Web-based configuration tool for custom designs and price quotes

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Autodesk is introducing a new release of Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order software that can be deployed over the web, providing access to real-time, 3D visualisation and pricing information for customised product configurations. Manufacturers can more accurately predict the actual cost of a completed design, generate more precise proposals and reduce overall lead time for product delivery.

Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order automates the order and bid process right at the point of sale by providing easy-to-use tools for capturing business and engineering rules. The new browser-based access is powered by Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order Server, as well as new templates and modules that can reduce the time it takes to develop and maintain Engineer-to-Order applications. This new capability makes it easier for sales teams to do on-the-fly analysis of one-off custom designs from virtually any location, without having the software locally installed.

Swedish press manufacturer, AP&T, develops and sells hydraulic presses and complete production lines for the manufacturing industry. Using a modular-based system, AP&T can help provide automotive, indoor climate and domestic appliances customers with simple updates for existing equipment or complete customised production systems. Mikael Karlsson, a project manager, AP&T, says: "We see enormous opportunities with Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order as it has helped us speed up product development and reduce time required for routine design and engineering tasks. The cost estimate errors in predicting key components decreased from 10 per cent to just 1 per cent. Being able to develop five times faster does not seem impossible when we are meeting our targets."

Unlike many other configuration tools, Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order integrates with Autodesk Inventor software and AutoCAD software, providing a straightforward path to creating and maintaining a single digital model in a multidisciplinary engineering environment.

Using the application, sales teams can help set customer expectations, capture crucial requirements and accurately predict margins – all before a proposal is submitted. When the time comes to submit a complete proposal, it can be automatically generated, complete with customer requirements, price quotations and drawings. Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president, Design Lifecycle and Simulation Product Group at Autodesk, says: "The underlying challenges faced by manufacturers of configurable products are very similar across industries. Whether they are making conveyor belts, water boilers or cabinets and furniture, manufacturers can produce custom designs in less time – and with better results – by using Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order."

To learn more about how Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order can simplify product configuration and quote generation, view the online, interactive samples at

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