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Friday, 17 December 2010

New 3ds Max & visualisation blog

There is a new blog which I thought you’d like to know about. This European blog is created by my Autodesk colleague Jamie Gwilliam. It concentrates on 3ds Max/Design and Design Visualisation and covers many of his past email newsletters as an archive and also includes articles he has produced on image creation.

Jamie, based in London, has a background in Industrial Design and Architectural Visualisation as well as experience with working with Games companies.

The blog is called ‘Jamie’s Jewels’ and promises lots of gems of information. Have a look for yourself....


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Why Autodesk, you really are spoiling us!

Even more new technology? You can't be serious?

Well, yes we are and this time it is for factory floor layout and optimisation directly inside of AutoCAD.

You may well have seen that Autodesk released the Factory Design Suites earlier this year which allow factory layout enginners to use AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Navisworks and a new Factory Utility to design the layout of a factory floor. The combination of these tools into a suite meant data could flow freely between them to design and visualise the layout.

The Factory Layout Optimisation tool now allows engineers to use new or existing AutoCAD drawings to optimise the layout of work cells, stations, production lines etc inside of the familiar AutoCAD environment.

The basic process is to use geometry to represent each of the work stations and then link them together whilst supplying relevant information about each work station such as time, cost, energy etc. Once they are all linked together the new AutoCAD Factory Layout Optimisation tool will analyse the flow through each of the work stations and give you feedback based on how much time it will take. As you edit the layout, the feedback will update in real time ensuring you are able to design an optimum factory floor layout and process.

The Factory Layout Optimisation Tool for AutoCAD is available to download from the Autodesk Labs website:


The Technology Preview can be applied to new or existing 2D layout designs in AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 and Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2011.

The Tech Preview will expire on May 31, 2011.

Here it is in action:

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Autodesk SketchBook Mobile for Andriod

Today Autodesk have announced that Autodesk SketchBook Mobile is now available for those using the popular Android platform.

SketchBook Mobile has been available on Apple iOS for a while now and is one of the most popular apps on the smartphone. It allows artists, designers, engineers etc to capture ideas and designs wherever they are, at any time. These digital concepts can then be re-used as part of the Digital Prototyping workflow to develop the design further.

One of the great uses for SketchBook Mobile I find is as an engineer, I can use my camera phone to take a picture of an existing equipment installation that might have a problem and then use SketchBook Mobile to sketch ideas, solutions, notes over the top of the photo. I can then email that back to colleagues in the office who can be working on the solution to the problem before I have even left site.

This is a great way of shortening design cycles as not only can you resuse the sketch data in products like Alias Design and Autodesk Inventor but it gives access to accurate and relevant information sooner.

Autodesk SketchBook Mobile is avaialble for download now on a wide range of devices running Android 2.1 and above and is priced (from what I can see on the UK Android Market) at 64p. There is also an Express version which if free!

To learn more about the SketchBook Mobile and SketchBook Mobile Express apps, visit www.autodesk.com/sketchbookmobile.

Have a watch of SketchBook Mobile for Android in action: