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Free Digital Twin Solution from Autodesk

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Free Digital Twin Solution from Autodesk

Harnessing BIM to realise Digital Twins Transforming the Built Asset Lifecycle.

Autodesk Tandem is a Digital Twin cloud solution to provide a digital replica of built assets to provide the necessary operation and behavioural awareness to simulate, predict and make informed decisions based on real world conditions.

Autodesk Tandem helps AEC firms harness BIM (Building Information Modelling) data throughout the project lifecycle to create and handover a digital twin. Autodesk Tandem helps owners connect operational systems to the digital twin turning fragmented data into business intelligence.

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Autodesk Tandem provides flexible and configurable building blocks that will enable AEC firms and owners to create and manage data-rich digital twins that mirror the built environment they represent. This allows for a more integrated workflow, whereby specifying, capturing and verifying the data—and collaboration between owners and project teams—will help achieve the desired operational outcomes.

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Industry Capabilities Benchmark Report

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Industry Capabilities Benchmark Report

Autodesk is continuously working to help businesses as they adapt to an increasingly digital, data-driven, and automated world. A critical component of helping companies thrive, now and in the future, is understanding what capabilities they need to be successful. They collected feedback from over 1000 business leaders and professionals, from 617 companies, across the Building Design, Civil Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing industries.

Download the report below.

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Should Manufacturing be considered as National Security?

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Should Manufacturing be considered National Security?

When looking at the multiple items on the National Security agenda, very little is spoken about securing our Manufacturing borders.

If the current pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that global supply chains can crumble in an instant and when it comes to National Security and times of war, if you can’t get goods in and out, what then?

Defence Readiness

The governments are all big on defence spending, however, very little is spoken about securing the manufacturing sector if there is a conflict that comes to our shores.

How much of the critical and essential processed materials and goods do we make in Australia and can we fulfil that capacity if supply chains were cut?

Without doing any detailed analysis, over time, most goods are being purchased overseas, so in the event of supply chains being cut, if we can’t produce the goods to keep our economy running and people fed, what’s the point?

We don’t make cars anymore, how much other machines do we make locally to support industry?

Automotive, textiles, electronics, machinery, and many other essential items are not made in Australia anymore, and many Australian manufacturers rely on imports to produce products, so shouldn’t the government be preparing for a worst case scenario, protect and grow these industries during peacetime?

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Where are Materials Processed?

Then if we did have all those industries online to meet demand, how can we fuel them if our oil, gas and minerals are shipped offshore for processing?

Australia has 4 local oil refineries that is currently only meeting around 65% of petroleum needs, half the demand for transport and less for other sectors, leaving a gap, especially if we needed capacity to increase.

If we can’t produce enough or get refined fuel into the country for industries needing petroleum based materials, it doesn’t matter how many facilities we have, they won’t operate and agriculture is still dependent on diesel operated machinery to mass produce food.

Is Manufacturing and Processing an Insurance Policy

We get insurance and build redundancy into IT infrastructure because to manage risk and maintain critical infrastructure, so why have we allowed policies that stripped away our industries?

If you cut off all our shipping and supply chains from overseas, what do we make locally that we build for construction? Can we produce enough steel, how many cars and other machines can we make on demand? What textile factories can make our apparel and other fabric products? How many plastic manufacturing facilities are there to meet demand?

We seem to have outsourced many industrial processes that can be done cheaper by another country with different labour, OH&S and compliance standards, but what if we needed it back to survive? 

Manufacturing facilities and processing plants can take years to build. I may be over reacting in some industries but if the bulk of goods are imported, we face similar issues we have experienced with lockdowns and mandates where rising costs and long lead times or no lead time in some instances chokes supply chains, production and the economy.

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Export Bills of Materials with JP-Pro for Autodesk Vault

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Export Bills of Materials with JP-Pro for Autodesk Vault

Using the JP-Pro plug-in for Autodesk Vault Workgroup and Vault Professional, users can automatically export Bills of Materials from Autodesk Inventor assemblies through Vault.

 

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JP-Pro is an advanced Job Processor for Autodesk Vault that automates jobs for Autodesk AutoCAD products and Inventor Professional and Microsoft products and one of the functions of JP-Pro for Autodesk Vault is the ability to export bills of materials from Autodesk Inventor assemblies through Vault Workgroup and Professional by using the Job Processor.

One of the unique features of JP-Pro is the ability to export a bill of materials from an Autodesk Inventor assembly (iam) file to either excel, csv or xml file through Vault so users can then use that data in other systems.

