US: Autodesk has made its industry-leading design, engineering and entertainment software free to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide. Through this decision, more than 680 million students and educators from over 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools in 188 countries can take advantage of free access to Autodesk’s professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home. The company is also 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 the A360 collaboration platform, as well as maintenance subscription for free. To facilitate the integration of design tools into curricula, Autodesk will offer free project-based learning content and resources including the Digital STEAM Workshop and Design Academy.
“The way we make things is changing rapidly, and we need a workforce ready to design for new manufacturing and construction techniques. By providing free professional design tools to students, faculty members and academic institutions around the world, we’re helping get industry ready for the next phase,” said Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk.
Students and academica can apply for free software here at this Free software for students page.