Autodesk has announced Fusion 360, "the world's first comprehensive cloud-based 3D modeling offering." The emphasis is on collaboration via the cloud, as well as refining the UX.
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."
Enough verbiage, we're sure you just want to see it. Teaser videos are all that's available right now, and we're not sure why these are three separate videos—they all ought to be combined in our opinion—but here's what we've got:
While the software will undoubtedly be precise, the release date is not: Autodesk is saying Fusion 360 "is expected to be generally available next year." You can stay abreast here.