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September 30, 2011

Autodesk Labs – Plugin of the Month

Autodesk Labs released the latest Plugin of the Month for October.

Inventor LinkParameters
The LinkParameters add-in allows Inventor users to easily create dependencies between parameters of various parts and sub-assemblies in the context of the top-level assembly in which they reside. Users are able to select visually a parameter from a source component and affect its value to a specific parameter in a target component. The add-in is based on the iLogic functionality introduced in Inventor 2011. It automatically generates the iLogic code required to link the values of the parameters, without the need for the user to write any iLogic instructions.
It is supported by the following releases: Inventor 2012, 2011.

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Also, if you want to look back at older Plugins of the Month, here is the link.

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

September 27, 2011

Autodesk Cloud

Autodesk has just announced Autodesk Cloud. Autodesk Cloud is a collection of more than a dozen web-based capabilities, products and services that enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power, helping them better design, visualize and simulate their ideas. In addition, Autodesk Subscription customers will now have exclusive access to cloud-based, high-performance rendering and design optimization, and enhanced collaboration capabilities. Autodesk Subscription now provides 3 GB of online storage for each seat of software on Subscription for greater access to design and engineering documents, anywhere, anytime.
Autodesk Cloud provides a powerful foundation to enable all Autodesk customers to begin using the cloud to access and store their work from anywhere; to view their work through web browsers or mobile devices; and to share their work with other users, even users without Autodesk software. Cloud applications such as Autodesk Cloud documents, AutoCAD WS and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app provide users with the freedom to work where they can be most effective, and to view, edit and share designs anywhere and with almost anyone.
Additional cloud services exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers give designers, engineers and digital artists sophisticated new capabilities, such as high-performance 3D visual communication, simulation and collaboration that were once limited to organizations with privileged access to expensive, high-end supercomputing centers.

These exclusive services include:
  • Autodesk Cloud rendering - Customers with an Autodesk Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Design Suite or Autodesk Building Design Suite will have access to powerful rendering capabilities, helping them better visualize designs, increase the number of renderings they can create and reduce hardware investments.
  • Autodesk Inventor optimization - Customers with Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Product Design Suites will gain an intuitive cloud-based simulation tool, enabling them to test multiple design options in the cloud, and to create more sustainable designs and higher-quality products while reducing material, transportation and energy costs.
  • Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis - Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Revit Architecture or Autodesk Revit MEP software, or select suites containing these products, can extend design beyond the desktop with powerful cloud-based energy analysis capabilities, helping them to quickly gain insight into the energy consumption and building energy costs of early design concepts from within the design application.
  • Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis software - Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Building Design Suite and other select products have access to this cloud-based service that can help designers, architects, engineers and building energy analysts perform faster, more accurate energy analysis of multiple building design iterations, optimize energy efficiency and work toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process.
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw software as a service (SaaS) - Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC software now have access to cloud-based document, data and design management solutions for architecture, engineering and construction firms and owner-operators, helping them centralize and securely exchange project information and enhance team collaboration.
Autodesk Cloud services are available worldwide starting today in English, and will be available soon in other languages including Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Some Autodesk Cloud services are available to all customers, such as Autodesk Cloud documents and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app, while other services are exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers. All customers should contact their local reseller or visit www.autodesk.com/cloud to learn more.

September 23, 2011

Autodesk Labs - Inventor Publisher Goes Social

Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2012: Product & technical documentation softwareAutodesk Labs has released a new Technology Preview for Inventor Publisher. It is called Publish to Social. This new Technology Preview allows you to share your Inventor Publisher models on Facebook and YouTube. Also, new in the Publish to Social technology preview is a new publish wizard that gives you step by step control for publishing print, movie and interactive formats from Inventor Publisher. Additionally it gives you the ability to create and use different Custom Presets to publish following your corporate standards.
Here are some of the key features that are included in the Publish to Social Technology Preview:
  • Capability to publish animated technical documentation directly to your personal or company YouTube and Facebook sites from within Inventor Publisher.
  • A new Publish Wizard that allows you to:
    • Control the settings in different video formats that you would like to publish to Facebook or YouTube or to your desktop.
    • Use default presets or create custom presets with your preferred settings, so that you can quickly publish in your most commonly used formats, including:
      • 3D Interactive mobile
      • 2D or 3D PDF
      • 3D DWF
      • Animated video
      • Image
      • Vector
      • Word
      • PPT
    • Dynamically explore different formats between Print, Movie and Interactive groups to Publish from the same source document. Author once and publish many different types of formats from that authored file.
    • Save time by leveraging recently used Publish Presets, and retaining YouTube and Facebook logins destinations for publishing multiple instruction documents.
To run the Publish to Social Technology Preview you will need to have the following versions of software installed:
  • Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2012 with SP1/SP2 software
Inventor Publisher - Publish to Social Technology Preview

September 14, 2011

Autodesk Labs - 2D to 3D Tool for Inventor - Updated

A great Autodesk Labs technology has been updated to support the latest release of Inventor. 2D to 3D Tool for Inventor now supports Autodesk Inventor R11, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, it also supports Inventor LT 2010, 2011, and 2012. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.

The 2D to 3D Tool for Inventor allows the Inventor user to quickly create 3D models of 2D designed parts. The 2D to 3D Tool automatically transforms drawing views into orthogonal sketches, significantly streamlining the preparation of 2D views for 3D uses.

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Here is a YouTube video made by Steve Bedder from Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe.