Autodesk Fusion 360 went live today as an official Autodesk product after a great deal of evolution based on customer feedback and research. Autodesk Fusion 360 started in Autodesk Labs as a Technology Preview of a desktop product, then it evolved into a Cloud Assisted Desktop1 application for Mac and Windows on the Autodesk Feedback Community where betas are run.
Now the Beta product sticker has been removed and it is ready for primetime production use by designers and engineers free for the first 90 days and around the small price of $25 a month. The powerful product combines industrial design sculpting of T-Splines to the power of a 3D modeling tool along with cloud based collaboration, versioning, file translation and more. It is not only powerful, but fun to use and design in as I have been using it personally for quite sometime now.
I am currently on a flight (37,100 feet) heading back from the Lake Oswego (Portland) Oregon Autodesk office where there was a great deal of excitement.about the new product. I just happened to be in the Lake Oswego office for another unrelated meeting.
From the official Autodesk press release:
The Next Generation of Design and Engineering Software Has Arrived
Autodesk, Inc. today delivered the world’s first cloud-based software created specifically for people looking to fuse stunning aesthetic design with great product engineering. Autodesk Fusion 360 brings together capabilities typically found in separate mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools into one, easy to use cloud-based service.
What People Are Saying About Fusion 360
"Gone are the days of patching together specialized design and engineering tools that were either too complex or not sophisticated enough to address all needs of the product development process. With Fusion 360, we finally have a single, dynamic tool that allows us to execute on any idea in a very efficient way." - Jason Martin, Co-founder, Carbon Audio
"The beauty of Fusion 360 is to be able to iterate through many concepts very quickly and make small adjustments that may have a huge impact on the look and feel of a design. With Fusion 360's flexible design, engineering and visualization capabilities, our customers are empowered to make their own design decisions." -- Matthew Harris, Orphanage Guitars
Autodesk Fusion 360 brings together mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools into one, easy to use cloud-based service. http://autode.sk/11CfE6A
1 The clever acronym “CAD” Cloud Assisted Desktop was coined by Autodesk’s SVP Andrew Anagnost in an Autodesk University 2012 Innovation Forum “The Reality of the Cloud ”.