A telescope is under development in Canada, and with its completion in 2018, astronomers will have a clear and a far-reaching view of the universe. The telescope will be housed in an astronomical observatory created by Dynamic Structures. Dynamic Structures have been named as the Autodesk Australia’s inventor of the month for March 2009.
Dynamic Structures are using Autodesk Inventor software, the Autodesk Australia’s solution for digital prototyping to accelerate design of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the ground-based astronomical observatory that will house the 14-story, 2,000-pound telescope. The core technology of TMT will be a 492-segment and 30-meter diameter primary mirror.
The Inventor of the Month programme recognises the innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk Inventor software. A digital prototype is a realistic 3D digital simulation of the entire end product, used to optimise and validate a product before it is built, reducing the need for physical prototypes.
The existing telescope is 10 meters in diameter. The TMT enclosure weighs around 2,000 tons and together, the telescope and structure will have 200,000 parts.
Using Inventor software in collaboration from Autodesk Australia’s reseller and training partner, IMAGINiT Technologies, has helped Dynamic Structures validate design functionalities and catch errors before anything is built. It has also reduced the time required to create and revise part and assembly drawings helping the TMT project to stay on schedule.