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Posted on Anyone switching away from Sketchup?

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#1 posted 10-17-2018 01:58 PM

I started using Sketchup a couple of years ago and have never liked it. Over the past couple of months I’ve committed to Fusion 360 and love it and dont think I’ll ever use Sketchup again (I also use AutoCad).

Here’s what I like about Fusion vs Sketchup

1) Licensing: if you are a hobbyist or a startup (less than 100k revenue per year) then it’s free. Sketchup Make is free as well but their move to web based is a no no plus, technically, you arent allowed to use Make for any business purpose. You’re supposed to drop $600 on the pro license.

2) Parametric modeling: It’s a bit cumbersome to learn but once you get the hang of it, it’s awesome. You don’t have to have every single dimension thought out before starting. Just set the parameters and then change em up later and your design will update

3) Sketchup is glitchy (at least for me). There are too many times where Sketchup just doesnt do what it’s supposed to and it’s very frustrating.

4) Precision: it’s a lot easier to be precise with Fusion than Sketchup. I feel like Sketchup requires you to either eyeball it or drop construction lines all over the place to get things right where you need them.

I am not an expert in Sketchup so these perceived shortcomings might just be a lack of experience. I will say that Sketchup is easier to “just start drawing something”. Fusion is more cumbersome at first but once you get the hang of it things get a lot easier. There’s a ton of good tutorial series on YouTube.

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