Whats New in Autodesk Vault 2024

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Check out what's new in the latest Autodesk Vault 2024 release

What's New in Autodesk Vault 2024

Autodesk Vault 2024 is out with a focus on enforcing standards, delivering intuitive tools and administrative enhancements

Autodesk Vault 2024 is out with a focus on enforcing standards, delivering intuitive tools and administrative enhancements. Focus on the Work Export more design formats for downstream collaboration. Create new projects from a template structure. Enforcing Standards Manage and distribute Inventor template and design data. Enforce peer review during the design process. Intuitive Tools for Collaboration User-interface enhancements for more intuitive workflows and workflow enhancements.

Authors: More features for CAD users in Vault 2024 to Focus on the Work

Job Processor: DXF and STEP

Users can export DXF and STEP files for manufacturing, suppliers, and subcontractors as part of the release process.

  • On-demand DXF/STEP publish
  • DXF/STEP publish on state transition
  • Sync LC state and revision on DXF/STEP files
  • DXF/STEP file getting created in vault to use Design Rep classification and PDF like workflow
  • DXF/STEP file publish options like PDF publish options

Copy Design Enhancements

Design re-use efficiency by reducing number of clicks to complete the workflow and pre-checks to prevent errors prior to creating a new design variation.

  • More usability by enabling Copy/Paste in the copy design numbering panel
  • Use the Copy/Paste functionality to edit multiple row values in and excel spreadsheet and then copy them to the Copy Design with one operation
  • More guidance through highlight restriction before copy operations start (property: –)
  • Export File list within the warning dialog

Copy Design BOM Enhancements

Newly copied parts can be assigned to an Item immediately after Copy Design is executed.

Copy Design updates the BOM information in part files without having to open them in Inventor first

Copy Folder Structure

You can setup a new project quickly and start with a known folder structure.

  • Users can create a project folder from a template or previous folder structure
  • Copy Folder Structure permissions and Properties

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Insert Punch Tool from Vault

Users can select sheet metal punches from Vault when they are not in the local workspace.

Browse for 3D iFeature shapes from Vault to be inserted into the sheet metal face.

Administrators: Enforcing Vault Standards for Gratere Project Compliance

Inventor Design Data & Template Management

CAD Administrator can create and deploy template updates to users easily through Vault. Users remain up-to-date with templates and design data without manual updates.

The focus in 2024 is to create an Inventor\Vault integrated experience for the Template and Design Data Files with automatic updates of Templates and Design Data within specific workflows.

Peer Review

Control the lifecycle process by requiring a different user to transition to the next state. 

With this new user requirement, you can configure the Vault State transition to require Four Eyes Check and configure multiple rules for which files require Peer Review based on property values.

Job Processor

Apply retry strategy to visualization and custom jobs to reduce administration and user disruption to re-submit such jobs manually.

  • Automatic Retry capability for failed Job
  • Specify retry strategy between 1 and 10 attempts
  • The Job Processor will retry the failed jobs automatically without manual intervention

Thin Client Admin Settings

Administrators can set default columns for all Thin Client users in Autodesk Vault 2024.

Backup/Restore Enhancements

In Vault 2024, there is more flexibility in the Vault Server backup command to assist with backing up specified data components. This enhancement helps customers with large Vault environments that cannot use the existing backup command in the Vault Server.

Participants: Intuitive Vault Tools in 2024 for Project Collaboration

Thin Client – Enhancements

Select the Vault you need at the time of signing into the Thin Client and the Vault drop-down list shows the available Vault on the Server.

  • Improve interactions and control within the Thin Client interface with control for Expanding or Collapsing All for Objects with Structure.

Advanced Search capabilities paired with a modern UI for better experience:

  • Save searches as bookmarks in the browser
  • Search individual workspaces or multiple workspaces
  • Search workspaces of choice with search parameters
  • Search current folders and sub-folders
  • Find latest version only

Inventor Read-Only Vault Add-in

The Vault Add-in in Autodesk Vault Professional 2024 is available in Inventor Read-only, so users can open files and get access to Vault data directly from Inventor Read-only allowing users to review models efficiently without going between applications.

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Connected Design with the Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection streamlines design, analysis, and visualization for architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure, and manufacturing industries. The suite of software programs improves efficiency, reduces errors and rework, and increases cost-effectiveness.
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Connected Design with the Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection

In today’s fast-paced world, the construction industry is continuously evolving with new technology advancements. As technology advances, it becomes essential to have an efficient and connected design process that incorporates design, analysis, and visualization. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is a comprehensive suite of software programs that facilitate this process. This blog post will discuss how the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection can benefit various industries by connecting design, analysis, and visualization.

Connected Design Workflow: How Software Programs Work Together

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection consists of multiple software programs that allow for a connected design workflow. The software programs in the collection work together seamlessly, allowing for efficient design, analysis, and visualization. The collection includes software programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, and more. Each software program is designed to perform a specific task, and when used together, they create a comprehensive design workflow.

Designing with Precision: AutoCAD and Revit in the AEC Collection

The first step in any construction project is design. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes various software programs that aid in the design process. AutoCAD is a widely used software program that allows for 2D and 3D drafting. AutoCAD is used to create detailed drawings, and it is compatible with other software programs in the collection. Revit is another software program that is used in the design process. Revit allows for BIM (Building Information Modelling), which helps in creating a detailed 3D model of the building. By using Revit, the design process becomes more efficient, as the software program allows for collaboration between various stakeholders.

Revit and Civil 3D: Enhancing Infrastructure and Construction Projects with 3D Modeling and Efficient Design Collaboration

Revit and Civil 3D are commonly used in the AEC industry for infrastructure and construction projects. Revit creates 3D models of buildings, while Civil 3D designs infrastructure projects. Used together, they complement each other and improve the design process by identifying potential design issues in 3D models. Changes made in one software program are automatically updated in the other. This streamlines the design process and helps identify issues early in the design phase.

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How Revit and Advance Steel Work Together to Streamline Steel Design and Fabrication

Revit and Advance Steel are two software programs that can be used together in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Revit is a building information modeling (BIM) software that is used to create 3D models of buildings, while Advance Steel is a 3D modeling software that is used to design steel structures.

When used together, Revit and Advance Steel can improve the efficiency and accuracy of the design process. For example, an engineer can create a 3D model of a building in Revit and then export it to Advance Steel to design the steel structure. The engineer can then import the steel structure design back into Revit to ensure that it is compatible with the rest of the building design.

In addition, when changes are made in one software program, they are automatically updated in the other software program. This means that any changes made to the steel structure design in Advance Steel will be automatically reflected in the building design in Revit, and vice versa.

Using Revit and Advance Steel together can also help identify potential design issues early in the design phase. The 3D models created in Revit and Advance Steel can be used to identify clashes or conflicts that may have been missed in 2D design drawings. This can help save time and reduce the risk of errors and rework later in the project.

In conclusion, Revit and Advance Steel are powerful software programs that can be used together to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the design process in the AEC industry. The ability to export and import design elements between the two software programs and ensure that changes are automatically updated can streamline the design process and help identify potential issues early in the design phase.

Efficient Analysis with Navisworks and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes software programs that aid in the analysis process. Navisworks is a software program that allows for coordination and simulation of construction projects. Navisworks helps in identifying clashes, reducing errors and rework, and creating more efficient designs. Additionally, Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional is used to perform structural analysis of buildings. The software program helps in identifying structural deficiencies and optimizes the design process.

Bringing GIS Mapping and Connected Design Together: A Comprehensive Approach with Autodesk's AEC Collection

In today’s world, design and construction projects require a more comprehensive approach than ever before. With the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Collection from Autodesk, architects, engineers, and construction professionals have access to a suite of powerful tools that can help them collaborate and work more efficiently. One of the most valuable features of the AEC Collection is its ability to integrate with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, providing a more accurate and detailed view of project sites and landscapes.

AutoCAD Map 3D is a powerful software tool for GIS mapping, which allows users to access, manage and analyse spatial data. With AutoCAD Map 3D, users can easily import and export data from various sources, such as aerial imagery, satellite imagery, and other GIS data. This software also provides a wide range of tools for data analysis, visualization and editing, making it an essential tool for GIS professionals. Some of the key features of AutoCAD Map 3D include 3D modelling and visualisation, data query and analysis, and advanced geospatial analysis tools. By leveraging these features, users can create accurate and comprehensive maps and spatial data sets for a wide range of applications.

GIS mapping is a critical component of many construction projects, particularly those that involve large-scale developments or infrastructure. By overlaying geographic data such as topography, hydrology, and geology onto a digital map, project teams can better understand the context of their projects and make more informed decisions. The AEC Collection’s integration with GIS mapping tools allows architects, engineers, and construction professionals to access this data within their design software, creating a more seamless and connected workflow.

With the AEC Collection, design professionals can also collaborate with each other in real-time using tools such as Navisworks and Docs. Navisworks allows teams to integrate and coordinate models from multiple disciplines, while Docs enables document management and sharing across teams. By using these tools in conjunction with GIS mapping, project teams can ensure that all stakeholders have access to the most up-to-date information, reducing errors and improving overall project efficiency.

Enhancing Oil and Gas Plant Design with the AEC Collection and Plant 3D

The Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Collection is a powerful suite of software programs designed to facilitate connected design for the architecture industry. One of the key software programs in this collection is Plant 3D, which is specifically designed for oil and gas plant design.

Plant 3D is a comprehensive software program that enables users to design, model, and analyze piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) for oil and gas plants. With its intuitive interface and advanced tools, Plant 3D allows users to create accurate and detailed 3D models of plant layouts, equipment, and piping systems.

One of the key advantages of using the AEC Collection and Plant 3D for oil and gas plant design is the ability to collaborate with other disciplines in the industry, such as civil engineering and structural design. By working together in a connected design environment, designers and engineers can ensure that all aspects of the plant design are integrated seamlessly, from the initial concept through to construction and operation.

In addition, the AEC Collection and Plant 3D offer a range of powerful tools for data management and analysis, enabling users to track and monitor plant performance, optimize plant layouts, and identify potential safety hazards or operational issues.

Some of the key features of Plant 3D include:

  • Intelligent P&ID design and management tools
  • Comprehensive 3D modeling capabilities
  • Advanced piping and instrumentation analysis tools
  • Integration with other AEC Collection software programs, such as Navisworks and Docs

By leveraging these features, designers and engineers in the oil and gas industry can streamline their design processes, improve collaboration, and ensure that their plant designs are optimized for safety, efficiency, and performance.

Enhancing Visualisation with 3DS Max and InfraWorks

Visualisation is an essential part of any construction project. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes software programs that aid in the visualization process. 3DS Max is a software program that allows for rendering and animation of 3D models. 3DS Max helps in creating realistic visuals, which help in selling designs to clients. Autodesk InfraWorks is another software program that helps in creating visualizations of infrastructure projects. InfraWorks allows for collaboration between various stakeholders, and it helps in creating a more efficient design process.

Streamlining AEC Projects with Autodesk Docs

Autodesk Docs is a powerful document management tool that can help streamline AEC projects when used in conjunction with the Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection (AEC Collection) software. The AEC Collection includes several software programs that are essential for building design and construction, including Revit, Civil 3D, and Advance Steel.

By using Autodesk Docs to manage project documents, stakeholders can easily access and collaborate on project files from anywhere, at any time. This can improve project efficiency and communication, as all team members can stay up-to-date on project progress and changes.

Moreover, the AEC Collection software can be seamlessly integrated with Autodesk Docs, allowing users to store and manage their project files directly within Autodesk Docs. This integration makes it easier for teams to collaborate on project files and ensures that all project documentation is stored in one place, reducing the risk of lost or missing files.

For example, Revit models can be directly linked to Autodesk Docs, allowing team members to access and collaborate on the most up-to-date model at all times. Civil 3D designs can also be stored in Autodesk Docs, making it easy to share and collaborate on complex civil engineering projects.

Overall, by using Autodesk Docs in conjunction with the AEC Collection software, AEC professionals can streamline their project workflows, improve collaboration and communication, and ensure that project documentation is secure and easily accessible.

AEC Collection in Various Industries: Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is beneficial to various industries. Here are a few examples:

Architecture: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is used by architects to design and visualise buildings. The software programmes in the collection allow for efficient design, analysis, and visualisation.

Engineering: Engineers use the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection to perform structural analysis and design. The software programmes in the collection help in identifying structural deficiencies, optimising designs, and creating efficient designs.

Construction: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is used in the construction industry to coordinate and simulate construction projects. The software programmes in the collection help in identifying clashes, reducing errors and rework, and creating more efficient designs.

Infrastructure: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is used in the infrastructure industry to design and visualise infrastructure projects. The software programmes in the collection, such as InfraWorks, help in creating visualisations of infrastructure projects. InfraWorks allows for collaboration between various stakeholders, including engineers, designers, and contractors. By using the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection, infrastructure projects can be completed more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Manufacturing: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is also used in the manufacturing industry. The collection includes software programmes that aid in the design of manufacturing equipment and machinery. Autodesk Inventor, for example, is used to design and test products before they are manufactured, reducing errors and costs.

Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection Connected Design Matrix

SoftwareDescriptionFile TypeCommandImport/ExportLink
AutoCAD2D and 3D computer-aided design software used for creating blueprints, schematics, and modelsDWG, DXF, DWFDRAWING, MODEL, VIEW, PLOTImport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, STEP, SAT, IGES, STLExport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, STL, OBJ, FBX
RevitBuilding information modeling (BIM) software used for creating detailed 3D models of buildings and structuresRVT, RFA, RTEOPEN, VIEW, EXPORT, PRINTImport: DWG, DXF, IFC, SAT, SKP, 3DM, STL, OBJ, FBXExport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, IFC, SAT, SKP, 3DM, STL, OBJ, FBX
Civil 3DCivil engineering design and documentation software used for designing, analyzing, and documenting civil engineering projectsDWGCIVIL3D, C3DImport: DWG, LandXML, RevitExport: DWG, LandXML, Revit
InfraWorksInfrastructure design and engineering software used for creating 3D models of infrastructure projectsIAMOPEN, MODEL, VIEW, EXPORT, PUBLISHImport: DWG, DGN, GIS, SHP, KML, FBXExport: DWG, DGN, FBX, COLLADA, OBJ, IFC, KMZ
3ds Max3D modeling, animation, and rendering software used for creating visualizations of buildings and environmentsMAXOPEN, MODEL, RENDERImport: DWG, FBX, DAE, OBJ, 3DS, STLExport: DWG, FBX, DAE, OBJ, 3DS, STL
NavisworksProject review software used for 3D coordination, model analysis, and clash detectionNWD, NWFOPEN, APPEND, EXPORT, PUBLISHImport: DWG, DWF, DGN, IFC, SKP, FBX, 3DS, OBJExport: DWF, DWFx, NWC, NWF, FBX, 3DS, OBJ
Advance SteelSteel detailing software used for creating structural steel models and fabrication drawingsDWG, DSTVOPEN, MODEL, EXPORTImport: DWG, CIS/2, SDNF, IFC, STEP, SAT, SKPExport: DWG, DSTV, CIS/2, SDNF, IFC, STEP, SAT, SKP
Robot Structural Analysis ProfessionalStructural analysis software used for simulating and analyzing building structuresRST, RSA  

AEC Collection: A Valuable Tool for Cost-Effective Design Processes.

In conclusion, the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is a comprehensive suite of software programs that facilitates a connected design workflow. The software programs in the collection work together seamlessly, allowing for efficient design, analysis, and visualization. By using the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection, various industries can benefit from a more efficient and cost-effective design process. The collection is beneficial to architects, engineers, construction professionals, infrastructure designers, and manufacturers. The collection is continuously evolving to meet the needs of these industries, and it remains a valuable tool in the construction industry.

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Connecting Autodesk Inventor with Other Software Tools for Efficient Design

Are you looking for ways to streamline your product design and manufacturing process? Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection which includes Autodesk Inventor, a powerful 3D modelling software, can be a game-changer for your business. Not only can Inventor help you create complex designs with ease, but it can also connect with other Autodesk software tools for a more efficient and integrated design process.

Here’s how Product Design & Manufacturing Collection and Inventor can connect with other Autodesk software tools to improve your design workflow:

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Inventor can be used in conjunction with other Autodesk software tools such as Revit, 3ds Max, and AutoCAD. This “connected design” approach allows for seamless data exchange between software applications, improving collaboration and reducing the risk of errors and delays.

Using Inventor and AutoCAD to improve Design and Collaboration

Inventor and AutoCAD can be used together to create 2D drawings of 3D models. This integration streamlines the design process and allows for quick changes to be made to drawings as the design evolves.

Collaboration in Navisworks

Models can be imported into Navisworks for simulation and analysis. This integration allows designers to evaluate the performance of their designs and identify potential issues before production begins.

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Connected Design with 3ds Max

Export 3D models to 3ds Max for high-quality rendering and visualization. This integration allows designers to create photorealistic images and animations of their designs, making it easier to communicate their vision to stakeholders and customers.

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Connecting Product Design & Manufacturing Collection to Revit

Inventor can import Revit models to create detailed designs for mechanical and electrical components. Revit models can also be exported to Inventor for further refinement.

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Autodesk Shared Views: Collaborate Easily with Stakeholders

Autodesk Shared Views is a cloud-based tool that enables users to share their designs and models with stakeholders in real-time. It simplifies the review process by allowing users to share a link to the Shared View, where reviewers can access the design directly in their browser. Shared Views supports multiple reviewers and provides markup tools for collaboration. The tool also includes version control features for tracking changes and viewing previous versions. Being cloud-based, Shared Views requires no software or hardware installation, making it accessible from any device with an internet connection.

How Autodesk Inventor Helps You Achieve BIM Interoperability

Autodesk Inventor simplifies BIM workflows and enhances collaboration with other stakeholders by providing BIM interoperability tools. These tools allow you to create, import and export BIM data in various formats, enabling you to work more efficiently with software like Revit and Navisworks. Inventor’s BIM Content Creation, BIM Content Import, BIM Project Review and BIM-to-Fabrication tools provide accurate and consistent designs. These tools can be used in conjunction with the Product Design and Manufacturing Industry Collection, which includes additional software tools. Start using Inventor’s BIM interoperability tools today to streamline your workflow and deliver better projects.

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Revolutionizing Electronics Design: How Autodesk Inventor's PCB Interoperability Tools are Changing the Game

Autodesk Inventor is a powerful CAD software that offers a range of advanced features for mechanical and electrical design. One of the most valuable features for electronic designers is the ability to work with printed circuit boards (PCBs) directly in the software. With Autodesk Inventor’s PCB interoperability tools, users can streamline their design process and create more accurate designs.

Inventor’s PCB Interoperability Tools

Inventor offers a suite of tools for working with PCBs, including:

  • ECAD-MCAD Collaboration
  • PCB layout import
  • Design rule checking
  • Export to Manufacturing

Additionally, Inventor’s ability to import and view PCB layouts from other software tools enables designers to work with existing designs and make any necessary changes in a 3D environment. This feature saves time and improves accuracy.

Finally, Inventor’s comprehensive design rule checking tool ensures that the design meets industry standards and identifies any potential errors before the manufacturing process. This feature reduces the risk of costly errors and ensures that the design is accurate and ready for production.

