At this year's Autodesk University (AU), which was attended by 10,000 people, Autodesk made several announcements that make its software quite attractive for manufacturing firms of all sizes. The company and its partners showcased several applications that address latest trendssuch as generative design, augmented virtual (AR) and virtual reality (VR), additive manufacturing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. As CEO Carl Bass said, “Unless your team is collaborating well, you can’t even compete, much less win.”
Autodesk's core strategy has been to democratize design software so that smaller companies with limited resources can use them to design and deliver the latest high-quality products. Subscription-based cloud delivery fits the core strategy of making its software affordable and enables collaboration in and among teams. The company is on a trend away from desktop applications, with an emphasis on delivering applications in the cloud.
Autodesk is building a cloud portfolio for each industry that it says is complete, connected and on-demand. Its cloud-based Fusion 360 and BIM 360 are built on the Forge developer platform that will now be available through a browser in addition to native mobile applications.
Matthew Weake is a valuable member of CADPRO System's Autodesk training and support team. In regular conatct with operators he is in the unique position of being able to identify those procedures that require a little more attention - creating drawings in Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep and CAMduct is one of them.
Here is an article that has been prepared by Matthew and can be accessed in full on the CADPRO Systems website
Creating drawings in Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep and CAMduct is not the most intuitive or CAD-like experience so I thought I would share a few tips here to get you started.
Setup Report Printer
When designing your reports, you may find you use up lots of paper only to find the report is not quite right.
A useful tip here is to add a pdf printer as your report printer until you have the Report looking like you want. This will save paper and many trips to the printer.
Most printers can be made to print black and white as default and the options can be found in the printer setup dialog box. Try the awesome Bluebeam Revu CAD – it does a lot more than just creating great pdf’s. Bluebeam Revu
To create drawings in Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep of a selection of items you should add a layout with those items in it.
Most of us have seen the Global Tab at the bottom of the page but paid no notice to it. It is, in fact, the second tip here. You should add your own Layout Tab and give it a short meaningful name. My example uses really good names – test and test2!
Fusion 360's engineers have continued their long march toward their end goal of creating an end-to-end product design package with their expansive November update. As of November 8th, Fusion users were treated to a number of new features, including simulation and milling enhancements as well as updates to drawings. In this piece, we’ll preview some of Autodesk's more interesting Fusion upgrades.
Fusion Adopts the Nastran SolverTo kick off its November update, the Fusion team has announced that Autodesk's 2014 acquisition of Nastran will now benefit 360's CAE portfolio. For users who are running simulations in the cloud, this solver upgrade won’t ever be noticed, but for those who prefer to do their simulations locally, a quick Nastran solver installation will run the first time you attempt a local study. With the addition of the Nastran, Fusion is gaining one of the best tested and consistently updated solvers on the planet.