Autodesk announced it's doing something benevolent with its 3D design monopoly: the company is making its software free to schools worldwide. This news arrives with little surprise; Autodesk has long offered some free software to college-level students and earlier this year the company made its software free for middle school students. The software maker estimated that means free educational access for more than 680 million students and educators from more than 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools across 188 countries.
Today's students will make up the next generation of designers, innovators and creators. That's why Autodesk gives educational institutions free access to the design software and apps used by millions of engineers, designers and digital artists around the world. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) makes it easy for qualified educational institutions to download leading Autodesk software, including AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max and Maya.
Instructors can get help with custom training and support to integrate Autodesk software into academic programs. Learning resources mapped by discipline and curriculum standards introduce design thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills essential to 21st century careers. Product guides and tutorials help students achieve quick success and develop professional design skills.