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December 28, 2012

Inventor 2012 SP2 - Update 2

If you haven't upgraded to Inventor 2013 and still using Inventor 2012, Autodesk just released Update 2 to Service Pack 2(SP2) for Inventor 2012. This Update 2 addresses multiple issues. They are as follows:
  • Inventor Optimization 2012 Required Update
  • Item Assigment Fails with copied Virtual components being made to Reference
  • Tube and Pipe route doesn’t update after the constraint value is changed
  • Title block is not correctly deleted from drawings
  • The result of derive part will not be updated until manually edit the derived feature
  • Documents become dirty during file resolve process
This Update 2 is supported by the following products:
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2012
  • Autodesk Inventor 2012
Download link to Readme file, Click Here...

Download link to Update 2 for SP2, Click Here...

December 21, 2012

Inventor of the Month - December 2012

Autodesk has named UVP as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for December 2012. UVP is a global leader in life science imaging, contends that Autodesk software is instrumental in its pioneering global work to help cure disease.

Southern California-based UVP relies on Autodesk Product Design Suite to more effectively design and manufacture scientific imaging equipment that is used to identify potential cures for major diseases.

UVP’s bioimaging systems which can create images of entire animals, such as mice, or of individual tumor cells, using fluorescence tagged disease cells and other techniques allow medical researchers to better understand the genetics of a variety of diseases including cancer, diabetes and other major ailments.

Autodesk Product Design Suite, which includes Digital Prototyping tools such as Autodesk Inventor software, plays a key role in creating these innovative imaging and analysis solutions. The result is a reduction in overall time to market by 75 percent, enabling UVP’s imaging systems to reach medical research teams faster and directly impacting many on the front lines of the war against disease.

UVP relies on Inventor software to generate new 3D designs, while using Autodesk AutoCAD software, another component of Product Design Suite, to update and maintain 2D legacy drawings.

UVP centrally stores and manages all data, 2D and 3D alike, with Autodesk Vault data management software, making it easy for UVP to find and reuse design data. This centralization speeds the company’s response to customization requests, when customers want a specific aspect of an instrument changed to better suit their research needs.

UVP marketers also use Autodesk Showcase software to transform CAD data into compelling 3D imagery for instructional documentation and educational seminars to show customers and prospective users exactly how its products work.

Image Credits: Autodesk

December 11, 2012

Inventor 2013 SP 1.1 Update 1 Released

Autodesk has just released Update 1 for Inventor 2013 SP 1.1.

This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2013 SP1.1.

Here is what is addressed in Update 1:
  • Custom Content Center parts do not migrate correctly to 2013
  • Mass and Density values are not updated in Drawing when the part material is changed using the dropdown menu on the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Simulation containing midsurfaces/offsets is corrupting iAssemblies
  • Inventor Optimization 2013 Required Update
  • Restructured derived assemblies (promote/demote) can never be brought up to date
  • BIM Exchange export not exporting textures correct & texture missing when opening DWG files exported by Inventor
  • The “Create New File” dialog takes a long time to appear when the template folder is on a network UNC path
  • Reduced performance when editing derived assemblies
  • Shaded View is not being maintained
  • Corrupted tube and pipe style after migration
  • 3D-Contact Joints generate high-resolution output time steps that are undesired when running through the Dynamic Simulation API
  • Inventor 2013 slow on updating legacy drawings and assemblies
  • Assembly file dirty issue when placing files from a Library folder in Vault
  • Instability after installing .Net 4.5
  • CER: Unexpected exit when after on Save after updating an assembly in Stress Analysis Environment
  • CER: Stability enhancements
Here is a link to download Update 1 for Inventor 2013 SP 1.1- Click Here...
Both the 32-bit and 64-bit are included in the download.
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013
  • Autodesk Inventor 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2013
  • Autodesk
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2013

December 6, 2012

Autodesk Labs - Project Falcon for Inventor

Project Falcon has been out since Aug of 2011, but it was a stand-alone product. Now, Autodesk Labs has just released an update that makes it an Add-in for Autodesk Inventor.

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Project Falcon is a free technology preview that simulates air flow around vehicles, buildings, outdoor equipment, consumer products, or other objects of your choosing in a virtual wind tunnel. Falcon technology is extremely geometry tolerant and easy to use, enabling you to begin seeing and understanding air flow behavior within seconds of starting the application. Results update almost in real-time in response to changes in wind-direction and speed that you specify. Visualization tools available within the Falcon family of applications include 2D and 3D flow lines, shaded result planes, vector plots, and surface pressure shading. Quantified outputs include velocity, pressure, drag force, and drag coefficient.

Presently Project Falcon is available as follows:
  • Project Falcon for Inventor (add-in that runs inside Inventor Professional 2013)
  • Project Falcon standalone (installs on Windows and Mac and requires no CAD software)
The currently available version of Falcon for Inventor includes the following:
  • Compatible with Inventor 2013 Professional (32 and 64 bit)
  • Ribbon-based controls for wind tunnel settings and results visualization
  • Wind tunnel simulation can be left "on" to dynamically update while making top level part/assembly changes on standard Inventor solid geometry
  • 2D and 3D flow lines, planes, pressure shading, drag coefficient and drag force outputs
  • Customizable wind tunnel size and model resolution
The currently available version of Falcon standalone includes the following:
  • Available on both Windows and Mac platforms
  • Simple, easy to use controls for wind tunnel settings and results visualization
  • Reads in formats from almost all CAD systems and many online CAD model providers(*.stl, *.obj, *.3DS, *.lwo, *.off, *.ply, *.tpf)
  • 2D and 3D flow lines, planes, pressure shading, drag coefficient and drag force outputs
  • Customizable wind tunnel size and model resolution
  • The Project Falcon for Inventor technology preview will operate until August 30, 2013.
  • The Project Falcon standalone technology preview will operate until March 15, 2013.

Inventor Overview

Inventor Promo

Image Credits: Autodesk Labs

December 4, 2012

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

Back in September, Autodesk Labs retired the 2D to 3D Tool for Inventor. They must have had quite a bit of feedback wanting to bring it back because they have now ReReleased it back onto the Labs website.The only downfall is it is only supported by Autodesk Inventor 2013 64-bit.

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.

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