MCAD/MCAE Industry View – A November 2010 Update


AutoCAD WS enables AutoCAD users to conduct virtual design reviews with stakeholders across the globe, helping to avoid issues of version control and accuracy associated with design teams sharing files via email or relying on paper documentation in the field. Using an integrated service from Google Maps, AutoCAD WS also helps users to better demonstrate designs in their environments by under-laying maps in CAD drawings.

Additional AutoCAD WS functions include the following:

  • Web and mobile DWG viewer provides access to AutoCAD drawings from anywhere using a web browser or mobile devices.
  • Online DWG editor supports more than 100 familiar AutoCAD drawing and editing tools that are intuitive for CAD and non-CAD professionals alike.
  • Built-in sharing provides the ability to generate a unique URL and invite stakeholders to view DWG files online, as well as set permission controls for how others can view, edit or download drawings and folders.
  • Convenient online storage organizes DWG and DXF files, image files and other related documentation in project folders, with support for multiple file types, including DOC, JPEG, PNG and PDF.
  • Real-time collaboration can enable people to work on the same DWG file simultaneously and to see changes reflected in the file as they are made.
  • Design timeline captures and tracks all changes made to drawings for version control and auditing.

"AutoCAD WS has become an essential tool in our workflow because we're able to share drawings in real-time and work from the same information, no matter where we are located," said Luis Guillermo Natera Orozco, Director, Colectivo Triciclo. "AutoCAD WS has the potential to dramatically change and improve how we work."

The AutoCAD WS mobile application for iOS is available “for free” from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information about AutoCAD WS or to download and learn about products compatible with the free plug-in for AutoCAD software, visit www.autocadws.com


About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

Note: Free products and services are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies them.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, DXF and DWG are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.




Finally, to wrap up the recent news tidbits from Autodesk, the MCAD Commentary writer includes this one about Autodesk and Stanford. Since the writer's daughter and son-in-law are both Stanford graduates, and since their daughter is enrolled at Stanford at the present time, what choice did the writer really have? Except now the writer will soon have to feature news from Cal Berkeley and San Francisco State University to placate his sons.

 

Stanford Students Design Recyclable Laptop
with Autodesk Inventor Software
Modular Computer Simplifies Electronics Recycling, Reduces Electronic Waste and Disassembles in Two Minutes
 

On October 29, 2010 Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) named a class of Stanford University graduate students as Autodesk Inventor of the Month for October for developing a prototype of the recyclable Bloom laptop.

The Bloom laptop is the project of a team of students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University who were given the task to create a recyclable consumer electronics product that makes electronics recycling a simpler, more effective and engaging process for consumers. The students used Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor Publisher software to help develop and refine the innovative laptop during the school year. Creating 3D digital prototypes of the hardware components inside the laptop aided in creating a readily accessible laptop design that is also easy to disassemble.



When separated into different material types -- such as plastics, metals and circuitry -- the Bloom laptop's modular design makes it easy for consumers to decrease the amount of electronic waste added to landfills. For example, 1.9 to 2.2 million tons of electronics became obsolete in 2005, with only 345,000 to 379,000 tons being recycled. The Bloom can be disassembled in just two minutes, without tools and in just 10 steps. By comparison, a commercially available laptop takes about 45 minutes to disassemble, requires three separate tools and involves as many as 120 steps.

"We used Autodesk Inventor software often during the ideation phase to experiment with the design," said Aaron Engel-Hall, a Stanford student and team member. "We created 3D shapes to represent the hardware we had to design around, and the parametric design of Inventor software let me put in different parameters so that all the model dimensions would update immediately. I was also able to experiment with various thicknesses for the case enclosure, making it as thin as possible while maintaining structural integrity."

Autodesk Inventor Publisher software helped the student team create 3D technical documentation materials directly from the Autodesk Inventor digital prototypes. Interactive product manuals and instructions for the Bloom laptop -- including a 10-second animation showing the entire laptop being disassembled -- make electronics recycling a straightforward, user-friendly experience.

Beyond recyclability, Bloom delivers other benefits for consumers. The team used the easy-to-disassemble modularity of Bloom to develop a keyboard and track pad that detach and allow for improved ergonomics. The ease of disassembly also makes it easier to repair and upgrade components over the lifetime of the product, so that buying a computer is no longer a singular investment, but a longer-term relationship between the consumer and the service provider. For more information, visit the Stanford University ME310 course.

"Consumer electronics waste is a significant and growing problem," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. "These students are facing that issue head-on with their innovative Bloom laptop prototype. It's encouraging and exciting to see college students embrace Digital Prototyping to tackle the sustainability challenges of our times."

About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact Email Contact.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and Inventor are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.



