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Fusion Lifecycle is now Fusion 360 ManageWe’re excited to announce that we’ve changed the name of our product lifecycle management offering, Fusion Lifecycle, to Autodesk Fusion 360 Manage.

Why the name change?

Data and process management is an integral part of product development workflows. Autodesk is committed to developing a common platform with data management and PLM capabilities that extend across an even broader set of CAD products.

Therefore, we’re extending Fusion Lifecycle capabilities to our Fusion 360 platform through a new offering in development* called Fusion 360 Manage Extension. Since both offerings are built on the same underlying technology, we’re rebranding Fusion Lifecycle so they share a common brand.

Does the name change impact Fusion Lifecycle customers?

No, if you use Fusion Lifecycle, you will simply see the new name throughout the product. The name change will not interrupt your workflows and there is no action you need to take. Support resources remain the same as well. Fusion 360 Manage is the same great PLM solution as Fusion Lifecycle, just with a different name.

Not a Fusion Lifecycle customer and curious about PLM?

If you use Vault for product data management, then you understand the value of PDM and probably can’t imagine working as efficiently without it. Simply put, PDM gets your design and engineering data under control with a central source for collaboration.

Product lifecycle management provides enterprise-wide collaboration for all involved in the product lifecycle—from engineering and supply chain to quality and manufacturing. How? PLM connects data, people, and processes across departments and geographies. It automates workflows, tasks, and access to timely information in a centralized system for greater efficiencies.

Watch the video about PLM with Fusion 360 Manage:

About Fusion 360 Manage

Fusion 360 Manage gives you the flexibility to start today and expand tomorrow with PLM that adapts to your business. Accessible anytime, anywhere from a browser, Fusion 360 Manage provides instant-on PLM that frees you up from expensive consulting and IT overhead. It comes with core PLM apps and dozens of specialized processes at no extra cost.

Rather than starting from scratch, each app includes out-of-the-box workflows that you simply tailor to your needs. You can also integrate Fusion 360 Manage with other business systems such as ERP, CRM, and PDM using its open API.

What you can do with Fusion 360 Manage:

  • New product development: Configure project templates and standardize phase-gate milestones, deliverables, and tasks by product line, business unit, or product team, or other designation.
  • Bill of materials: Centrally manage and share structured BOMs throughout the enterprise, ensuring that at any phase of a product’s lifecycle, stakeholders are working with the most up-to-date, accurate information.
  • Change management: Gain a clear view of the details you need to submit, track, and approve change requests and change orders.
  • Quality management: Automate quality workflows, track and record changes, and analyze quality metrics to prevent issues.
  • Supplier collaboration: Stay connected 24/7 to your global supply chain with any time, anywhere access to the information your extended organization needs for quoting, procurement, and supplier management.

Visit the Fusion 360 Manage product center to learn more.

*We may make statements regarding planned or future development efforts for our existing or new products and services. These statements are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of business results, future availability of products, services or features but merely reflect our current plans and are based on factors currently known to us. These planned and future development efforts may change without notice. Purchasing and investment decisions should not be made based upon reliance on these statements. Autodesk assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist or change after the date on which they were made.



Christa Prokos

Christa is a product marketing manager at Autodesk. She researches and writes about product development strategies and technologies, including data management and product lifecycle management. Outside work, you can find Christa gravitating toward engineers at social gatherings.


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  1. Avataremre.sahinPRXQX

    Will the change be announced in the OTC?

    1. Christa ProkosChrista Prokos (Post author)

      Yes, thanks for your question.

  2. AvatarToon.Broothaerts

    Hi all, when will this update be live? When will the UI change?

    1. Christa ProkosChrista Prokos (Post author)

      Thank you for your question. The UI will show the new name tomorrow, March 17th.

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