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Autodesk: Internet Profile

01 December 2007

Whether you're a CAD user considering moving to 3D, or an existing Inventor user looking to be part of a community, then Autodesk's UK mechanical design website - - will provide you with a great deal of useful information and resources.

In addition to the usual product information on all of the mechanical solutions available, you can ensure that you make the right decisions for your company by reading their whitepapers and case studies. These focus specifically on how Autodesk has provided solutions to other companies in your industry.

You can see detailed listings of upcoming Inventor live events by visiting the events section. There is a comprehensive schedule of free webinars - which focus on a vast array of topics - which enable you to see the entire Autodesk product range from the comfort of your own desk.

All visitors can register with 3dnow to access the good stuff! Features include tips and tricks, technical magazines, demo AVIs, pre-recorded webinars, and a Q&A section. It is also possible to register for exclusive e-mail updates that notify you when these sections are updated.

Autodesk Inventor enables users to visualise, test and simulate their designs on the screen using a 3D digital model. Because results can be fed directly back into the model, most problems clashes and weaknesses can be eliminated before an expensive physical prototype is produced.

A recent report by the analyst firm The Aberdeen Group declared that Best in Class manufacturers build only half the number of physical prototypes as the average manufacturer and spend only half as much on prototyping costs. They also get to market, on average, around 58 days faster. The report (and more) about digital prototyping can be read on 3dnow.

Those currently using AutoCAD will discover how, by using Inventor, they can add 3D to their existing workflow and use legacy 2D drawings in the 3D design environment. By doing this, migration to 3D design and digital prototyping can be a controlled and staged process according to availability of skills and workloads.

To help you make the transition to 3D mechanical CAD software, or to ensure that you are always up-to-date with the latest Inventor news, visit

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