Product Design & Manufacturing Collection Connected Matrix

SoftwareDescriptionFile TypeCommandImport/ExportLink
Inventor3D mechanical design software used for creating detailed product designs and engineering documentationIPT, IAMOPEN, MODEL, DRAWING, PUBLISHImport: DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, SAT, CATIA, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NXExport: DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, SAT, CATIA, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NX
AutoCAD2D and 3D computer-aided design software used for creating blueprints, schematics, and modelsDWG, DXF, DWFDRAWING, MODEL, VIEW, PLOTImport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, STEP, SAT, IGES, STLExport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, STL, OBJ, FBX
Fusion 360Integrated CAD, CAM, and CAE software used for product development and manufacturingF3D, IPT, IAMOPEN, MODEL, DRAWING, CAMImport: DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, SAT, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NXExport: DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, SAT, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NX
Alias AutoStudioIndustrial design software used for creating and visualizing product designsOBJ, STLOPEN, MODEL, RENDERImport: IGES, STEP, STL, OBJ, SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/EExport: IGES, STEP, STL, OBJ, SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/E
NavisworksProject review software used for 3D coordination, model analysis, and clash detectionNWD, NWFOPEN, APPEND, EXPORT, PUBLISHImport: DWG, DWF, DGN, IFC, SKP, FBX, 3DS, OBJExport: DWF, DWFx, NWC, NWF, FBX, 3DS, OBJ
      
HSMWorksIntegrated CAM software used for programming CNC machinesIPT, IAMSETUP, TOOLPATH, POSTImport: DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, SAT, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NXExport: DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, SAT, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NX
Nastran In-CADFinite element analysis (FEA) software used for simulating and analyzing product designsNAS, OP2OPEN, ANALYSIS, RESULTSImport: IPT,

Interoperability between design and analysis software

Import/Export: Inventor supports a variety of file formats for import and export, including STEP, IGES, and SAT. This flexibility allows for easy data exchange between Inventor and other software tools, improving collaboration and reducing errors.

Collaboration

By connecting Inventor with other Autodesk software tools, designers can create complex designs with ease, reduce errors and delays, and streamline the design process. With improved collaboration and data exchange, the product design and manufacturing process can be more efficient and cost-effective.

In conclusion, Autodesk Inventor is a powerful tool that can be used in conjunction with other Autodesk software tools to improve the design workflow. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can optimize your design process, reduce errors and delays, and create high-quality designs that meet your business needs.

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Connected Electrical Design with Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical are two of the most popular software applications used in engineering design, particularly in electrical and electronic design automation. While each has its own strengths, combining these two powerful tools can lead to even greater design efficiency and productivity. In this article, we will explore how Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical work together, focusing on the EMX project, syncing files, and how they can be combined with Fusion 360 for advanced PCB design.

Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical: Combining Forces for Better Schematic Design

Introduction to Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical

Autodesk Inventor is a 3D modeling software used primarily for mechanical engineering design. It allows users to create precise 3D models of mechanical parts, assemblies, and even entire machines. On the other hand, AutoCAD Electrical is a specialized software used for electrical engineering design. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for creating and modifying electrical control systems, wiring diagrams, and other related documentation.

The EMX Project: Enhancing Design Efficiency and Productivity

The EMX Project is an add-on for AutoCAD Electrical that enables users to create 3D representations of their electrical schematics in Autodesk Inventor. This makes it possible to visualize the electrical components in 3D space, making it easier to detect potential design issues before fabrication. The EMX project also allows users to import Inventor models into AutoCAD Electrical, giving them a more realistic representation of the actual components used in their designs.

Syncing Files Between Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical

Another advantage of using Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical together is the ability to sync files between the two applications. This allows users to transfer 3D electrical harness models from Inventor to Electrical or vice versa, as well as easily update changes made in one application to the other. This seamless integration not only saves time but also ensures accuracy and consistency in design documentation.

Combining with Fusion 360: Taking PCB Design to the Next Level

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM platform that allows users to collaborate on projects in real-time. It integrates with both Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical, enabling users to bring their schematic designs into the 3D modeling environment of Fusion 360 for more advanced PCB design. This integration streamlines the design process and helps eliminate errors by providing a seamless workflow from schematic design to PCB layout and manufacturing.

How to Get Started with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical

To get started with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical, users need to have a basic understanding of electrical engineering principles and practices. They also need to have access to both software applications, as well as the EMX Project add-on for AutoCAD Electrical. Additionally, users can benefit from online training resources, tutorials, and forums provided by Autodesk to help them master the software.

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Revolutionizing Electronics Design: How Autodesk Inventor's PCB Interoperability Tools are Changing the Game

Autodesk Inventor is a powerful CAD software that offers a range of advanced features for mechanical and electrical design. One of the most valuable features for electronic designers is the ability to work with printed circuit boards (PCBs) directly in the software. With Autodesk Inventor’s PCB interoperability tools, users can streamline their design process and create more accurate designs.

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How to Achieve Connected Design with Autodesk Inventor and Eagle (Fusion 360)

Look no further than Autodesk’s connected design solution between Inventor and Eagle. This powerful combination allows for seamless collaboration between mechanical and electrical design teams. Autodesk Eagle, now a part of Fusion 360, is a popular PCB design tool that offers a range of powerful features to create schematics, layout designs, and manufacturing outputs. By integrating Eagle with Inventor, designers can easily incorporate PCBs into their mechanical assemblies and optimize the fit and function of their designs. 

One key advantage of using Inventor and Eagle together is the ability to maintain a “single source of truth” for your design data. With the integration, design changes in one tool can be automatically propagated to the other, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring consistency across the design process. Another benefit of this connected design approach is the ability to visualize the PCB and its components in a 3D mechanical assembly context.

This allows designers to check for potential interferences, optimize the placement of the PCB and its components, and ultimately achieve a more efficient and cost-effective design. To get started with connected design between Inventor and Eagle, simply import your Eagle board file into Inventor.

From there, you can place the PCB into your assembly and start working on the integration with your mechanical components. Changes made to the PCB in Eagle will be reflected in Inventor, and vice versa.

Inventor’s PCB Interoperability Tools

Inventor offers a suite of tools for working with PCBs, including:

ECAD-MCAD Collaboration

This tool allows electrical and mechanical designers to work together seamlessly by importing 3D models of the PCB into Inventor. This tool eliminates the need for physical prototypes and enables designers to test the fit of the PCB in the mechanical assembly.

PCB layout import

Inventor can import and view PCB layouts from other software tools such as Eagle, Altium, and OrCAD. This feature allows designers to view their designs in a 3D environment and make any necessary changes before finalizing the design.

 Design rule checking

Inventor offers a comprehensive design rule checking tool that allows designers to check their PCB designs against a set of predefined rules. This feature ensures that the design meets industry standards and helps identify any potential errors before the manufacturing process.

