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February 29, 2012

Inventor of the Month - February 2012

Autodesk has named 4th Dimensional Facade Solutions, a New Zealand-based design and build company, as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for February 2012. The company was recognized for its use of Autodesk Inventor software to create stunning facades for a series of projects with unique physical and environmental challenges, as well as highly complex design and build procedures.

The company’s assignments include a cafe that sits on the edge of a mountain, 6,000 feet above sea level; a Moroccan-style restaurant with an elaborate operable window system; and a stunning vacation home called Jagged Edge, where each facade on the structure is rhombus-shaped, and contains no 90-degree angles.

Using Autodesk Inventor enabled 4th Dimensional Facade Solutions to streamline its design workflow and, in the company’s estimation, effectively eliminate 10,000 hours of designing and physical labor, an approximate savings of NZD$775,000 (US$830,000) across the three particularly challenging projects mentioned above.

In the design phase, 4th Dimensional Facade Solutions used Autodesk Inventor to create 3D Digital Prototypes of the facades. By simulating and validating the accuracy of its designs, the company was able to more confidently order the exact amount of premeasured materials from overseas manufacturers required to construct the facades.

The interoperability of Autodesk’s products ensured that the company was able to work smoothly across AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software and effectively collaborate with architects, engineers and other partners during the build phase—helping to minimize on-site errors.

Inventor of the Month - February 2012 Official Press Release

Image Credits: Autodesk

February 24, 2012

AutoCAD 2013 - What's New - Released in Japan

AutoCAD 2013 was released in Japan this week and we can start talking about a few things for What's New in this release.

Cross section and details view
Easily accessible tools for creating the cross-section and detailed view layout drawing of the model for the new tab. Full, half, select General section method, such as alignment and offset. Specifies a circular or rectangular boundary in the details view. Even change the layout or model, maintain integrity line segments cross section and details of the boundary is constrained key points of view in the drawing. Maintain the integrity of the multiple sectional and detail view using the view styles that can be customized.

"Strikethrough" style added newly to the multimedia text, multileader (mleader), dimension, table, ArcText and increased flexibility in the representation of characters in the document.

Latest user templates
AutoCAD 2013 release updated templates to suit user needs. Adding, adding a new title blocks,
hatch patterns related to text, dimension, table, multileader styles.

Autodesk Cloud connection 
Autodesk Cloud with synchronizing files by the close connection. Synchronization with online account folder and drawings, AutoCAD from directly. Export file and attachment directly to the common sign-on account and you can share files with other users via the Autodesk online account.

Customization and support file synchronization
When you migrate a machine to another machine, you can easily AutoCAD customization settings and support for file sharing and access.

Social media sharing
Share AutoCAD design to social Facebook and Twitter connection features built-in.

Autodesk Exchange AutoCAD application
Power of AutoCAD to AutoCAD related applications created by members of the ADN(Autodesk Developer Network), can be easily extended. Now to obtain the necessary add-in. Choose from a rich extension to connect to access, screening of Autodesk.

Contextual boundaries stretch tool
Now the boundary stretching tools even more flexible situation-based tool. Boundary stretching tool offset and extrude the curve and create solids and surfaces. New multiple options of boundary-stretching tool you can select multiple objects one time boundaries stretch operation.

Inventor file import
Autodesk Inventor allowing validation, model Fusion to AutoCAD 3D concept design features, from nearly any source editing flexibility. You can edit without decomposing solid CAD block interoperability enhancements.

Extract the terms splitter
Extraction tool extracts the terms splitter new surface split line passing through a point on a surface or solid surface.

Latest user operations
AutoCAD user interface was enhanced to enable a seamless interaction with the software. Less
cumbersome operation, command line flexibility and contextual Ribbon tab has been added.
Multifunctional grip also can manipulate many objects. Users save time by operation is streamlined
with powerful tools such as hatching and automatic adjustment array copy, you can focus on design.

Preview of the Edit properties
Apply the preview changes to object properties dynamically. For example, color, move the cursor over each color in the list just select the object and trying to change the color using the Properties palette, the selected object changes soon.

Change the viewport preview
Moving the cursor on each item dynamically preview the changes in the viewport display. For example, simply moving the cursor on each option in the display style list, and the display style for each result displays immediately drawing.

Migration tools to AutoCAD 2013
In addition to migrate a customized environment of previous versions, reset the environment features have been added. Also added ability to transition the tool palette, AutoCAD 2012 earlier custom materials. Migration, you can migrate easily to AutoCAD 2013.

Here are just some of the new features that are in the AutoCAD 2013 release. To find out more later on, keep an eye on Lynn Allen's Blog

Image Credits: Autodesk

February 21, 2012

AutoCAD WS for Iphone, Ipod Touch, Ipad & Android Updated to Version 1.4

AutoCAD WS for the Iphone, Ipod Touch, Ipad & Android has been updated to Version 1.4.

You can go to the Apple Website to get it downloaded - AutoCAD WS Apple, also the Android Market. You can go to the AutoCAD WS website to learn more about it - AutoCAD WS. You can also check it out on their YouTube channel at Autodesk AutoCAD WS YouTube.

Here is What's New in Version 1.4:
  • 3D interactive viewing - view and share 3D drawings on mobile devices
  • GPS geo-location features - orient yourself within a drawing, and share/save comments to geographic locations
  • Plot to Print - print remotely from within the app using HP’s ePrint & Share service
  • Plot your designs to PDF or DWF and share them via email

Here are some YouTube videos showing the functionality shown at Autodesk University 2011.

