In what felt like an average week for most, last week saw, dare I say it, a ‘game changing’ week for Autodesk.
With the launch of Autodesk Fusion 360, the world’s first cloud-based industrial and mechanical design tool, we see a tighter bond developing between consumers and engineers in product design and digital prototyping workflows.
One of the key benefits of Fusion 360 is its ability to share when you want, where you want and with whom you want to coin a phrase.
Collaboration isn’t only restricted to engineers in the project design chain either: with the advent of the cloud we see more and more designs moving to the internet, where design data can be shared and worked on collectively by an extended project team including non-cad users, and that’s where a partnership between Autodesk and GrabCAD comes in.
GrabCAD is a monster workbench that makes it easier for your selected project partners to view 3D models in their browsers. They can view all major CAD file formats - upload in no time at all, and benefit from instant notifications and high quality feedback displayable directly over the model.
This is paramount for reducing project design cycle lead times, brilliant for all the self-declared ‘CADers’ out there and even better for those with their business heads on, such as project managers looking to view the models,stay up-to-date with projects and of course ultimately to get their projects to market sooner.
The collaboration between Autodesk and GrabCAD could possibly change the way we design as a collective going forward, and the launch of Fusion 360 last week represents the beginning of a shift from traditional methods to cloud-based collaborative design. It also coincides with the launch of Fusion 360 perfectly.
Thereafter you’re looking at around $25 a month (with an annual committal) according to the latest reports, which is extremely cheap given these are professional design tools we’re talking about.
Rather than tell you about the many capabilities Fusion 360 has to offer, I highly recommend you try it for yourselves - it’s free after all. The 360 Learning Resources available on the website are a great helping hand when working your way around.
Autodesk Fusion 360 allows you to design faster, work anywhere and share with anyone. And the partnership between Autodesk GrabCAD means you’ll have all these capabilities within one workbench. Is this the beginning of a new CAD era?
Just your average week…