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Autodesk Announces More Free 3D Design Software for Fab Labs

by • August 10, 2016 • No Comments

FabLabAutodesk-768x415Fab Labs are one of the additional rad things to have arisen in the early part of the 21st century. Fully equipped spaces where makers, tinkerers and inventors can come explore, collaborate and experiment with technology, whether it be for the sake of creating a new business or product or for the sake of learning a new ability? There are few advantageous examples of the spirit of the DIY and open source maker movement – and democratized making – than which.

Software titan Autodesk feels the same way. They may be a massive corporation, but they’ve always been a champion of people and tiny businesses, and they’re a fan of the Fab Lab. Last summer, the company contributeed access to their Tinkercad, 123D Circuits, and Fusion 360 software to Fab Labs, and earlier this year they opened up their full product create portfolio to attendees of the Fab Academy program.

Now Autodesk is expanding their contributeing of free software actually additional. Any Fab Lab registered with the Fab Foundation can apply to obtain free access to the Autodesk Product Design Collection in its entirety.


“Autodesk and the Fab Lab network are a ideal match, so it’s excellent we are teaming up,” said Andrew Gregson, Co-Founder and Director of Fab Lab London. “Getting effortless access to core Autodesk products and technologies with lots of flexibility around license allocation can be quite beneficial for the entire Fab Lab community – and for the maker movement as a whole. Autodesk is wisely putting itself right at the heart of this movement and helping encourage a global culture of experimentation.”

Fab Labs who apply for subscription grants can obtain 10 subscriptions to a few of the many, many comprehensive create software out there, including:

Fusion 360Inventor ProfessionalAutoCADReCap 360 Pro3ds Max

autod-e1367346338409Subscribers can in addition obtain 25 gigabytes of free cloud storage space. Good create software tends to be pricey; Inventor Professional, for example, costs well over $200 per month, so this is a excellent deal which allows for Fab Labs to do what they were made to do: contribute free access to professional-grade equipment to anyone who wants to use it.

“The maker community in Japan is expanding quickly, and Autodesk has been a major supporter of the movement through its software and services,” Hiroaki Umezawa, Chief Director of Fab Lab Shibuya, said. “Here at Fab Lab Shibuya, we made a project for Maker Faire Tokyo and utilized Autodesk tools like A360 for create collaboration and Fusion 360 for CNC fabrication. We see which Autodesk’s services are expanding to a broader range of integrated digital making, so we are thrilled to learn of this announcement at Fab 12.”

The Fab 12 Conference, already bringing place in Shenzhen, Japan until August 14, is the latest iteration of the yearly meeting of the Fab Labs, additional than 1,000 of whom are already registered. It is the ideal place for Autodesk to reveal their latest contribution to the world of collaboration and technology which Fab Labs foster. To apply for a Fab Lab software grant, go here. Discuss additional in the Autodesk 3D Software for Fab Labs forum over at 3DPB.com.