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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Alias Sketch for AutoCAD

Right at the start of the design process when you've got ideas forming that you want to sketch out and record for future reference and development, usually involves a finely sharpened pencil and whatever paper based media you can get your hands on. Napkins, business cards, newspaper are all used within the design process to get those initial ideas down quickly.

If you have an Apple iPhone though you will no doubt have heard of, and maybe even downloaded and used Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile. Over 1,000,000 people have downloaded and used Sketchbook Mobile to be creative on the iPhone and sketch their designs and ideas for future reference. This is great whilst you're on the move as you just never know when an idea is going to pop into your head.

For those out there using AutoCAD and want to be creative and sketch out ideas digitally or manipulate digital images you can now do this directly inside of AutoCAD using Alias Sketch for AutoCAD which has recently been added to Autodesk Labs.

Alias Sketch for AutoCAD will allow users to:

  • Leverage freehand drawing techniques with pen based interaction
  • Create blank screen illustrations
  • Create artwork or import images to graphically express the context of designs, something previously requiring multiple applications to achieve
  • Manipulate and composite images to quickly create variations for design exploration
  • Free-hand mark-up (annotate) directly on top of AutoCAD geometry

For more information and to download the software and view videos of it in action please visit:

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/alias_sketch_for_autocad/

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Manufacturing Gallery on Flickr

Just been having a look through some stats for the Autodesk Manufacturing Gallery on Flickr and the images produced using Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Alias etc have been viewed over 10,000 times!

The most popular image so far is this radial engine that was designed and visualised using Autodesk Inventor.

We'll be adding more images and examples of what the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions are used for so make sure you visit regularly:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/autodeskmfggallery/

Sunday, 17 January 2010

That was 2009. Welcome 2010...

Happy New Year!

How quickly the holiday period passed by and things are now well and truly back into the swing of things. It was a good break, time to re-charge the batteries and spend time in the snow with family. We’ve had about 12 inches of snow in all since just before Christmas but the thaw has arrived and the snow has all quickly melted away this weekend.

As 2010 starts to pick up momentum we want to make sure that the NE Manufacturing Blog is providing you with the kinds of tips, tricks and information you want.

To help, I did some research using the ever popular Google Analytics to get some stats about the blog to find out what is most popular, what people are reading etc. Here’s some of the stats from when we first launched the blog in August:

• We’ve posted 54 articles in 22 weeks
• There have been 3,137 unique visitors to the blog
• Totalling 7,389 page views
• By visitors from 85 different countries, with most visitors coming from the UK, then the United States, then Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
• The busiest day for the site was on 2 December whilst we were at Autodesk University attending classes and blogging about the event.
• The most read article is Using Autodesk Inventor Content that was the 10th article published on the blog in August.
• Most users view the blog using Internet Explorer, with Firefox in second place with the new Google Chrome browser coming in third.
• Most visitors find their way to the blog directly but the site that sends most people this way is the Autodesk Vault blog Cracking the Vault followed by Twitter, InventorFAQ and then deelip.com.
• The most watched video is the Introduction to Autodesk Inventor iLogic that was blogged in December

Now we’ve had a look at some of the stats and trends from 2009, we really want to hear from you on we can make this blog better for you. What do you want us post on the blog? Are there any specific topics, industries, software etc that you would like us to write about?

One of the things we have already started working on and will be added to on a regular basis is a new YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/manufacturingarea. We’ve already been using this YouTube channel to post the tips & tricks videos but we want to use it in its own right and post more video tips, tricks etc about the Autodesk Manufacturing solutions. Make sure you visit to have a look at the videos that are currently available.

So please feel free to get in touch to let us know what you think of the Autodesk Northern Europe Manufacturing Blog with any suggestions of what you would like to see added during 2010.

Thanks for reading, happy Inventing!