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Anisoprint Case Studies

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Anisoprint Case Studies

Choose a case study below to learn more about the part material properties, print times and cost to print.

Wall Bracket

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

2 COMPOSITE OUTER PERIMETERS, 40% COMPOSITE ISOGRID INFILL

PLASTIC

PETG

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

25 G

PRINT TIME

6 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CM³

~$0.68 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$14.00 AUD

Level for Para-Athlete Driver

Para-athlete diver, Dimitry Pavlenko uses Anisoprint parts for an estimated 10x longer lifespan and superior strength.

Dmitry needed a lever to control air inflation and release for maintaining buoyancy and manoeuvrability. Usually, he used a spoon from steel as a lever. It was broken after the 10th dive.

He tried 3D printing and a new lever in ABS was printed, however, became defective also after the 10th dive and unusable.

To increase the lifespan of the part, a new part was designed and printed on an Anisoprint Composer 3D printer from PETG and reinforced with Composite Carbon Fiber.

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Anisoprint lever para athlete
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Using the Anisoprinted lever, Dimitry made a 40m deep, unassisted dive in open sea and set a new world record.

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Anisoprint level para athlete 5
Anisoprint level 8 aura

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

3 COMPOSITE OUTER PERIMETERS, 3 COMPOSITE INNER PERIMETERS

PLASTIC

PETG

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

32 G

PRINT TIME

3.5 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CM³

~$0.93 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$21.00 AUD

Electric Wheelchair Fixture

A fixture for an electric wheelchair was anisoprinted in-house 7x lighter, 12x faster and 3x cheaper than the original outsourced part from steel.

Supreme Motors produces UNA Wheel — an electric wheelchair for long distances. The original fixture was made from steel and was too expensive to manufacture it in small batches, with every unit costing over AUD$155.

The turned to 3D printing and found a high-performance plastic, Ultem. The part was 5x lighter, cheaper to make and the most importantly, the company could manufacture the fixtures in-house instead of outsourcing it and spending resources, however, the part 3D printed from Ultem failed stress tests and was not durable enough for application.

Supreme Motors looked for a stronger 3D printing solution and came across anisoprinting. The fixture was made from PETG plastic reinforced with Composite Carbon Fiber (CCF) was printed on an Anisoprint Composer continuous fiber 3D printer.

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Stress results, left to right: Anisoprinted, Ultem and Steel


Steel

Anisoprint (PETG + CONTINUOUS CARBON FIBRE)

Weight

300g

41g

Production time

48 hours

4 hours

Production stages

3

1

Price

AUD$150

AUD$40

Anisoprint fixture aura

Under stress testing, the anisoprint withstood a dynamic load of 117kg, although being 7x lighter and 3x cheaper to produce than the traditional steel part. In addition to being able to print more durable parts, Supreme Motors can produce a part in 4 hours instead of 48 hours.

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

3 COMPOSITE OUTER PERIMETERS, 3 COMPOSITE INNER PERIMETERS

PLASTIC

PETG

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

41 G

PRINT TIME

4 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CM³

~$1.27 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$40.00 AUD

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Self-Sensing Composite for Monitoring Critical Sructures

Brightlands Materials Center, a research center based in Netherlands, has developed 3D printed composite parts with self-sensing functionality using Anisoprint. Self-sensing provides the opportunity to monitor critical structures in aerospace, construction and healthcare industries.

What is Self-Sensing?

Self-sensing is the ability of a material to sense its own condition, whereby the material itself, is used as a sensor. Polymer-matrix composites, containing continuous carbon fiber, are known materials that have self-sensing capabilities based on measurable changes in electrical resistance of the continuous fibers. The practical importance of such products is in structural health monitoring in airplanes or critical parts in construction such as bridges.

Usually, self-sensing material is made with traditional composite manufacturing techniques that are complex and require several-stages and processes made with special equipment.

Brightlands Materials Center is combining the self-sensing of continuous fiber with the fabrication of composites by anisoprinting to make self-sensing more effective.

In their research, the results were discovered by monitoring deformation in a simple bending beam in a scale model of a pedestrian composite bridge.

For sensing it’s crucial to have full freedom that a carbon fiber layout gives because it has to stick out of the part to be able to make connections to the monitoring electronic hardware.