Export to Manufacturing

Once the design is complete, Inventor can export the PCB design to the manufacturing process. This feature ensures that the design is accurate and ready for production.

Seamless Integration: How Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360 Work Together for Streamlined PCB Design

https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/pcb-design-with-fusion-360/Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360 are both powerful design tools that can be used for a wide range of applications. While Inventor is known for its advanced 3D design capabilities, Fusion 360 is a comprehensive product development platform that allows designers and engineers to work together in a collaborative environment.

One of the ways that Inventor and Fusion 360 work together is through their interoperability with PCB design software. In particular, Fusion 360 includes an integrated PCB design tool called Eagle that can be used to create schematics and layouts for printed circuit boards. By leveraging the power of Eagle and the design capabilities of Inventor and Fusion 360, designers can create complex PCB designs with ease.

One of the key benefits of using Inventor and Fusion 360 for PCB design is the ability to work in a connected design environment. This means that designers can collaborate in real-time with other members of their team, including electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other stakeholders. This collaborative approach can help to streamline the design process and reduce errors, ensuring that the final product is of the highest quality.

Another advantage of using Inventor and Fusion 360 for PCB design is the ability to import and export data between the two platforms. This means that designers can easily move between the two tools, leveraging the strengths of each platform as needed. For example, designers can create a 3D model of a PCB in Inventor, then import the data into Fusion 360 to add electrical components and wiring.

To get started with using Inventor and Fusion 360 for PCB design, users should first become familiar with the basic workflows and tools of each platform. They should also explore the various integration points between the two tools, including the ability to import and export data, collaborate in a connected design environment, and use the integrated Eagle PCB design tool within Fusion 360.

Why Use Autodesk Inventor for PCB Design?

Autodesk Inventor’s PCB interoperability tools make it an ideal choice for electronic designers. The ability to work with both mechanical and electrical designs in the same software environment streamlines the design process and eliminates the need for multiple software tools. This feature also enables designers to test the fit of the PCB in the mechanical assembly, reducing the risk of errors and rework.

Additionally, Inventor’s ability to import and view PCB layouts from other software tools enables designers to work with existing designs and make any necessary changes in a 3D environment. This feature saves time and improves accuracy.

Finally, Inventor’s comprehensive design rule checking tool ensures that the design meets industry standards and identifies any potential errors before the manufacturing process. This feature reduces the risk of costly errors and ensures that the design is accurate and ready for production.

In conclusion, the interoperability between Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360, along with the integrated Eagle PCB design tool, makes these tools an excellent choice for designers and engineers looking to create complex PCB designs. By working together in a connected design environment and leveraging the strengths of each platform, designers can create high-quality PCB designs in a fraction of the time it would take with other tools.

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer – Renaming Files

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer - Renaming Files

This Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer post looks at the common workflows in both systems when it comes to renaming a file. Typically when a a file is renamed it is either named differently because their is a variation, or perhaps the design intent has changed and there may be a need to modify the filename or it is copied and the requirement to have a unique filename exists.

File Management

Renaming Files in Windows Explorer

When renaming within a Windows Explorer environment, as long as the file is not opened, you can simply left click or right-click > rename and change the filename as long as the same filename does not exist in the same file path.

There are 3rd party tools to batch rename as well of you need to change a filename in bulk.

Windows Explorer File Renaming Challenges

Using Windows, users experience the following challenges:

  • Reference management may fail as the filename in the reference file path has changed
  • Changing multiple files can be time consuming
  • Updating the part number or other metadata, properties or attributes within the file. While we can rename the file, if we need to also rename the metadata within that file, we need to go into each file that needs to be modified, make the changes, save, exit and repeat for each file that needs a similar metadata change.

Renaming in Vault

With Vault, you can rename files and metadata within the file a couple ways:

  • Rename Wizard
  • Edit Properties
  • Copy Design
 

Rename Wizard

By selecting a file or files, then right-clicking the mouse button, you can select the rename command to launch the rename wizard.

Autodesk Vault’s Rename Wizard gives you the following options:

  • Add more files to rename
  • Add a Prefix and/or Suffix or Increment
  • Modify the filename
  • Update the Part Number
  • Numbering Scheme (for Vault Professional environments)
 
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Using the Rename Wizard in Vault

Edit Properties

Like the Rename Wizard in Autodesk Vault, you can bulk update properties through the Vault Explorer without needing to open files individually.

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Editing Properties in Vault

Opening Files That Have Been Renamed

Windows Explorer

The issue with opening referenced files that have been renamed is matching the file reference. No big deal when it’s one, but if there are hundreds or more, the process can be mind numbing and time consuming.

Autodesk Vault

When files are renamed in Vault and opened in CAD, Vault tracks the change and ensures the reference to any other files are maintained, giving users more time to focus on design rather than file administration. 

Autodesk Vault Vs Windows - File Renaming Video

Watch the video below to compare file remaming in Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer.

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer – File Management

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer - File Management

In the first post of the Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer Blog Series, we take a look at the differences between Autodesk Vault and Windows Explorer when it comes to file management and how users store, find files, create files and folders.

File Management

Windows Explorer File Management Processes and Techniques

When managing CAD or BIM data using AutoCAD, Inventor or Revit in a Windows Explorer, Network Server or even Cloud Storage environment, users typically:

  • Store data in folders
  • Sort data or projects by folder
  • Descriptive filenames that are complex and long are used to understand what the file is and what it contains
  • Find files by clicking through folders and sub-folders or searching by file name
  • Have a centralised library of content center files, xrefs, blocks, templates, etc.
  • Create multiple ipj files (for Inventor) to manage projects or isolate project specific files
  • Updating files and the file metadata on a batch scale using 3rd party tools, such as Inventor task scheduler

Windows Explorer File Management Challenges

Using Windows, users experience the following challenges:

  • Complex folder and sub-folder structures based on agreed upon rules or company standards
  • Understanding what a filename means to know what the file contains
  • Having to open the file or multiple files to find the right file/s.
  • Managing folder and filenames characters when the 255 character folder/filename limitation becomes an issue
  • Wasting time looking through folder structures to find the ‘correct’ file
  • Understanding which files reference the file you want to modify.
  • If there are duplicates, which file is the right file.
  • Using files across projects. In an Inventor environment, doing this while managing ipj files and reference errors can also become challenging.
  • Renaming or updating files on a batch scale can be laborious 
  • The time it takes windows to search and find the files is time consuming
  • Windows finds other files that may not be related
  • You can’t see the metadata or file properties that are stored within the CAD file
  • Unless the filename includes the version or revision, it’s difficult to understand if it’s the latest file
Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer - searching for a file side by side comparison
Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer - Side by side comparison when searching

Vault File Management

Using a SQL database, Vault managing folder and file entries, queries and file attributes, changing the way files are managed from relying on manual standards, file naming and folder structure procedures to leveraging file metadata and visualisation.

