Autodesk’s generative design tool now more accessible

Generative design helps SRAM create lighter and stronger parts.
Generative design helps SRAM create lighter and stronger parts.

Autodesk has introduced a new pricing structure for Fusion 360’s Generative Design Extension, making it accessible to more engineers and designers looking to use the artificial intelligence-powered tool.

Starting today, the software users can subscribe to Fusion 360’s Generative Design Extension for $2250 per year. This subscription permits users to run unlimited generative studies and access every design outcome for the duration of their subscription. For those who prefer per-project pricing, a similarly affordable option is on offer.

Noting that generative design was a “lynchpin to a more sustainable, efficient and innovative manufacturing future,” Autodesk said the move was aimed at making the technology available to the “broadest possible number of engineers and designers.”

“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,” the company said.

Since Autodesk first released generative design, they have created efficiencies in the software and optimised it in the cloud.

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 Autodesk 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,” the company said.

“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.”

More details are available on the Fusion 360 blog, while the getting started guide is the right place for newcomers to do just that with the generative design 30-day free trial.

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