Today, Autodesk continued the sizzle following their FormIt release at Autodesk University, announcing the “first and primary” application of T-Splines tech in the Autodesk product line, Autodesk Fusion 360. As you may gather, this new product is part of the cloud-based Autodesk 360 product line that includes Simluation, PLM and BIM. Design was the major component missing–Hark, no longer the case. Fusion 360 will be available for Mac and PC and best of all bridges the gap between the delight of NURBS and mesh modeling.

Autodesk Fusion 360

To put it simply, Fusion 360 gives you the ability to model solids and freefrom shapes in the same environment. The T-splines tech is making that possible. One year ago, Autodesk announced the acquisition of T-Splines. Being a plugin for Rhino and SolidWorks, many feared it wouldn’t be seen again. Perhaps so for those plugins, but Autodesk had other plans of course. Not only did they integrate it with the Inventor Fusion style modeling interface, they also gave the T-Splines toolset a needed update. Here’s an example of the workflow in the beta version.

There are no other details on pricing or availability of Fusion 360 at this time. Some customers are already testing the beta version. If you’re interested in doing the same, you can sign up at the Project Fusion 360 website.

So does this redefine the design process for you? We’ve all been seriously angry at the software we use threatening to try something else. Does this seal the deal or are you waiting for something more? Oh, and how does the cloud feel now?

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Autodesk Ushers In New Era of Cloud Based DesignWorld’s First Comprehensive 3D CAD in the Cloud Unveiled at Autodesk University 2012

LAS VEGAS, Autodesk University, Nov. 27, 2012 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, previewed Autodesk Fusion 360, the world’s first comprehensive cloud-based 3D modeling offering, at Autodesk University today.

Autodesk Fusion 360 allows design and engineering professionals to more easily create 3D 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. It also supports an open design environment, allowing designers to readily incorporate and modify 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,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “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 lifecycle management offering, and Autodesk Simulation 360, a comprehensive set of simulation tools delivered securely in the cloud.

3D Industrial and Mechanical Design in the Cloud
A comprehensive product design tool geared toward small business professionals, Autodesk Fusion 360 capabilities span all aspects of industrial and mechanical design, melded with anytime, anywhere access to data, collaborative and social development capabilities the cloud has to offer. Autodesk Fusion 360 also connects to advanced capabilities such as large scale mockup, simulation, PLM and rendering.

Next Generation User Experience
Autodesk Fusion 360 offers a radically different user experience through an intuitive interface that conforms to the role and level of user expertise. Autodesk Fusion 360 provides built-in guidance to novice users to speed the learning curve, and the ability to turn off guidance and access deeper functionality for design experts. Regardless of their level of expertise, users can start designing in a matter of minutes and begin to leverage Autodesk Fusion 360’s integrated social collaboration tools.

Redpoint Studios, a New England based industrial design and product engineering consultancy, recently adopted Autodesk Fusion 360 to help their clients bring compelling new products to market faster. “The learning curve is phenomenal. In a matter of days I was modeling blends and transitions that would take months, if not years, of skill building to achieve in a NURBS modeler,” said Matthew Harris, Industrial Designer, Redpoint Studios, LLC. “The potential for this product is huge and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Autodesk Fusion 360 will be available on a term basis making it affordable to businesses of all sizes. This delivery model will provide maximum flexibility and eliminate the high upfront costs of software license purchases, as well as the annual expense of software updates and upgrades. It is an ideal fit for professionals and small businesses seeking flexibility to scale their product design tools to fit changing project needs.

Autodesk Fusion 360 is expected to be generally available next year. For more information and a chance to experience Autodesk Fusion 360, visit

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries ¾ including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects ¾ use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit

About Autodesk University
Now in its 20th year, Autodesk University is the annual series of Autodesk in-person and virtual user conferences, which include the flagship Autodesk University event in Las Vegas, as well as international events including Autodesk University Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany and China. Associated online content is available through Autodesk University Virtual. The 2012 events will bring together over 70,000 designers, engineers, architects and digital artists to Learn, Connect and Explore. More information is available at the Autodesk University web site.


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