December 05, 2005
Autodesk Inventor Surpasses Half-Million Mark
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taking advantage of the superior 3D modeling and functional design capabilities found only in Autodesk Inventor.
"Our research shows that as more manufacturers make 3D modeling a priority in their product development initiatives, they are growing increasingly savvy about choosing tools," said Gisela Wilson, director at IDC Research. "They're looking to take advantage of 3D without sacrificing years of engineering expertise captured in 2D drawings -- and we believe that's driving growth in Autodesk Inventor use."
A September 2005 study by Wohlers Associates, Inc., in partnership with Cyon Research found that the mechanical CAD and product lifecycle management market grew to nearly $4 billion in 2004, with Autodesk Inventor leading the way in commercial mechanical design seats.
"Achieving the milestone of 500,000 seats is further validation of the Autodesk Inventor market leading status. The product's unmatched functionality continues to outclass competitive solutions," said Robert Kross, vice president, Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions Division. "From designing cars for manufacture in China to watches in Europe, engineering teams around the world are using Autodesk Inventor to communicate design information seamlessly so that their organizations can respond quickly and cost-effectively to changes in consumer demand."
There are many reasons why Autodesk Inventor continues to be the best selling 3D design software:
"Autodesk Inventor enables us to create products more quickly, make changes more readily, and document them instantly," says Pat Leonhardt, product development manager for EASI. "As we continue to branch out into new product lines, Autodesk Inventor will be instrumental to our business as it definitely gives us an edge in a competitive environment."
Inventor has done well in the crowded market space.
Unlike its competition, you can't purchase Inventor by itself, as it comes bundled in the Autodesk Inventor Series that also includes AutoCAD Mechanical and Mechanical Desktop. This packaging scheme makes it difficult to discern just how many seats of Inventor are actually used, versus those sold. Very difficult indeed. However, knowing that the number of Inventor seats sold is a fraction of the AutoCAD seats in the world (Autodesk estimates somewhere around seven million "legitimate" users), its numbers are increasing at a good clip, definitely making it a force to be reckoned with in mechanical design.
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Informative Graphics Corp. (IGC) announced that its new ModelPress Desktop is now shipping. ModelPress Desktop is a low-cost application that views a variety of 3D file formats. Supported formats include AutoCAD 3D DWF/DWG/DXF, Inventor, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, IGES, STL, VRML, OpenHSF, XGL, SAT, 3DS, and IGC's content secure 3DF format. Pro/ENGINEER, Wildfire and STEP formats are provided via the ModelPress Granite option. ModelPress Desktop is available for 15-day trial download from the www.modelpress.com Web site. The pricing for ModelPress Desktop is $99/license and the Granite version is $195/license.
in conjunction with TransMagic products, customers can merge and share design information.
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