The Anisoprint open system gives the possibility of precise positioning and orientation of carbon fibers. The carbon fibers are placed at chosen locations inside the product that form an integral part of the structure. This means that the carbon fiber “sensors” are located where they are needed, and multiple fibers can form a range of sensors throughout the part.

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“As a materials research centre working on continuous fiber additive manufacturing we need flexibility with respect to the materials and fiber layouts that we can use on a 3D printer.

The Anisoprint Composers offer that flexibility enabling us to support our industrial customers to develop innovative fiber reinforced thermoplastic applications”.

– Richard Janssen, Business Developer of Brightlands Materials Center.

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

2 COMPOSITE OUTER PERIMETERS

PLASTIC

PETG

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

PRINT TIME

35 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CM³

~$1.10 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$158.00 AUD

Anisoprint Filament Winding Machine Roller

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

3 COMPOSITE OUTER PERIMETERS, 3 COMPOSITE INNER PERIMETERS

PLASTIC

PETG

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

41 G

PRINT TIME

4 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CM³

~$1.27 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$40.00 AUD

Continuous Carbon Fibre Reinforced Soft Jaws

Unique shapes with a 35% weight reduction and 40% lower manufacturing costs.

Operation on a lathe requires special attention to tooling. In cases when parts have complex shapes, thin walls, or are made of soft alloys, standard equipment can damage the surface and leave cracks on it.

Conventional tooling can crumple thin-walled parts because the clamping force is difficult to adjust. Parts such as asymmetrical profiles are very hard to clamp with standard jaws or cams: you either have to spoil and sharpen the cams or waste time and insert a row of liners, then centre the part in the machine.
To solve these problems, WEBER LABS turned to anisoprinting.

Anisoprint Soft Jaws Lathe 2

Weber Labs handles the full cycle of technological part production from model, development, calculations to manufacturing. Quite often these parts are small-scale and non-standard.

The soft-jaws produced need to have a specific purpose, in this case, turning a set of stator plates for an electric motor.

Anisoprint Soft Jaws Lathe 3

Weber Labs highlighted several advantages of Anisoprinted Tooling after testing:

  • Plastics jaws are more flexible than metal ones and when clamped, hold a workpiece more tightly, which helps control the clamping force more precisely and process parts that require careful handling.
  • On older machines, the placement of where the cams fit into wears out, and during operation, the tools leave noticeable traces on apart due to backlash and requires several finishing passes to clean up.
  • Due to its plasticity, soft jaws made from plastic provide better contact, not only minimises the number of finishing passes but also reduces vibration.


CNC METAL

ANISOPRINTING

Weight

600g

251g

Price

AUD$175.00

AUD$70.00

The composite jaws were printed on the Anisoprint Composer 3D printer from Smooth PA plastic reinforced with continuous fibers. Anisoprinted jaws are nearly three times as light as metal ones: 251g vs 600g.

The part is 40% cheaper and 35% lighter, than the metal equivalent. Such cams are less durable and cannot be used for holding large parts, however, this is non-standard tooling. Plastic jaws without reinforcement need to be changed after a few cycles of work, while reinforced 3D printed parts showed durability in more than 15 operation cycles.

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Anisoprint Soft Jaws Lathe 5
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Typically, production times for these cams is 29 hours. The outer plastic layer is 1.2mm thick, printed with SMOOTH PA, which is a carbon fiber filled plastic with excellent wear resistance.

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

5 COMPOSITE OUTER PERIMETERS, 50% COMPOSITE ISOGRID INFILL

PLASTIC

SMOOTH PA

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

251 G

PRINT TIME

29 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CM³

~$1.55 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$100.00 AUD

Composite Tool for Turbine Blade Production

8x weight reduction and 40% cost savings.

Shovel machines are used to convert mechanical motion into kinetic energy of a liquid or gas. They are used in impellers, turbines, turbopump units, fans, etc. It’s necessary to change the cross-section, thickness and inclination angle in different zones of the blade for higher efficiency. Metal stamps are traditionally used as tools for producing such blades since they have a complex shape. Different blade shapes require different stamps that in case of metal tools leads to a significant amount of cost and time..

Weight and cost of the tool can be dramatically reduced if it’s produced from composite materials using anisoprinting technology.

Anisoprint turbine blade tool 3

400 BAR PRESSURE

METAL

ANISOPRINTED COMPOSITE (Smooth PA + CBF)

SAVINGS

Weight

600g

251g

87%

Price

AUD$175.00

AUD$70.00

40%

Continuous fiber 3D printing decreases the tool’s weight 8xthat allows using cheaper equipment and operating it easier.

