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Autodesk unveils new design suites and cloud services for manufacturers

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Autodesk Australia  announces the release of a new portfolio of 3D design and engineering software for manufacturers, comprising of a complete set of integrated and interoperable suites and cloud services to simplify design, visualisation and simulation workflows from product development to delivery.

Geared especially for manufacturers, the new Autodesk design suites include Autodesk Product Design Suite and Autodesk Factory Design Suite. The new suites also provide a broad range of scalable cloud services to help manufacturers more efficiently design, build and deliver better products faster and at reduced costs, improving productivity and minimising upfront investment.

The new Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimising and validating designs earlier in the design process.

Aiming to enhance interoperability and collaboration, Autodesk design software suites provide comprehensive workflows to connect desktops to mobile devices and to the cloud.

Autodesk’s 2013 design suites integrate with Autodesk 360 cloud offerings to better enable collaboration through design sharing and reuse. The suites also offer interoperability with the new 2013 version of Autodesk Vault product data management software and the company’s next generation, cloud-based alternative Autodesk PLM 360.

Autodesk Vault software enables workgroups to organise, manage and track their engineering CAD data, manufacturing bills-of-material and change processes from a centralised location.

The 2013 Autodesk Product Design and Factory Design suites are available in three cost-effective, convenient editions: Standard, Premium and Ultimate.

Autodesk Product Design Suite

Autodesk Product Design Suite enables design, visualisation and simulation capabilities, helping to drive innovation with integrated, discipline-specific tools and workflows built for digital prototyping.

Autodesk Inventor software in the Standard edition establishes 3D parametric design as the basis of the engineering design process and delivers powerful 3D design and drafting capabilities.

AutoCAD Electrical software and Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems in the Premium and Ultimate editions deliver a complete integrated electromechanical system capable of producing an entire product definition, including fully defined tubing, piping and hydraulic systems.

Autodesk Navisworks Simulate in Premium and Ultimate editions provides integrated electromechanical, markup and visualisation workflows capability.

Autodesk Factory Design Suite

Autodesk Factory Design Suite enhances AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software with exclusive access to interoperable, layout-specific workflows, new cloud-based factory asset resources and powerful visualisation and analysis tools that help increase design accuracy, efficiency and communication.

Specifically, the one-to-one synchronisation between 2D AutoCAD drawings and the 3D Inventor assembly within the suite means changes made in the AutoCAD drawing will propagate to the Inventor 3D layout, and changes in the 3D layout will propagate back to the original 2D drawing.

This bidirectional associative workflow of the suite provides veteran AutoCAD users with a familiar, easy to learn process for generating compelling 2D and 3D factory layouts while improving efficiency and accuracy.

Autodesk Inventor Publisher

Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2013 extends the value of Autodesk Design Suites by leveraging the same 3D digital model used in the design process for developing highly visual and interactive 2D and 3D technical documentation that helps explain and differentiate products and processes.

Inventor Publisher 2013 features faster performance, new video output formats that can be published directly to YouTube and Facebook, and many new interoperability additions such as new file import formats, automatic update with new assembly formats and integration with Sketchbook Designer.

Autodesk Simulation

Delivering a fast, accurate and flexible approach to predict, optimise and validate designs earlier in the design process, the Autodesk Simulation family comprising of 2013 versions of Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Simulation CFD and Autodesk Simulation Moldflow serves as a comprehensive set of simulation software tools that are easy to integrate into each phase of the product development process.

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical offers interoperability with Autodesk Showcase 2013, allowing for results to be imported into Autodesk Showcase to create high-quality photorealistic renderings and presentations.

Autodesk Simulation CFD offers up to 34 times improvement in overall solve time, while Autodesk Inventor Fusion enhancements include the ability to create associative internal and external fluid volumes, the ability to detect interferences, and automatic model simplification.

Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS allow designers and manufacturers involved in injection moulding simulation to address the trend towards lightweight designs. The cloud-enabled tools provide access to computation power and enable the user to solve multiple scenarios in parallel, thereby reducing previous limitations and increasing productivity.

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