Autodesk 2014 Design Suites Fuel Manufacturing Innovation

New Suites Deliver Affordable Access to Most Advanced Digital Prototyping Workflows

Autodesk today unveiled new Digital Prototyping software that offers manufacturers unprecedented access to the Autodesk portfolio — spanning the desktop and cloud — to more efficiently design, build and deliver better products faster at reduced costs.

The Autodesk design suites geared especially for manufacturers include Autodesk Product Design Suite and Autodesk Factory Design Suite. The suites provide designers and engineers with a complete set of tools and cloud services to simplify design, visualization and simulation workflows from product development through delivery. Additionally, Autodesk’s 2014 Simulation software portfolio delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimizing and validating designs earlier in the design process.

“Autodesk 2014 suites provide manufacturers with affordable access to the best tool for the task at hand,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “For our customers, this translates into increased productivity and a faster path to ROI.”

Autodesk’s 2014 design suites are available in three cost-effective, convenient editions: Standard, Premium and Ultimate. Suites highlights include:

  • The debut of Autodesk ReCap, new reality capture software and cloud services that create intelligent 3D models of physical objects and environments and allows customers to bring the actual job site into their design process;
  • Autodesk Inventor software enhancements that incorporate, among other benefits, increased scalability for extremely large product or factory assemblies; and
  • Autodesk Revit interoperability that allows building product manufacturers to easily transform detailed Inventor assemblies into simple native Revit files for use as BIM content.

Suite subscribers will continue to have access to Autodesk 360 cloud services that extend desktop functionality to better enable collaboration, optimization and to promote design sharing and reuse.

Autodesk Product Design Suite Extends Digital Prototyping for Product Development

New for the Premium edition of Product Design Suite 2014 is the inclusion of Autodesk Inventor Professional software, which provides mechanical and electrical engineers the functionality for complete Digital Prototyping with integrated simulation, control systems and tooling capabilities.

Next, Autodesk Navisworks Manage software — which provides project management capabilities including whole project review, scheduling, costing, visualization and collaboration — has been incorporated into the Ultimate edition. Finally, Product Design Suite now features AutoCAD Raster Design, a raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tool that helps users better utilize scanned paper drawings, maps, satellite images and similar data in their AutoCAD-based workflows.

“In 2012, EnviroGuard was able to win several large projects both domestically and internationally using Autodesk Product Design Suite,” said Tanya Bradford, general manager of EnviroGuard, an industry leader in spill containment and facility safety. “We were able to design unique systems built to specification, render the designs in 3D with Product Design Suite and show the results to clients and engineering firms via online, web-based tools. The end result is they approved the designs, and we ultimately won the bids.”

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Delivers Digital Prototyping to Factory Customers

Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2014 provides factory customers with exclusive access to interoperable, layout-specific workflows, cloud-based factory asset resources and powerful visualization and analysis tools that help increase design accuracy, efficiency and communication.

Additional new features for the 2014 suite include powerful annotations, an expanded factory assets library and improved point cloud workflows to capture the as-is state of a factory. The suite also provides enhanced integration of Autodesk Vault product data management software for improved asset management.

“Using a 3D model avoids misunderstanding and improves sharing, thus, everything goes smoothly and speedy,” said Yuji Nonaka, chief of the engineering department at Hirata Corporation, which provides factory production equipment to the automotive, semiconductor and consumer electronics industries. “In fact, we’ve been able to reduce review meeting times, and now we spend less than half of what we used to spend and we have saved a lot of travel expenses for overseas projects.”

Autodesk Simulation 2014 Products Integrate into Each Phase of Development Process

The Autodesk Simulation family of products includes 2014 versions of Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Simulation CFD and Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and serves as a comprehensive set of simulation software tools that are highly interoperable and integrate into each phase of the product development process. Enhancements to the 2014 simulation portfolio include:

  • Autodesk Simulation Mechanical: Formerly known as Autodesk Labs technology Project Scout, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical includes a new automated process for drop tests and access to parametric design study functionality;
  • Autodesk Simulation CFD: Overall product performance up to 13 percent faster, and the ability to simulate free surface liquids such as sloshing, pouring, open channel flow and solid/liquid interaction; and
  • Autodesk Simulation Moldflow: New conformal cooling functionality allows for highly efficient cooling path designs that in turn reduces mold cycle time and increases overall product quality. Compression molding allows for the simulation of large, light weight components with high quality surface finish needs, such as automotive vehicle panels.


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Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2014 provides factory customers with exclusive access to interoperable, layout-specific workflows, cloud-based factory asset resources and powerful visualization and analysis tools that help increase design accuracy, efficiency and communication.

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Autodesk Product Design Suite 2014 helps product designers drive innovation by further refining Digital Prototyping tools and workflows and adds increased scalability for extremely large product assemblies.

New sloshing functionality in Autodesk Simulation CFD 2014 gives users the ability to simulate free surface liquids inside another object that is also in motion.