Farnell element14 lands franchise to distribute Autodesk MCAD software

February 08, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Farnell element14 has announced a new franchise with Autodesk to sell its products in Europe, including two new products from Autodesk, AutoCAD LT and the AutoDesk Fusion 360. AutoCAD LT is the 2D drafting software, and Fusion 360 is cloud-enabled 3D design software.

Aimed at mechanical design engineers, AutoCAD LT delivers tools to bring precision to 2-D drawings with applications in rendering 2-D drawings and prototyping. AutoCAD LT is based on AutoCAD technology. The LT edition now offers features such as line fading and smoother curves for improved visual experience; smart dimensioning, which automatically creates appropriate, context-based measurements; and the ability to produce smaller, smarter, and more searchable PDFs and attach PDFs to drawings.


AutoDesk Fusion 360 enables mechanical design, 3D modelling, rapid prototyping, and 3D prototyping (3D printing). It is presented as the first cloud-enabled 3D design software and is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It brings together CAD, CAM, and CAE, connecting the entire product development process in a single cloud-based tool. It is positioned as, “an integrated, connected and accessible platform built for the new ways products are being designed and made.”


AutoCAD Fusion 360 connects the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC allowing the user to design, test, and fabricate in a single tool.


Peter Wenzel, Global Software Product Line Manager, element14, speaking of the new franchise agreement said: “The new Autodesk franchise strengthens Farnell element14’s portfolio of professional engineering software and solidifies our position as the destination for engineering software for electronics and industrial engineers alike.”


element 14 & AutoCAD LT; www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-79224 and for Autodesk Fusion 360; www.element14.com/fusion360