In fact, in most cases subscribers will receive access to a broader range of functionality at a lower price. For example, current PowerMill Premium subscribers will upgrade to the new “Fusion 360 with PowerMill Ultimate” package, which includes access to the Fusion 360 Machining and Additive Build extensions.

This is a key step toward Autodesk’s long-standing vision of catalysing seamless collaboration between designers and engineers, improving manufacturers’ ability to connect workflows, automate processes and network with supply chains. By uniting technologies under the power of a single platform, Fusion 360 enables a cohesive experience across design, engineering and manufacturing with data at the centre. This single platform then makes it easy to experiment with transformational new tools for design automation, such as the generative design extension we recently announced.

“These solutions give us a lot of flexibility in terms of improving automation,” says David Krajci, chief operating officer of 3-Dimensional Services Group, which decreased time from design to shopfloor by as much as 40% when asked by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia to quickly produce face-shield headbands for Covid-19 healthcare workers. “The most important thing we learned on this project is that anything is possible when teammates are fully aligned,” he adds.

“With the variety of software that Autodesk has, we can use PowerMill, PowerShape and Fusion 360 and all our tools are in one toolbox,” Anthony Wooten, CNC machinist at Precise Tooling Solutions, explains. "We chose PowerMill because it doesn’t limit us with defined CAM cycles—you’re able to manipulate and do editing all on the fly. I like to use the term ‘it’s without walls.’” He describes Precise Tooling’s workflow of auto-generating tool paths by seamlessly passing files from PowerMill to PowerShape as “a hundred percent human-error-free.”

“Designers and engineers who use Fusion 360 already have the industry’s most capable cloud-based manufacturing platform available at their fingertips,” said Stephen Hooper, vice president and general manager of Fusion 360. “With this change to how we provide access to Autodesk’s advanced manufacturing specialty software, we’re raising that bar, enabling teams to include, and in some cases explore for the first time, even more modern capabilities in their workflows.”