At the same time, there is a 40% cost reduction in comparison to the metal part withstanding the same strength.

Moreover, when printing tools on the Anisoprint Composer continuous composite 3D printer you know the exact date when you get the part without spending any time communicating with 3rd parties you outsource your machined parts to.

Anisoprint turbine blade tool 4



PLASTIC

SMOOTH PA

FIBER

COMPOSITE BASALT FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

3500 G

PRINT TIME

340 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$955.00 AUD

Composite Rocker for a Downhill Bike

40% reduction in manufacturing costs, 35% reduction in weight with smart load-orientated reinforcement.

Due to extremal operation conditions, downhill bikes should withstand significant loads, and one of the keys to this is a reliable suspension.

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Downhill bike rocker made from metal using CNC

The rocker is an element in a suspension that obtains flexural loads while riding a bike. It’s often produced from metal by CNC technology (milling) that gives enough strength but is expensive. Continuous fiber 3D printing is a good opportunity to get the part of the same strength but reducing the cost and at th same time, the weight, which in sports, is always a good thing.

The composite rocker was printed on the Anisoprint Composer 3D printer from Smooth PA plastic reinforced with continuous fibers. The part withstands the same loads as metal one, however, is 40% cheaper to make and 35% lighter..

On this kind of bike, the components that could be also manufactured with anisoprinting are the front fork clamp and the pedal crank. Combining a 30% of weight reduction on each of these components, it’s possible to achieve at least a 1000g reduction, depending on the geometry of each part.

Anisoprint Downhill Bike Rocker 4


METAL

ANISOPRINTED COMPOSITE (SMOOTH PA + CBF)

Weight

500g

325g

Price

AUD$590.00

AUD$390.00

One of the most important advantages of anisoprinting is its capability to produce parts with the smart load-oriented reinforcement.

Anisoprint Downhill Bike Rocker 5

The rocker is reinforced in accordance with the expected loads using only the required amount of material. In contrast with milling, you get lots of waste that also has an impact on the overall manufacturing costs.

“One important aspect of using 3D printing in this business is to have the possibility to customize each frame on riders requirement.

It’s quite important because to be cost-competitive even if the frame is hand made, manufacturers need to keep some area of the CF frame standard and then adapt the frame on linear sections. In this way, bike manufacturers would have more flexibility in their bikes.”

— Filippo Pagnani, CEO of Prototipa Design, Italy

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

10 COMPOSITE PERIMETERS, 80% COMPOSITE ISOGRID INFILL

PLASTIC

SMOOTH PA

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

325 G

PRINT TIME

100 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$390.00 AUD

Clevis for Dairy Production Line

Production downtime reduced from 3 months to 6 hours. 3D Anisoprinted clevis has longer lifespan due to resistance to peroxide hydrogen.

A dairy brand company uses a clevis fixture at the production line. The clevis moves through, catches a yoghurt bottle and sends it to the washing area. The part is washed with peroxide hydrogen. The original part is made from milled polyamide, replacing a destroyed one takes 3 months due to ordering from a third-party. During this time, the production line fully stops: the company doesn’t get enough sales volume and suffers losses.

The part printed on Anisoprint Composer reduced production downtime from 3 months to 6 hours. It was made from PETG, which is resistant to peroxide plastic, and then reinforced with continuous carbon fiber by using anisoprinting technology. Due to the peroxide resistance, the lifespan of  the clevis’ increased.

Anisoprinting technology allows using any plastic as a matrix, so it’s possible to get composites with continuous fibers with the chemical properties you need for the application.

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

3 COMPOSITE PERIMETERS

PLASTIC

PET G

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

35.2 G

PRINT TIME

6 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CC

~$1.12 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$31.00 AUD

Legs for Mobile Robot used for Sensing, Inspection and Remote Operation

By Anisoprinting robotic legs, MSU were able to reduce weight by 70% and lower manufacturing costs by 40%.

In the Institute of Mechanics of MSU a mobile robot —  an analogue of BostonDynamics Spot was developed.

Autonomous operation requires energy which depends on the robot’s weight. Some of the components of the robot can be produced from composites with continuous fibers. It noticeably reduces the weight and allows robot to work longer without charge.

That’s the strategy the developers chose for their robot was to make it more functional.

