Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Autodesk yesterday (25 May 2016) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a bid to advance the country's manufacturing competitiveness.
The three organisations will jointly establish a Digital Manufacturing Platform in support of the National Digital Economy Master Plan. This will provide up to 100,000 engineers and vocational professionals from companies of all sizes with subscription- based access to Autodesk's 3D design, manufacturing, simulation, and collaboration tools, services and training for three years.
Fusion 360 brings together computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD, CAM and CAE). Available for Mac, PC or mobile, Fusion 360 is an integrated, connected, and accessible tool built for the new ways products are being designed and made. It also provides the context to understand all aspects of a project and collaborate with everyone participating through the use of A360.
A360 modernises the way people work together and captures all project information and activity, giving teams a central place to collaborate.
"Manufacturing is critical to [Thailand's] economy. Digital manufacturing technologies and talent development will propel Thailand forward in a highly competitive market. The Digital Manufacturing Platform powered by Autodesk technologies will help local players increase the pace of innovation, and promote connectivity and collaboration in alignment to the government's Digital Economy goals," said Dr Thaweesak Koanantakool , President, The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).
Echoing Dr Koanantakool, Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, said that this collaboration will "support local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in using digital technologies in their design and manufacturing processes, as well as elevating the capabilities of Thai talent to be ready for the manufacturing industry of the future."
He added: "Moreover, this leads to the creation of value in industries, which coincides with the policy objectives of the government, such as in the biotechnology industry, renewable energy, engineering and design industries related to enhancing the quality of life, and the creative economy industry, which will strengthen the country further."
Besides the Digital Manufacturing Platform, Autodesk is working with NSTDA on research programmes and the creation of a technology platform to support Thailand's Smart Cities initiatives.
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