Fusion 360 not free?

Fusion 360 is requiring you to specify if you are a startup or a hobbyist. My interpretation is that you have to start paying if you are a hobbyist.

Anyone else read it differently?

Following the “Update your subscription now” button from F360 at top of screen:

"Lock in your price now and get Fusion 360 for only $310 USD , a savings of $185 USD per year, for as long as you renew! Act now, as this offer ends October 31, 2019 .

**Please note this special offer is for existing hobbyist/startup subscribers only, valid in the countries/regions listed below. This offer cannot be used to extend or replace an existing commercial subscription contract.*"

Nope, it’s free for hobbyists too. (It’s just worded really poorly.)

You do have to renew your free hobbyist license every year, but they send you notice.


Hobbyist version is still free to anyone who makes less than $1000 a year from their hobby business. The Startup version is still free to anyone making less than $100K a year, subject to a very simple approval process.


Yeah, as @Ratel said, very poorly worded. So much so I was a bit worried. I’ve been assured by our Autodesk insider that hobby use will remain free.


After years of issues with Autodesk I avoid it where I can. Inkscape, and Gimp and even Blender I find better to invest your effort at learning.

Which includes their assessment of whether you have an “innovative” product line. If they don’t think what you’re doing is especially innovative, you’re in the commercial license world.

Considering Autodesk’s historical pricing I was floored by the license liberty of Fusion 360, I have fundamental familiarity with an older program - Inventor. The power of parametric design with every library you can think of at your fingertips, non destructive testing - voodoo from an old-school perspective. Free.
Empowering aspiring designers. I salute that model. I have yesteryear to compare it to.


It was very good but also very much in the company’s interest as it brought people into the fold. Then if you got a job where you could influence anything they could get a new corporate customer.

This move is not going to go down well because earlier this year they did a little tweaking of things and people went crazy - they reaffirmed their commitment to free licensing for the small business person. Now it’s free for the small innovative business person.

They won’t tell you when they call how they determine if you’re innovative, just that you’re not.

In fact the whole phone call verification process (you fill out a form but they call you) has got to cost a fair chunk of the revenue they’re going to gain.

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So they might not think that my “Board Housefrau :tm:” brand of parametric round wood signs is innovative??? :astonished: :scream: :exploding_head: