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Automate Datasheets from Revit models

Imaginit Clarity saves hundreds of hours by automatically creating datasheets, schedules and reports by directly pulling drawings and parameters from the Revit model to ensure datasheets are always up to date and accurate. If you need to create room, furniture or equipment datasheets, schedules or reports, you know how manually intensive the process of creating datasheets is, how much…

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Revit and Inventor – Prefabrication construction workflows

With Construction and Manufacturing converging, the collaboration in design between Architects, Builders, Manufacturers and Fabricators has become more important than ever. In this article we explore the link between Autodesk Revit and Inventor to show how models and drawings can from the two systems can work together. In an Autodesk BIM environment, typically the architectural, structural and MEP design…

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3D Rack Configurator

Want to automate 3D configurable models, 2D drawings and a bill of materials? Check out this rack configurator with 45 options using Autodesk Inventor which automates the 3D model and Bill of materials, right down to the nuts and bolts. In this video we drop in multiple racks and layout out a factory with 57,000 parts using the tools in the Autodesk…

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What’s New in Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2017

Building on the Factory Design Suite 2016 Feature Update Pack, the new Factory Design Suite 2017 release has a focus on Speed: faster asset publishing, quicker response times when placing assets, quicker synching between AutoCAD and Navisworks and Asset Management: improvements in the lighter assets, working with parameters, better Vault integration and more functions and editing capabilities of assets. Here’s the list Included Software…

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What’s New in Product Design Suite 2017

With Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD at the core of Product Design Suite, you can view what’s new in Autodesk Inventor here and AutoCAD here. Depending on which Suite (premium or Ultimate), here’s the list of programs in the 2017 Suite: Inventor / Inventor Professional AutoCAD AutoCAD Mechanical AutoCAD Raster Design AutoCAD Electrical 3ds Max Showcase Vault Basic Recap Navisworks…

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Autodesk Inventor Vs. Solidworks Review

With CAD systems constantly changing features, versions, licencing and subscription models, two of the most popular comparisons is between Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks. Having used and supplied both, I’ve put together a licencing and feature comparison. Product Choices You can buy Autodesk Inventor in Limited Technology (LT), Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Inventor HSM or Autodesk Inventor/ Inventor Professional in a Design Suite….

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2017

It’s that time of year again to see what’s new in Autodesk’s Inventor 2017.Another pretty good release with new technology that are in line with where things are heading, a focus on cloud collaboration and enhancements that users have been requesting.   Below is a full list of what’s new, but here’s the top new things that I like and…

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Autodesk changes Inventor and Inventor Professional subscription pricing

As of March 21st, 2016, Autodesk Inventor Professional subscription prices will be the same as Autodesk Inventor pricing and the product line will be consolidated to Inventor LT and Inventor. The new Autodesk Inventor will have all the features of Inventor Professional at the same price of Inventor, which is 40% cheaper and users can subscribe monthly, quarterly, annually, 2…

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Autodesk Momento now on a Mac

Momento, the Photo to 3D creation and editing tool in now available on an Apple Mac. One of the best tools for mesh generation and manipulation is in Beta at this stage and can be downloaded here Reality Computing You can find lots of information about reality computing at Line/Shape/Space and what kind of applications it is being used for. Kean Walmsley…

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Finally… Revit for Mac

The wait is over all you Mac and Revit users. No more Bootcamp, Parallels or switching between a PC and Mac, well, yes, but no. Autodesk don’t have a Revit for Mac version but there is an application called Frame that it can run through and Autodesk have certified it for Revit and AutoCAD. “Frame: Run any software in a browser”…

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SeeControl – The no coding IoT Platform

Autodesk has released their new IoT app which was acquired mid-2015. With products evolving to more more complex and connected, manufacturers are under pressure to provide instant information which also opens exciting opportunities for innovation, new markets and providing a unique customer experience. Autodesk SeeControl is an IoT app that connects your products to the cloud, so it can give…

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What’s New in Inventor 2016 – Release 3

The new R3 release not only has hotfixes but Autodesk have added more technology for users on subscription. To recap, Release 2 had: Simulation  Shape Generator – Punch in a force, factor of safety and how much weight you need reduced and Shape generator will provide a design that meets the criteria Force Effect, which is a simulation app on Android…

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Autodesk Inventor 2017 News

If you have not already heard, Autodesk are moving to a subscription only platform. While this change is new for some, it is exciting for those who want to be on the bleeding edge of technology and need flexible licencing. Probably the biggest benefit I see is how much development and new features are being put into the product….

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What’s New in Autodesk Alias 2016

New Concept Tool, Mesh to Surface Enhancements, 2D Sketch to 3D Curves plus more… Autodesk has put some really nice enhancements into Alias, released a new product called SpeedForm and have a new lineup of Suites for the Alias Family depending on your workflow.

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Studio Wall – PDM for Industrial Designers

Usually traditional PDM systems are too complex for Industrial Design requirements but these systems do offer benefits like project management, lifecycles and search capabilities, so Autodesk has launched Studio Wall, a visual data management solution for Industrial Designers. Most users want to be able to quickly search for files, compare them and be able to manage the lifecycle of the…

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2016

One of the biggest and best releases in CAD let alone Inventor. When Inventor 2015 was released I thought it was one the No.1 CAD system on the planet, Inventor 2016 cements it. Inventor blows away anything else on the market, add to that you get it in a Suite of other best of breed products and nothing else comes…

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What is #TheFutureofMakingThings ?

Autodesk has launched The Future of Making Things. A vision of how they see future human and business interaction with technology when it comes to engineering, design, analysis and collaboration. At the Autodesk University Keynote address in December, 2014,  Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk SVP and Chief Technology Officer, discussed how Autodesk is looking at technology and design through the lens of…

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Inventor 2016 Alpha is now in Beta 1 Phase

If anyone on subscription wants to get a preview of 2016, head to beta.autodesk.com and get access to Inventor 2016 Beta. I’ve never seen a CAD system which so many new features and enhancements. This one is going to shake up the CAD world! Check out the previews at Autodesk University… News Flash 27/3/15: It’s released – https://designconsulting.com.au/2015/03/28/whats-new-in-autodesk-inventor-2016/  

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Surfacing Showdown: Autodesk Inventor Vs. The Rest

Which 3D MCAD package does it faster, with less features, better control & feedback with higher surface quality? With a number of different surfacing technologies in the MCAD market, I thought it would be interesting to see how Autodesk Inventor’s Freeform Modelling (using N.U.R.B.S with T-Splines), stacked up against the rest. CAD Systems In this review, the following CAD systems are…

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Nastran In-CAD 2015 for Solidworks

Nastran In-CAD 2015 is now shipping for an integrated environment for Soldiworks. With a great reputation in the industry the Nastran solver does FEA linear and non-linear analysis. Adding to the Moldflow, Algor & CFDesign Line Up, Autodesk is now shipping Nastran 2015 and Nastran In-CAD 2015 for an integrated environment for Soldiworks and Inventor. The solver is also…

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Autodesk Releases Nastran 2015 and Nastran In-CAD 2015

Adding to the Moldflow, Algor & CFDesign Line Up, Autodesk is now shipping Nastran 2015 and Nastran In-CAD 2015 for an integrated environment for Soldiworks and Inventor. With a great reputation in the industry the Nastran solver does FEA linear and non-linear analysis. The solver is also integrated into Autodesks Simulation Mechanical (Local Machine) and Simulation Flex which is…

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Solidworks Technical Documentation Software

Technical Documentation Software with Multi-CAD Associativity If you work with Solidworks and other CAD files that constantly change and publish to MS Office, Adobe, Video, Social Media and Mobile Apps, then take a good look at Autodesk’s 2015 Release of Inventor Publisher. The top enhancements from the previous release has been on associativity with all major CAD formats (aka Model Refresh), Adding Custom…

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What’s New in Inventor Publisher 2015

Technical Documentation Software with Multi-CAD Associativity If you work with different CAD files that constantly change and publish to MS Office, Adobe, Video, Social Media and Mobile Apps, then take a good look at Autodesk’s 2015 Release of Inventor Publisher. The top enhancements from the previous release has been on associativity with all major CAD formats (aka Model Refresh), Adding Custom Properties, improvements…

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Autodesk Inventor 2016 – Alpha

I just logged into Autodesk Beta and checked out the new enhancements and downloaded Alpha. If you thought 2015 was a kick-ass release, from what I’m seeing in the Autodesk Inventor 2016 Alpha… Wow! As I’m binded by confidentiality, I can’t say anything specific except that they are doing some great work over at Autodesk with the help of the…

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Autodesk Releases Advance Steel for Structural Detailing

Parametric Connections, NC File Support, Revit & Robot Structures Interoperability plus more. Built on the familar AutoCAD, Autodesk Advanced Steel brings a lot of features and functionality missing in Autodesk’s portfolio of design products. Anyone who had experience with AutoCAD Structural detailing knew of it’s limitations, so to have this product released is a step in the right direction. When you…

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Mockup 360 Now in Product Design Suite 2015

Open Collaboration Services Added to the Suite’s Subscription Services. If real-time open collaboration (regardless of CAD tool), large scale 3D visualisation, clash detection analysis and project management ticks boxes as benefits in your design workflows, then take a look at Mockup 360. Product Design Suite Services are cloud based services such as Autodesk 360 (Document Hosting, Sharing, Editing & Collaboration), Optimisation Studies for Inventor…

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Autodesk Inventor 2015 – Sheet Metal Enhancements

