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What Computer Should I get for Fusion 360?
Below are recommendations for computers that work well to run Fusion 360. Links below include affiliate tags which earn us a small portion of income if you make a purchase.
Laptop – Lenovo Thinkpad E15 ($880)
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Laptop – MacBook Air M1 ($999) - video on the M1 running Rosetta 2 Fusion 360
Desktop – Mac Mini M1 ($699) + 27” Monitor
If you upgrade RAM to 16gb you’ll get a longer life of the computer as RAM is not user-upgradable.
Laptop – MacBook Pro M1 Pro, 16GB RAM ($1949)
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Computer RequirementsSource: See Fusion 360 Article
|System requirements for Autodesk Fusion 360|
|Operating System||Apple macOS Big Sur 11.0*; Catalina 10.15; Mojave v10.14; High Sierra v10.13** (learn more about Apple Security Updates)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64 bit) (until January 2023)***
Microsoft Windows Windows 10 (64-bit) Semi-Annual Release Channel
|CPU Type||x86-based 64-bit processor (e.g. Intel Core i, AMD Ryzen series), 4 cores, 1.7 GHz or greater; 32-bit not supported
ARM-based processors partially supported via Rosetta 2 only - see this post for more information.
|Memory||4 GB of RAM (integrated graphics recommend 6 GB or more)|
|Graphics Card||Supported for DirectX 11 or greater
Dedicated GPU with 1 GB or more of VRAM
Integrated graphics with 6 GB or more of RAM
|Disk Space||3 GB of storage|
|Display Resolution||1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 or greater at 100% scale strongly recommended)|
|Pointing Device||HID-compliant mouse or trackpad, optional Wacom tablet and 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse support|
|Internet||2.5 Mbps or faster download; 500 Kbps or faster upload|
|Dependencies||.NET Framework 4.5, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.2+|
|Recommended for Complex Modelling and Processing|
|CPU Type||3 GHz or greater, 6 or more cores|
|Memory||8 GB RAM or greater|
|Graphics||Dedicated GPU with 4 GB or more VRAM, DirectX 12 supported|
Installing Fusion 360
Installing Fusion 360 is pretty simple. Depending on the license you choose:
Visit the Autodesk page here
Select Download Free Trial
Choose an intended use that suits you best.
Fill in Info, select Begin Trial
A download should start - this will be the full-featured Fusion 360.
Install as normal on your computer.
Purchase / Licensed previously
If you’ve already licensed Fusion 360
Login to your Autodesk account page.
Click All Products and Services on the left.
Find Fusion 360 - Legacy to the right and then select the Download Now button on the right
A download should start, once downloaded, install as normal on your computer.
Reinstall Fusion 360
If you previously registered a license and have to reinstall Fusion 360, go to Autodesk Account and click the Fusion 360 download link in the Products and Services section. You don’t need to register a new account or re-register an existing account to reinstall.