Autodesk Bets Big On Forge Platform To Make Anything

At Autodesk University, Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK) announced that developers and customers of all sizes are adopting its Forge platform to build and deploy apps and services for making the world around us. The company also introduced new AR/VR capabilities to drive immersive real-time industry experiences and shared its plans to use Forge as its common data environment and engine for simplifying its own product offerings.

Since announced at Autodesk University 2015, Autodesk Forge has expanded to include more robust integrations to manufacturing and construction enterprise systems to streamline collaboration, integrate with manufacturing and BIM workflows and make it easier to get things made. The more than 4,000 apps and services created on Forge span a variety of business needs ranging from part inspection to sub-sea surveying, from managing mines with drones to turning cost estimation into a competitive advantage.

Autodesk has aggressively broadened the Forge platform and ecosystem in the past twelve months. The most recent platform enhancements and future plans include:
  • AR/VR - Added Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality support into the Forge 3D browser and mobile viewing experience. Data preparation and connectivity services (similar to what LIVE Design does with Revit data) to connect data and ease the asset pipeline between real-time AR/VR applications and Autodesk's native design solutions will be available in the future.
  • Rendering - The Autodesk Rendering service recently surpassed 50 million renderings. A new Forge Render API will soon be available, which will extend rendering power to any application.
  • Data Management - Enhanced to support access projects and files managed in support for BIM 360 Docs and Fusion.
  • Security and Reliability - Autodesk is pursuing industry standard security compliance such as SOC2 to maintain robust security and data protection controls, so customers can focus on creating services with high confidence.

"Autodesk relies on Forge as the foundation for its own cloud services like Fusion 360 and BIM 360, and we want both developers and our end customers to benefit from creating lightweight applications that fit their business needs," said Amar Hanspal, SVP products at Autodesk. "Forge is empowering companies to build and deliver all sorts of industry applications, and we are thrilled to see the range of connected experiences created with our platform in just one year."

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