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Introducing Autodesk Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain 

Alexandra Maraldo
August 8, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce the release of Autodesk’s product lifecycle management and product data management solution, Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain. 

We know that data and process management can transform product development and collaboration workflows for our customers.  

By offering Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain, customers have the advantage of both cloud PLM and PDM for one price. 

Autodesk’s cloud-native solution integrates across your CAD and business systems to connect internal and external stakeholders to the product information and processes they need to access. Configurable, out of the box workflows control your processes to keep projects moving, while integrations keep teams working in the CAD and business tools they already know.  

Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain lets you start where you are and grow when you’re ready 

Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain gives you modular capabilities without modular costs. This means that you can choose to adopt any functionalities or integrations within the system when it makes sense for your team, with no surprise fees.  

When you’re ready to grow, the system is there to make it easier, not harder. With a consistent experience across all native plugins, you only need to train your team once, no matter how many systems you choose to integrate with.  

Autodesk PLM is built to make it easy for you to progress through the evolution of your PLM journey at the pace that works for you.  

Connect your teams in the cloud 

Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain connects your people, processes, and data regardless of department or geography. All your stakeholders need is a device with access to the internet and they can see bill of materials items, review designs, participate in change orders, and securely access the product information they need at their fingertips.  

Native integrations with a broad range of popular CAD and business tools bring all your product data into one central system. Version and revision control makes sure the data being accessed is the most up to date. This combination saves your team countless hours searching and working on outdated information.  

No matter where your team members are, or what systems they work in, they can collaborate seamlessly using Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain. 

A system that adapts to you, not the other way around 

Traditional PLM forces you to boil the whole company down to the lowest common denominators, moving mountains to deploy a highly complex and custom solution. This requires a tremendous amount of resources across a 3-to-5-year plan. The world changes much faster than that, and so should you.  

With standard built-in workflows, Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain helps you get started quickly while also offering the configurability meet your business’ unique needs. Gone are the days of having to shoehorn your business processes into pre-built workflows or changing the way your team works to fit your new software solution. 

Even better, the intuitive user interface makes it easy to configure the system to your needs without custom coding. You don’t have to worry about your processes breaking when you update your software.  

On the topic of updates, as a cloud solution, Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain updates automatically. This means that you always work within the most up to date version of the software, keeping your data safer and giving you access to the latest functionality. 

Why the change? 

Autodesk has an established history of digitally transforming industries for the better. We were the first to digitize architectural drawings, then prototypes in product design and manufacturing. Now we’re digitizing manufacturing, end to end, and to do so we need to be able to get the right data, to the right people, at the right time. 

The value of this solution will continue to grow – as we’re seamlessly integrating Fusion 360 Manage and Upchain, unifying our PDM and PLM technologies with our enterprise-grade 3D CAD experience. These efforts provide our customers a significant differentiating advantage already, and it’s only going to get better. 

You can partner with Autodesk or our specialized partners to define business outcomes, strategic objectives, and a north star… all while enabling you to start small, be agile, and get incremental wins. Throw out the big waterfall project plans that take years to implement. By the time you reach your 4th delayed go live date– your business requirements and macroeconomics have already changed. 

Autodesk’s team and partners can guide you on this journey, starting with connected data management, and growing with flexible process management. Get going faster and realize incremental and accelerated return on investment — stay agile and achieve realistic goals with Autodesk. 


As you can see, this new combined offering provides many benefits.  


Learn More 

Visit our new Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain product center for more information. 



Alexandra Maraldo

Alex is a marketing manager at Autodesk specialising in PLM and PDM solutions.