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Manufacturing software touts enhancements

Posted: 12 May 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital prototyping  3D design  engineering software  AutoCAD 

In addition, Inventor 2010 incorporates an enhanced architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) Exchange functionality that enables building products manufacturers to publish 3D data in a format that is easy to use in building information modelling (BIM) applications, such as the Autodesk Revit 2010 product line.

Along with the Inventor software, Autodesk is releasing new Digital Prototyping applications that support and streamline design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing workflows, including:

•  AutoCAD Mechanical: Now with even more intelligent drafting features for automating common design tasks, AutoCAD Mechanical offers mechanical designers and drafters significant productivity gains. New features include a streamlined design environment and bill of materials enhancements that help produce consistent results on the shop floor.

•  AutoCAD Electrical: Purpose-built to accelerate the creation of electrical control systems, AutoCAD Electrical now offers a streamlined design environment and a new "one-line" circuit symbol library that help to increase productivity for control engineers. Enhancements to the powerful Circuit Builder tool enable designers to analyse the energy efficiency of circuits and help them to make "green" engineering decisions.

•  Autodesk Alias family of products: Autodesk Alias 2010 industrial design software marks a major milestone with its first release on the Macintosh platform. Now available on Mac OS X, the new product family focuses on the specific needs and workflow requirements of three user profiles: creative professionals, digital modeller/sculptors and automotive/transportation designers. New and improved functionality further lowers barriers of adoption and helps to increase modelling productivity and quality. One of the world's best surface modellers, the Alias family or products provides fast, high-quality data integration and exchange with Autodesk Inventor and other third-party CAD software.

•  Autodesk Showcase: Now with integrated raytracing, the 2010 design visualisation software enables design, engineering, and marketing teams to quickly and efficiently create accurate, photorealistic, and compelling imagery from 3D CAD data to convey form and create environmental context to communicate brand character. Users can easily change the appearance and position of a product and manipulate parts such as wheels, body panels or mirrors.

•  Autodesk 3ds Max Design: 3ds Max Design software makes it easier to prepare digital prototypes and create photorealistic design imagery. A render-quality viewport in the 2010 version facilitates the creative process by enabling users to iterate quickly and explore more design options.

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