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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Digital Prototyping Forum Nearly Upon Us

It’s less than a week now to until the event of the year – the Autodesk Digital Prototyping Forum 2010! Some might disagree and suggest that maybe the Fifa World Cup in South Africa or the recent Commonwealth Games in India were surely the events of the year but I can assure you that as good as those events were, the Autodesk Digital Prototyping Forum is surely THE event to be at…………if you’re a design engineer!

There’s still time to register to secure your place at the free event which is being held at The Belfry Golf Club & Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham (the one where they had all of those golf competitions) is going to packed full of useful presentations and information for designers, engineers, managers and generally anybody involved in design & manufacturing.

Main stage events will kick off at 9am with presentations from Autodesk Tim Doidge and Keith Perrin before we get to here from three users of Autodesk technology to hear how they are benefiting from usign Digital Prototyping.

Ortis deeley from Channel 5’s The Gadget Show will be prsenting with RoboChallenge about their use of Autodesk Inventor to design Satans Mutt for their robot wars challenge on the show. They will be followed by David Leadley from Sheffield based Land Instruments who will present how they are combining plastics design, mechanical, electrical and electronics design to create digital prototypes of their non-contact temprature measurement. The final customer presentation of the morning will be conducted by a very special guest from the automotive industry!

The afternoon will be split up into a number of 90 minute focussed breakout sessions presented by the Autodesk experts……..and me.

Industrial Designer Robin Oldroyd will be going through everything relating to consumer product design, industrial design, surfacing and visualisation.

Simulation & Analysis will be covered by Eric Henry and Paul Tolliday and will include how various analysis solutions can help design engineers make decisions about their designs earlier within the design process.

Uffe Bak and Emma Godfrey will be covering data management and technical documentation. If you want to know how you can manage all of your manufacturing data then Uffe is your man. Emma will be showing how to quickly and easily create technical documentaion, illustrations, manuals etc staright from the digital prototype at the same time the design is still be completed!!

And finally, I will be presenting a 90 minute Autodesk Inventor tips & tricks session that will cover things like – user interface, sketching, parts, assemblies, sheet metal and drawings.

Once the breakouts have finished there will be one final main stage presentation that I will be presenting with Keith Perrin who is travelling over from our Autodesk office in Portland, Oregon. We will be showing attendees a sneak peak of what they can expect from future Autodesk technology!

There are still a few places left so still time for you to register, just head on over to the Digital Prototyping forum for more details and to register:


Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Data Management on the Apple iPad?

I picked up an iPad this week and have to say I have joined the many fans of the new Apple gadget - it's a very nice product!!

As you would probably expect the first thing I did was download the Autodesk iPad apps - AutoCAD WS, Inventor Publisher Mobile, SketchBook Pro and Fluid FX. All of which are very cool - AutoCAD WS with the add-in from the Subscription Advantage Pack in AutoCAD Mechanical and Electrical is phenomenal! Just click one button in AutoCAD Mechanical and your drawing is available to use within AutoCAD WS on the iPad. I'll be blogging more about that in the near future.

There was one thing that went through my head though as my wife was sat watching the latest episode of a northern based soap-opera and I was downloading apps faster than the plot line of said soap-opera changed - I wonder if we could use the iPad for data management?

The answer - yes we can!

I fired up the Safari browser and pointed to my Autodesk Vault Professional server and low and behold I was greated with the log in page for the Vault Web Client. I could log in to my vault, browse around files and items, view bills of material, view relationships between parts, drawings and assemblies. Pretty much everything you would expect to do with the Autodesk Vault Web Client.

I took a couple of photos of the iPad running the web client which you can see here.

The great thing about this is that there is not really anything to configure or set-up - it just works! If you have got an iPad and want to try this for yourself, just point your iPad Safari browser at the URL of the Autodesk Vault Web Client (available with Vault Collaboration and Vault Professional) and away you go. The URL should be something along the lines of:

http://**your server**/Autodesk DM/WebClient

**your server** with the name of your Autodesk Data Management Server (ADMS)

Thursday, 7 October 2010

AutoCAD and Inventor Wishlist Ballots

Many AUGI members have been submitting their wishes for AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor and now it's time to vote on which ones you would like to see at the top of the list!

Each year AUGI (Autodesk User Group International) take the wishes submitted via their website and ask members to vote on which ones they would like to be at the top of the list. These are then submitted to the Autodesk Product Managers to see if they can be included in the development of a future release.

From memory, the last release of Autodesk Inventor included 9 of the top 10 AUGI wish list requests!

So now's the time for you to have your input, have a read through the submissions on the AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor wish lists and vote for the ones you would like to see added most. Just visit the AUGI website to have your say...

Autodesk Inventor - http://www.augi.com/inventor/ballot.asp

AutoCAD - http://www.augi.com/autocad/ballot.asp

Voting closes on 23rd October 2010

Happy Voting!