For this robot as for any other innovative development, it’s very important to have flexibility in terms of design changes. Traditional manufacturing technologies can’t provide the freedom to change a prototype with many iterations without a significant time and money, however, with 3D printing, it can. 

With Anisoprint technology, you can easily set fiber laying paths and infill density in their special slicing software, Aura, to make the part more or less stronger according to results of the field tests.

With the possibility of changing prototypes anytime without spending a significant amount of time and money, the team reduced manufacturing costs by 40% in comparison to milling the part from Aluminium, which requires significantly more effort to redesign a part iteration.

To make the robot work longer, it’s necessary to reduce its weight as much as possible. Using anisoprinting it’s feasible to get the part of the same strength and stiffness characteristics but 70% lighter than the metal analogue.


ALUMINIUM

ANISOPRINTED COMPOSITE (SMOOTH PA + CCF)

SAVINGS

Weight

1225g

350g

70%

Price

AUD$715.00

AUD$400.00

40%

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

3 OUTER COMPOSITE PERIMETERS, 3 INNER COMPOSITE PERMITERS, 50% COMPOSITE ISOGRID INFILL

PLASTIC

SMOOTH PA

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

350 G

PRINT TIME

144 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CC

~$3.42 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$400.00 AUD

Parts with Holes (Kirsch Problem)

This experimental sample with a hole was reinforced without increasing its weight, while maintaining uniform stress distribution.

The fiber steering plate is an experimental demonstration of the method where anisoprinting an efficient reinforcement design of parts with the holes.

Holes are stress concentrators, significantly reducing the strength of structural elements. Traditionally, to increase the strength of an element, a part thickness is enhanced which leads to increasing the weight of the part.

Anisoprint kirsch problem 1

The part can be reinforced by using curvilinear trajectories that suit the load distribution and this type of reinforcement doesn’t require an increase in weight and only possible with a special approach to fiber laying from Anisoprint.



PLASTIC

PET G

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

50 G

PRINT TIME

7 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CC

~$0.62 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$26.00 AUD

Aircraft Seat Support

An Airplanes lifetime cost was reduced through a 40% weight reduction of an anisoprinted aircraft seat support

Aircraft seat support bears 1.5 tons of load. The original part is made from aluminum and weighs 400g. We’ve anisoprinted a new part on Composer A4 3D printer with a 40% weight reduction.

With 100 such seat supports in an average single-aisle passenger plane, this weight reduction can add up to saving 25 kg per plane. In such fields as aerospace every kilo matters. Cost of fuel for every kilo in an airplane is $2000 a year and by just reducing the seat support, would save $50,000 a year, per plane.

REINFORCEMENT SCHEME

10 COMPOSITE PERIMETERS

PLASTIC

PETG

FIBER

COMPOSITE CARBON FIBER (CCF)

WEIGHT

250 G

PRINT TIME

40 HOURS

MATERIALS COST, PER CC

~$2.00 AUD

MATERIALS COST, TOTAL

~$412.00 AUD

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What’s New in Inventor 2022

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What's New in Inventor 2022

Inventor 2022’s focus has been on managing parts and assemblies through model states, further enhancements to Inventor/Revit interoperability, Fusion 360 interoperability, productivity and performance.

Inventor 2022 Overview
  • Model States – Parts: Manage manufacturing operations, dimensional variations, and simplified representations all on one part file.
  • Model States – Assemblies: Create multiple representations of an assembly within a single document to manage various assembly configurations and model simplification.
  • Revit Interoperability: Collaborate on BIM projects with improved tools to simplify and save native Revit project files in Inventor.
  • Productivity and Performance: See increased performance when editing large assemblies and improved productivity in features you use often.
  • Installation and Deployment: Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience.
  • Drawings: Use the camera views, manufacturing information, and lighting style from your 3D model in your 2D drawing views.
  • Installation and Deployment: Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience.

Model States - Parts and Assemblies

The new model states workflow enables users to create multiple presentations of a part or assembly within a single document, producing model state variations with different parameters, components, properties or simplification.

Model states are particularly useful for manufacturing processes, families of parts or sheet metal fold operations.

