension

The Nesting & Fabrication Extension brings integrated, automated, and associative nesting to Fusion. Save prep time when using with existing assemblies with part filtering. Get access to a library of free and customizable post-processors to get the code to your machine.

Simulation Extension

Improve product performance with the Simulation Extension. Better products with an assortment of simulation capabilities. Check for structural, thermal, explicit, and injection molding manufacturability. Revise simulation models & studies to compare changes without exporting.

Generative Design Extension

With the Fusion Generative Design Extension, discover unlimited ideas. Explore and optimize designs for specific materials and manufacturing techniques with cloud computing.

Product Design Extension

The Fusion Product Design Extension is a set of advanced 3D design and modeling tools. Enable an automated approach to creating complex product designs. Improve product performance using intelligent feature settings. Apply guidance as you prepare for manufacturing.

Signal Integrity Extension

The Fusion Signal Integrity Extension, powered by Ansys, is a cost option that unlocks additional PCB/electronics capabilities inside Fusion, allowing you to run electromagnetic analysis on critical signals within your PCB.

Manage Extension

Simplify engineering workflows with the Fusion Manage Extension. Enable change orders, release management, automated part numbering, and bill of materials management.

Additive Build Extension

Manufacture metal parts using powder bed fusion to reduce material wastage and cost. Select 3D print parameters, orient parts, and generate fully associative support structures. Create subtractive finishing operations within Fusion for high quality surface finishes. 

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