Today, students are able to use construction software that the professionals use. How so? Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., provides the answer.

Looking to expand its design software in education, Autodesk says it has made its design, engineering, and entertainment software free to students, instructors, and academic institutions worldwide.

Via this action, more than 680 million students and educators from 800,000 secondary and postsecondary schools in 188 countries are able to take advantage of free access to Autodesk’s professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

“The way we make things is changing rapidly, and we need a workforce ready to design for new manufacturing and construction techniques,” says Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk. “By providing free professional design tools to students, faculty members, and academic institutions around the world, we’re helping get (the) industry ready for the next phase.”

Following its announcement of free software for academic institutions in the United States earlier this year as part of President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Autodesk has gradually expanded free access to its leading design software to academic institutions across Asia Pacific and Europe. In addition, Autodesk is helping schools move to the cloud by providing academic institutions with its full suite of next generation cloud-based design products, cloud services such as A360 collaboration platform, along with maintenance subscription for free.

From students leveraging Fusion 360 to conceptualize and 3D print prosthetic devices, to developing environmentally sustainable homes using BIM 360 Glue, young talents are pushing the boundaries of design and innovation, both inside and outside the classroom, using the same design software the professionals use, according to Autodesk.

To facilitate the integration of design tools into curricula, Autodesk delivers free project-based learning content and resources which includes the Digital STEAM Workshop and Design Academy. With this early training, the upcoming workforce should be well prepared for the constantly changing construction industry.

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