Model states can be used for the following:

  • Machining operations from the casted model to the final part
  • Sheet metal stages for multiple bend operations
  • Weldments for weld preparation and other machining operations
  • Product families that have different values for dimensions or features that are shown or suppressed
  • Alternative assembly positions to quickly switch between them visually or used for drawing views
  • Level of completion for each stage as your design gets assembled
  • Simplification levels for removing intellectual property or high levels of detail before export
  • iProperty information

Model states in assemblies can be used for configurations, weldment preparation or alternate positions.

Part Model States

Model States - Parts and Assemblies

The new model states workflow enables users to create multiple presentations of a part or assembly within a single document, producing model state variations with different parameters, components, properties or simplification.

Model states are particularly useful for manufacturing processes, families of parts or sheet metal fold operations.

Model states can be used for the following:

  • Machining operations from the casted model to the final part
  • Sheet metal stages for multiple bend operations
  • Weldments for weld preparation and other machining operations
  • Product families that have different values for dimensions or features that are shown or suppressed
  • Alternative assembly positions to quickly switch between them visually or used for drawing views
  • Level of completion for each stage as your design gets assembled
  • Simplification levels for removing intellectual property or high levels of detail before export
  • iProperty information

Model states in assemblies can be used for configurations, weldment preparation or alternate positions.

Part Model States
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Assemblies - Instance Properties

Instance properties enables you to assign properties to individual component instances.

Assigned properties are stored in the parent assembly. 

Unlike iProperties, Instance Properties don’t affect the referenced component files. Instance Properties are assigned to individual component instances only and can override custom iProperties.

Instance Properties are available in annotations such as balloons, leader notes and parts lists.

Simplification Improvements

The new simplification command provides:

  • IP removal prior to export
  • All settings are moved to the property panel
  • Built-in presets
  • Integrated Inventor to Revit workflow

This new command replaces both the shrinkwrap and shrinkwrap substitute commands.

Interoperability - Inventor + Revit

2022 allow users for the first time to export Inventor models to the Revit rvt project file format.

The simplification tool gives users the ability to select only the components and features that are required for export into Revit.

A Revit Exports browser folder is placed in the Inventor model browser. It is populated with a node for the exported model.  As long as the model is maintained in the specified path, you can edit, preview, open in Revit or an associated application, or update the RVT model.

Interoperability - Inventor + Fusion 360

In addition to Revit interoperability, the new Inventor 2022 release includes a ‘Send to Fusion’ button making it easier to send data to Fusion 360 and Fusion Team.

Upon selection of the Send to Fusion 360 command, files will automatically get uploaded to your Fusion Team account.

In Fusion, you can make edits to your model geometry without changing the part in Inventor, this ideal when you need to prepare a part for CNC machining, 3D printing, or generative design.

 

Interoperability - Additional Workflows

Autodesk has also added QIF 3.0 support for PMI data and via the TAsk Scheduler, JT Export.

Productivity and Performance

The Autodesk Inventor team has continued to focus or Model, Drawing and Graphic Performance.

Parts, assemblies, drawings have all been enhanced year after year to deliver an efficient experience for everyone who works on complex parts and very large assemblies.

For those who enjoy editing parts while working in the assembly environment, you will find several performance improvements while editing sketches and visibility improvements.  GPU’s are now better utilised for visual styles like displaying wireframe and silhouette edges and opening and closing documents is faster than ever.

Productivity - User Interface

Fillets and Property Palette

The fillet command has been moved to the property panel and these panels can be docked anywhere on your screen.

Assembly Constraints

New options allow users to visualise what is under constrained.

There’s a status filter which you can select to show the constraint state in the browser.

Measure Command

The new installer and online deployment builder, making it simpler to configure and launch.

Tube and Pipe

Angle attribute is now exported when saving one or multiple runs to ISOGEN .pcf files .

iLogic support for Model State

iLogic is expanded to support the following Model State workflows:

  • ThisDoc.Document support for Model State In a component occurrence of a model state document, the existing ThisDoc.Document property returns the member document.
    • The ThisDoc.Document property is expanded to support returning the member document when running in a component occurrence of a model state document.
    • The new ThisDoc.FactoryDocument property returns the factory document when running either in a top-level document or in an assembly component. In a component occurrence document, this returns the associated factory document. In a top-level document, this returns the same object as ThisDoc.Document.
    • In a drawing, the new ThisDrawing.ModelFactoryDocument property returns the factory document for the first model view (or nothing if there is no model view).
    • In a drawing view, the new ICadDrawingView.ModelFactoryDocument property returns the factory document for that view (or nothing if it is not a model view).
  • There is a new event called Model State Activated now available in the Event Triggers dialog box. This trigger occurs when a model state is activated. Use this trigger to run a rule in the document in which the event occurred.
  • New function lets you add a component in a specified model state

    A new function called AddWithModelState is now available on the Components object (IManagedComponents interface). This function adds a managed occurrence of a part or subassembly.

    Note: Capture Current State on an existing component that includes a model state, in turn creates code that includes AddWithModelState.
  • iLogic edit-in-place and model states

    There are some restrictions on what you can do with iLogic rules when you are editing a model state component in place. In a model state, when a component member file is being in-place edited within an assembly:

    • You can edit, run, and suppress rules.
    • You can’t add or delete rules.

    There is no change to edit-in-place support for components that aren’t model state components: You can add an iLogic rule:

    • From the top level document.
    • At the sub-component level in the in-place-edit environment.
  • Instructions to Modify an Occurrence Parameter with a Model State

    Access the steps here: To Modify an Occurrence Parameter with a Model State.

  • Use the new Instance property snippets to read and create Instance Properties.
  • There is a new event named Any User Parameter Change in the Event Triggers dialog box. This event is triggered when you change the value of a User parameter.

Dark Theme

The Dark Theme that was introduced in the 2021 release has been fully implemented in 2022, including in the iLogic Rule Editor

Drawings

You can now change the look of shaded views in Drawings by changing  the lighting style.

There are new drawing view options available to repurpose the camera views and 3D annotations created in the 3D model.Centerlines and center marks with extended lines now break when intersecting with dimensions, making it easier to read the dimension value.

Installation and Deployment

The measure command is updated to use a property panel style and has Done and Retry buttons to improve workflow and productivity. Measure in an assembly has a tool palette for quick access to selection filtering and a loop modifier.

You can now create a deployment that includes your customized settings in the iLogic Configuration dialog box.

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Additive Manufacturing Integration

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Additive Manufacturing Integration

3D Printers or Print Farm and Digital Inventory for Manufaturing Facilities

Whether it’s making better products or maintenance parts in production, we can show you how to use Additive Manufacturing for more than just prototyping. 

AMI Workflow

Using our proven and tested process, we follow a project and process review standard to evaluate the feasibility and and a structured roadmap for Additive Manufacturing in your business.

Our Process involves the following steps:

AMI Assessment
AMI Feasibility
AMI Report
AMI Design
AMI Improvement
AM Integration

Assessment

We assess your catalogue and production line and identify components for additive manufacturing. This could include replacement parts for machinery to jigs and fixtures for increase production efficiency.

Feasibility 

We investigate the feasibility of additive manufacturing and provide a cost analysis. 

Report 

We report on our findings and along with our feasibility study, provide metrics and recommendations. Demonstration of how additive manufacturing can improvement efficient through data and money.

Design 

If we identify an area where additive manufacturing is feasible, we provide an additive manufacturing optimised part for your company to test.  

Improvement 

Using the latest generative design and simulation tools, we can further improve the design by reducing material, weight, cost and if applicable increase performance.

Integration

Finally, we can provide where applicable, an, AMI (Additive Manufacturing Integrated) System consisting of 3D Printer/s and a digital inventory of parts that are optimised for 3D printing where users can print on demand.

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B-REP surfacing, solid body and multi-body part modelling
Direct Editing
Direct editing (push-pull) part modelling environment
Freeform Modelling
NURBS with T-Splines part modelling environment
Plastic Part Design
Mold and die modelling environment
Local Rendering
Ray-trace rendering on your PC
2D Design
2D design functionality in AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT
2D Drafting
2D views, annotations, leaders, etc.
3D Parametric Assembly Modelling
Place multiple parts in an assembly file and use constraints and joints to assemble
Weldments
Weldment assembly environment used with frame generator to model structural frames
Sheet Metal Modelling
Tools for sheet metal design, flat patterns and 2D symbols and annotations
Electrical Cable and Harnessing
Tools tools to route electrical cables, harnesses and detail nailboards
Electrical Schematics
Design electrical control systems and switchboards with reports such as from/to and wire lists
EMX Project
Synch between AutoCAD Electrical schematicsand Inventor Professional cable harnesses
Tube and Piping
Tools to design flexible hose, tubes and pipes
Design Automation
Simplified code and forms to automate 3D model, drawings and connect to Excel
Content Centre Library
Customisable library of parts such as steel profiles and fasteners
Draft Analysis
Analyse drafts
Clash and interference detection
Detect clashes or interferences between parts in assemblies
Material cost/impact
Ability to select a material based on the environmental/cost impact
BIM Interoperability
Prepare models and export to RFA, adsk or IFC
Point Clouds
Import point clouds via Recap
Point Cloud Pre-Processing
Tools found in Recap Pro
Bill of Materials
Create bills of materials and tabvles from parts and assemblies
AnyCAD
Associative import of CAD parts and assembly files
Application Programming Interface (API)
Install plug-ins, create plug-ins, macros and run Dynamo scripts
Linear FEA
Linear and Dynamic FEA simulation studies
Non-Linear FEA
FEA tools in Inventor Nastran
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Revit and Inventor – Prefabrication construction workflows

