When it comes to equipping tomorrow’s designers and engineers with the tools they need to create compelling projects today, few companies have been as generous in offering access to software, tools and even fabrication facilities as Autodesk has.

While the company’s Fusion 360 design software has always been free to use for students and those who otherwise don’t use it for commercial projects, they recently expanded their generous offer to include their entire Product Design Collection to those on the Fab Foundation‘s global network of workshops and makerspaces. Facilities that qualify for the $2,460 per year collection will each be granted 10 licenses –– or approximately $25,000 per year to access Autodesk’s leading design and engineering software tools.

“At each step of the way, we are learning more about how best to support Fab Labs so we can improve and deepen our relationship,” explains Autodesk’s Rama Dunayevich, Senior Manager of Brand Partnerships. “We are using an initial one-year renewable subscription term to collect feedback and data to be in a better position to consider further expansions, refinements and customization based on that data.”

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In total, the Product Design Collection includes 14 software programs and utilities that cover the full end-to-end product design process:

  • 3ds Max
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • AutoCAD 360 Pro
  • Fusion 360
  • Inventor Professional
  • Navisworks Manage
  • ReCap 360 Pro
  • Rendering in A360
  • Vault Basic
  • Cloud storage (25 GB)
  • Factory Design Utilities

To qualify as a registered Fab Lab on the Fab Foundation’s network of global Fab Labs, a facility must include at least five different types of fabrication tools and be free and open to the public part-time. Those interested can apply for the Product Design Collection now.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.