With sheet metal design being an integral part of many Inventor customers, the new features and enhancements are always taken with great interest, so here’s a video I put together: So What’s New in Sheet Metal for Inventor 2015 Rename End Of Part (EOP) to End Of Folded (EOF) for sheet metal parts Enhanced orientation control in…

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2015

Hybrid Parametric Direct Editing, N.U.R.B.S with T-Splines and more… Inventor 2015 is one of the best releases yet, unlike any other CAD tool on the market today because it not only delivers enhancements to existing tools and UI but adds new technology that makes this product so unique. There’s 2 big additions and many enhancements, so in this article…

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Leveraging on Engineering to Drive Sales and Increase Profitability

Use Your Existing Engineering & Design Investment to Make Money & Save Time. Engineering for some companies can be seen as a cost, requiring resources and energy to engineer, design, research and develop. Using the right tools can reduce design cycles, errors and time and also create better products that will generate more profit but what about using those…

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Automate 3D CAD Design with Autodesk Inventor’s iLogic

Conveyor Pulleys Australia Improves Productivity in 3D Modelling, Quoting & Ordering by at least 50%. When CPA moved their designs from AutoCAD to Inventor, it’s fair to say they increased productivity by around 50%, but by automating with Inventor using its iLogic module, they reduced engineering design, quoting and ordering processes by at least another 50% and what used…

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What Are The Best Tools For Factory Design and Management? Pt. 2

The Foundation of Factory Design Suite Part 1 summarised the challenges and some of the tools used in designing and managing a Factory/Facility. This part focuses on Autodesk’s solution that addresses these challenges and subsequent posts will cover working with existing layouts, creating new layouts, analysis (process analysis, machine utilisation & energy consumption), visualisation and linking Factory Design Suite with…

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Going, Going, Gone…

Toyota, Australia’s ‘last’ Automaker announces it will pull up stumps in 2017. In May, 2013 Ford announced its plans to offshore their manufacturing, then in December, Holden announced similar plans and now Toyota completes the hat trick in under 10 months, the last of the Automakers have all announced they will be closing their manufacturing plants citing similar reasons,…

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What Are The Best Tools For Factory Design & Management?

A Way To Address Factory Layouts, Engineering, Sales, Lean Manufacturing, Made to Order, Scheduling & Production Planning Challenges. The design and management of a factory involves many tools and stakeholders. Engineers can design the facilities layout with architectural structures, conveyors, materials handling,  process equipment, safety equipment, office furniture, storage, building utilities (MEP), robots, spray booths, pits, platforms freezers, forklifts and humans,…

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How AutoCAD Products Work With Inventor

Interoperability, Associativity, Synch and Exchange Explained. With currently 13 AutoCAD Branded products available, how do they work with Inventor and to what capacity? With all that legacy AutoCAD data out there and users still engineering design on various AutoCAD Products, working with DWG is an important issue and using Autodesk products make it easier. All those time saving features…

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The Hybrid Surfacing & Mesh Data Environment

How Alias Uses Scanned Mesh Data With Surfacing.            With so many companies embracing 3D scanning but with CAD systems only being able to open an STL file, what can you do to recreate a 3D model from your mesh data when your CAD system can’t create features from the mesh? Autodesk Inventor’s mesh enabler…

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Recommended Computer Hardware for CAD

What To Get And Why. A CAD user’s workflow generally falls into 2 categories, modeling and simulation and getting a CAD workstation to suit your requirement is essential. While getting something better than what you need will delay the need to buy another computer down the track, getting something less than required will end up costing more than the…

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What Do You Mean it’s a Parametric Video?

Project Chronicle: Bringing CAD and Video into One. This Free Technology Preview from Autodesk is really ingenious. It’s a recording utility for CAD & Design Programs that not only records video screen capture and voice narration but also records and shows below the video software gestures too with a timeline chronicle of the sequence of commands, dialogue boxes, files and…

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Motion Assembly Constraints Made Easy

        Constraining components can be time consuming. What if you could click two parts and the computer figured out the relationship and mated the two components together? You’d then specify the limitations and move onto the next task. The New Joints Command does just that in Autodesk Inventor 2014. It builds on Inventors Constraint and Assemble Commands…

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Autodesk Showcase – More Than Just Rendering But Is It Better Than Keyshot?

Showcase, once a $40k platform, is now an affordable HDRI Visualisation tool, but is it as good as Keyshot? It opens all major CAD formats, has Kiosk features via the web or ipad, updating scene’s if the model changes without loss of work, photo-realistic rendering and animation capabilities. Keyshot has been an great choice for users of 3D CAD packages…

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Autodesk Releases Flow Design

Wind Tunnel Simulator Available For Sale On Estore. Autodesk has released Flow Design which is a virtual wind tunnel simulator built on the Neutron Platform for mechanical and architectural applications that runs on PC or Mac. The Australian Estore site lists it for $35 per month or $200 annually. There’s an Add-in for Inventor and Revit but the standalone…

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