Design students everywhere, did you know your creative efforts have just been given a boost? Autodesk, Inc. announced making their suite of apps available to millions of users worldwide for free. From AutoCAD and 3D Max to Homestyler, the company puts more than 80 software products at the disposal of students and teachers willing to take their imagination to the next level: “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,” said Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk.

More than 680 million people from over 800,000 schools and 188 countries are expected to make the most of this offer. According to the official press release there are already thousands of schools where the Autodesk apps are being used on a daily basis: “From students as young as 13 years old leveraging Fusion 360 to conceptualize and 3D print prosthetic devices, to college teams developing environmentally sustainable homes using BIM 360 Glue, young talent are pushing the boundaries of design and innovation both inside and outside of the classroom using the same design software used by professionals every day.” Have a look at the inforgraphic below for more information and let us know your thoughts on this education-related initiative forwarded by Autodesk!