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Autodesk releases 2011 edition of its digital prototyping software

25 March 2010

Autodesk has released its new 2D and 3D design and engineering software lineup for manufacturers of all sizes seeking to digitally design, visualise and simulate their products before they are built. The tight technology integration offered by Autodesk Inventor 2011 software and the complete Autodesk Digital Prototyping software portfolio helps enable designers and engineers to compete more effectively and do more work in-house.

Autodesk has enhanced its specialised tools for product development professionals focused on conceptual design, design visualisation, engineering and manufacturing disciplines, and at the same time, the company has embedded key functionality from these tools within its core Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design and engineering software.
New direct manipulation capabilities in Inventor 2011 software fundamentally improve the mechanical design process, helping accelerate design times as compared with Inventor 2010 software by approximately 40 percent on common tasks such as assembly modelling. Inventor 2011 software also incorporates Autodesk’s design visualisation capabilities within the CAD application so users can better conceptualise and communicate designs with clients. New shading, lighting and material properties give users a photo-realistic representation of their designs, with Inventor software rendering designs as the user works.
Other highlights of Inventor 2011 include:

·  Simulation: With added frame analysis, users can test responses of frame models to gravity and other loads and record animations of displacement and stress results. The software guides users through the steps required to define the best testing scenario, making simulation more accessible to CAD users.

·  Tooling: Inventor Tooling 2011 improves performance for a number of key operations by more than 50 percent, supports dynamic simulation of mold assemblies and helps enable users to automatically generate the mould core and cavity for a broader range of plastic parts, whether using native Inventor or imported files.

·  Design Automation: Inventor iLogic technology is now fully integrated into Inventor 2011, dramatically simplifying rules-based design. The new iCopy feature enables customisation of commonly used assemblies by automating the process of copying and positioning similar components.

·  Freeform Shape Modelling: Autodesk Alias Design for Inventor 2011 is a new product that integrates freeform shape-modelling capabilities in the Inventor parametric modelling environment.

Along with Inventor software, new applications within the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping offer powerful capabilities spanning conceptual design, engineering and manufacturing workflows.

AutoCAD Electrical 2011 software helps electrical controls designers to quickly create control system designs and more easily access extensive catalog information for large electrical controls projects.

AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 software’s streamlined design environment gives users vastly improved access to power dimensioning functionality, which automatically aligns part dimensions with the rest of the drawing properties, without ever opening a dialogue box.

Autodesk Algor Simulation 2011 mechanical simulation tools now feature integration with Autodesk Moldflow 2011 software, allowing engineers to utilise Moldflow simulation results and the Moldflow material database when performing structural simulations on plastic parts.

Autodesk Alias 2011 family― Alias Sketch, Alias Design, Alias Surface and Alias Automotive ― delivers surfacing capabilities supported by sketching, modelling and visualisation tools. New Autodesk Alias Sketch software’s novele hybrid paint and vector workflow helps creative professionals transform ideas into compelling design iterations more quickly.

Autodesk Inventor Publisher makes its commercial debut. The easy-to-use software for creating compelling product documentation helps enable manufacturers to provide their customers with clearer and more comprehensive technical instructions by making use of the same digital model used in the design to manufacturing process.
Autodesk Moldflow 2011 software helps users validate and optimise plastic part and injection mould designs before manufacturing begins. Users can now easily export their Moldflow simulation results to Autodesk Showcase 2011 visualisation software to expose defects and see how the part will look in real life, helping to assess part quality and make better design decisions.
Autodesk Vault 2011 family, a workgroup solution for managing the complete digital prototype, now features a new visual experience for graphically mapping Vault information directly to Inventor models to streamline workflows, fundamentally improve the reporting and decision-making process, and accelerate model selection and interaction.
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