Autodesk and Microsoft Hololens collaborate on new 3D design tool

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 01 December 2015
Autodesk and Microsoft Hololens collaborate on new 3D design tool

Autodesk is working with Microsoft HoloLens on a solution that could revolutionise the way industrial designers, mechanical engineers and product development teams work together.

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D design collaboration tool for product designers and engineers, and according to Ben Sugden, a studio manager at Microsoft HoloLens, is ‘a natural partner for HoloLens – which we think is the best 3D content visualiser on the planet.’

“Unlike any other technology, HoloLens uses mixed reality to bring holographic, 3D content into the real world, allowing designers to view 3D content in high-definition, at true size and scale relative to other real world objects – with the ability to move freely around it,” said Sugden. “This solution also allows non-designers to provide design feedback visually, and more easily, tightening the feedback loop between design and engineering disciplines.”

With the Fusion 360 solution, designers and engineers are able to more effectively validate 3D models, and required to create fewer physical prototypes.

Autodesk and Microsoft began working together in 2014 with the aim of building a proof of concept with Fusion 360 and HoloLens. The two companies have collaborated to explore what would be possible for the designers and engineers using HoloLens.

“To fully understand what we could do with HoloLens, we spent several months building dozens of prototypes and tested many scenarios to understand how customers could benefit most from a mixed reality environment,” said Garin Gardiner, a Fusion 360 business development manager at Autodesk. “We explored ways to make work areas have infinite space by using walls and open areas overlaid with holographic objects. We explored how users could collaborate together by looking at the same holographic model and being able to walk around it and discuss various aspects of the design as if it were really sitting on their table.”

“For now, the joint HoloLens and Fusion 360 project is still in development,” Gardiner added. “But the future of holographic computing is likely closer than we all realise. We are excited to help bring that to many of our designers and engineers in the near future.” 

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