Canadian Manufacturing

Autodesk’s new CAD offering features cloud-based technology

Fusion 360 program offers anytime, anywhere access to 3-D product designs


LAS VEGAS—3-D design software firm Autodesk is launching what it’s calling the world’s first cloud-based 3-D modeling program with the new Autodesk Fusion 360.

According to Autodesk, the program allows design and engineering professionals to more easily create 3-D product designs and collaborate with others in the cloud.

The cloud technology behind Autodesk Fusion 360 offers anytime, anywhere access, from virtually any mobile device or web browser and puts essential data at the center of the design experience, the firm says.

It also supports an open design environment, allowing designers to readily incorporate and modify computer-aided design(CAD) data from virtually any source.

“Data is at the center of the product design process, and the cloud frees that data to be accessible anywhere, anytime,” Autodesk senior vice-president of design, life-cycle and simulation Robert Kross said in a statement.

“Autodesk Fusion 360 will give designers and engineers the first powerful, easy-to-use and complete cloud-based design solution.”

Autodesk Fusion 360 leverages the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform and adds to Autodesk’s cloud portfolio for manufacturers, which includes Autodesk PLM 360, a cloud-based product life-cycle management offering, and Autodesk Simulation 360, a comprehensive set of simulation tools delivered securely in the cloud.

The firm says the Fusion 360 program will be available in 2013.