Autodesk is blowing off the metal shavings of static shop-side subtractive manufacturing, delivering the first of its kind collaborative CAM solution. Today, the software product/service company kicked off Autodesk University 2013 in a chilly Las Vegas announcing Autodesk CAM 360, pushing the computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) process to the cloud and milling out a sweet little oily spot for manufacturing in their Autodesk 360 cloud portfolio.
CAM… get thee to the Cloud
Autodesk University 2013 covers a lot of products across many industries, but a large focus this year is manufacturing and, as you can imagine, they have no qualms over booting more applications to the cloud. The Autodesk 360 cloud platform is filling out quite nicely with a slew of design to manufacturing solutions and more being adding this week. CAM 360 is the latest addition and even though it has yet to be completely interconnected with Autodesk 360 platform, the foundation is there with a familiarity those already fond of Fusion 360 will appreciate. Here are some things to know.
- Fusion 360 is not required
- All functionality is handled through licensing
- CAM 360 contains basic modeling tools
- Supports same file formats as Fusion 360
- 2d and 3d tool paths supports
Seamless integration is a continued focus. With HSMWorks, you have seamless integration with SolidWorks. With Inventor HSM, you have seamless intgration with Inventor. Now with CAM 360, you have seamless integration with Autodesk 360… That’s the idea anyway. You still have a separate login for your Autodesk 360 account, Fusion 360 account, Fusion 360 app… you get the idea, but the foundation is the same and eventually it will be much like a wheel with Autodesk 360 as the hub.
In fact, that wheel is a great way to picture the Autodesk 360 platform and how they’re adding functionality. First you have PLM 360, the along comes SIM 360, BIM 360, Mockup 360, Configurator 360, Fusion 360 and now CAM 360. Showcase 360 and Concept Design 360 are coming. So, the wheel continues to have cogs added along.
All of the CAM products use the multi-core, 64-bit based CAM technology originally developed by HSMWorks, now at the core of the three Autodesk developed CAM products, HSMWorks, Inventor HSM and CAM 360. The 2D and 3D capabilities will be free during beta. Later on, 3-axis will be $75/month with 5-axis at $150/month. Beta for CAM 360 begins December 16th. You can get cloud CAM on getting more info and signing yourself up here.