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David Heller
David Heller
David Heller is the founder and President and CEO of IBSystems, Inc , MCADCafe's parent company. Always curious and on the look out for 'cool tech' he enjoys thinking outside the box and sharing his discoveries with you.

Autodesk On the Job – The Carousel Works (Video Series)

October 24th, 2011 by David Heller

Using Autodesk’s Product Design Suite
Combining Old School Craftsmanship with Leading Edge Technology

The Carousel Works, located in Mansfield, Ohio, is the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden carousels.   These artistically functional equestrian masterpieces made their first U.S. appearance during the 1840s when the modern carousel was patented by Franz Wiesenhoffer in Hessvile, Ohio – just sixteen miles from the Carousel Works plant.   Since then carousels have been almost exclusively hand crafted and marketed using carved models and pictures.   But that recently changed when Carousel Works adopted Autodesk’s Product Design Suite and leapt from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century to combine old world craftsmanship with state-of-the-art digital prototyping.

Using Autodesk Inventor, the craftsmen at Carousel Works are able to visualize and modify what they’re going to build before they build it, and with 3ds Max Design they now produce photo-realistic renderings for client review before committing a design to production.

This application story is so unique that Carousel Works was awarded Autodesk Inventor of the Month – June, 2011.

In this fascinating 5-part video series the host, Rob Cohee, Manufacturing Evangelist, takes us on a Carousel Works plant tour with interviews at key stops along the way, guiding us from concept to finished product and all things in between.

Enjoy the first episode now, and then skip over to YouTube to watch the entire series.


Categories: 3ds Max Design, Autodesk, Inventor

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