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Autodesk Inventor 10 Eases Path From 2D To 3D

01 September 2005

The latest version in the Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software series offers 'design accelerometer' functionality, enabling AutoCAD 2D users to move quickly into the 3D environment. Interactive tools and 3D wizards automate the creation of mechanical components based on real-world attributes such as speed, power and material properties, rather than complex geometric descriptions. Not only does this ease the transition to 3D, but it also preserves the user's existing 2D investment.Version 10 offers a number of productivity enhancement tools. Its 'Feature Generator' provides a library of objects and parts than can be dragged and dropped to develop the model on screen. This can subsequently be modified using the '3D Grips' feature, which provides a rapid method of editing parametric models by 'grasping' part faces and dragging them into new positions.Autodesk Inventor Professional version 10 also facilitates stress and strain analysis directly in the application, thanks to integrated Ansys technology. Simply define the loads and the software automatically creates an FEA mesh and delivers data on safety factor and material performance. The beauty of this is that you can make your modifications and return to the simulation as often as necessary without leaving the Inventor environment.An important feature of the new version is 'Vault', a data management module that is bundled with the software to provide a single, secure repository for design data. This keeps all design iterations to hand and prevents over-writing of the data, which can happen when a number of individuals are working simultaneously on a project. Extending the power of Vault, Autodesk Productstream assists designers when the time comes to share their designs with other interested parties, such as manufacturing and marketing, while still maintaining complete control of the design process. It automates the release phase by managing engineering changes and bills of materials and provides a link to the manufacturer's ERP/MRP systems.Clearly there comes a time when you have to share your designs with your supply chain and customers. Autodesk Streamline allows you to do this securely via Designer Web Format (DWF), an XML format that allows team members to view your current designs over the Internet

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