Remember the time when 3D CAD rhymed with Unix? When UX (User Experience) didn't matter? When icons where non-existent?
This time is not that "ancient". In the late 90's/early 2000's we experienced a revolution: 3D CAD was coming to our Windows PCs. Windows 95 mind you.
Imagine the possibilities. The vast majority of computers were running Windows. Users knew Windows. It was the best of both world: We could use an OS that we knew and do our jobs. Crazy!
When, a few years later (laptop were powerful enough), the possibilities were endless.
Cloud it is. I know what you're thinking: "Mention Cloud one more time and I'm out!". I won't. Promise.
The 90's and early 2000's are long gone. No more Unix or Windows (No more Mc Hammer, Marky Mark, American Gladiators, Grunge... but that's for another post)
We use, right now (look around), at least two OSs: OS X and/or iOS and/or Windows and/or Android and/or Linux. With that, there's a great chance you are using Box and/or Dropbox and/or iCloud and/or etc...
Why do we use all thoses OSs?: We have to? Ease of use? Mobility?
What's the main reason we use those C***d (I promised) repository? Collaboration
And Autodesk in this?
Like the revolution we experienced about two decades ago, times are changing and, this time, Autodesk is leading the way. Far ahead. We call it the Future Of Making Things.
People are starting to realized that there's a shift: demand is changing, production is changing and products are changing as well. For example: Customers want to know where it is manufacture, if it's made with sustainable materials; companies are using more and more 3D Printers and we have more and more products (lights, thermostats, etc.) that are "connected" (Internet of Things).
This CAD/CAE/CAM (yes, you read that right) tool is simply wonderful.
It's been around since 2012 (Inventor Fusion was the name back then) meaning it's a mature solution.
With that said, here's a list of the possibilities:
- Freeform modeling (and sculpting)
- Solid modeling
- Parametric modeling
- Data Translation
- Assembly modeling
Simulation & Presentation
- Joint and motion studies
- Simulation and testing
and, of course, there's way more than this.
The greatest benefit, if you ask me, of using Fusion is collaboration. All the files used in Fusion are stores in A360 (If Dropbox and Facebook had a baby, it would be A360).
A360 is a file repository with viewing, comments, markups tools integrated. A CAD neophyte could collaborate easily with A360. You don't have to be an expert to view and manipulate files inside A360. This is why I love this. I hate when hear others saying they have "full collaboration" in their system when, in reality, that what it is: In their system.
How are you going to be able to exchange with Procurement, Project Managers, Suppliers, Customers is they have to know how to use a CAD system?
A360 resolves that. No need to know CAD: Just send a shared link to the collaborators and they will be able to view, spin, measure, comment the project. How easy is this?
It's so easy that, if you go on Autodesk.com and you scroll down, you will see that we integrated a 'Viewer'. That 'Viewer' is, in fact, A360.
(Jamie Scherer wrote about it here: Gene Kelly, Jamie Scherer and A360)
"With the maturity of Fusion 360 and A360, it's never been easier to take part in a revolution."
As always, feel free to reach out if you want to learn more.