Autodesk Fusion 360 - full 3D CAD in the cloud

On the Autodesk University 2012 conference, Autodesk has announced a new cloud application - Fusion 360 - the first full-featured 3D CAD software based on the web cloud. Autodesk Fusion 360 builds on the concepts of "Inventor Fusion" and of the recently released maker apps "Autodesk 123D".

Fusion 360 lets the computing-intensive 3D operations on the infinite power of the web cloud, and so the client PC or Mac workstations can perform much faster. Both solid and free-form 3D models can be designed in a single environment. Fusion 360 can open, edit and save CAD models in all common file formats - this tool is fully open to different types of CAD data. Thanks to the cloud technology, the model data is accessible anytime, from anywhere, you can easily share it and cooperate on the designs using social collaboration tools.

Internally, Fusion 360 works with the ShapeManager kernel (now multi-threaded) and with the Autodesk T-Splines technology.

Autodesk Fusion 360 will be available for purchase in the next year, as a subscription-based service. This offering extends the existing commercial cloud applications of the "Autodesk 360" family, e.g. "Autodesk PLM 360" or "Autodesk Simulation 360".

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