Obtaining & Downloading Fusion 360
How to Obtain a License and Download Fusion 360
You may also follow the instructions at damassets.autodesk.net/content/dam/autodesk/www/fusion-360/Fusion%20Single%20Install%20Instructions.pdf for steps 1-4 on creating your Autodesk account, obtaining a free student license, and downloading & installing Fusion 360 (this guide was created before we found that resource). Make sure to still take a look at step 5 though!
1. Create an Autodesk Account
Autodesk® Fusion 360™ is available for free for students to use for education and noncommercial purposes under a free educational license.
To get started, go to www.autodesk.com, and click on "SIGN IN" on the top right corner. Click on "Sign In" again from the drop-down menu, and then click on "Create Account".
Fill in all the appropriate information to create your Autodesk account. We know a lot of people don't like filling in their actual personal information on internet accounts, however, we recommend putting in truthful information, as accurate information will become important later on when obtaining a student license.
Finish creating your Autodesk account.
2. Obtain a Free Educational License for Fusion 360
If you are not signed in, follow the prompt to sign in. If you are, follow all on-page instructions and fill out your information for your free educational license. Please be truthful with all information you fill out. This helps ensure you will be able to successfully obtain a license.
We wanted to create a video tutorial on the entire license process. Unfortunately, because we already had educational licenses under our own names, we were not able to obtain any more licenses or create a more in-depth walk through. If you have any questions or are having trouble obtaining your educational license, please contact us and we will help you out individually.
3. Download Fusion 360
Once you have obtained your educational license for Fusion 360, if you are not brought to a screen to download Fusion 360 right away, you can find the download portal by going to manage.autodesk.com (make sure you are signed in). Then, go to "All Products and Services" on the menu on the left hand side. Finally, find Fusion 360 from the selection of products, and click on the "Download Now" button located on the right.
Additionally, make sure the computer you are downloading Fusion 360 to meets the minimum requirements: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/learn-explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Fusion-360.html
4. Set Up Your Fusion 360 Account
Once you have downloaded and installed Fusion 360, run the application and follow the on-screen sign-up process for your Fusion 360 account.
If asked to, make sure to activate your Fusion 360 license.
5. Get Access to Our FUsion 360 Team and Parts Library
Finally, once you have created, downloaded, and set up Fusion 360, email us the email address you used to create the account at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to invite you to our Fusion 360 Team and give you access to our full VEX V5 parts library.
Once we have received your email, we will send you an invite to our team on Fusion 360. An email containing the invite will be sent to the address you provided, and you will have to open the email to accept the invite.
Once you have accepted the invite, you will have access to our library of VEX parts on Fusion 360. We have compiled a set of instructions and rules on using and collaborating within our Fusion 360 team here, in order to help ensure ease of use and effective collaboration for everyone (please read them! If you are unfamiliar with the Fusion 360 software layout, you may want to skip to the next section first to learn a bit more about Fusion 360, and then come back to read our Fusion 360 rules, so you might understand them a bit better).
Once you have completed all of these steps, you can begin to learn more about Fusion 360 in our section Getting Started with Fusion 360.