Using Vault, users can still use traditional folder and file naming methods to find files or by using advanced searching criteria, metadata and visualisation, users can the right file.

In the scenario below, we know the file name contains 558, it’s an ipt file and who created it, so by using this criteria, we can filter through the folder structure very quickly to isolate which file/s we are looking for. Search results can also be saved for future use too.

Autodesk Vault explorer user interafce
Autodesk Vault Explorer User Interface

Folder Management

Like Windows, using the Project Explorer interface, users can create folders, sub-folders and (also new files) also use numbering schemes, Vault properties, datasheet, categories, version controls and lifecycles to manage the folder and its contents.

Tools to find the right file in Vault

Now that we have found what files have met the search criteria, amongst other tools in Vault, we can use these tabs to give us more insight into the file:

  • Search Results – view the results, file category, stage, compliance and any other associated metadata you want to view
  • Properties – displays all the properties associated with the file
  • History – provides an thumbnail, it’s version, revision, historical state and other meta data
  • Where Used – Lets you know which files are referencing the selected file before you start editing it and making changes to the file.
  • View –  without needing to open the file, a user can view a 3D model (pan, rotate & zoom) or 2D drawing, measure, see markups, create cross sections and utilise all the other tools available in the Autodesk Viewer that is used in other Autodesk management tools such as Fusion Teams and Autodesk Construction Cloud.
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Autodesk Vault - View tab lets you preview a 3D model in Vault
Autodesk Vault visualisation viewer lets you preview the model in 3D before opening it
Autodesk Vault - View tab lets you preview a 3D model in Vault
Autodesk Vault - where used allows users to understand where the file is being used as a reference
Autodesk Vault - Where Used Tab lets you see which other files are referencing the selected file

Autodesk Vault File Management Video

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer

When using CAD software such as Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor, the natural choice is to use the Windows Explorer environment and store files and manage projects and data in Windows folders.

User who use Windows folders can experience limitations and need to do more manual operations compared to using Autodesk Vault to manage their data, however, what are the differences between these two ways of working and is the time and money spent on implementing a new system less than the time spent working in Windows folders?

The answer an overwhelming yes from Vault users, and this blog series will demonstrate the differences, so if you are unsure of why you should stop how you are managing your CAD data in Windows, this blog should answer those questions. 

What's the Difference?

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • File Management – How do you store and find files and metadata
  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed
  • Concurrent Design – How do you work on the same project and files
  • Collaboration – How do you collaborate with other team members

File Management

Windows Explorer File Management Processes and Techniques

When managing CAD or BIM data using AutoCAD, Inventor or Revit in a Windows Explorer, Network Server or even Cloud Storage environment, users typically:

  • Store data in folders
  • Sort data or projects by folder
  • Descriptive filenames that are complex and long are used to understand what the file is and what it contains
  • Find files by clicking through folders and sub-folders or searching by file name
  • Have a centralised library of content center files, xrefs, blocks, templates, etc.
  • Create multiple ipj files (for Inventor) to manage projects or isolate project specific files
  • Updating files and the file metadata on a batch scale using 3rd party tools, such as Inventor task scheduler

Vault File Management

Using a SQL database, Vault managing folder and file entries, queries and file attributes, changing the way files are managed from relying on manual standards, file naming and folder structure procedures to leveraging file metadata and visualisation.

Using Vault, users can still use traditional folder and file naming methods to find files or by using advanced searching criteria, metadata and visualisation, users can the right file.

In the scenario below, we know the file name contains 558, it’s an ipt file and who created it, so by using this criteria, we can filter through the folder structure very quickly to isolate which file/s we are looking for. Search results can also be saved for future use too.

Autodesk Vault explorer user interafce
Autodesk Vault Explorer User Interface

Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer - File Management Blog Post

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Reference Management

Windows Reference Management

When files are referenced within a file such as an xref in AutoCAD and Revit or iam, ipt and idw in an Inventor iam

Windows Vs Vault

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Renaming Files

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Copying Files

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

IPJ File Management

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Attributes/Properties

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Version Control

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

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Fusion 360 Manage

Fusion 360 Manage

Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain: Cloud PLM and PDM that easily connects your data, people and processes. 

Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain is a true cloud-based SaaS solution for PDM and PLM. It delivers data and process management capabilities that enable manufacturers to digitally transform product development and collaboration workflows.

Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain allows you to connect your entire organisation, including your PLM and PDM systems. You can connect across multiple departments and international locations seamlessly, helping you bring your products to market with speed. Using cloud data and process management, you can:

  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain one single source of truth with your latest product data

Why use Fusion 360 Manage With Upchain?

  • Get the full picture of all data from all sources. Integrate your processes and do more with your data.
  • Give everyone access to the data they need. Provide secure access to rich CAD data and solicit feedback from internal and external stakeholders without requiring CAD licenses for reviewers.
  • Collaborate without barriers across multiple teams, suppliers, customers or other partners any time, from any location.

What can you do with Fusion 360 Manage With Upchain?

  • Enjoy the flexibility to start quickly and scale easily over time.  Scale up and down as needed with modular processes and tailored workflows without having to implement customised coding.
  • Bring all your product data together in one place with an open system.  Create a single source of truth for all your product data including different file types with multi-CAD integrations and an open API.  Pull in upstream and downstream data from a range of systems including ERP or CRM systems.
  • Access your data from anywhere at any time. Access and review designs, view bill of material items, change lifecycle states, manage change orders and more all from a mobile device.

Fusion 360 Manage With Upchain Options

There are multiple versions of Fusion 360 With Upchain including:

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For organisations with enterprise level needs. It has all the features of the professional version, plus a sandbox environment, it caters for third-party users, single sign-on and includes expanded cloud storage.

 

 Professional Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain Professional

The best option for power users and design engineers. Integrate your CAD tools with PDM. Create and manage BOMs, workflows, workspaces, templates and engineering changes.

 

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Suitable for both extended engineering and non-engineering teams. Harness the full capabilities of PLM. Define and manage your processes, workflows, engineering changes, workspaces and templates.

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Suitable for management, project stakeholders, data consumers and ticket-raisers. View documents, create and run reports, participate in workflows and view dashboards.

