Autodesk announces CAM 360 launch

First computer-aided manufacturing cloud product announced in Las Vegas

Autodesk has unveiled its CAM 360 software - the industry's first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing.

Autodesk said the software, expected to be available by 2014, will allow users to take advantage of collaboration tools and shared data storage, while improving flexibility.

Unlike existing standalone CAM tools, CAM 360 is an integrated cloud-based solution which will also give users access to Autodesk’s next generation Digital Prototyping platform, which includes modelling tools found in the existing Fusion 360.

It has been built on technology by Danish company HSM – which Autodesk acquired in 2012 – aimed at driving supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.

Other benefits include faster engagement with co-workers and customers and reduced project times across a multi-platform solution transcending previous limitations associated with traditional desktop workflows.

The company’s senior vice president, Robert “Buzz” Kross, said the launch of the product is part of the company’s continuing evolution in manufacturing software.

“Two years ago, we launched PLM 360, creating a new paradigm for product lifecycle management. “In September 2012, we broke down the barriers to testing and analysis with Sim 360. Last year, we ushered in a new era of cloud-based design with Fusion 360. And now, Autodesk delivers the final piece of the solution – manufacturing – with CAM 360,” he said.