Autodesk has recently updated their ToS for Fusion 360 to change how their low end/hobbyist level subscriptions work. Direct info on the subscriptions can be found at https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/blog/subscription-types/ but the gist of it is:
- “Personal Use” license is strictly non-commercial or up to $1000 income for a “hobbyist business” and has reduced access to filetype translation and export, as well as collaboration tools and data management
- “For Startups” license is basically the same featureset currently available but has somewhat strict criteria to qualify and requires a stack of information to apply
The main issue most small creators will see is the reduced functionality from removed access to filetype translators making it harder to work between different programs and F360. Included in this is they don’t include .f3d in the filetypes that are explicitly included, which can be a drawback as it was a super useful “all inclusive” format that worked well for parametric design customization. There is the clause allowing commercial use under $1000 income, but that’s a super easy number to go over in the course of 1-2 GBs.
The startup license allows for commercial use and has the filetype translation, but besides the rigorous application process the requirements include being under $100k gross income for the business it’s registered to. $100k seems like a lot, but for someone that does GBs that can come and go fast, like a couple GMK GBs can put you over $50k easy.
Personally I’m really hoping that .f3d is still included in the personal license since that’s really all that I’d be missing from it right now. Other than that, I can’t even try for the startup license, and I really don’t want to pay their price for the commercial license if I do make something to sell since that nearly $500 a year is liable to be a chunk of any little things I’m able to do.