It does that by configuring the Job Processor to initiate a bill of material export on lifecycle change state or by manual trigger.

When the user changes the lifecylce for example to released, JP-Pro will send the instruction to the Vault Job Processor to export the Bill of Materials in the configured format.

Users can also initiate an export on maual trigger by selecting or multi-selecting a range of Autodesk Inventor assembly files (iam), RMB (right mouse button) click and selecting BOM export.

Not only does JP-Pro export bills of materials but also exports many other formats, connects meta data between files and sends user notifications.

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Is the Automotive Industry just Big Tech on Wheels?

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Is the Automotive Industry just Big Tech on Wheels?

With more and more tech going into cars with connected systems suing IoT, global positioning systems (GPS) and the technology for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles, will the automotive industry and big tech converge into one.

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Transformation of the Automotive Industry

With the push for greener vehicles, more and more electronic systems and sensors, a connected digital supply chain, robotics, digital design, virtual reality and other technologies, it seems like we are already there.

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Connected Automobiles

Our smartphones are already connected to vehicles via bluetooth and many cars have sim cards and these software platforms are all connected and can be used for consumer and industrial applications that can benefit the driver, passengers and payloads with a huge growth potential.

With these connected system, comes big data and analytics feeding into a centralised system give automobile manufacturers insights into how automobiles are being used and IoT diagnostics on component wear and tear, maintenance and failure

Manufacturing Big Tech Automotive

Most automotive factories are already using digital prototyping, design, machining and analysis software where the CAD models and metadata are used to in manufacturing processes, systems and machines to manufacture.

In the concept and design phases, virtual reality and high-end visualisation systems are used as standard, however, the automotive industry needs to be more agile and innovation to connecting not only cars to human interface devices but also other cars and systems and infrastructure that connect to cars. 

Automotive Needs More Programmers

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With today’s cars packed full of tech, the industry needs more programmers than ever to create in-built applications and integrate systems with external devices and applications.

“Today’s car infotainment systems use more than 10 million lines of code,” said Audi’s Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales, Hildegaard Wortmann, speaking at NVIDIA’s GTC21 event this year. “That’s as much code as an entire vehicle needed just a few years ago.”

While the advantages of technology in cars and trucks is self-evident, the overhead to innovate, design and manage applications for essentially what is a mechanical smartphone device on wheels, adds to the cost of manufacturing and development.

What Does the Future Look Like for Automotive and Big Tech?

The Hollywood vision of driverless hybrid flying cars running on a anti-gravity fuel system is still far away but if we look at the gains we have made in the last 5 years, it’s probably not as far away as you think.

With over 50% of the workforce wanting to work from home these days, do we really need a car with all that tech if the days of being stuck in traffic for an hour or more are gone but we only have to imagine the magical drive down the ocean or trekking to the mountains and the justification of paying for all that tech and comfort makes sense in a car full of screaming kids. 

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Graitec Powerpack addin for Revit

Graitec Powerpack for Inventor

Overview

The GRAITEC PowerPack provides a broad suite of unique commands and functionality to significantly increase productivity when working with Autodesk® Revit®.

These practical, every-day utilities focus on speeding up modeling, simplifying family management, documentation and enhanced external data-links for a dramatically improved BIM workflow.

Flexible and multidisciplinary, GRAITEC PowerPack creates a significant added value for all experts involved in BIM Project (BIM Manager, BIM Modeller, BIM Coordinator, Architect, Structural engineer, Designer, or MEP engineer).

Productivity and BIM

PowerPack for Revit introduces tools for automating tasks such as numbering any Revit objects, upgrade Revit files, automatically join connections on all intersections within a model, create dimension lines, or Export Revit views in several formats (PDF, NWC, IFC, DWG…). In addition, PowerPack for Revit proposes some features to enable external data-links such as a bidirectional link to Excel.

Besides a range of multidisciplinary tools, PowerPack for Revit offering a large set of commands for Rebar detailing to accelerate rebars drawing creation. Some other unique features will enable you to directly design structural components (walls, beams, columns, footing, or slabs) thanks to external FEM results load in Revit.

Parameters

Quick Dimension

Converts an intersecting line to a dimension string.

Join Dimensions

Joins individual dimensions to a single chain.

Level Dimensions

Places elevation symbols.

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Add / Edit Floor Structure Tag

Adds a tag with room floor type and material finish.

Window Sill Tag

Adds a tag displaying the sill height and opening size.

