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June 25, 2013

Autodesk integrates design, engineering software in new Fusion 360


Next generation software now available for free for next 90 days

Autodesk, Inc. said Tuesday it has introduced the world’s first cloud-based software that combines capabilities typically found in separate mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools.

The San Rafael, Calif.-based company introduced Autodesk Fusion 360, which it calls a “radically intuitive user experience” that gives users secure access to design information and integrated social collaboration features.

“We’re in the midst of a new industrial revolution that places a premium on the ability to design and engineer products that are both beautiful and functional,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president at Autodesk.

The new software allows users to:

  • Sculpt, Model, and Patch workspaces
  • Create T-Spline bodies in the Sculpt workspace
  • Create solid bodies in the Model workspace
  • Assemble components

“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,” said Jason Martin, co-founder of Portland, Ore.-based startup Carbon Audio. “With Fusion 360, we finally have a single, dynamic tool that allows us to execute on any idea in a very efficient way.”

Fusion 360 is now available for free for the next 90 days. After that, it costs $25 per month, per user, based on an annual contract commitment. Special pricing is available for students and entrepreneurs, the company said.

“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,” said Matthew Harris of Orphanage Guitars, based in Machester, N.H,, which models all components in 3D.

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