Alan B wrote: ↑
Mar 03, 2018 5:30 pm
Just to be clear, Fusion 360 is not "free". It is a commercial product costing $40 per month or $300 per year for the non-pro version, and the pro version is five times as expensive. You might be able to get a no-cost license temporarily, but you have to jump through hoops to prove you are a student or qualify for one of their special exceptions, but they can change that at any time and they clearly state that. There are other CAD programs that are free or much lower in cost, they may not have all the features but they may be adequate and more worthy of your time investment.
I said that Fusion 360 was free for non-commercial amateur use. And it is. That Fusion 360 is commercial software is implicit in what I posted. So I'm not sure what you are clarifying. Further, some of what you've posted is incorrect and distorting.
To be precise, the qualification rule is:
"You can use this license if you are a small business making less than $100,000 per year (or equivalent), or if you're a hobbyist using Fusion 360 for non-commercial purposes."
It is true that Autodesk could revoke that license at any time. But given that this kind of license has been part of Fusion 360 since its inception and seems part of their marketing strategy, that seems unlikely. But yes, they could change it.
But no, you don't have to prove anything to get the free subscription. Based on the online instructions, you simply choose the hobbyist option when you install the software. You just click the appropriate box. That's not much of a hoop IMO. I'm pretty sure one of my partners installed at home using the free license and reported no difficulties. He has a doctor friend who has been using Fusion 360 for free for years now to design his shop tools. He was enthusiastic about Fusion 360 and reported no difficulties. Either way, for those interested, it is a simple enough matter to install it and see if they make it difficult or not to get the free license.
I'm a big fan of free and open source software and not a big fan of subscription software. Subscribing to Fusion 360 goes against my tendencies. But my time is valuable and the loads of YouTube videos explaining how to use Fusion 360 were a big part of why I advocated using Fusion 360 in the studio and why I suggested it here. Also, my last two yearly subscriptions were $25 and $50 respectively. These were special offers that came as a consequence of having licensed Fusion 360 a month at a time a couple or three times. This has not been expensive software for us.
The Standard version of Fusion 360 is distinctly not "non-pro". It merely lacks the Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Simulation modules. But it includes simulation and manufacturing (CAM, waterjet, stress analysis and more). As a non-engineer and non CAD specialist, I've used Fusion 360 to help develop commercial products professionally and to create CAD files that were used to create press molds for real-world commercial products such as the amazing Earth Talon :^)
https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Talon-Fibe ... B00PLZ9PAK
It is not as though you are getting some significantly watered down, low-feature, "non-pro" version if you don't purchase the $1500 "Ultimate" license.