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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

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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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Autodesk Vault 2020

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Autodesk Vault 2020 Vault 2020 features an enhanced user experience, wider administrative controls, and extended project collaboration along with design re-use capabilities and optimised documentation, which helps to focus on value-added work and increased productivity. Below are the details on new features Copy Design Provides consistence & aligned user interface with simplified user experience and powerful usability enhancements and…

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2017

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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 a…

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SeeControl – The no coding IoT Platform

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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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Autodesk Inventor 2017 News

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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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How Nissan Motorsport utilise Autodesk Technology

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In 2012, Kelly Racing started up Nissan Motorsport for the V8 Supercar championship. I had the pleasure of visiting the site in Braeside today with Autodesk and taking a tour with Craig Spencer, who is General Manager of Technical And Engineering Operations. Craig has a wealth of experience most recently moving from the Mercedez-Benz Formula 1 team to join Kelly Racing….

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2016

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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 ?

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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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Australian Manufacturing and Government Policy

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It’s been almost a year since the Coalition came to power, so let’s review what actions and policies have affected Australian Manufacturing. During the 2013 election campaign, the Coalitions pointed out 5 pillars of the economy, one being Manufacturing. Ian MacFarlane, was sworn in as the Minister for Industry on September 18th, 2013. About 4 months before that, Ford announced they were shutting shop…

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Nastran In-CAD 2015 for Solidworks

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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

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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

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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

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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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What Does The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill Mean for Manufacturing?

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The Carbon Tax has been repealed in the Federal Senate, so with the tax gone, marked at about $24 per tonne of carbon, how much will Australian businesses and manufacturers save and what will happen to the renewable energy sector. Most larger companies would have entered into electricity contracts that were either carbon inclusive or carbon exclusive. Many retailers were offering very attractive carbon…

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Autodesk Releases Advance Steel for Structural Detailing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Has Australia Turned its Back on Manufacturing?

Companies Offshoring, No Auto Makers and Government Shifting Focus to Other Industries. Prime Minister, Tony Abbott had a vision coming into the election of 5 strong pillars, one of them being manufacturing. I’d like to know his opinion of this pillar as the mother of all manufacturing sectors has announced unanimously that it doesn’t make business sense to manufacture…

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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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Victorian Government Shifts Focus To Defence

With $27B Worth of Defence Contracts Up For Grabs, Is the Victorian Government Giving Up On Manufacturing? As Car Manufacturing leaves our state over he next few years and SPCA’s considering a similar decision, the Victorian Government has signalled towards defence as their focus for manufacturing.  Defence is lucrative and not subject to the same market forces as food…

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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

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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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Australian Manufacturing is Offshoring When U.S Companies are Reshoring

What is driving the reshoring trend in the U.S. when Australian manufacturers are moving their manufacturing overseas?    With Chinese wages rising 15% per annum and the cost of transportation, the reasons are stacking up for U.S. companies to bring their manufacturing back .home. A shorter supply chain, being closer to their customers and retaining their IP are other…

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Autodesk Releases Flow Design

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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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Productivity Commission’s Preliminary Findings on Auto Industry

Report on Australia’s Automotive Industry Examines Global Context & Trends. With Holden announcing their departure soon after Ford, this report seems a little pointless now, with Toyota being the only player (Oh, What a Feeling!), but it does highlight what has shaped the Auto landscaped in Australia. Some things we knew already, like energy, labour and the dollar are…

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Who Gives a Frack?

