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October 28, 2011

Inventor of the Month - October 2011

Autodesk has named Australia-based racing team, Kelly Racing as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for October 2011 for its innovative use of software from Autodesk to precisely design and validate new car components that give the team a racing edge - all without hitting the track for physical testing.

Given that the period between races is often a window of less than three weeks, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Simulation CFD, Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics and Autodesk Vault Professional software are crucial to enabling Kelly Racing to turn around new components in a timely manner and secure wins in half the time of most racing teams.
Following a race weekend, the drivers brief Kelly Racing’s in-house design and engineering team on what precisely went right and wrong during the race. The designers then set to work with Inventor Professional software to make modifications to the existing car parts that can enhance performance and save the team time. For example, improvements to the front end of the car, in particular the suspension assembly, has increased traction and grip by 8 percent, leading to faster lap times or shaving 1 percent of total car weight through design and material optimization. Even the most minor modifications play a vital role in a sport where a fraction of a second can be the difference between first and twenty-first place.
Engineers then test revised designs with Autodesk Simulation CFD to optimize aerodynamic performance and ensure the components are able to perform at speeds of up to 300 kilometers (188 miles) per hour. Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics software is also used to predict and validate the mechanical performance of the new components.

October 3, 2011

Inventor of the Month - September 2011

Autodesk has named PMB Facade as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for September 2011 for using Autodesk Inventor to develop architectural facades for some of the world’s most astonishing and eye-catching buildings.

The ability to digitally simulate and predict real-world performance before construction has provided PMB Facade with some important competitive advantages. The company reduced material cost and waste by as much as 15 percent and delivered projects in up to 30 percent less time, helping the company to secure more business.

Digital Prototyping Means Competitive Advantage
As part of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping, Autodesk Inventor has played a key role in helping PMB Facade tackle some extremely demanding projects.

PMB Facade

Inventor of the Month - September 2011, PMB Facade