3D in a browser

Thu 7th Nov 2013 | News

Autodesk works with Amazon, OTOY and NVIDIA to enable 3D modeling tools in a browser.



In an announcement imparted with a bevy of industry partners, Autodesk has flagged the possibility that their customers will now be able to access Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Maya and 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access the Autodesk range of software and manipulate full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality.

This milestone announcement furthers the company’s ongoing strategy to provide access to its most popular tools from almost anywhere, anytime, regardless of device and without compromising performance. Continuing to build on Autodesk’s collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), OTOY and NVIDIA this new capability debuts as a tech preview and is an important expansion of the remote access capabilities provided through Autodesk Remote software. With this new capability, developers can access 90-day trials of Inventor, Revit, Maya and 3ds Max software.



“Designers and engineers face deadline pressures and efficiency targets that demand work be more mobile than ever,” said Jeff Kowalski, chief technology officer at Autodesk. “It’s no longer a requirement to run sophisticated 3D design applications such as Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max or Maya on a powerful workstation. Now all you need is a simple browser and an Internet connection. We are excited to be first in the design industry to provide this capability.”



In August, Autodesk Remote was made available to Subscription and rental plan customers worldwide. Remote allows users to drive Autodesk software installed on their primary computer from a remote PC or iPad, utilizing its full power in their 3D design and modeling work regardless of the device. The collaboration with AWS and OTOY expands on this capability to include access to Autodesk applications hosted in the cloud.

OTOY's OctaneRender further enhances the experience by adding real-time, path-traced GPU rendering inside Autodesk applications. All of these pieces will be cohesively hosted on the cloud, leveraging the unprecedented scale and efficiency of AWS’ on-demand Amazon EC2 GPU instances. “We believe this solution will not only translate to major cost savings for consumers but greatly impact the mobility and efficiency of their workflow,” said Jules Urbach, CEO of OTOY.



“With the launch of G2 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), we are enabling the delivery of high-quality, client-agnostic 3D experiences to customers around the world,” said Matt Wood, General Manager, Data Science, AWS. “We are working closely with leading organizations such as Autodesk to leverage these powerful capabilities to meet the needs of designers and engineers around the world.”



"Design professionals need fast, fluid interactivity with their digital creations to fully realize their vision and express their ideas,” said Jeff Brown, general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA. “With the availability of NVIDIA GRID GPUs and Autodesk applications in the cloud from AWS, high-performance graphics are now available to power the most demanding and advanced applications on essentially any device.”


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