Late yesterday Autodesk, Inc., a global leader in design and engineering software, announced that Autodesk Fusion 360—which is a cloud-based tool that combines 3D industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package—become the first solution of its kind to be made available for purchase worldwide on the Apple Mac App Store.
“Autodesk has done a great job bringing the complete Fusion 360 toolkit to the Mac App Store,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “Fusion 360 combines design, collaboration and machining tools into a single package, and now it’s available with the security and simplicity of the Mac App Store.”
Design & Manufacturing Meeting Fundamental Disruption
Autodesk notes that the manufacturing industry is going through radical change as teams become more distributed, as manufacturing processes radically evolve due to technical innovation and designers wish to work from more locations than ever before leveraging the cloud and mobile as part of their workflow.
“Our global community loves the Mac, and now they have a faster path to getting started with Fusion 360 on the Mac.” — Robert Kross, Senior VP Autodesk
“The fundamental methods of design and manufacturing are experiencing radical disruption,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president at Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK). “We started from scratch and co-created Fusion 360 with the product design community to reimagine 3D CAD and CAM. Our global community loves the Mac, and now they have a faster path to getting started with Fusion 360 on the Mac.”
In the market for just over a year, Fusion 360 is designed to meet the changing needs of product developers and entrepreneurs. With Fusion 360, designers and engineers can create products that have both form and function and prepare them for fabrication with one single tool. As a result, users can explore product ideas quickly and get a prototype far faster.
Fusion 360 also provides a single space for entire teams to collaborate on projects. Built-in and automated data management and sharing ensure all models, designs and information are automatically archived, versioned, managed and can be securely shared with stakeholders.
Additionally, the cloud-based nature of the solution means designers and engineers can access Fusion 360 anytime, anywhere*, whether in the office, or on the go. When used with the free** Autodesk A360 app, Fusion 360 designs and data can be accessed on mobile phones and tablets, so users can keep up with their projects when they’re away from their desktops.
Availability and Pricing
Fusion 360 for Mac is now available in English and can be found on the Mac App Store for $299.99 per year or $39.99 per month (US pricing only). The security and simplicity of subscription billing on the Mac App Store offer the best possible experience when using the Mac. For additional details about Fusion 360, visit the Fusion 360 site.
Yesterday we wrote about OnShape, a new cloud-based MCAD product platform coming from the original SolidWorks team. We noted in that report that OnShape came into existence to better reflect the global changes happening throughout the product design and manufacturing life-cycle and that it was reflective of major IT disruption in Web, mobile and the cloud. What Autodesk is announcing above reflects and amplifies this note about disruption further.
A stunning little piece of information given to Architosh by Autodesk’s public relations team is that nearly half of Autodesk Fusion 360’s customers are on the Mac platform. This is a remarkable figure coming from the MCAD and PLM (product life-cycle management) markets. And it goes to show you just how much demand there actually is for many types of CAD and engineering software to be on the OS X platform—which is why our focus at Architosh on Apple’s hardware options is important. (see: “Architosh launches Mac Workstation professional survey study for Pro Users,” 4 Sep 2014).
This is a great step for Autodesk and Apple in regards to MCAD and product design solutions. Fusion 360 has been praised by many and represents a future trend in how software will be made and distributed to multiple users across multiple platforms. In many ways this news make the news yesterday of OnShape even more exciting as companies innovate and compete for the attention of creative and technical professionals globally.