Autodesk announce free worldwide software distribution for students

Credit: Autodesk
Credit: Autodesk

Global technology juggernaut Autodesk have announced that the entirety of its software product portfolio is to be free of charge for educational establishments and students across the world.

680 million students and teaching staff in 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools and college across 188 countries will be able to use any Autodesk product free of charge as part of the software behemoth’s latest strategy.

The aim of allowing students and teachers to access their products for free was explained by Autodesk’s CEO Carl Bass in a statement, in which he expressed that it is in order to allow as many educational institutions as possible to school the future generations. He said: “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.”

The move means that products such as 3DS Max, AutoCAD, Infraworks, Navisworks and Revit can be accessed by students without breaking their bank balances.

The announcement was also addressed at Autodesk University on the Main Stage. Paul Munford tweeted:

A bold yet impactful move from Autodesk that will surely encourage a significant boost in Building Information Modelling education!

Follow this link to read the original press release.

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