AutoCAD WS in 3D

Using GPS with AutoCAD WS

Plot from you Mobile using AutoCAD WS

AutoCAD What's New Features Image Credits: AutoCAD WS Blog

February 13, 2012

Inventor Fusion for the Mac - Part 2 - Updated Again

Just a quick heads up, Autodesk added another video about Inventor Fusion for the Mac on their Facebook page. This one is Part 5 and is associated with "Workspaces, Toolbar and Marking Menu". Here is the link to their Facebook page. Inventor Fusion on Facebook

Here is a link back to the original post.

Inventor Fusion for Mac - Part 2 - Updated

February 9, 2012

Autodesk Wants Your Feedback - Inventor User Interface

Autodesk is asking for some feedback on the recent changes that they have done to the User Interface(UI). Love it or hate it, I think it is here to stay. The changes that they are interested in are the Ribbon, Mini-Toolbars and the most recent addition the radial Marking Menu.

So, if you want to voice your opinion about the UI changes over the past few years, good or bad, here is you chance, so click the link below.


February 1, 2012

Vote Now for 2011 Inventor of the Year

Every month Autodesk gives out an Inventor of the Month award, now is the time to choose from those winners and decide who the 2011 Inventor of the Year award goes to, and you get to help make that decision.

The Autodesk Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made among the hundreds of thousands of advancements users make using Autodesk Inventor software

If you want to vote for the 2011 Inventor of the Year go to the following link: Vote Here Now

Voting is under way and closes Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

 You can learn about each of the nominees by following the link for each month.

January 2011: Valiant Corporation, a global provider of manufacturing solutions, uses the advanced dynamic simulation functionality in Autodesk Inventor to increase load capacity while reducing costs, and to minimize design weight while meeting customer performance requirements. In a recent project for The Boeing Company, Valiant designed and engineered a portable cargo loader 30 percent more efficiently.

February 2011: Nitto Sangyo, a Japanese playground equipment manufacturer, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop Link Mini rocking toys. The toys are designed to be safer and more durable than standard commercial playground equipment. Eliminating reliance on physical prototyping shortened Link Mini development time by almost two months, reducing overall costs by nearly US$6,000 (500,000 yen) per product.

March 2011: Weatherhaven, provides portable shelters, camps and systems for remote sites around the world. Using Digital Prototyping in Autodesk Inventor, Weatherhaven has significantly shortened product development time from concept to manufacturing, while reduced the number of more expensive physical prototypes typically necessary to explore and validate designs.

April 2011: Federal Equipment Company, a supplier of specialized military replacement parts,used Autodesk Inventor to design an advanced elevator system for the U.S. Navy. The new system enables efficient transport of munitions on board new aircraft carriers. Testing is costly, but with the help of Autodesk software, FEC can simulate the elevator’s shock response in just one $400,000 test, enabling the company to quickly identify and fix potential problems and avoid often costly retesting.

May 2011: Hawkes Ocean Technologies, (HOT) designs and builds manned and remote vehicles for deep-ocean exploration. Autodesk Inventor enables HOT to create entirely new ideas and change the way submersibles operate, transforming them from “underwater balloons” to underwater crafts capable of flight.

June 2011: Carousel Works, is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom wooden carousels for zoos, parks and the world’s largest cruise ships, including Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” and “Allure of the Seas.” With Autodesk Inventor, Carousel Works marries old-world craftsmanship with 3D design, and creates its custom wooden carousels up to 50 percent faster.

July 2011: Pankl Aerospace Systems, uses Autodesk Inventor LT software to more effectively manufacture helicopter rotary systems, increasing the performance and reliability of critical components, while significantly improving pilot and passenger safety. Autodesk software helps Pankl save time, reduce manufacturing costs and increase customer quality, all while operating at optimal performance.

August 2011: Illini Prosthetic Technologies, a nonprofit organization, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop more affordable and more easily fitted prosthetic arms for below-elbow amputees in developing nations. Digitally exploring and refining its ideas, IPT provides access to affordable prosthetic care, helping amputees around the world regain use of their limbs, return to work and better care for themselves and their families.

September 2011: PMB Façade, a Malaysia-based company, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop architectural façades for some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, including Qatar’s 43-story Al-Bidda Tower, also known as Tornado Tower. The ability to digitally simulate and predict real-world performance before construction has helped PMB Façade reduce material cost and waste by as much as 15 percent, and deliver projects up to 30 percent faster.

October 2011: Kelly Racing, an Australia-based racing team, uses Autodesk Inventor to precisely design and validate new car components that give the team a racing edge. After a race weekend, designers modify existing car parts with Inventor, increasing traction and grip by as much as 8 percent, which leads to faster lap times and increased performance.

November 2011: A-dec, a leading manufacturer of dental chairs and equipment, uses Autodesk Inventor to more effectively design and develop products, cutting time to market. A-dec also uses Autodesk software to generate user manuals and service guides for its popular dentistry products, enhancing usability and reducing translation costs.

December 2011: Green Structures, a UK-based clean technology company, uses Autodesk Inventor and a range of other Autodesk Digital Prototyping technology to create award-winning energy-efficiency systems. The firm’s latest innovation, a heat recovery ventilation system called Ventive, provides a faster and less expensive alternative for retrofitting buildings with the latest green technologies.