Looks like a couple of the leading 3D vendors, namely Autodesk and 3D Systems are trying to motivate their customers to move to the cloud. In the case of 3D Systems, who has been on a serious buying spree announced this week the purchase of TeamPlatform, a software that claims to allow you to create a project portal in minutes. 3D Systems is one of the leading 3D printer manufacturers, which is certainly about as hot a technology as laser scanning.
On the Autodesk front they announced InfraWorks 360 Pro. Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro is a “pay as you go” software as a service (SaaS) solution for which Autodesk is charging approximately $1200 per quarter (varies by country). The quarterly pricing will include 150 cloud credits which Autodesk describes as a “unit of measurement to perform tasks such as a vertical optimization for a road design in InfraWorks 360 Pro or a simulation in Autodesk 360.
Paul McRoberts, VP of the modeling group explained the this solution is data agnostic and allows the user to create a unified data model in the context of the real world. “We don’t care if it’s a CAD file from Autodesk, Bentley or Intergraph or anyone else,” said McRoberts. They don’t, but customers do.
From what I understand these two key 3D players see each other as major competitors in this space. Should be good for customers and interesting to watch.