Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac

Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
1.5
out of 2 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
October 06, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
4,217
Downloads Last Week:
14
Product ranking:
#15 in CAD Software
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Autodesk Inventor Fusion is a Mac application for creating 3D CAD designs. This is not a stripped-down product meant to give you a taste of a much more expensive tool, but a free full-featured product of its own. The download is sizable at 740MB but installation on our MacBook Pro went quickly and easily. Once installed, Autodesk Inventor Fusion requires a bit of a learning curve to use effectively, but that's to be expected from a product such as this one.

The process of designing with Autodesk Inventor Fusion begins with the 2D sketch. A set of simple and familiar sketching tools lets you lay out what you want in a rough fashion, and then a set of tools lets you push, pull, bend, and massage the sketch into a final 2D rendering. The ability to use the mouse to work with the sketch, instead of learning a complex set of modeling language tools or mastering a number of manipulation icons, was a welcome innovation. Once you've completed your 2D rendering, a 3D version is generated and can be manipulated in real time onscreen to allow fine-tuning. Once done, you can import your model into Autodesk 360 or AutoCAD and share the design, as well as output to a number of 3D printers with STL files.

Autodesk Inventor Fusion requires a pretty decent set of hardware to really show off, and 4GB of RAM is about the minimum to work effectively in real time, but if your MacBook or iMac has the power, this is a lovely package. Being able to go from rough sketch to finished 3D model in a few minutes was both thrilling and fun. With access to a 3D printer the fun turned real, as we output several models created in Autodesk Inventor Fusion to actual plastic prototypes. While 3D modeling and printing isn't for everyone, Autodesk Inventor Fusion is a standard-setting product in that market.

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  • 1 stars

    "Decidedly un-Mac-like"

    August 05, 2013   |   By glucas32

    Version: Autodesk Inventor Fusion 1.0

    Pros

    Lots of promising features.

    Cons

    The UI is unlike anything you hope to ever see again. Basic commands like cut and paste don't work as expected, you have to use something called 'Offset' instead. Also no option-drag to clone an object. It is pretty obvious the engineers on this project either ported over a windoze app or had no interest in modeling the Mac UI.

    Basically the UI that IS the Mac IS NOT here.

    Summary

    Moving on. There has to be something better!

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  • 2 stars

    "Looked too good to be true (and it was :-)"

    July 07, 2013   |   By igull

    Version: Autodesk Inventor Fusion 1.0

    Pros

    It's a real mac app, with a really decent interface.
    Solid modelling using the built-in solids is excellent.

    Cons

    While it's based on sketches, just try creating a simple sketch that is non-orthogonal ! If your initial sketch has some auto restraints (90 deg/parallel etc), there is NO way of removing the constraint - you need to delete the whole sketch. Illustrator this ain't !
    There is also no way of moving the nodes - or aligning them for that matter.
    No horizontal or vertical dimensioning of non-orthogonal lines (which means in essence, unless you calculate the angle of the vector before you draw it, you've no way of setting the endpoints :-(( )

    Summary

    Looked really promising, but the sketch side of thing fails completely - it also crashes regularly, so save your work constantly (assuming you can get those pesky sketches drawn in the first place).
    Deja vu of autocad mac in the 90's i'm afraid.
    Just wish that illustrator worked in 3D :-)

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