Text Case

Instantly change the case type of all or selected text.

Edit Mark

Modify the mark parameter for selected elements using formulas to add prefixes or change numbering sequence.

Dimension Preferences Configuration

Creates a set of dimension lines for walls and grids.

8. Dimension Preferences Configuration

Auto Dimension

Set the number, style and distance between dimensioning lines.

Number Everything

Generic numbering tool covers grids, levels, rooms, structural elements, ducts, doors, elements creation direction from source to end.

10. Number Everything

Center of Gravity

Calculates the Center of Gravity of selected objects.

Pipe Description Tag

Adds a description tag to a selected pipe.

12. Pipe Description Tag

Views & Sheets

Level Displacement

Creates an exploded or displaced model view.

Auto-Arrange Views in Sheets

Auto-arrange views on sheets.

Duplicate Sheets

Duplicate a view with the exact same legends and schedules as the original one.

3. Duplicate Sheets

Create Plan Views

Create floors, ceilings and structural plans, with view templates.

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Create 3D Views

Create 3D views of selected objects.

Export Sheets to DWG

Batch export Sheets to DWG format.

Legends

Design and create dynamic custom legends to fit standard paper size.

Auto Section Box

Automatically generates a new 3D view of selected elements.

Precast Tools

Used to compute volumes and decide which element is included in the schedules and which is not.

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Impact Views Management

Design and create dynamic custom legends to fit standard paper size.

10. Impact Views Management

View Sheet Generator

Automatically generates a new 3D view of selected elements.

Windows Arrange

Simplified arranging of active windows with auto-tile and center-view options.

Automatic engineering drawings

Automatically generate engineering drawings starting from configurable templates.

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Automatic bar schedules

Automatically calculate and display rebar quantities in a bar schedule.

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File Management

Family Manager

Graphically browse, search and load your families in a single window + Launch Family Editor.

Remove Backup Files

Automatically searches for backup file and deletes them.

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Watermark Manager

Add password protected ownership credentials to your Revit® Families.

Link / Prepare background modeller

Before linking a Revit® project, easily purge it and automatically transfer projects standards and levels coming from this link to Revit® project host.

4. Link Prepare background model

File Updater

Batch update all your project files to a later version.

Family Exporter

Batch export Sheets to DWG format.

Work Tracker

Records the time spent by a user on a project or file from Autodesk Revit® and creates activity charts, which can later be used to create activity reports.

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Batch Export

Quickly export your Revit® views to any available format (PDF, IFC, NWC, DXF), all at once.

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Modelling

Pipe Openings in Structural Elements

Automatically create holes in intersecting elements to accommodate pipe/duct runs.

Door Side

Add door swing parameters to all doors for more accurate scheduling.

Move XY

Allows elements to be moved in X & Y direction together.

3D Grids

Creates a Revit® symbol from existing grids, making them visible in 3D Views.

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To Model Line

Automatically draws model lines over selected elements.

5. To Model Line

Category Visibility

Tick-box window to view/hide single elements or entire categories in model view.

Add Parameters

Automatically add a wide range of useful parameters, such as dimensions.

7. Add Parameters

3D CAD to RFA

Convert 3D CAD files to Revit® Families with update feature

Ribbon Customization

Manage and organize your PowerPack tools Ribbon.

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Join & Unjoin Geometry

Automatically generate clean intersections, by creating rules between categories (floor, wall, foundations).

Join Openings

Allows multiple openings to be combined in the same host element.

Pipe Insulation

Automatically assigns insulation to the systems based on parameters or assigns a specific value.

12. Pipe Insulation

Split Pipes

Batch process all pipes and ducts to specified lengths.

Cable Length

Calculates the total length of the automatic or manual cable paths.

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Detect and Correct Analytical Errors

Check errors in the analytic model, and correct them using ergonomic features as trim, extend, stretch.

12. Pipe Insulation

Reset Analytical Models

Reset manual adjustments for all analytical elements.

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Toggle structural elements Analytical Floors

Used to activate or deactivate the analytical model, for a faster inspection of the model.

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Rebar

Split Rebar

Split rebar by certain rules (maximum length, exact number of splits) and use different methods of connections (lapping, cranking rebars or using mechanical couplers).

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Opening reinforcement

Easily create reinforcement cages around multiple openings at once.

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Edge Reinforcement

Easily create reinforcement cages along multiple edges at once.

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Tick and Tag

Places a symbol at the end of the rebar in order to highlight lap splices.