Dassault Systèmes Strengthens its R&D Activities in India

On November 9, 2010 Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced it combined its R&D activities in India under 3DPLM Software Solutions, Ltd.; including all DELMIA, ENOVIA, CATIA, SIMULIA and Solidworks Research & Development activities, currently based in Bangalore and Chennai.



Through its holding company, DELMIA India will become a part of 3DPLM. This acquisition will result in a change in the holding pattern of 3DPLM, increasing Dassault Systèmes' share from 30% to 42%. The completion of the transaction is conditional to regulatory approvals and is expected to occur in 2011.

Dominique Florack, Dassault Systèmes Senior Executive Vice President, Products R&D, commented: “Today's announcement is the result of our successful R&D activities in India, which started by our DELMIA laboratory in Bangalore more than 20 years ago. 3DPLM Software Solutions has been an important contributor to Dassault Systèmes global research and development platform since 2002. The expansion of our partnership today underscores the solid growth dynamic in India and Dassault Systèmes ambition to leverage this environment with deeper and more agile R&D capabilities. Moreover, by increasing our stake in 3DPLM, Dassault Systèmes both reinforces its R&D presence in the region as well as advances its innovation strategy in India for the long term. Finally, I am pleased to seize this opportunity to salute the continued high performance of Dassault Systèmes and 3DPLM R&D employees in India who will be given new opportunities to contribute to our success. I am looking forward to working with our unified team of more than 1,000 highly skilled employees.”

Mr. Shashank Patkar, CEO, 3DPLM added: “We are very pleased with this transaction which illustrates the confidence of Dassault Systèmes in our capabilities. This is a testimony of the excellence of work we do, and the speed with which we have become an integral part of Dassault Systèmes' R&D ecosystem. We are welcoming all Dassault Systèmes R&D India employees who have been demonstrating over the years their strong skills in digital manufacturing”.


About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 115,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes applications provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/ . CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.

YoungBin Cho, General Manager of Dassault Systèmes Korea, Honored for Attracting Foreign Investment

On November 3, 2010 Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced that Young-bin Cho, general manager of Dassault Systèmes Korea, had won the Commendation of Prime Minister for attracting foreign investment during 'Foreign Company Day 2010' hosted on November 3, 2010 by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and organized by the Korea Foreign Company Association. This celebration also rewards the key role of Dassault Systèmes in the undisputable successful transformation of industries like Automotive, High Tech, Electronics and now Shipbuilding.

“I am proud to lead the Korean teams of a company so fully committed to delivering competitive advantage to the Korean industry through its unique collaborative innovation approach, its industry orientation and investments in Korean talents in Daegu,” said Young-bin Cho, general manager, Korea, Dassault Systèmes.



“Dassault Systèmes is strongly committed in Korea and our success in the shipbuilding industry is an additional illustration of that willingness to make a difference, involving the entire ecosystem of an industry. The shipbuilding sector certainly gained from our strong track record in other industries and I am looking forward to serving additional domains in my country.”

Dassault Systèmes shipbuilding R&D center in Daegu, which is regarded as the best R&D center in terms of 3D technology in Korea set up by a software company, will contribute not only to the existing development of shipbuilding industry, but also discovering the next generation of profit models for this industry in new areas such as cruises, yachts and leisure boats.

To drive the 3D convergence industry successfully, Dassault Systèmes partners with Daegu city and Kyungpook National University. In addition, Young-bin Cho was appointed as the head of “Korea 3D Convergence Industry Forum”, a key organization driving 3D convergence industry business, and announced his commitment to fostering 3D convergence industry in Daegu, Gwangju and province of Gyeongsangbuk-do.

EADS and Dassault Systèmes to Reach a New level of Cooperation to Accelerate Introduction of PLM 2.0

On October 28, 2010 Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA announced enhanced cooperation with EADS in the PLM domain, supporting the recent EADS initiative called Phenix PLM Harmonization Center (PHC). The PHC program, involving extensive validation study performed on the V6 Dassault Systèmes portofolio, aims at accelerating the introduction of PLM 2.0 platform to better meet business needs and challenges on current and future EADS programs.



Dr. Jean Botti, Chief Technology Officer at EADS, stated: “Our strategic goal is to improve the efficiency and performance of our engineering and manufacturing. Dassault Systèmes is an EADS strategic partner for this purpose in the PLM domain. With our new EADS corporate initiative, the PLM Harmonization Center (PHC), this will continue to foster innovative practices at EADS.”

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2009, the Group - comprising the Divisions Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter - generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.



ESI India User Forum 2010 will bring together Indian users to share expertise, best practices, challenges and successes in Virtual Prototyping. In addition to learning from simulation experts, attendees will get a sneak peak at ESI's latest product features and benefits, as well as practical tips and tricks.

4 reasons to attend ESI India User Forum:

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