Design software company Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) is expanding its Clean Tech Partner Program to Asia, beginning with Japan.
The Program provides digital prototyping software to clean technology companies at deeply reduced prices. The company says the goal is to accelerate innovation and address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Autodesk software helps customers design, visualize and simulate their
projects before they are built, rather than using physical prototypes.
Since as much as 80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined
by decisions in the design phase, the potential impact of this shift is
The program is open to all early-stage clean tech companies in Japan and has an initial focus on the electric vehicle market. SIM-Drive and Nano-Optonics Energy are the first Japanese companies to have joined the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program. SIM-Drive develops in-wheel motors for electric vehicles. Nano-Optonics Energy is a nanotechnology, environment and energy research and development company.
Launched in July 2009, the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program has provided design software to clean technology entrepreneurs in North America and Europe, including: KOR EcoLogic, which designed the first prototype car with a body created using a 3D printer and that uses a hybrid electric/gasoline engine; Springboard Biodiesel, a producer of processors that turn vegetable oil into biodiesel; and Pyrum Innovations, a start-up working on a new recycling process for used tires.
Each Autodesk Clean Tech Partner in Japan will receive up to 22 million JPY of design software for only 10,500 JPY, including up to five licenses for the company's signature applications like AutoCAD and Revit Architecture.