Recently I suggested it was time to start moving custom building into the future, encouraging builders to take advantage of all of the powerful CAD, CAM and CNC tools available right now, learn new skills and do what the old school builders could only dream of doing. That idea was met with a bit of pushback, one being that everything you needed was really expensive. Well, Autodesk is making it a lot less expensive, in fact they’ve gone all the way to free. Can you afford that?
Autodesk recently announced it is changing its business to a subscription model, like Adobe, instead of selling software packages, you subscribe on a monthly or annual basis. The result is a much lower price of admission since Autodesk software, one of the industry heavyweights, has been a bit pricey. Now, you can get top of the line CAD capabilities and it’s always up to date. They push revisions and updates frequently and as a subscriber, that’s what you’re using. Along with these changes, they are offering Fusion 360, their 3D CAD/CAM package free for use by students, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and startups making less than $100K. You download the software, register with Autodesk and get to work. This is just amazing.
Of course, having the software is just the first step, next you have to learn how to use it. That’s where Autodesk University comes in. Cool, huh?
As I’ve said before, if you’re going to put in the time to learn any kind of software package, invest the time in something you’ll be able to use for many years, not some limited beginner’s package you’ll soon outgrow. Autodesk is one of the big guys and any Fusion 360 skills you develop will serve you well long into the future. Whether you’re learning to build a project of your own or building skills and creating a portfolio of CAD work you can show a potential employer, this looks like a great opportunity. Pretty soon, anyone who wants to learn and use CAD is going to be out of excuses.
If I was just starting out, I’d be all over this, in fact I may download it anyway, just to see what it takes to begin working with a serious CAD package. Autodesk has just presented you with an excellent opportunity. Are you up to it? Then why not get the software and start today?
Link: Autodesk Fusion 360