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  • #16
    Fusion has a direct link to the McMaster catalog. Any hardware that McMaster sells the 3d cad will insert into your drawing. Pretty much same as you describe with solidworks but the "library" is a direct link to McMasters cad library. Fusion knew their main competitor would be solidworks so they sure it would compete well or better.

    Many got Solidworks though a special deal with the EAA. (experimental aircraft assn.) EAA members can get a full solidworks for $35 and EAA membership is very cheap. Its not free but pretty cheap if someone wants it.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Sparky_NY View Post
      Fusion has a direct link to the McMaster catalog. Any hardware that McMaster sells the 3d cad will insert into your drawing. Pretty much same as you describe with solidworks but the "library" is a direct link to McMasters cad library. Fusion knew their main competitor would be solidworks so they sure it would compete well or better.

      Many got Solidworks though a special deal with the EAA. (experimental aircraft assn.) EAA members can get a full solidworks for $35 and EAA membership is very cheap. Its not free but pretty cheap if someone wants it.
      Thats how I got Solidworks, only to find out for my needs, that Fusion surpassed it.

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      • #18
        [QUOTE=Sparky_NY;1245981]Fusion has a direct link to the McMaster catalog. Any hardware that McMaster sells the 3d cad will insert into your drawing. Pretty much same as you describe with solidworks but the "library" is a direct link to McMasters cad library. QUOTE]

        Plus several hundred other manufacturers and vendors.

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        • #19
          Yep, Fusion is free for hobbyists......................the problem may be Autodesk is an evil company. You can bet, one of these days you'll try to fire up Fusion and it won't run without payment.

          Autodesk has a history of these kind of tricks. They aren't stupid, there's a reason they want to get lots and lots of "hooked" users. Alibre did something like this too, they gave away their CAD, then tried to charge for updates (Alibre got some of my money until the updates got into the hundreds of dollars)

          I use Fusion occasionally when my for-pay CAD won't as easily fillet as Fusion.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by DR View Post
            Yep, Fusion is free for hobbyists......................the problem may be Autodesk is an evil company. You can bet, one of these days you'll try to fire up Fusion and it won't run without payment.

            Autodesk has a history of these kind of tricks. They aren't stupid, there's a reason they want to get lots and lots of "hooked" users. Alibre did something like this too, they gave away their CAD, then tried to charge for updates (Alibre got some of my money until the updates got into the hundreds of dollars)

            I use Fusion occasionally when my for-pay CAD won't as easily fillet as Fusion.
            I wouldn't care if one day Autodesk charged me 500$ per year to use it. This day will not happen until they kill off Solidworks. Much like China changing the culture in Hong Kong by sending mainlanders to the island, Autodesk is slowly changing the culture in industry. Train everyone to use your software, guess what people will request at work to use? And there is another thing going on that makes me think this day will not come. Autodesk Inventor is the industrial 3d cad package they market to industry, Fusion does everything that does, but is free. Don't want the cloud? Buy Inventor.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by DR View Post
              Yep, Fusion is free for hobbyists......................the problem may be Autodesk is an evil company. You can bet, one of these days you'll try to fire up Fusion and it won't run without payment.

              Autodesk has a history of these kind of tricks. They aren't stupid, there's a reason they want to get lots and lots of "hooked" users. Alibre did something like this too, they gave away their CAD, then tried to charge for updates (Alibre got some of my money until the updates got into the hundreds of dollars)

              I use Fusion occasionally when my for-pay CAD won't as easily fillet as Fusion.
              Hi,

              Yep, any for profit company will seek to make money. And if you can get the kids started at home with a product that will feed their 3d printers at home, well so much the better when they are in charge of buying the software at work. But it does suck for us hobbyist types at home when the popular freebies suddenly cost real money.

              Always assume that software will not be "free as in beer" forever. Always be looking and planning ahead for that day. This is why I've been through SolidWorks, Fusion, OnShape, and now I'm trying to master FreeCad.
              If you think you understand what is going on, you haven't been paying attention.

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