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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Subscription Advantage Packs are here

It's that time of the year again when Subscription Advantage Packs are released for AutoCAD, 3DS MAX Design, Navisworks etc and of course our beloved Autodesk Inventor.

The subscription advantage packs can be downloaded from the Autodesk Subscription Centre at the following URL:


If you have problems logging in to the subscription centre please speak to your local reseller.

If you're interested in what the Autodesk Inventor 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack has to offer, have a watch of this video:

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

TV Star to attend Digital Prototyping Forum

Back in March I posted a blog article about Autodesk Inventor being featured on Channel 5's The Gadget Show. Presenters Jason Bradbury and Ortis Deley were challenged to design and build a robot that would take part in a robotwars challenge.

The design they came up with was developed using Autodesk Inventor and the Digital Prototyping software was featured during the show by Ortis.

With that in mind we invited Ortis along to the Digital Prototyping Forum that is being held at The Belfry Golf Club & Hotel on 3rd November and we're pleased to announce that he has accepted.

So, not only will you see presentations from Autodesk and customers, and learn more about the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions but you will get the chance to hear how Ortis and the team worked with used Autodesk Inventor to develop Satans Mutt!

For more information about the Digital Prototyping forum, use the link below:


Thursday, 23 September 2010

Sharing data with the supply chain

Once you've finished your 2D drawing using Autodesk Inventor do you ever have to use the Save Copy As tool to save the IDW or DWG file as a different file format to share with colleagues, suppliers or customers?

The Save Copy As tool within Autodesk Inventor will allow users to save a 2D drawing in various different file formats such as AutoCAD DWG (2000, 2004, 2007 or 2010), JPG, TIFF, PDF, GIF, PNG etc. These formats help when the 2D drawing is to be shared with those who use tools like Adobe Acrobat Reader or Windows Image Viewer.

As a design engineer though, you don't want to spend time and effort using the Save Copy As tool to produce each of the different formats required for each 2D drawing.

Using Autodesk Inventors iLogic tools we can build a rule that creates these other files for you automatically, it requires just one line of iLogic code - yes, you read that correctly just one line of iLogic code!!

Have a watch of this video to see exactly how art the touch of a button you can save your 2D Inventor drawing and get all the other required formats 'free of charge':

Rather than typing the iLogic rule, here it is so you can copy & paste it:

ThisDoc.Documents.SaveAs(ThisDoc.ChangeExtension(".jpg"), True)

UPDATE: Using the line of iLogic code above will save the files in the same folder as the 2D drawing. If you want to save it in a different folder you can predifine the location using the following:

strFolder = "D:\files\" & ThisDoc.FileName(False) 'without extension

ThisDoc.Document.SaveAs(strFolder & (".jpg") , True)
ThisDoc.Document.SaveAs(strFolder & (".pdf") , True)

MessageBox.Show("All file formats saved", "File Save")


Friday, 3 September 2010

Autodesk Digital Prototyping Forum

Stop what you're doing and put Wednesday 3rd November 2010 in your diary - you won't regret it!

The Autodesk Digital Prototyping forum is being held at the world famous Belfry Golf Club & Hotel in the West Midlands and will be a packed day of Digital Prototyping goodness. It will be that good it might just count towards your five-a-day quota!

On the agenda for the day will be presentations by Autodesk as well as a number of customers who will be taking to the stage to tell us their story and how they use Digital Prototyping to their advantage.

There will be a number of breakout sessions in the afternoon where you can choose the ones that suit your needs and requirements most. There will be four 90 minute breakout sessions that will be repeated twice so that you can get as much information as possible. The breakout sessions will focus on:

- Autodesk Inventor Tips & Tricks
- Dynamic Simulation
- Design Analysis & Optimisation
- Plastic Flow Analysis
- Data Management
- Technical Publications & Documentation
- Industrial Design
- Visualisation

I'll be presenting the Autodesk Tips & Tricks session which will be 90 minutes of as many tips and tricks as I can physically present in the time. Make sure you bring your super fast writing utensils.

How much is it to attend:
It's free!

Who should attend:

If you are already a user of any of the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Inventor, Alias Design, Showcase, Algor, Moldflow etc then this event is for you. The content is aimed at end users of the solutions to come and learn more about the tools in hand but to also network and speak to peers and Autodesk.

If you don't use any of the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions but are interested in how they might benefit you then please feel free to come along to the event.

Where is it:
The Belfry Golf Club & Hotel
Sutton Coldfield,
West Midlands
B76 9PR

Click here for location details.....

What time does it start & finish:
The main proceedings kick off at 09:15 and the day will aim to finish around 17:15.

Lunch & refreshments throughout the day will be provided.

How do I get more information and register:
It's quick and easy, just click on this link for more info and to register....

You can also get answers to your questions by adding your question as a comment to this post and I will get back to you with an answer.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Whats this Face thing??

I found out about this great new up and coming web site today, Facebook I think it's called and it's all about......

Ok, ok - not really!

Unless you have been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere land for the past couple of years you can't fail to have heard about the success of Facebook. There are literally hundreds of millions of users connecting for all different reasons - old school chums, colleagues, friends and family are adding and poking to find out what they have been doing for the past 10 years since they last spoke to them.

In short terms, like it or loathe it Facebook is a great way to connect people and share information.

With that in mind, we have created a Facebook group for anyone in the UK or Ireland that uses (or interested in using) any of the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions and would like to connect with other users to share tips, tricks, workflows, experiences, ask questions and find out more about the tools in hand.

Anyone can join the group and the more the better!

If you're an engineer, designer, student or educator and you use Facebook why not come and join your peers in the new UK & Ireland Facebook group. If you use or are interested in any of the Digital Prototyping solutions, you should head on over:


Please feel free to invite your colleagues and peers if they have an interest too!

Look forward to seeing you on Facebook.

PS: This is my 100th post on this blog!!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Autodesk Analysis Tools for Hydraulics and Hydrology in the UK

My collegues over at From the Ground Up blog have asked me to let you all know about an event they are holding next month in London.

The Autodesk Civil team will be at The Thames Water Barrier in London on Thursday October 28th to show how Autodesk analysis tools can help Civil Engineers plan and design urban drainage systems, storm and foul sewers. Integrating stormwater and wastewater analysis tools during planning and design will help improve overall project productivity and increase your engineering capabilities in the UK.

Aimed at those who work in civil engineering as engineers and planners, you will learn how Autodesk analysis tools can help you with run off calculations; storage and pipe sizing; detention ponds and outlet structures and lots more.

Click here for full event details and registration.....