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Autodesk Inventor used to develop thermoelectric generators

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O-Flexx Technologies is using Autodesk's 3D design and engineering software to develop innovative ways of powering off-grid sensors and converting waste heat into electricity.

O-Flexx Technologies GmbH, a pioneer in the manufacture of thermoelectric generators, is a start-up company working closely with technical universities and industrial partners to make a range of thermoelectric generators. These enable the autonomous use of sensors as well as the economic use of waste heat within logistics and industrial applications. In turn, this is opening up new markets where this capability has never previously been feasible, while helping the industry transition from conventional energy to sustainable, environmentally-sound and renewable sources.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe, and Japan, has enabled O-Flexx to work closely with its partners on the design and engineering of this pioneering technology. In particular, it uses Autodesk Inventor Professional in conjunction with its partners to streamline the design of the new generators. Joining the programme has enabled O-Flexx to leverage the benefits of Digital Prototyping.

Marcel Wassink, CEO of O-Flexx Technologies, comments: "Using Inventor as part of a Digital Prototyping workflow helps us drive an innovative development programme which will enable us to implement our patented technology which leads to two to three times the efficiency levels of conventional thermoelectric modules and generators."

O-Flexx is also using Autodesk Vault data management software to store and manage designs and drawings, enabling it to find and reuse design data quickly and manage design and engineering information more flexibly and easily.

Wassink continues: "One of the great benefits of the Autodesk software is that it is easy to use, which means new and existing designers and engineers across O-Flexx and our extended development team are familiar with it and require only minimal training."

Erwin Burth, the business development manager for Clean Tech at Autodesk, adds: "The aim of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program is to support early-stage clean technology companies by providing design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Our rapidly expanding partner base is testament to the appeal of our offering to these companies.

"O-Flexx is a great example of a company that is using Digital Prototyping to help drive the industry's transition to environmentally sustainable energy sources and to deliver genuine innovation in its field of thermoelectric generators."

Follow the link for more information about the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program.

 
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