Earlier this week, Autodesk announced Autodesk Fusion 360, a cloud based mechanical design tool.
So what does this exactly mean?
Instead of a heavy 3D modeller sitting on top of your workstation, now you're operating on the cloud.
The files are stored in the cloud. In that ethereal world of 1's and 0's, designs are shared, collaborated upon, and versions are tracked, the whole time the design is being created, or "ideated",to use the popular buzzword
In this respect, it reminds me a bit of how I've been storing documents on Google Drive for years.
There's also a nice dashboard where projects can be managed with the design team of other Fusion 360 users. Combining a bit of a social media site with data storage for design files.
Files can be accessed where ever you have access to your Autodesk Fusion Account, and since the files are on the cloud, they're also accessible, as well as continuously being backed up.
No more opening your laptop to realize you forgot to copy a file from the server!
Just yesterday I signed up for my Fusion 360 account. I'll shortly start creating simple parts, trying some collaboration, and quite simply, kicking the tires on a new way of approaching design.
|Here's my new dashboard. A clean slate ready to get started|
So in many ways, I'm still learning about Fusion 360, and I expect to continue learning. I'm hacking my way with my virtual machete, bullwhip on my hip and fedora on my head, trying to blaze my own new trail into new territory.
I'll be sure to let you know what I find!
And if you're interested in taking a look at Autodesk Fusion 360 yourself, click here to get started!
For more information on Fusion 360, check out the overview below from the Autodesk Fusion 360 team!
There is also an interesting interview with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass with Bloomberg, where he discusses the cloud, Fusion 360, and even the U.S. Patent System.