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Rebar Cage / Edit

Edit the calculated rebar cage or model from scratch a parametric rebar cage.

8. Rebar Cage Edit

Cranked Bar

In order to address rebar collisions, parametrically crank the rebars at the endings.

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Rebar Visibility

Change the representation of the rebars from line to solid.

7. Add Parameters

Schedule Schema

Automatically create rebar definition images for schedules.

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Bending Details

Create bending details from selected rebars, improving detailing functionalities.

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Generate Drawings

Automatically generate full reinforcement views, schedules and sheets.

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Copy and Delete Rebar

Easily copy rebar structure from one element to another of similar shape or size, or delete the rebar from the selected elements.

Bars Layers Management

Use layer parameters in order to simplify rebar visibility on drawings and schedule creation.

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Rebar numbering

Assign Rebar Mark number and Manage Rebar trough number (delete or select per number, browse reinforcement per number).

Tags / Dimension lines for Rebar

Place quickly dimension line for Rebar set, associated with a tag rebar.

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Manage Rebar Set

Explode, Split, unite Rebar set in Autodesk Revit®.

Trim and Extend Rebar

Adjust Rebar geometry (Rebar to face, rebar to element, cut rebar around opening

Transversal Reinforcement

The tool allows varying reinforcement to be applied to columns and beams as required.

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Design

The reinforcement designer, available in the GRAITEC Power Pack for Autodesk Revit®, allows users to create, update and modify reinforcement cages for slabs, walls, beams, columns and footings. Reinforcement can be done automatically, based on numerous parameters, which can be either imported or set manually.

Slab

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Wall

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Beam

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Column

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Footing

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BIM Workflows

Link to Excel

Connect Excel worksheets to Revit®.

Key Parameters

Assign custom parameters to Revit® Families via Excel.

Worksheet to DXF

Connects Excel worksheets to the current Revit® project by inserting a linked and scalable DXF that auto-updates when the project is opened.

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Element lookup

Quickly filter and select elements, according to any given parameters.

Import Clash from Navisworks

Import clash-detection analysis results from Navisworks, in order to easily modify and correct your model.

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Addins

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Graitec Powerpack addin for Inventor

Graitec Powerpack for Inventor

Overview

Developed for Autodesk® Inventor® users this add-in for Inventor features an assortment of new functionalities which will lead to an increase in productivity, speed up your everyday modelling, and improve your workflows.

Similarly, all manufacturing industry software users can increase control and automation within Inventor, as Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Inventor® runs on top of the Autodesk® Inventor® Professional platform, but please note that it will not run on Inventor® LT.

Purge Tools

Features

Visibility Enhancements

Visibility enhancement tools allow you quickly choose what you want to display and what you don’t want to display.

Export File Properties

Export file properties will export all Assembly, Part, Drawing or Presentation iProperty information to a txt file.

Purge Tools

Purge tools allow you to clean up parts and assembly files by getting rid of unwanted geometry and information.

Inspection Dimension Table

Creates an inspection dimension table in any drawing that has inspection dimensions, columns include label, size and inspection rate.

Export Parts List

One click exports parts list to excel based on assembly bill of materials setup

Tolerance Table

Creates a tolerance table in any drawing that has tolerance dimensions, columns include size, shaft/hole, tolerance range and dimension range.

Export Flat Pattern

One click exports all sheet metal components of an assembly file to DXF files which also include part number, description, material and thickness.

Title Block Swap

Title block swap will replace any existing title block on a drawing with another selected title block, which will maintain all iProperty information.

Browser Name Control

Rename your browser nodes in the assembly based on summary information, design tracking properties or user defined properties.

Addins

Check out these other add-ins for Autodesk Products

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

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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

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Price

AUD$150

AUD$40

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite

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AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite

2D Design and drafting with 3D CAD solid and surface modelling

Overview

Combine AutoCAD LT and Inventor LT for 2D CAD design with 3D Modelling.

  • 2D CAD software that can be used for all industries to design, review, annotate, draft and document.
  • Parametric and direct edit solid part modelling
  • Fabrication level part drawing environment

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3D Parametric Part Modelling
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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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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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2017

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SeeControl – The no coding IoT Platform

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Autodesk Inventor 2017 News

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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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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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Autodesk Releases Nastran 2015 and Nastran In-CAD 2015

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Solidworks Technical Documentation Software

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What’s New in Inventor Publisher 2015

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What Does The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill Mean for Manufacturing?

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Autodesk Releases Advance Steel for Structural Detailing

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