By Stephen Hooper, Vice President and General Manager, Fusion 360, Autodesk
Autodesk has been developing generative design–the artificial intelligence-powered tool that helps designers achieve better outcomes more quickly–for well over five years now. In that time, we’ve come to see generative design as a lynchpin to a more sustainable, efficient and innovative manufacturing future.
Bicycle components manufacturer SRAM creates lighter, stronger parts working with Autodesk and generative design in Fusion 360.
Autodesk is dedicated to making the technology available to the broadest possible number of engineers and designers, working to solve the broadest variety of problems. We believe that when designers are at liberty to be creative, while computers work as their partners doing the mundane computing that computers are built for, remarkable results can be achieved. To that end, we’re excited to be in a position today to make it much easier for designers and engineers to experiment with generative design.
Starting today, customers can subscribe to Fusion 360’s Generative Design Extension for US$200 per month or US$1600 per year. This subscription permits customers to run unlimited generative studies and access every design outcome for the duration of their subscription. For customers who prefer per-project pricing, we offer a similarly affordable option.
In the years since we first released generative design, we’ve created efficiencies in the software, optimized in the cloud, and, thanks to input from the community, become insightful about how our customers use the tool. Ranging from Airbus’s Bionic Partition to Hyundai’s Elevate walking car, and including SRAM’s lighter, stiffer bicycle parts, generative design has helped accelerate both futuristic and practical projects by our customers. Experience and insight put us in a position to dramatically increase access to the technology and invite a much broader swath of Autodesk users to see what’s possible with generative design. Giving design teams of any size and budget an opportunity to explore it has been our vision since inception, as we believe it will be good for everyone.
An engineer examines a prototype 3D-printed part designed using the Autodesk Fusion 360 Generative Design Extension.