Autodesk 2013 software portfolio for manufacturers now available

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Autodesk is unveiling its new 3D design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers, offering a complete set of integrated and interoperable suites and cloud services to simplify design, visualisation and simulation workflows, from product development through to delivery.

The new Autodesk design suites are geared especially for manufacturers and include Autodesk Product Design Suite and Autodesk Factory Design Suite. The new suites provide a broad range of cloud services to help manufacturers more efficiently design, build and deliver better products faster and at reduced costs. The new Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimising and validating designs earlier in the design process.

Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president of Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk, says: "Autodesk's 2013 portfolio provides our customers with a faster path to ROI for product development and delivery. Our 2013 suites and scalable cloud services help manufacturers improve productivity and minimise upfront investment."

Autodesk suites provide comprehensive workflows to connect desktops to mobile devices and to the cloud. These workflows enable manufacturing customers to: develop complete definitions of product designs; integrate electrical and mechanical design to increase productivity; predict product performance; and visualise designs or complete factory layouts in 3D.

Autodesk's 2013 design suites integrate with Autodesk 360 cloud offerings to better enable collaboration. Cloud-based assets promote design sharing and reuse. The suites also offer interoperability with the new Autodesk Vault 2013 product data management software and the company's next-generation, cloud-based alternative Autodesk PLM 360. Autodesk Vault software enables workgroups to organise, manage and track their engineering CAD data, manufacturing bills-of-material and change processes from a centralised location.

The 2013 Autodesk Product Design and Factory Design suites are available in three editions: Standard, Premium and Ultimate. The Autodesk Product Design Suite enables design, visualisation and simulation capabilities, thereby helping to drive innovation with integrated, discipline-specific tools and workflows built for Digital Prototyping.

Cloud-based services

New for Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 is the addition of one-click workflows created to help customers move seamlessly through the engineering design process, advanced cloud-based services for simulation and additional software allowing customers to realise their end-to-end design process. Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 updates include:

Autodesk Inventor software in the Standard edition, establishing 3D parametric design as the foundation to the engineering design process and providing a product that delivers powerful 3D design and drafting capabilities. AutoCAD Electrical software and Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems in the Premium and Ultimate editions, delivering a complete integrated electromechanical system capable of producing an entire product definition, including fully defined tubing, piping and hydraulic systems. Autodesk Navisworks Simulate in Premium and Ultimate editions, providing integrated electromechanical, markup and visualisation workflows capability.

Alex Paradiang, the director of engineering at Sunkist Research, says: "The Autodesk Product Design Suite has been an invaluable tool for Sunkist Research and a big part of our success, from generating animations in Autodesk 3ds Max Design, to overlaying a 3D model in a real-time factory environment to actual engineering design and 3D modelling with the Autodesk Inventor suite. We have showcased our engineering talents with Autodesk software and displayed to our customers that we are constantly looking for the best solutions to help maintain our lead in the citrus industry."

The suite enhances AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software with exclusive access to interoperable, layout-specific workflows, new cloud-based factory asset resources and powerful visualisation and analysis tools that help increase design accuracy, efficiency and communication.

Specifically, the one-to-one synchronisation between 2D AutoCAD drawings and the 3D Inventor assembly within the suite means changes made in the AutoCAD drawing will propagate to the Inventor 3D layout, and changes in the 3D layout will propagate back to the original 2D drawing. The bidirectional associative workflow of the suite provides veteran AutoCAD users with a familiar, easy to learn process for generating compelling 2D and 3D factory layouts while improving efficiency and accuracy.

Brian Strothcamp, a senior designer with the Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, says: "The Autodesk Factory Design Suite allows us to model packaging lines in a digital environment. We can visualise different options more easily to find innovative and practical solutions. Interactive, 3D walkthroughs give our clients confidence that our factory layouts will satisfy all their needs."

Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2013 extends the value of Autodesk Design Suites by leveraging the same 3D digital model used in the design process for developing highly visual and interactive 2D and 3D technical documentation that helps explain and differentiate products and processes. Inventor Publisher 2013 features faster performance, new video output formats that can be published directly to YouTube and Facebook, and many new interoperability additions, such as new file import formats, automatic update with new assembly formats and integration with Sketchbook Designer.

Fast, accurate and flexible

The Autodesk Simulation family of products promises to deliver a fast, accurate and flexible approach to predict, optimise and validate designs earlier in the design process. The new family includes 2013 versions of Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Simulation CFD and Autodesk Simulation Moldflow, and serves as a comprehensive set of simulation software tools that are easy to integrate into each phase of the product development process. Enhancements to the 2013 simulation portfolio include:

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical – interoperability with Autodesk Showcase 2013 allows for results to be imported into Autodesk Showcase to create high-quality photorealistic renderings and presentations. Autodesk Simulation CFD – up to a 34 times improvement in overall solve time, while Autodesk Inventor Fusion enhancements include the ability to create associative internal and external fluid volumes, the ability to detect interferences, and automatic model simplification. Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS – allows designers and manufacturers involved in injection molding simulation to address the trend towards lightweight designs. The cloud-enabled tools provide access to computation power and enable the user to solve multiple scenarios in parallel, thereby reducing previous limitations and increasing productivity.

Rick Lilly, the R&D engineering manager at Articulinx, says: "Articulinx is a small, yet innovative company. Our unique technology requires that we have the ability to run multiple simulation computations in parallel without being bogged down or losing productivity. We selected Autodesk Insight WS so that we could easily scale our Moldflow access, and it works amazingly well for us."

Product availability varies by country. Purchasing a design suite with Autodesk Subscription helps customers stay current and connected with access to the latest workflows on desktops, mobile devices and in the cloud. See details and purchasing options at Follow the other links above to find out more about Autodesk's new 2013 software portfolio for manufacturers.

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