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Autodesk adds Netfabb tools to Fusion 360 software

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Autodesk added its suite of Netfabb tools to the Autodesk Fusion 360 software, which incorporates additive CAD, cost-projection and milling tools. Netfabb, a web-based subscription service, builds upon the Fusion 360 software by adding a parts library, additive system and material parameters and simulation software to the Fusion 360 package. Existing Netfabb subscribers will receive access to the Fusion 360 package included with their subscriptions.

Netfabb Premium and Ultimate subscribers will also receive the Additive Build Extension to set up jobs for metal additive manufacturing. Ultimate subscribers will also automatically receive the upcoming Additive Simulation Extension as it becomes commercially available.

Skateboard truck manufactured using Autodesk software with DMLS titanium. Photo courtesy of Troy Young.
Skateboard truck manufactured using Autodesk software with DMLS titanium. Photo courtesy of Troy Young.

Autodesk’s goal with this new pairing is to catalyze collaboration between designers, engineers and fabricators. The company aims, in short, to unite the disparate elements of the AM process via its offering of connected workflows, automated processes and the ability to network with supply chains.

Fusion 360 helps designers, engineers and fabricators more easily experiment with new tools. The Fusion 360 software is a single design and manufacturing platform that uses a single data model to remove file conversion delays cross-platform losses of detail and rework designs.

The software already provides powerful digital support to additive manufacturers. The software supports modelling, manufacturing, documentation and more. For many Netfabb subscribers, the combination of web-based tools and traditional software  will include providing them Fusion 360’s Additive Build Extension and upcoming Additive Simulation Extension at no additional charge. In addition, Netfabb users will gain access to Fusion 360 Team and HSMWorks.

Fusion 360 Team is, as its name suggests, a collaborative CAD/CAM software. Users can leverage the expertise of other connected users, which allows design chains to span the globe while AM shortens supply chains. HSMWorks complements the Fusion and Netfabb suite by letting users design and generate CAM toolpaths.

“We see additive manufacturing as one of the most revolutionary technologies in the industry, offering numerous well-known benefits that include shorter time to market, lighter products and reduced waste,” said Sualp Ozel, Senior Product Manager for additive technologies in Fusion 360. “At Autodesk, we’re looking to remove all the hurdles that slow down the design and manufacturing processes, making it instead one smooth workflow within a single toolset. This change will provide Autodesk users the right set of tools they need to both develop and manufacture innovative products.”

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