Coal Seam Gas said to Benefit Manufacturing in Victoria by Lowering Gas Prices. There’s a lot of health concerns about CSG affecting water tables but with an abundance of resources, energy prices being so high, big players lobbying and the need to create jobs can you blame people for wanting the industry in Victoria. The Victorian government have delayed…

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Autodesk Acquires Circuits.io for PCB Design and Manufacturing

Autodesk strengthens it’s web-based 3D presence and hints towards 3D Printing market. Joining the 123D App family is Circuits.io a web-based and connected community for designing and simulating electronic circuits and will now be branded Autodesk 123D Circuits. Not only can you do PCB design, you can order multi-layer PCB’s from the website too. Other features are a breadboard…

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The Parametric Human Project

3D Modelling Nuts & Bolts with Bones & Tendons. Anyone have a 3D Model of a parametric biomechanical human body? No! Autodesk Research’s Digital Ergonomics Divisions focus is on creating products that involve human interaction and having an advanced biomechanical human model can help make these better products better because currently testing these products against known human fatos is…

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1.2m Titanium Part from 3D Printer Sets New Benchmark

Get larger stronger parts produced quicker at a lower cost…. Something Australian Manufacturing needs to stay competitive. It took 37 hours to print the 1.2m spar section (used to form an aircraft wing) using a WAAM process; Wire and Arc Additive Manufacture and is part of a joint research project between BAE Systems and Cranfield University. Check out the…

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Autodesk Clean Tech Program: Sustainable Designs for Tomorrow

Get $150,000 of software for $50, Workshops to Learn how to do sustainable design & engineering and understand key concepts, Sustainable business practices and Nonprofit donated software are some of the offerings Autodesk provide under their Clean Tech Program being driven by the design-led revolution. Clean Tech Innovators can apply for the $150k Clean Tech Grant Here and get Software for Digital…

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Mitsubishi, Ford and Now Holden, So What About Toyota?

Future Looks Uncertain as Federal Court Rules Against Toyota Vote. Today, employees at Toyota Australia were to vote to reduce working conditions in an effort to save the company $17 million, but in a turn of events, the Federal Court has ruled against the vote, with the judge saying it breaches the original 2011 agreement and also the Fair Work…

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Synching AutoCAD and Inventor with Factory Design Suite

When 2D isn’t Enough but 3D is Too Complicated – Use the Right Tool for the Right Job at the Right Time. Associativity between Autodesk’s AutoCAD and Inventor has always been an enhancement request. A couple years ago, Autodesk released Associativity between AutoCAD and Inventor where you could detail your 3D Inventor models with the power of AutoCAD and…

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Alias Design: Class A Surfacing for the Mainstream

When People Buy Your Products Because They Look Better. A Class A Surface can be defined as one without physical imperfection. In the Automotive world, Class A Surfaces are mandatory as any reflection while highlight any imperfections, and have been used for Automotive surfaces for years, but what about consumer products, why doesn’t this market segment demand Class A…

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Project Falcon: Wind Tunnel Simulation

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This free technology preview is available from Autodesk Labs, and will simulate air flow around buildings, vehicles, outdoor equipment, consumer products or other objects in a virtual wind tunnel. Open your 2D or 3D model, set the wind direction (angle), speed (velocity) and analyse the flow. There are analysis settings for dimensions, resolution and 3D drag too. There are…

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Autodesk Launch Process Analysis 360

All manufacturers have processes and inevitably these processes have bottlenecks that need to be analysed, simulated and improved. Process Analysis 360, builds on the Factory Design Suite Portfolio by helping engineers and systems designers study and optimise manufacturing processes from any web0-enabled device. This is not a CAD product. You design a layout by drag and dropping block diagrams and…

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AMWU Wants Holden Disclosure On Closure by Today

The AMWU has give Holden a deadline by the end of shift today to confirm rumours that they will announce pulling out of Australia by 2016. Apparently the announcement was meant to be this week but will be held off until after Christmas. Ian Macfarlane says he has spoken to Holden and they deny the reports. Apart from Ian,…

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Autodesk Announce CAM 360 – 1st Ever Cloud Based CAM

Autodesk have launched CAM 360 and you can try it here. It’s the only CAM that combines CNC Programming (Generator & Editing), Tool Path Simulation, and Design with real-time collaboration and online project and data management. It’s based on HSMWorks technology which they acquired about 13 months ago and comes with Fusion 360 too which will allow to to do 3D CAD…

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