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April 23, 2013

AutoCAD 2014 What's New Document

I have now posted the What's New document on my website for everybody to view. You can either access it on my separate page where all of the What's New documents are posted dating back all the way to AutoCAD 2004, Link Here...

Or, you can access just the 2014 version directly from here, AutoCAD 2014 What's New

I will be posting the Inventor 2014 What's New when it becomes available.

April 12, 2013

Inventor 2014 & AutoCAD 2014 - Free Trial

Autodesk has now released the downloads so you can try out AutoCAD 2014 & Inventor 2014 for a 30-day trial. Also, these are full functioning copies of the 2014 releases, no features are missing. You can run it through its paces to decide for yourself if you are going to upgrade or purchase it as a standalone or in a product suite.

Here is the link for the AutoCAD 2014 30-day free trial, Click Here...

Here is the link for the Inventor 2014 30-day free trial, Click Here...

So head on over to the links and give them a try.

April 10, 2013

Inventor 2012 SP2 Update 3 Released

I know, Inventor 2014 was just released, but if you are behind a little on which version you are using then this is for you. Autodesk has just released Update 3 for Inventor 2012 SP2. This Update addresses multiplie issues for Inventor 2012 SP2. This Update is cumulative and includes all changes in Update 1 & Update 2.

Here is what is fixed in Update 1 & Update 2.

Here is what is fixed in Update 3:
  • Unable to sync styles between PartsList and library
  • Okay button is disabled when editing an extrusion
  • Flat pattern error occurs when corner seam is applied
  • Unexpected exit when editing fitting connection
This Update is for the following products:
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2012
  • Autodesk Inventor 2012
Download link to Readme file, Click Here...

Download link to Update 3 for SP2, Click Here...

Trying to help people keep up to date, even on older releases.

April 3, 2013

Inventor of the Month - March 2013

Autodesk has named CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. (Changchun) as the Inventor of the Month for March 2013. Changchun Railway Vehicles main focus has become the design of railway vehicle passenger seats that are more attractive, comfortable and stable.

The problem with most train seats on subways, high speed trains and other urban railways is that passengers can easily slide forward when the train accelerates or decelerates, making the seating experience less than optimal. Changchun Railway Vehicles has improved on this uncomfortable situation by creating a curved, stainless steel railway seat designed with Autodesk Inventor software.

Using Inventor software as part of Autodesk Product Design Suite, Changchun was able to calculate the release of pressure in various curves and bends and design a seat with a fully ergonomic curve that comfortably fits the human shape. This shape provides greater control, which prevents passengers from sliding forward when the train starts or stops.

In addition to the design of the seats, Changchun also used Inventor software to determine the best way to soundly affix the seats to the floors, performing strength and stress checks on the various screws, joints and welded components. Autodesk Inventor, which includes features and functionality around tooling and tolerances, not only increases the speed of these calculations, but also generates extremely accurate calculations that help reduce the occurrence of design errors.

The Changchun team also leverages Autodesk Vault data management software to help increase the business’ product development capacity and market competitiveness. This combination of Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions has streamlined the company’s overall design process and won a growing number of customers, particularly as European companies turn toward China to purchase spare parts, including passenger seats, for their own railway networks.

Here is a link to Changchun Railway Vehicles Website

Credits: Autodesk, InTheFold, Changchun