Microsoft announced that HoloLens is joining forces with AutoDesk Fusion 360 to find a better way for industrial designers, mechanical engineers and product developers to work together. The Microsoft HoloLens can help fast-track product focus by providing a better, more collaborative team communication experience.
Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM design tool for product designers and engineers. It makes sense that Autodesk would team up with Microsoft, as the HoloLens allows you to shape and design 3D objects right before your eyes.
For now, the HoloLens and Fusion 360 collaboration is still in development, but you can tell from the video below how product designers and product engineers can work collaboratively on a project using HoloLens and "be on the same page."
HoloLens will allow people to work together and share their ideas for product design in real-time by viewing products in 3D in a mixed reality environment. While 3D printing is convenient and popular, working with HoloLens will cut the need for numerous physical protoypes. You can tweak your product designs in Fusion 360 multiple times with HoloLens and cut the amount of time needed and resources through 3D printing.
HoloLens' other partnerships with Volvo, and other partners are just the beginning of what HoloLens' potential applications. If you are interested, you can apply now for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition. The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is expected to ship to developers in the U.S. and Canada, sometime in early 2016.