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Save Time and Money with Autodesk Vault for AutoCAD

Autodesk Vault for AutoCAD users can provide a number of benefits in managing data and with support for AutoCAD Electrical, Civil 3D and other specialised toolsets in Vault Professional
Autodesk Vault for AutoCAD users can provide a number of benefits in managing data and with support for AutoCAD Electrical, Civil 3D and other specialised toolsets in Vault Professional

Save Time and Money with Autodesk Vault for AutoCAD

If you are wondering if Autodesk Vault can help you manage your AutoCAD projects and collaborate with team members, then check out these top reasons for Autodesk Vault for AutoCAD.

Autodesk Vault Autodesk Vault Basic,Vault Professional, available on-premise or pay by the month in the cloud

Benefits of Using Autodesk Vault

Autodesk Vault comes in two version, Vault Basic and Vault Professional and Design Consulting can deploy these systems on-premise or in the cloud.

  • Data Centralisation
  • Versioning
  • Search
  • Change Management
  • Revision Tables
  • Sheet Set Manager
  • Copy Design
  • Rename
  • View and Markup

Data Centralisation

Whether it’s Vault Basic or Vault Professional, your engineering data and related documents are stored centrally.

Files are stored on the Vault Server and users check them out which creates a  local copy on their computer and when they are ready, they can check the file/s back into Vault and the latest version is stored on the Server.

Versioning

Managers can audit and track the revision history of data files from a single location. This helps reduce the chance of design and construction errors by enabling the proactive release and tracking of files throughout the project lifecycle. 

Team members access only the correct revision of data. As the project evolves, Autodesk® Vault Professional software captures predefined milestones in the project lifecycle, making it easier for users to revert back to a previous state and keep track of design
changes.

Search

Vault users can use a range of methods, such as saved searches and shortcuts, to find and organize data. A user can search for a file name or search on attributes and custom properties to find the right file/s.

Change Management

Control design data access with revision management. Audit and track the revision history of your data files from a single location. Reduce the chance of design and manufacturing errors by securely releasing and tracking files throughout the design cycle, helping make sure that team members access only the correct revision of data.

Revision Tables

The process of manually updating the revision tables on drawings can be time-consuming, especially for changes that require simple property updates throughout the drawing’s lifecycle. The Vault Revision Table feature enables you to automatically update a drawing’s revision table data. Since multiple revision tables may exist in the same drawing, the Vault Revision Table feature tracks and updates all tables.

Sheet Set Manager

Sets of drawings are the primary deliverable for most design groups. Sets of drawings communicate the overall design intent of a project and provide the documentation and specifications for the project. However, managing sets of drawings manually can be complicated and time-consuming. The Sheet Set Manager integration enables you to store your sheets in a vault. You can also work on vaulted sheet sets online of offline.

Copy Design

Stop manually recreating or duplicating complex models and drawing sets, saving hours of design time. Using Autodesk data management software, you can copy a digital prototype—including all related files and documentation—for use in a new design. It’s easy to configure the files you want to replace, reuse, or copy.

Rename

Drawing files containing external references or links can be renamed and reorganized without breaking links between parent and child documents. Users are able to specify a new name and new numbering scheme based on a configurable set of tables.

View and Markup

Vault enables easy sharing and collaborating. Multisheet drawings are supported in the markup environment, which provides a rich feature set of tools. Once a markup is created, it can be shared and managed by Vault.

Summary

Vault provides a number of benefits for Autodesk AutoCAD users and all features except change management are found in Autodesk Vault Basic. Vault Professional offers revision control, lifecycle management, automatic numbering schemes a job processor to automate publishing of PDF, DWG and other file typ.es plus many other features with support for AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Mechanical, Electrical, Civil 3D and Factory Design Utilities.

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Vault Cloud

Autodesk Vault Autodesk Vault Basic,Vault Professional, available on-premise or pay by the month in the cloud
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Vault Cloud

Access Vault in the Cloud for Vault Basic, Vault Professional and Vault Professional with JP Pro Job Processor Editions

Save time and increase productivity with Autodesk Vault's data and file management tools in the cloud.
Design Consulting offers Autodesk Vault on-premise and now in the cloud to give greater flexibility

Benefits of Vault Cloud

Save time and increase productivity with Autodesk Vault's data and file management tools in the cloud.
Design Consulting offers Autodesk Vault on-premise and now in the cloud to give greater flexibility

Benefits of Vault Cloud

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Up and running quickly

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Access data over the internet

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No upfront costs

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Pay monthly

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Compare Vault Cloud Editions

Choose from Vault Basic, Professional or add-on an advanced job processor to off-load and automate repetivitive tasks for AutoCAD and Inventor projects.
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Vault Basic

$299.00

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Secure Data Management with:

  • 1TB Storage
  • Standard Setup, Configuration and Training
  • Administration, Support and Maintenance
  • Check in / Check-out
  • Version Control
  • Fast Data Searching
  • AutoCAD and Inventor Integration
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Vault Professional

$599.00

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Everything in Vault Basic plus:

  • Revision Control
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Automatic Numbering Schemes
  • Duplicate Search
  • Unlimited Thin Clients
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Vault Professional with JP-Pro

$1,349.00

p/month*

Everything in Vault Professional plus:

  • Dedicated Job Processor Machine
  • Automate Jobs On-Demand
  • Automate Jobs on Change-State
  • Publish IDW/DWG to PDF
  • Publish DXF Flat Patterns from SM ipt
  • Publish IDW/DWG to AutoCAD DWG
  • Publish to STEP, IGES and other 3D Models
  • CSV/XML BOM Export
  • Publish PDF for Word and Excel
  • Email Notifications
  • Vault Basic
  • Vault Professional
  • Vault Professional with JP Pro
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$$29900
/month*
$$59900
/month*
$$1,34900
/month*
1TB Storage
500/500GB Data/Back-Up
Standard Setup, Configuration and Training
Adminstration, Support and Maintenance
Check In / Check Out
Version Control
Copy Design
Bulk Property Renaming
Concurrent Design
Fast Data Searching
AutoCAD and Inventor Integration
Revision Control
Lifecycle Management
Automatic Numbering Schemes
Duplicate Search
Unlimited Thin Clients
Access Vault via web browser to search, print, view and download
Dedicated Job Processor Machine
Off-load jobs on-demand or on change-state
Publish IDW/DWG to PDF
Publish DXF flat patterns for Sheet metal from Inventor sm ipt files
Publish Inventor IDW/DWG to AutoCAD DWG
Export to STEP, IGES, STL and other 3D formats
Export to STL
Export CSV/XML from Inventor BOM
Publish PDF for Word and Excel
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*Pricing is based on 36-month contract. Vault licencing, standard setup, configuration and training, Vault administration, maintenance and support is included. Pricing is higher for additional configuration. Terms and conditions apply. Contact us for more information.

