360 branded offerings from Autodesk - how will you work in the cloud?
“Three years ago we started to talk to you about cloud, social and mobile computing and how it would change the way we all work.” - Carl Bass, 03 Dec 2013
In the last three years, cloud based computing has taken a stronghold. In some areas more than others, but the growth is evident. Let's take a look at the status of some of the more popular offerings from Autodesk, including information revealed at Autodesk University last week.
- Fusion 360 has a fast growing passionate community with over 17,000 unique users who have created over 67,000 designs in the cloud. Although Fusion 360's only language is English, there are users in over 90 countries including the top four countries of the U.S., India, the U.K., and China. Every day there are approximately 300 new designs posted and collaborated on and the average user can sit at a local machine and begin working in less than 3 minutes. 83% of Fusion 360 users are in companies with less than 200 employees and a full 90% of Fusion 360 users are new to Autodesk.
- Autodesk 360 is "like Facebook for engineers" according to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. Autodesk 360 now has over 26 million accounts, up some 73% from last year. Autodesk 360 users have created 5.6 million renderings and over 1.2 million of those in the last quarter alone. The 14 million paid subscribers is up 60% from last year. The virtually infinite computing power available allows you to do more with less.
- Infraworks 360, launched just a few months ago, already contains over 3800 projects.
- BIM 360 has over 15,000 monthly active users, up over 60% from last year, and there are 50 new users a day on average.
- SIM 360 has executed over 142,000 simulation jobs in the cloud, including fatique, stress and thermal anaysis. Some 10 jobs per user, per week are being run in SIM 360.
- Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that PLM360 is "the world's first cloud based PLM solution. What being in the cloud really means is that it's instantly on and it's innately mobile." PLM 360 has over 10,000 users, 66,000 workspaces, and 4 million items in the cloud.
- The newest service, just announced at Autodesk University 2013 is CAM 360, which according to Autodesk is "The only CAM solution that combines CNC programming, simulation, and design with real-time collaboration and online project and data management in one easy-to-use product."
In many cases, 360 technologies allow the designer to abandon the old workflow of selecting a tool, selecting a file, then starting to work. Now you can start with your model and the tools become available as you need them. It will be interesting to follow this trend as it moves forward.