Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC. 


What is CAD, CAM and CAE?


CAD (Computer Aided Design)

  • CAD, refers to a program that designs a product and documents the design phase of the engineering process. CAD may facilitate the manufacturing process by transferring detailed diagrams of product’s materials, processes, tolerances, and dimensions.
  • It can be used to produce either 2D or 3D diagrams, which can then be rotated to be viewed from any angle, even from the inside looking out.
  • CAD is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, and optimization of design. This is often considered an engineering software program.


CAE (Computer Aided Engineering)

  • CAE is the broad usage of computer software to aid in engineering analysis tasks. Engineering software programs includes finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multibody dynamics (MDB), and optimization.
  • Engineering software programs that have been developed to support these activities are considered CAE tools. CAE tools are being used, for example, to analyze the robustness and performance of components and assemblies. The term encompasses simulation, validation, and optimization of products and manufacturing tools. In the future, CAE systems will be major providers of information to help support design teams in decision making.


CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)

  • CAM is the use of computer software to control machine tools and related machinery in the manufacturing process. It is not technically considered a system for engineering software programs, but rather for machinist on the fabrication side. But, engineers often get exposure to it.
  • CAM may also refer to the use of a computer to assist in all operations of a manufacturing plant, including planning, management, transportation and storage. Its primary purpose is to create a faster production process and components and tooling with more precise dimensions and material consistency.
  • CAM is a subsequent computer-aided process after computer-aided design (CAD) and sometimes after computer-aided engineering (CAE), as model generated in CAD and verified in CAE can be input into CAM software, which controls the machine tool.


Please Note: Autodesk 123 Make has been discontinued and is now consolidated with Autodesk Fusion 360. This means that you will still be able to do all the work you needed using Autodesk 123 Make, just as long as you download and use Autodesk Fusion 360.

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