Autodesk and GrabCAD Partner To Launch 2D and 3D CAD Editing on GrabCAD
Today is a big day for GrabCAD, for Autodesk, and for CAD lovers everywhere. We’re partnering with Autodesk to bring AutoCAD 360 and Fusion 360 to our users as part of the newly launched GrabCAD Toolbox.
Autodesk recently announced AutoCAD 360, which brings powerful, easy-to-use AutoCAD capabilities to the web and mobile devices, as well as Fusion 360, the next generation integrated 3D industrial and mechanical design tool. Both of these products will be available through GrabCAD Toolbox, where users can access 3rd party CAD applications that run on GrabCAD.
This move represents the first time either 2D or 3D design and editing tools have become available through GrabCAD, making sophisticated CAD and collaboration tools accessible to users of all sizes and types.
How will it work?
It all starts in GrabCAD Workbench, where users can launch the apps they sign up for in Toolbox. With AutoCAD 360, users will be able to edit 2D files right in the browser, including collaborative editing where multiple users can see and edit a drawing. In the coming weeks, users will be able to launch Fusion 360 from within Workbench and, after editing the model, can save the model back to GrabCAD. In addition, all users of Autodesk Fusion 360 will be able to publish to the public GrabCAD Library so Community members can see the model.
Watch below as Hardi Meybaum (GrabCAD) and Carl Bass (Autodesk) collaborate on a GrabCAD Workbench project using Autodesk AutoCAD 360 and Autodesk Fusion 360. (Recording early today)
We’re also using this opportunity to announce GrabCAD Toolbox, where GrabCADrs can get apps from 3rd party providers like Autodesk. When you visit GrabCAD Toolbox you’ll also see plugins from other partners that enable you to “publish to” GrabCAD. As we add more partners you’ll see more and more apps – our goal is make GrabCAD your platform for online engineering tools, so that our users can access the best tools in the world in the most convenient way.
Get started editing CAD in your browser
The AutoCAD 360 web beta product is available immediately. GrabCAD Workbench users can access AutoCAD 360 by selecting DXF and DWG files in Workbench. Fusion 360 for GrabCAD will be available in the coming weeks, watch for an update when it’s available. When available, you will be able to use Fusion 360 by selecting Fusion, STEP, or IGES files and using the new Edit menu. Initially, both products will be free for users. We’ll publish pricing when we get closer to a general release of the products.
So get started today with AutoCAD 360, and comment below what types of apps you’d like to see next in GrabCAD Toolbox.
About the author: (Rob Stevens)
A former MechE turned marketing guy, Rob has worked for a string of successful startups. Before joining GrabCAD as VP of Sales and Marketing Rob led sales and marketing for Backupify, the leading provider of cloud-based backup for SaaS services. Prior to Backupify he spent almost seven years at robotics manufacturer Kiva Systems in a variety of roles including VP Sales, VP Business Development and VP Strategy. Before joining Kiva Rob worked at FreeMarkets, Inc., the leading provider of global supply management technology and services, and McKinsey & Company, an international strategy consulting firm. Rob holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
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