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Australian Manufacturing and Government Policy

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

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

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Autodesk Releases Nastran 2015 and Nastran In-CAD 2015

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

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Solidworks Technical Documentation Software

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

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What’s New in Inventor Publisher 2015

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

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What Does The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill Mean for Manufacturing?

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

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

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Mockup 360 Now in Product Design Suite 2015

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

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Autodesk Inventor 2015 – Sheet Metal Enhancements

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

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2015

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

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Leveraging on Engineering to Drive Sales and Increase Profitability

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

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Automate 3D CAD Design with Autodesk Inventor’s iLogic

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

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

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

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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 processing…

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How AutoCAD Products Work With Inventor

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

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The Hybrid Surfacing & Mesh Data Environment

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

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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

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

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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When Your CAD Data Needs to Work With Architects Using Revit

Revit Interoperability: Getting your 3D Mechanical CAD to work Revit CAD files & BIM-MEP AUS Compliance. The AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) sector has long been using Revit for their 3D design of buildings and structures, but what happens if you’re a manufacturer of pumps or you fabricate staircases and your client requests files in Revit? How do you…

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Holden Special Vehicles use Autodesk to Showcase their Designs

HSV use Autodesk software for two main reasons, Visualisation & Surfacing. With Autodesk Showcase they explore different design and styling options without creating a physical prototype for each option. Not only does it allow them to explore options, they use it to spot issues with the finish and correct them. Since Showcase is a real time renderer, they also use…

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Good News for Manufacturing

The Dollars Dips Down & New Projects Are Announced  The Aussie dollar has dropped 6 cents in 6 consecutive weeks and is trading at 91 US Cents on expectations that the US Federal Reserve will taper their stimulus measures, which is good for Australian Manufacturers who rely heavily on exporting. It’s a speculative market with nothing formally announced, but there’s…

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Why Buy 3D Modelling Software When You Can Rent?

Autodesk’s Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Plans for CAD, Simulation & Visualisation Software If you have a short term project like a Simulation Study or Cinematic Animation, an influx of work that requires additional staff, a startup business or division on a tight budget, a CAPEX limit or a work experience program for University students, whatever the reason is, if…

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Productivity Commission Submissions Close Today

The Final Report will be out in March but can the Automotive Industry wait that long? With the Productivity Commission (PC) reviewing the industry and releasing preliminary finding in on December 20th, 2013 but with the final report coming out on March, 2014, the Abbott Government won’t make any decisions til then, but S.A. Manufacturing Minister, Tom Kenyon, says the industry can’t…

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Autodesk Pushes Further Into Automotive Space

The Recent Acquisitions of VSR & Delcam Make It a Serious Player It’s pretty clear what Autodesk’s goal is; World Domination! It’s got it’s fingers in every industry that uses software for engineering and design. In Automotive, Autodesk’s acquisition of Alias, gave it a foot in the door, adding Class-A Surfacing tools to their MCAD portfolio, and in many countries,…

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Turn Photos Into 3D Models

Autodesk ReCap Photo: Making Images a Virtual Reality What do you get when you cross unlimited cloud computing and cutting edge digital stitching? A 3D Mesh. Add Auotdesk Project Momento  for analysis and correction and Mesh Enabler to convert the mesh into a 3D Solid, now you’ve got something you can work with. Autodesk ReCap for laser scanning is already included…

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Titanium Additive Manufacturing: The Answer to Australia’s Prayers

Will Additive Manufacturing Get Australian Manufacturing Competitive Again? The short answer is no, not today, but there is hope for the future. The only problem is will it get here quick enough to save the industry… Ok, here’s the argument for TiAM (Titanium Additive Manufacturing); you have two factories, one in China, one in Australia. There’s 10 TiAM Machines,…

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Caterpillar Underground Mining moving from Tasmania to Thailand

The Tasmanian Manufacturing Landscape CAT are moving their operations to Thailand and I’ve heard that the Tassie operation is their most expensive to run, so does it come as a big surprise when many companies on the mainland are moving their operations offshore to stay competitive. They say orders are down significantly, so why will moving to Thailand increase…

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