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May 30, 2012

Inventor of the Month - May 2012

Autodesk has named German manufacturer Feige Filling as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for May 2012. The company uses Autodesk Factory Design Suite software to not only design innovative filling machines, but also the layout of the factories that house them.

Feige leverages Autodesk Inventor software and other Digital Prototyping tools in conjunction with Factory Design Suite to create equipment for its customers and then optimize the factory layout before any equipment is installed. As a result, Feige now serves as a “turnkey” solution provider to its customers, giving the company a powerful advantage in the marketplace.

Feige has a wide range of filling machines that are used by companies from the food, chemical and petrochemical industries to fill containers with liquid. A typical customer factory includes not just the filling equipment, but also storage areas, conveyor systems, stacking technologies and cleaning systems that all must efficiently work together. Feige had successfully been using Inventor software, AutoCAD Mechanical software and Autodesk Vault collaboration software for several years to design its equipment before adding Factory Design Suite.

Factory Design Suite enables Feige to create 3D digital factory layouts that incorporate digital models of the various machines and factory components, making it easy to digitally explore different layout scenarios to find the optimal layout solution. Feige also leverages Autodesk 360 Cloud capabilities to share layouts and assembly designs for customer review. In doing so, the company can spot clashes and space constraints before they become on-site problems - helping customers avoid the expense of after-the-fact repairs.

Additionally, factory-specific visualization tools enable Feige to provide potential clients with immersive 3D layout proposals rather than multilayered 2D drawings that can be difficult to interpret. By providing this “virtual factory visit,” the company is able to more effectively communicate design intent and enhance the attractiveness of its bid.

Feige Filling

Inventor of the Month - May 2012 Official Press Release

Here is a YouTube video about Feige Filling.

Image Credits: Autodesk, Feige Filling

May 27, 2012

Inventor 2012 SP2 Released

Autodesk just released Service Pack 2 for all applications of Inventor 2012 software.

Autodesk has changed the installation requirements and behavior for Inventor service packs going forward: Service Pack 1 is no longer required to be installed as a prerequisite for the installation of Service Pack 2. Service Pack 2 includes all fixes included in Service Pack 1. If you are updating from the release version of Inventor 2012, you only need to install Service Pack 2 to obtain the latest updates.
Uninstalling Inventor 2012 Service Pack 2 uninstalls Service Pack 2 only and maintains Service Pack 1 and/or any Hotfixes you may have installed previously. This is the new standard for Inventor Service Pack behavior and will hold true for any subsequent service pack releases for 2012 and 2013.

Here is the link to download Inventor 2012 SP2 32-bit, Click Here...
Here is the link to download Inventor 2012 SP2 64-bit, Click Here...

Here is a link for the Readme file, Click Here…

Here is a link to see what issues were addressed for SP1, Click Here...

Follow the break to see the issues addressed by SP2.

May 18, 2012

Inventor Topix - 2 Year Anniversary

Today marks the day for my 2 year anniversary for starting this blog. I'd like to thank all the readers and appreciate all your emails and comments. It has been a great 2 years, and I owe that a lot to how much fun I've had with this blog. Again, thanks a lot for checking out my blog.

May 17, 2012

Autodesk Labs - Feature Recognition Updated for Inventor 2013

You can use the Feature Recognition application to convert neutral 3D CAD models, such as STEP, SAT, or IGES solids, into full-featured Autodesk Inventor models. The feature mapping can be executed automatically or interactively as needed to maintain design intent. The most recent update was an installer update that allows for installation with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Autodesk Inventor 2013 software.

So now the Feature Recognition supports the following applications:
Inventor 2013
Inventor 2012
Inventor 2011
Inventor 2010
Inventor 2009
Inventor 2008
Inventor 11

Download Feature Recognition for Inventor

Here is a YouTube video showing the functionality with Inventor 2010.

May 16, 2012

Inventor Fusion Tutorials

Autodesk has released some tutorial videos for Inventor Fusion on YouTube. They are some good starter videos to get you familiar with Inventor Fusion. If I find anymore videos I will post them here.

You can download Inventor Fusion for PC or Mac here. LINK

Introduction to the User Interface in Inventor Fusion

Introduction to modifying objects in Inventor Fusion

Introduction to working with assembly objects in Inventor Fusion

May 8, 2012

Autodesk Labs - Project Factory.Modz() for Inventor

For you factory layout design people. Have you ever wanted to layout your factory floor and then automate it before you implement it in real life? Well, here is your chance. Autodesk Labs has introduced Project Factory.Modz() for Autodesk Inventor.

Traditionally machine line layouts in a factory are created with pen and paper or in the form of 2D drawings. Using these means, it is extremely difficult to explain the working intent of the machine lines to clients or internal stakeholders. Using 2D workflows, it is very challenging to account for movement of material, people, and material handling devices and show them interacting with each other inside the facility. The inability to clearly articulate the working intent often results in losing bids to competition and the inability to sell ideas to stakeholders.

May 1, 2012

Inventor of the Month - April 2012

HydroSpin used Autodesk Inventor software to develop a generator that produces energy from the flow of water. (Photo: Business Wire)Autodesk has named Hydospin as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for April 2012. The company used Autodesk Inventor software and other Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools to develop a micro-generator solution that produces energy from the flow of water inside distribution pipes, saving hundreds of hours of development time and hundreds of thousands of development dollars.

The generators power a wide range of “smart water” devices that monitor the movement and quality of water, along with other parameters, throughout the distribution network. In turn, the devices transmit data that might indicate a leak or a broken pipe, helping to prevent waste of one of the world’s most precious resources.

HydroSpin used Autodesk Inventor software to support the design of its generator - which is similar in appearance to a fan-like turbine - so that it fit precisely within the confines of the Israel national water company’s detailed specifications without disrupting the flow of water. This helped avoid the “head loss” that could cause customers to experience weak water pressure.


Inventor of the Month - April 2012 Official Press Release

Here is a YouTube video about Hdrospin.

Image Credits: Autodesk, Hydrospin