I was just at AU, and asked @LanceGrow321 how Fusion 360 plays into the Inventor strategy moving forward (in less eloquent terms, admittedly, but that was the gist). His initial response was essentially that “Some users are not ready” for cloud solutions like Fusion 360, and for those users there is Inventor.
That sounded a lot like “Inventor is old tech for the fuddy duddies, and Fusion is The New Hotness”, so I pressed him on it. When asked if that meant that Inventor is an EOL product and that people should start moving toward Fusion 360, he emphatically disagreed. No, he said, the products are parallel, and users can choose whichever one works best for them.
When asked how to choose between the two products, he said “it depends.” Helpful, right?
Obviously I have my own opinions on the following questions, but I wanted to get yours, oh gurus of SmackTalk. Your thoughts, please:
- Who is Inventor designed for?
- Who is Fusion 360 designed for?
- Is there any overlap? If so, how would you choose between the two?
- Pull out your crystal ball and ask it the following: in five to ten years, will Fusion 360 take over as ADSK’s workhorse CAD tool? Why or why not?