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September 28, 2011

Autodesk Labs - Launchpad for Autodesk Product Design Suite

Autodesk Labs has just released a new Technology Preview called LaunchPad for Autodesk Product Design Suite. The LaunchPad Technology Preview accelerates design efforts by providing a single portal into Product Design Suite applications, project data, and workflows. The LaunchPad’s one-click workflows prepare your design data in the Suite environment that is most appropriate to your task so you can quickly start designing, engineering, simulating, and visualizing your design. The LaunchPad is intended for users who already have Product Design Suite installed. It can be download from here. LaunchPad Technology Preview

The following workflows are available in this technology preview:

Reuse 2D Data
Use 2D AutoCAD DWG data to start an Inventor 3D model. Select the DWG file to import and the layers to include. The 2D data is imported into a sketch in a new Inventor part file. The 2D data is now ready to be extruded, revolved or otherwise turned into a 3D model.

Modify 3D Geometry
Open and edit a 3D model from any CAD application in Inventor Fusion. The selected model is loaded in Inventor Fusion for fast and easy geometry modification. Fusion supports many native CAD formats and neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES, and SAT.

3D Parametric Design
Use Inventor to open and modify an existing 3D model or create a new 3D model. You can create a single part or an assembly.

Stress Analysis
The Inventor Stress Analysis environment simulates the structural behavior of your 3D model under specified loads and conditions. The selected Inventor part or assembly is loaded into the Stress Analysis environment where you can add loads and conditions to define the simulation.

Dynamic Simulation
Use the Inventor Dynamic Simulation environment to study the kinematic properties of your Inventor assembly. The selected assembly is loaded into the Dynamic Simulation environment and is ready to have loads and conditions applied.

Technical Drawings
Create 2D documentation of your 3D models in Inventor. The selected part, assembly, or presentation file is used to automatically create the first view of the drawing. You can customize the scale, orientation, line options, or other settings before committing the view.

Interactive Design Review
Transform your 3D model into highly realistic imagery or perform an interactive presentation using Showcase. The selected part or assembly is loaded into Showcase. You can create design alternatives, configure lights and materials, then render the environment or use Showcase as a presentation environment.

Photorealistic Rendering

Create a photorealistic rendering or animation of your 3D model in 3ds Max Design. The selected Inventor part or assembly is loaded into 3ds Max Design. You can then configure lights, materials, cameras, and other environment settings for your rendering or animation.

Here is a list of the supported applications:
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2012
  • Autodesk Alias Design 2012
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2012
  • Autodesk Showcase 2012
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Designer 2012
  • Autodesk Vault 2012
  • Autodesk Mudbox 2012

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