March 09, 2009
Autodesk Introduces 2010 Manufacturing Product Line
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Autodesk Alias Design – For consumer product designers who control the entire industrial design process from initial concept to the final surfaces that are passed to engineering. Designers can develop and communicate product design concepts using sketches, illustrations, photorealistic renderings, and animations.
Autodesk Alias Surface – Has dynamic 3D modeling capabilities that enable virtual modelers to evolve concept models and scan data into high-quality production surfaces for consumer product design and Class-A surfaces for automotive design and styling.
Autodesk Alias Automotive – Still probably considered the de facto standard for automotive design and the choice of most automotive styling studios, Alias Automotive provides visualization and analysis tools for the entire shape-definition process, from concept sketches through Class-A surfacing.
Support for Mac this time around is huge, and the Autodesk Alias 2010 product line marks a major milestone with its first release on the Mac OS X. This should make the Alias line more attractive to the creative community who extensively use the Mac.
A much-needed updated user interface and additional Getting Started and learning content will help improve the user experience and ease the learning curve, which historically has been steep.. Intuitive 3D viewing is available with one click, and the Autodesk ViewCube navigation tool makes it easier to view a model with traditional camera tools.
The new Material Library offers a collection of preset shaders and contains more than 250 common materials and textures. Common material descriptions from the Material Library make moving data from Alias to Autodesk Showcase visualization software more efficient. By the way, the price of Showcase was reduced from about $5,000 to $995, so it might actually realize a real market presence this time around.
DWF Export will be available with the Alias products. According to Autodesk, the DWF format helps to protect the integrity of a design and allows for precise publishing, rendering, and printing of digital models.
Autodesk Inventor 2010
The Autodesk Inventor 2010 product line provides new usability and productivity enhancements for 3D design, simulation, plastic part creation, and data exchange. Autodesk Inventor software is what Autodesk considers the foundation of its Digital Prototyping philosophy and methodology that produces a 3D model for validating the form, fit, and function of a design before physically building it.
Plastic part design got a lot of the attention this time around and according to the company Autodesk Inventor 2010 provides designers with the plastic design and analysis tools they have asked for. Multibody workflows, specialized plastic features, rule-based fillets and associative import of exterior or Aside geometry from the Autodesk Alias family of software give Inventor 2010 users the tools for designing complex molded parts (that supposedly update smoothly when changed) without requiring a lot of detailed geometry construction or intermediate steps.
The Autodesk Inventor product line includes a new application, Autodesk Inventor Tooling (included in Autodesk Inventor Professional), for designing complex molded parts. It includes automated tools that use the digital prototype to quickly create and validate complete mold designs, helping to reduce errors and improve mold performance.
Autodesk Inventor 2010 includes multibody workflows, specialized plastic features, rule-based fillets and associative import of exterior or A-side geometry from the Autodesk Alias family of software giving Inventor 2010 users the tools for designing complex molded parts without requiring a lot of detailed geometry construction or intermediate steps.
The new Sketch Blocks in Inventor 2010 provide a logical representation of both rigid and moving bodies that can be combined into 2D kinematic models for detailed motion studies on mechanisms. Inventor Sketch Blocks can be used to populate the assembly with properly constrained part models based on the finished sketch.
Inventor 2010 has an enhanced, integrated simulation environment for motion simulation and finite element analysis (FEA) of both parts AND assemblies. Support for modal analysis, parametric studies and optimization should make it much easier to perform what-if studies to select the best design option and then push the resulting geometry back into the assembly model.
For interoperability and data exchange, with the new Shrinkwrap feature, you’ll have a new level of control over the simplification of large assemblies. You will be able to convert an assembly into a single part or surface model for use as an assembly substitute or to protect intellectual property (IP) when sharing models outside of your design department. Inventor 2010 includes new translators for CATIA V5 R6 through R18 as well as enhanced JT support for reading and writing JT files.
The enhanced AEC Exchange environment simplifies the exchange of data from mechanical components (HVAC, etc.) for use in building design. With support for the new Autodesk Package files (.adsk) and the Shrinkwrap tool, AEC Exchange will let you publish data files with simplified 3D representations and intelligent connection points for use in building models created using Revit MEP and Revit Architecture software.
A new task-based user interface should enhance usability and productivity. Inventor 2010 also includes many user-requested improvements, such as user-defined browser folders, user-defined coordinate systems, document tabs, improved spline handles, and an auto-save option.
This release includes new sheet metal tools that simplify the creation of rolled features and lofted flanges, such as square to round transitions. It also provides Unfold and Refold features, making it much easier to define features. Drawing Manager highlights include Aligned Section Views, dual units display and a new Arrange Dimensions tool.
Within Inventor Professional, there is now a new capability called Autodesk Inventor Tooling that has embedded the Moldflow technology to provide capabilities to simulate mold designs and ensure that potential mistakes are addressed before a physical model is created.
Autodesk Inventor Tooling includes automated tools that leverage a digital prototype to quickly create and validate complete mold designs, helping to reduce errors and improve mold performance.
For the 2010 release Autodesk has officially brought the Moldflow products into the Inventor fold and has greatly reduced the amount of products from 93 to 17, as well as adjusted the prices to make the Autodesk/Moldflow portfolio more affordable.
The Moldflow product lines range from entry level products and are intended to guide product designers without the need to be an expert in plastics, tooling or injection molding. On the opposite end of the spectrum are products that provide insight into the plastics injection molding process and address a broad range of design and manufacturing issues associated with the plastics molding process.
Autodesk said it has simplified the Moldflow product line in the 2010 release to bring customers more value at a lower cost. The software suite for simulation, analysis, optimization and validation of plastic parts and their associated molds introduces new sustainability features, along with enhanced performance and quality.
Autodesk Moldflow Insight offers detailed simulation of advanced molding processes using the world's largest plastics material database.
Autodesk Moldflow Adviser simplifies plastics injection molding simulation and guides designers through analysis and interpretation, helping to avoid manufacturing delays and mold rework.
AutoCAD Mechanical 2010
Contrary to what we continue to hear, 2D for MCAD is not totally dead and this is the sweet spot for AutoCAD Mechanical – AutoCAD for manufacturing, specifically developed to accelerate the 2D mechanical design process while preserving the AutoCAD user experience. Because it is optimized for 2D mechanical design, it simplifies complex mechanical design work and produce consistent results. AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 lets users to document digital prototypes created in Autodesk Inventor. Users can detail production drawings using the Autodesk Inventor link, that automatically updates 2D drawings when changes are made to the 3D model.
AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 has “intelligent” drafting features for automating common design tasks. AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 features a streamlined user interface that let you find favorite tools and commands faster, locate less frequently used tools more efficiently, and discover relevant new features more easily.
Bills of material enhancements to AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 help users create accurate BOMs and parts lists by automatically extracting BOM data from existing DWG files. Users have access to the more than 750,000 standard parts and features included with AutoCAD Mechanical. Part publishing offers the capability to add new part families to the library, helping save time and maintain consistency across projects.
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-- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.
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