August 01, 2005
Autodesk Inventor Used To Design Innovative Alternative Energy Systems
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As the world searches for new sources of energy, governments and companies are using Autodesk Inventor, the world's best selling 3D mechanical design software, to realize ideas in renewable energy. Renewable energy pioneers, including Marine Current Turbines and Kopf Solardesign, have forged new paths to cleaner, more efficient energy resources through innovative engineering using Autodesk Inventor software.
Energy consumption is expected to rise about 26 percent during the next 20 years in the United States, and likely to grow at least as quickly worldwide, according to the United States Department of Energy. As such, major innovations in alternative energy technology are necessary to support not only economic growth, but also to prevent environmental devastation. Autodesk is at the forefront of software providers helping engineers turn their visions of creating machinery that generates renewable energy into reality.
with our Ansys system for FEA, for example, is really helping us reach our goals here," said David Ainsworth, Project Manager. This flexible solution helped move the innovation process along quickly.
Another renewable energy pioneer, Germany-based Kopf Solardesign, constructs solar boats using Autodesk Inventor for the design of all components. Designing in 3D simplifies communication with suppliers around the world because the visually intuitive medium transcends language barriers and reduces errors and miscommunication. Autodesk Inventor has helped the manufacturer to harness the power of the sun for cleaner, more efficient catamaran-style boats. Today its engineers rely on Autodesk Inventor for 3D modeling and analysis that goes farther than paper sketches, drafts or 2D design alone can to bring new ideas to life.
Autodesk is proud that its software enables innovators to create, manage and share designs that will become new sources of renewable energy. Autodesk Inventor improves ROI and shortens the learning curve for engineers, making them more productive. Using Autodesk Inventor, customers can lower the costs of renewable energy sources, making alternatives to non-renewable energy sources more viable.
files for placement and packaging purposes. Although you can't purchase just Inventor alone, it's not too bad a deal, especially if you're a current AutoCAD user who wants to migrate to 3D while still retaining the familiar 2D tool.
Like all CAD packages, parts are constructed of sketched collections of features and Inventor has five types of features that are edited to modify a part's shape. The different types of features have different requirements, representations, and functions. Features also have parent/child relationships, where one feature controls another, and this can be both a good and a bad thing.
When creating parts in Inventor 10, the Feature Generator provides a new way for editing extruded, revolved, and swept features. With it you can drag and drop predefined and custom features from Inventor's Content Center (basically a content library of features and parts). You can also modify a feature sketch with new 3D grips, as well as see a preview of the effects of modifications.
Similar to most other 3D CAD applications, in Inventor, you place components (parts) that act as a single functional unit into an assembly. In the assembly environment, you can add parts to an assembly or use sketch and part tools to create parts in the context of an assembly.
Autodesk spent a lot of time and effort in the area of drawings for Inventor 10 with good result. In Inventor 10 you can create drawing views of both surfaces and 3D sketches.
Since the competition continues to look to current AutoCAD users as converts to their 3D design packages, Autodesk is mounting a counter-offensive with Inventor 10. MDT models and drawings, for example, can be imported and reused as parts, assemblies, and drawings, where the original design intent, constraints, and drawing relationships are maintained after being imported into Inventor.
While it does have some work to do in the areas of surfacing and some aspects of interoperability, Inventor 10 is reaching a level of parity with its competitive rivals, and is worth a serious look this time around.
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