Both programs were created by Autodesk Inc., but there are serious differences between them.
Fusion 360 is a cloud-based platform popular among users who create 3D computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) product prototypes. It includes options for sketching, public & private sharing, feedback capture, version control, probing, and shape optimization.
Autodesk 360 (Autodesk Drive) is CAD-based cloud storage that can satisfy the needs of individual users and small teams. The program was released quite long ago and has been recently replaced by Autodesk Drive. Using the software, you can upload data via mobile apps, e.g., AutoCAD Mobile, and share it with other team members.
If you think of purchasing Fusion 360, you’d better get a trial version first. Thus, you can understand whether the software complies with your expectations, and later switch to a paid version. There are 3 paths to choose from. You can pay 60 dollars every month if you need the software for a particular project.
An annual subscription fee is $396. This is a reasonable offer for professionals engaged in 3D CAD, CAM, CAE, PCB, and working in teams. Besides, you can pay once in 3 years if you need long-term access. The price in this case is $1,068.
Students and teachers can get Fusion 360 absolutely for free. They also receive learning materials.
Autodesk 360 (Autodesk Drive) isn’t available as a separate program. You can buy it together with other products offered by the company. So, to take advantage of this cloud storage, get ready to pay for other tools.
Fusion 360 can satisfy the needs of individual users, medium-sized and large businesses. You can use it to create product models of different forms (parametric, direct, freeform, surface, sheet, and mesh) and sizes. The developer paid much attention to the management features, allowing users to control permissions and monitor the design process. Besides, the simulation function is great for testing designs, comparing results, and determining displacements.
Autodesk 360 (renamed to Autodesk Drive) is ideal for storing, viewing, and using files together with other participants of a project. All your files are stored in the cloud. You can use the cloud for free only if you buy a subscription to another Autodesk’s program.