Wondering how the future of cloud-based 3D CAD is developing? More and more services are coming online with cloud-based offerings and Autodesk is certainly leading the way in both offloading processing for simulation and having complete access to your software and data via a web connection–it’s the whole anytime, anywhere scenario and they just announced pricing for the 3D design development portion of their growing 360 portfolio.

Autodesk 360 suite

Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, gave a presentation at today’s Develop3D Live conference, providing insight to their future plans for design and manufacturing and revealing pricing for Autodesk Fusion 360. If you recall the announcement of Fusion 360, it’s part of the entire Autodesk 360 product line, including BIM, PLM and Simulation. This rounds out the group of products and sets it up for, what Carl also announced, the Autodesk 360 suite.

Autodesk 360 Fusion Pricing:
Carl announced the pricing for both Fusion 360 and the Autodesk 360 Suite in his keynote at the conference. As Paul Munford from CadSetterOut blog tweeted:

$25/user/month–25 bucks/month for 3D design software–$300 per year. That is a huge difference from what software is priced at now. This will be very familiar pricing for PLM 360 customers. That’s the base tier to get up and running with PLM in the cloud. If you want PL, BIM and Simulation added, the suite at $200/month isn’t too shabby either. It’s not Adobe’s Creative Cloud with access to all software for $50/month. But Adobe’s solution is not cloud-based in the same sense. That is, you don’t have to be online to start-up/use the software.

With this, Autodesk 360 makes it much more obvious that the future of Autodesk product reside on top of the utilization of off-site resources/hardware. Carl Bass and others really adhere to the idea of ‘Infinite computing’, or to put it in more realistic terms, the availability of more computing power than we need. That exists. Computing power has gone “from scarce to abundance” as he says in his presentation. Making it seamless between desktop and web, working within the constraints of bandwidth and connection… well, that will be the challenge. We’ll have a look at how Fusion 360 handles all of that as we near its launch.

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Image: Paul Munford


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