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Make the Future

Bring maker projects to your school with free access to Autodesk software. 

The Make the Future program combines powerful Autodesk software with important curricular resources for educators  The program helps develop students’ critical thinking skills, expands their digital literacy, and builds skills to prepare students for success in their future careers.

As a participant at the first White House Maker Faire, Autodesk committed to bringing maker tools to schools to help educators teach vital skills in science, technology, engineering, digital arts, and math (STEAM), and empower the next generation of makers and manufacturers. 

White House Maker Faire

White House Maker Faire  

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Start making today

Jumpstart your school and help bring the Maker Movement to your classroom.

The next generation of innovators is embracing new technology to help make their dreams a reality.  Autodesk’s Make the Future program empowers these young makers with these resources:

  • Free access to Autodesk’s cutting-edge 3D design software for schools to help students turn their ideas into reality
  • New curricula focused on making and 3D printing to encourage design thinking and hands-on problem solving
  • Opportunities to participate in nationwide competitions and earn Autodesk Maker Badges as students design solutions that tackle issues, such as sustainability, through innovative design

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Free access to Autodesk software for schools

Access free Autodesk software licenses for your school labs and computers at:

    AutoCAD design and documentation software


    CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

    AutoCAD Electrical software

    AutoCAD Electrical

    AutoCAD software to design and document electrical controls systems.

    Fusion 360

    Tool combining industrial and mechanical design with collaboration.

    Inventor Professional 3D CAD software

    Inventor Professional

    3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.


Maker projects for the classroom: Autodesk Design Academy

chocolate mold

Chocolate: shapes
Model a mold for chocolate.

  spider robot

Spider robot: biomimicry
Design a webbed aquatic foot for a robot spider.

  egg drop

Egg drop: air resistance
Design a safety harness that can prevent a dropped egg from breaking.

egg drop

Mobile phone accessory
The smartphone revolutionized an industry. You can, too.

  molecules in compounds

Molecules in 3D: compounds
Find molecular compounds in everyday objects.

  rocket friction

Rocket: friction
Create a concept design for a rocket.

Chicken coop

Chicken coop
Create a coop for urban birds that will keep them comfortable and safe from the neighbor's cat.


Trick your friends into thinking you have the latest and greatest smartphone.

  USB pen

USB pen
Design and build a USB drive that combines personal style and functionality.



School success stories


Swanson Middle School

Students in an Arlington, Virginia use the Fusion 360 3D CAD design app to design, prototype, and manufacture a prosthetic device for a fellow student. Autodesk’s Design the Future program helps educators to bring STEAM learning to life with industry­-relevant 3D modeling tools.
Read the story here



Robots take over Wyoming school

Brian Stevenson, an educator at Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, uses lessons from the Autodesk Design Academy to help teach his students problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking. Using Inventor 3D CAD software, he empowers his students to virtually prototype and build robots—then enters them into the Vex Robotics Competition.
Read the story here.

California Technology Class Takes Chocolate to the Market

Brian Donnelly, an educator at Davis School in Davis, California, teaches his students about design thinking with help from the Autodesk Design Academy. He empowers his students to virtually prototype chocolate molds with Inventor 3D CAD software and to define their own business plans.
Read the story here.



Partners in education: 3D printing services

If you don’t have a 3D printer, but you want to print your 3D designs, output your projects to Shapeways and they will print and deliver your 3D objects to you.

Educators receive 10% off all orders, access to over 100 tutorials, and support from a 3D printing marketplace and community.

Social media for educators

Share your school’s maker projects on the Autodesk Educator Facebook page and learn what other schools are making.



  • Helps student to develop critical thinking skills and expand their digital literacy as they journey through the process of imagining, designing, and making.
  • Expose students to new and dynamic ways of illuminating key concepts that are vital in preparing them for college and future careers in the global market.
  • •Support teachers and students through the Autodesk Design Academy, which helps provide online learning content for teaching technology in the classroom. The design thinking process introduces students to industry projects through real-time 3D, storytelling, and short, easy-to-follow videos.

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Notice: This portal is for educational institutions to apply for free software to be used in classrooms or computer labs. If you're a student, please visit the Autodesk Education Community to download free software for individual use.

Free Autodesk software licenses and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the license agreement or terms of service, as applicable, which accompany such software or cloud-based services. The software is for personal use for education purposes and is not intended for classroom or lab use.