Farnell element14 Launches Autodesk Franchise to Distribute leading MCAD software solutions

New Products include AutoCAD LT, the industry’s leading 2D drafting software, and Fusion 360, the world’s first cloud-enabled 3D design software


Farnell element14, the Development Distributor, has announced a new franchise with Autodesk, a leader in mechanical design software, to sell its products in Europe, including two new products from Autodesk, the AutoCAD LT and the AutoDesk Fusion 360.


Aimed at mechanical design engineers, AutoCAD LT delivers smarter tools to bring precision to 2-D drawings with applications in rendering 2-D drawings and prototyping.

AutoCAD LT is based on AutoCAD technology, a design platform trusted by millions of professionals for more than 30 years. Auto LT now offers features such as line fading and smoother curves for a more stunning visual experience; smart dimensioning, which automatically creates appropriate, context-based measurements; and the ability to produce smaller, smarter, and more searchable PDFs and even attach PDFs to drawings.

Smarter 2D drafting tools minimise repetitive tasks making work more efficient. With Trusted DWG technology, files are compatible with other AutoDesk software and support data fidelity.

AutoDesk Fusion 360

Supporting the future of making things, AutoDesk Fusion 360 enables mechanical design, 3D modelling, rapid prototyping, and 3D prototyping (3D printing).

Fusion 360 is the world’s first cloud-enabled 3D design software and is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It brings together CAD, CAM, and CAE, connecting the entire product development process in a single cloud-based tool. It’s an integrated, connected and accessible platform built for the new ways products are being designed and made.

AutoCAD Fusion 360 connects the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC allowing the user to design, test, and fabricate in a single tool.

Peter Wenzel, Global Software Product Line Manager, element14, speaking of the new franchise agreement said: “The new Autodesk franchise strengthens Farnell element14’s portfolio of professional engineering software and solidifies our position as the destination for engineering software for electronics and industrial engineers alike. As one of the most trusted CAD tool providers in the world for all engineering disciplines, Autodesk’s products complement Farnell element14’s existing capabilities and offerings and will also present new mechanical design opportunities for members of our element14 Community.”

Autodesk products are one of many in Farnell element14’s portfolio of embedded, PCB, and mechanical software available on the element14 Design Center. All of the main categories of design software are available: integrated development environments & compilers, operating systems and middleware, EDA software, mechanical design software and test & simulation software. Additionally, the Design Center provides customers with a streamlined software selection and purchasing experience with free software trials and multiple delivery options, including instantaneous eDelivery.

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About us

Farnell element14 is part of the Premier Farnell group of businesses, a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

  • More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

  • Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

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