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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Autodesk Tinkerbox

One of the many things to come out of Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas yesterday was Autodesk Tinkerbox presented by Autodesk Product Manager Garin Gardiner. There was lots of chatter about Garins presentation on Twitter and the announcement of this new app that will be available sometime in the near future.

Tinkerbox is an app that will be available for iPhone, iPod and iPad that is designed to bring engineering challenges and education to users of all ages in a 'game' like environment. There are various challenges, each one getting slightly tougher where users have to solve engineering problems like getting ball-bearings from one point to another using motors, plates, fasteners, rope, chains, conveyors etc. The intuitive interface allows you to drag and drop components from your toolbox into the working area to build a process. If you're not sure what something is or how it works, just use the interactive help to learn more about a motor for example.

Because we're dealing with mechanical components and processes all of the components interact with each other just as they would do in real life. For example, plates can topple over, conveyors will move what is on top of them and then have them fall off the end!

You can even connect electrical siwtches to mechanical components so that when the switch is activated, the function of the mechanical component starts.

It's a great looking and functioning app!!!

Rather than me giving you a full running commentary of the new upcoming app, have a watch of this video that was taken by Deelip Menezes of deelip.com whilst at the announcement:

Monday, 29 November 2010

Autodesk University 2010

Today is the day many people have been waiting for - Autodesk University 2010 is beginning over at the Mandalay Bay Restort in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately this year I cannot be there so will have to take in all the action via the plethora of social networking updates. And believe me, there are plenty!!

If like me you cannot be in Nevada to experience this years' premier Autodesk end user event you can attend on-line classes via AU Virtual and keep up to date with all the goings on via various on-line sources.

Standard Passes for AU Virtual are free and Premium Passes are $139 but are free to those with an active product subscription. There will be over 200 expert-led live streaming and on-demand classes. If you havn't registered yet, do so quickly as the virtual event runs from 30 November to 1 December!

For more information, visit the AU Virtual site:

Click here for more details....

You can keep up to date with who's presenting, what they are presenting, what colour shirt they have on and maybe even how many beers they had in EyeCandy after classes had finished via the wonderful world of Social Networking:

Keep up to date by the minute via Twitter
View pictures and photos from this years event on Flickr
Read the inside details on the AU Blog
Join the Autodesk University Group on Facebook

If you are going to be blogging from AU and would like me to add your blog to the list of useful on-line information just drop me a comment.

Hope to see you next year AU!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Importing file properties to Autodesk Vault

If you're making the move from a legacy data management solution to Autodesk Vault you will no doubt want to make sure you migrate as much of the data and information as possible.

Autodesk Vault will manage pretty much any Windows based file type. It's not just a data management tool for 2D & 3D design data, Vault will manage files such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Adobe PDF, images, photos etc. If you have an existing solution that manages your data it is likely that there will meta data associated with these files. Meta data is all of the extra property based information that is assigned to the file such as author, version, revision, state, description, title, project etc.

When data is migrated from the legacy data management solution over to Autodesk Vault we can make sure that all of the meta data information is also transferred. This is how we do it....



Happy Vaulting!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Support for MS Office 2010

We've had quite a few questions lately about support for Microsoft Office 2010 and Autodesk Inventor 2010.

Our colleagues over in product support have added a blog post that gives all the information you need.

Head on over to the Being Inventive blog for all your answers....

http://beinginventive.typepad.com/being-inventive/2010/07/can-you-use-excel-2010-in-inventor.html

Monday, 1 November 2010

Compensating System in Autodesk Inventor

Whilst catching up on some tweets last week I saw one from an Autodesk Inventor user in Holland - Sanne Buurma. He had received a copy of Offshire Wind magazine which featured some of the work he has done within Autodesk Inventor.

He was kind enough to chare the images with me for the Autodesk Manufacturing Gallery on Flickr which showcases designs and engineering work done using the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions.

This is one of the eight images Sanne shared, if you want to see the others have a peek at our Flickr Gallery....

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