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Hire a full time CAD Manager for $325 pw

Based in Australia, duties Include:

  • Managing revisions
  • Publishing PDF, DXF, DWG, STEP files, etc.
  • Batch update properties/attributes
  • Managing file references
  • Finds latest files
  • Change Orders
  • Exports Bill of Materials 
  • Finds Duplicates
  • Copies projects and files for new projects
  • Works 7 days per week, available 24 hours per day
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Get Vault Professional from $325 per week to automate and manage AutoCAD and Inventor Projects plus more.

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Balance assembly fit and machining cost with the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

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Design Consulting can automate your Inventor models and drawings and/or provide iLogic training.

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Autodesk Vault Migration Best Practices

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Autodesk Vault Migration Best Practices

A Vault migration occurs where the Vault environment is being migrated from one release to a later release (e.g. 2022 to 2023).

Migrations need to be planned out and not left too long between releases and from the current release to avoid issues with data and config migrations which ultimately leads an increase in the time and cost to migrate Vault to the designated release.

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Planning the Migration

If Vault migrations are left too long between releases or is migrated to a release that is more than 3 releases from the current, issues can arise in a migration where there are errors in configurations and database relationships due to:

  • Double and triple migrations
  • Autodesk integrating too many changes between releases and the old configuration not being supported in the new release.
  • Users may miss issues during testing and handover phase, etc.
  • Release is end of life and no longer support from Autodesk
  • Forced to do a double migration
  • Cyclical problem of too many changes between releases (being too far apart) and errors, can’t go forward until issues are resolved.
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What is a Double Migration?

Vault can only be migrated within 3 releases. A Vault environment on 2020 can only be migrated to 2022. If the current release in this scenario is 2023, then another migration is required to go from 2022 to 2023.

A triple migration is basically when the Vault release is far back from the desired release. In one example, Design Consulting migrated Vault from 2015 to 2017, 2017 to 2019 and then 2019 to 2021.

The time taken and steps involved to migrate are virtually replicated, resulting in a duplication in costs every time a migration is required, so planning your Vault migration is important to get the best value for money  when migrating and also have users take advantage of the additional productivity features in the new releases of Vault and CAD software.

On one hand IT may want to delay the inevitable for as long as possible to reduce their workload on a 1, 2 or 3 year interval, however, the user base can lose out on new features that makes the business more productive and if there are issues with the migration due to unforseen errors in data and configuration, any time savings in IT may be minimal compared to these aforementioned factors.

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Vault Migration Best Practices

While things get busy and there may be budgetary constraints, however, if possible, the best practice for Vault to optimise the migrations are:

  • To ensure backups are scheduled, not failing and up to date
  • Vault Server and CAD System Requirements are being met
  • Try migrating within 3 releases to avoid a double migration (2019 to 2021, 2021 to 2022 double migration costs the same as 2019 to 2021, 2021 to 2023)
  • Stay 1 release behind the latest or wait for the major service pack release to avoid any unforeseen issues.
  • Test environment – Have a compatible server, job processor (if required), CAD-level workstation, etc. as a test environment for the migration that users can connect to, before rolling it out the migrated Vault release into production.
  • For larger environments of 50x users or more, having in place a more formal ITIL framework or similar.

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Automate Revision Control with Vault Professional

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Lifecycle Management

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Manage bills of materials

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Automate PDF, DXF, STEP, files and more

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Vault Professional offers data security, compliance, audit trails and many automated data and file administration tools to speed up the design and engineering process

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Vault Workgroup End of Life – What it means to you?

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Vault Workgroup to be Discontinued

Autodesk has announced on the 2nd of May, 2022, that Vault Workgroup will become an end of life product. The key dates are purchase of a new Vault Workgroup Subscription or 3-Year renewal is before 6th of July, 2022 and the last annual renewal is 6th of July, 2023. 

In a strategy to consolidate their product stack, they felt Vault Basic, which is free and Vault Professional were the choices moving forward.

In the 10+ years of supplying Vault, Vault Workgroup was the least deployed system of the three in my experience and many chose it for revision control if not needing all the additional features of Vault Professional and lower cost, so it was no surprise this change happened.

Vault Workgroup Users - What Does it Mean for You?

To maintain the use of Vault, companies with a Vault environment will need to migrate their server and clients to Vault Professional before their Vault Workgroup Subscription expires, which is 6th of July, 2023 or their contract renewal date, whichever comes first. 

As of 6th of July, 2022, Autodesk will provide access to Vault Workgroup and Vault Professional so you can plan your migration, however, if you need to add new users/seats after 6th of July, 2022, and have not purchased additional seats prior, you may be forced to rush the migration sooner rather than later to give these new users access to Vault.

After the last cut-off date, you will need to have your Vault migrated to Pro and have renewed on a Vault Professional Subscription before your Subscription expires to maintain access to your Vault Server and data.

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Vault Professional Features

Vault Professional offers the following over Workgroup:

  • Active Directory Integration
  • Incremental back-up
  • Model States
  • Duplicate Search
  • Unlimited Thin Client – Free access for view, print and download
  • Mobile App for users assigned a Vault Professional seat 
  • ECO/ECR – Change Orders
  • BOM Management (Item Master)
  • Custom Objects – Create custom modules, workflows, forms, etc.
  • Multi-Site Replication
  • Integration for Revit, Inventor-Revit interoperability, AutoCAD Electrical and Factory Design Utilities
  • Support for LT Products
  • Support for Fusion 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud to sync data
  • Support for Fusion Manage
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Migrating to Vault Professional

While you wouldn’t need to do any additional configuration (unless you wanted to take advantage of the additional features), there are some points to consider for planning the upgrade:

  • When is your Subscription Renewal date?
  • Are you planning to add more users to Vault?
  • What release (e.g. 2021) are you on?
  • Will you also be migrating your Vault to a future release?
  • How much time do you usually need to plan for the migration (Server requirements, IT, budgetary approval, current projects, network deployments, etc.)?

There are also the standard Vault migration system and environment checks that also go along with migrating a Vault environment. Check out this link to our best practices blog. 

Design Consulting Vault Products and Services

Design Consulting has in-depth experience in Autodesk Vault.

We offer the following products and services:

  • JP-Pro – An advanced Job processor for Vault
  • Visio/AutoCAD Electrical plug-in for Vault
  • Advanced file filtering and batch plotting/printing plug-in for Vault
  • Vault system deployments
  • Vault release migrations 
  • On-prem to Cloud migration
  • Training and Configuration
  • Vault Managed Services
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