In anticipation of next week’s first Forge DevCon, the Forge platform has just been updated. Here’s a quick look at what’s new and changed:
You’ll notice there’s a new Data Management API, which allows you to access data stored in A360, Fusion 360 and Autodesk’s Object Storage Service. This is going to make it much easier to keep things simple and consistent when developing applications requiring access to design data.
The Model Derivative API is another new API that does a few different things. Firstly it allows you to translate models into SVF – which is consumed by the Forge Viewer – as well as a few other “published” formats such as OBJ and STL. It also provides access to the data in the translated models – it’s the “Data” that was formerly part of the “View & Data API”.
AutoCAD I/O is now known as the Design Automation API. I believe this is indicative of a desire to have other “I/O” products supported through Forge: in time it’ll be possible to run scripts against other headless design products, not just AutoCAD. Re-branding the API to be more a generic umbrella term is one step along that path.
You’ll hear a lot more about these technologies at (if you’re coming) or after (if you’re not) next week’s Forge DevCon in San Francisco. I’m heading off to Zurich in a few hours to play in Autodesk’s annual football (soccer) tournament, after which – on Sunday – I’ll be flying straight out from there to SF.