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Thursday, 15 April 2010

The 2011 road trip.......so far!

If you keep up to date with whats going on in the world of design software, you can't have failed to notice that a few weeks ago Autodesk released the latest versions of all of the manufacturing, architectural, media & entertainment and other great design software. For us in the Autodesk Technical team, this is a great time as it means we can get out there to show manufacturers all of the latest and greatest technology.

The 2011 Digital Prototyping tools which includes Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Algor, Autodesk Moldflow, Autodesk Vault Professional has been getting a lot of attention by tweeters, bloggers and journalists reporting on the new releases.

For me though, it's all about getting out there and showing manufacturers how the new Digital Prototyping tools can help them with their own design and manufacturing requirements. And the past few weeks, I've been to most corners of the UK showing what the 2011 Digital Prortyping tools have to offer - hence the reason I've been a bit quiet on the blog (sorry)!

I had a great experience recently when the MD of a manufacturer I was visiting to show Inventor 2011 was asking some questions about what Inventor could do and how it could help his design engineers. I had already been presenting Inventor to his team and had my laptop projecting onto a screen with Inventor 2011 open, an assembly loaded with the new visualisation tools enabled. When I offered to show him what he wanted to see and I initially rotated the model, he was shocked to see that what he had been looking at was the Digital Prototype visualised in real-time in Inventor 2011 and not a rendered image as he thought it was!

Another great reaction I had this week was whilst showing the new visual data management tools inside Inventor 2011 that come with Autodesk Vault Professional. The ability to visually report, and see the status of your design in different colours on the 3D Digital Prototype, without leaving the design environment is superb!

If you havn't seen this yet, have a watch of Rob Cohees video to see exactly how the Autodesk Vault Professional visual reporting works inside Autodesk Inventor 2011:




Whilst out talking to existing users of Inventor again, showing them what Inventor 2011 has to offer, one question that I have had a few times is about orientating the ground plane so that shadows and reflections correctly orientated. To help answer this FAQ, I've put together a quick video to show you exactly how to do this:




The road trip isn't over yet, we've got lots of seminars and user conferences coming up over the next 4 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about the new Autodesk Manufacturing tools and waht to find an event in your area, visit the Autodesk website:

http://www.autodesk.co.uk/adsk/servlet/event/search?siteID=452932&id=6664037