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July 28, 2011

Inventor of the Month - July 2011

Autodesk has named Pankl Aerospace Systems as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for July, recognizing the company’s use of Autodesk software to more effectively manufacture helicopter rotary systems, increasing the performance and reliability of critical components, and improving pilot and passenger safety.

Pankl creates 3D renderings of rotary system parts using Autodesk Inventor LT 3D mechanical CAD software, and then virtually runs the digital components through their multistep manufacturing processes - from boring a hole into a drive shaft to applying heat treatments to an engine shaft. This digital process helps verify that the parts adhere to precise performance standards at every stage of manufacturing, thereby confirming the integrity of the finished part.

Pankl Aerospace Systems

Inventor of the Month - July 2011 Official Press Release

Here is the YouTube video about Pankl Aerospace Systems.

July 27, 2011

Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 – Book Review

With the newest release of Inventor comes the newest release of this book, Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012. Curtis Waguespack and Sybex have been releasing a version of this book since Inventor 2009 but here is the updated version that supports InventorMastering 2012.

The book starts out definitely for the beginning user talking about how to setup Inventor and then moves on to basic modeling techniques. Then it advances on, getting into more detailed things like sheet metal, advanced part modeling, assembly modeling and drawing documentation.

It also includes things for the more advanced user like Frame Generator, FEA Stress Analysis, Routed Systems, Plastic Part Design, and iLogic coding.

I recommend purchasing Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 for any beginning, intermediate, or advanced user. It is also a good book to be used in the classroom used be an Inventor instructor. If you are looking to take the Inventor Certification exams, along the sides of the pages it labels what parts are Certification Objectives also. It is also the Official Training Guide for Autodesk Inventor. If you are using this book for Inventor LT, a lot of it won’t pertain to you unfortunately.

You can purchase the books below from the Amazon Store in either Paperback form or as a Kindle E-Book. Also, if you purchase this book you can download the tutorial files that go along with each chapter of the book.

Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012-Paperback

Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012-Kindle E-Book

Tutorial Files

July 26, 2011

Autodesk Labs-3D Annotation for Inventor - Updated

A great Autodesk Labs technology has been updated to support the latest release of Inventor. 3D Annotation for Inventor now supports Inventor 2010, 2011, and 2012, it also supports Inventor LT 2010, 2011, and 2012. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.

The 3D Annotation for Inventor technology preview allows the Inventor user to apply 3D Annotations: dimensions, geometric tolerances, surface finish symbols, datum symbols, and notes to a part model, which are then displayed in the graphics view.

So if you want to try out this Autodesk Labs Technology follow the link below.

3D Annotation Download

July 11, 2011

Autodesk Labs - Jig and Fixture Design Technology Preview

Last week Autodesk Labs released a new Technology Preview for Autodesk Inventor codenamed Project Bruchman, it is Jig and Fixture Design. Use Jig & Fixture Design for Inventor to significantly improve your efficiency designing jigs and fixtures with Autodesk Inventor. Jig & Fixture Design extends Autodesk Inventor’s native capability with an extensible library of standard jig and fixture components which are attributed to support an enhanced level of automation intelligence. Retrieve components from the library dragging and dropping them into your design environment. The components auto-locate themselves when placed and their fasteners can be auto-populated. Based on initial tests, your overall design time can be reduced by over 50%.

It is supported by Autodesk Inventor 2012.

Here is a link for an in-depth look at the technology by Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe Steve Bedder

Here is a link for the download: Jig & Fixture Design

Here is the YouTube video for it.

Back from Vacation

Sorry for no posts lately, the family and I was on vacation all last week. We flew out to Phoenix, AZ to visit some of my family. Spent a few days out there and then drove up to the Grand Canyon, the kids thought that was awesome.

After that we drove to Las Vegas, stayed at the Palms for two nights to take in all the sights. Wow, is that place great. Now I know what to look forward to if I ever get to go to AU. Also had to stop at the World Famous Pawn Shop.

After that we took in some sights at the Hoover Dam. That place is huge and the new bridge is awesome.

Then drove back down to Phoenix to spend a couple of more days with the relatives.

Overall an awesome trip, wife already wants to go back next year. We will have to see. Proceed with blog posts later today, hopefully if the kids will let me.