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Autodesk Netfabb industrial additive software has added support for Sinterit Lisa, an affordable selective laser sintering (SLS) printer. With a new sieve and automated operation, SLS quality printing has become easier than ever.

Autodesk is continuously seeking new ways to reduce costs and facilitate additive manufacturing. Sinterit, a company established by former Google employees, pursues a similar aim. Their mission is to manufacture as user-friendly as possible professional SLS printers. By integrating the Sinterit Lisa printer with Autodesk Netfabb industrial additive software, the users of this popular design solution can start using their new printer almost immediately without needing to learn how to use another piece of software. Lisa can be operated using Netfabb in the Standard, Premium or Ultimate levels. This allows the working environment settings to be adjusted immediately in Netfabb to the needs of a specific 3D printer, considering, for example, how much material it uses or how it produces models.

To make SLS printing even easier, Sinterit has just added a sieve developed for Lisa that increases the speed of removing powder and facilitates multiple uses of the material. Additionally, printer users have recently received other new features: automatic levelling of the powder surface, automatic setting of the bed heights, and the possibility to multiply prints in the working space. Equipped with all existing and new features, Sinterit Lisa provides an easy end-to-end solution for SLS printing.

The production of very detailed and solid models without the need to print any supports is a significant advantage of selective laser sintering. Additionally, many objects can be printed simultaneously. Until recently, the only SLS printers available on the market cost around €100,000. Sinterit Lisa costs less than €15,000 and fits on a desktop. With the combination of compact size and user-friendliness, Sinterit has made SLS printing available to these companies that have been using FMD technology so far or which have outsourced the preparation of 3D prints.

“The SLS process provides design freedom and material options that enable high quality, end-use parts not possible with other additive, or traditional manufacturing techniques and Sinterit is democratizing access to this technology with a massive reduction in price without compromising on part quality,” said Duann Scott, Additive Manufacturing and Composites Strategist at Autodesk. “Autodesk Netfabb gives Sinterit users access to industrial grade optimization for the SLS process, at the part, build packing and parameter level to ensure professional results from the desktop SLS 3D Printer. This combination of affordable, professional software and hardware will open up the use cases for polymer additive manufacturing.”

Autodesk kicked off its annual flagship user event this week, welcoming almost 10,000 attendees to learn, network and explore the future of making things. Autodesk University showcased new ways that buildings, products and more are being designed, made and used.

At the event, the company unveiled new and updated technologies that give Autodesk customers the power to make anything. Autodesk also outlined plans for a streamlined portfolio of cloud platforms that simplify the work of designers, engineers, digital artists and others.

“We’re all in on the cloud. Access to infinite computing power and the ability to work together effortlessly is completely changing how design and engineering are done,” said Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk.

In their keynote speeches, Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski shared a vision for the future of work, where designers and engineers will collaborate with computers to achieve more than was previously possible. The keynote featured appearances by people whose endeavors embody this emerging future: Anna Nixon, a high school student from Oregon competing in the First Robotics Competition and Christian Benimana, Rwanda’s first trained architect and programs director for MASS Design Group.

Throughout the event, Autodesk University attendees saw how their peers are taking advantage of the transformative power of technologies like generative design, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, additive manufacturing and more.

Senior Vice President of Products Amar Hanspal delved deeper into Autodesk’s product portfolio and cloud software platforms, breaking news on new capabilities coming to Fusion 360 and BIM 360.

Hanspal also spotlighted Forge, Autodesk’s connected developer platform used to build and deploy apps and services for making the world around us. In the year since Forge was launched, the platform has surpassed 4,000 applications, which span a variety of uses ranging from part inspection to sub-sea surveying. Autodesk has invested in several companies through its Forge Fund and has aggressively broadened the Forge platform, focusing on enhancements to AR/VR and rendering to drive immersive real-time industry focused experiences.

“With our ongoing shift to cloud services, we are 100% focused on delivering maximum value to our subscribers and software developers. We are building a set of complete, connected and on-demand experiences for each of our major industries. Our aim is to empower engineers, designers and other users to have their project data in one place, collaborate across geographies, and more easily tap into the immense capabilities in Autodesk’s portfolio,” said Hanspal.

Customer projects from Briggs Automotive Company, Swinerton Builders and JE Dunn Construction’s showcased how they are using cloud services to pioneer new ways of working, try new business models and embrace the future.

In addition to the keynotes, hundreds of hands-on classes and networking with peers, the conference offered dozens of interactive exhibits that bring the future of making things to life. Examples included live industrial robotic 3D printing, a brick-laying construction robot, the first-ever generatively designed office building, an open-sourced 3D printed drone, a virtual reality experience to configure a full-scale Ford Mustang, and augmented reality construction hard hats. While these technologies are expected to reach the mainstream in the next one to four years, they're available today for those cutting-edge innovators who are propelling us into the future.

AU concluded on Thursday with an appearance by comedian, actor and former fake-news correspondent Rob Corddry, followed by a keynote from Autodesk SVP for Business Strategy and Marketing Andrew Anagnost recapping the highlights and lessons of the event.

Autodesk announced the unveiling of a portfolio of solutions for additive and subtractive manufacturing. The portfolio lets manufacturers take advantage of technology disruptions and improve competitiveness by creating higher quality products in less time with lower costs.

The new solution brings together industry-leading products historically offered from Autodesk, Delcam, Netfabb, Pan Computing and Magestic Systems—including HSMWorks, Inventor HSM, Fusion 360, FeatureCAM, PowerMill, PartMaker (now included in FeatureCAM), PowerShape, PowerInspect and Netfabb—into one complete set of hybrid manufacturing solutions.

“Autodesk has long been a leader and innovator in 3D design, engineering and the technologies that expand the applications of industrial 3D printing, but we appreciate that no product is really complete until it’s realized through physical manufacture,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of products at Autodesk. “We’ve also become a leader in technologies that expand the applications of industrial 3D printing. Now, we’re truly integrating the design, make and use phases of product development. This new set of solutions goes big on the ‘make’ component—equipping manufacturers with all the software they need to go from digital design to real-world product.”

Unveiled at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2016), the portfolio spans computer aided manufacturing (CAM), additive manufacturing, composites, robotics fabrication, factory layout, inspection and modeling. It enables customers to solve complex manufacturing challenges and seamlessly connect design to machining.

Within the portfolio offerings are cloud-connected capabilities designed to help users experience the benefits of a more cohesive manufacturing workflow and invest more time in product development. Cloud-capabilities give customers improved support for global manufacturing operations with universal access to software and data, and the cloud also enables fast and frequent software upgrades.

What’s in the Autodesk Manufacturing Portfolio

  • Autodesk HSMWorks: A fully integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS, allowing users to get up to speed and become productive within minutes using familiar tools and workflows.
  • Autodesk Inventor HSM: Helps CNC programmers, designers and engineers rapidly produce machined parts designed in virtually any CAD system.
  • Autodesk 2017 CAM Products: With offerings for a multitude of advanced manufacturing applications, these new products combine the heritage of industry leadership in CAM software from Delcam with Autodesk’s 3D design and manufacturing prowess. Solutions include FeatureCAM for automating CNC programming; PartMaker for precision part manufacturing with Swiss-type lathes; PowerMill for programming the most complex molds, dies and other components; PowerShape for preparing complex models for manufacture; and PowerInspect for inspection in every environment.
  • Autodesk Netfabb: All the software you need to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve part performance in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.
  • Fusion 360: The centerpiece of Autodesk’s cloud-based product innovation platform, Fusion 360 combines CAD, CAM and CAE in a single package. It allows users to take their designs all the way to production with included 3D printing capabilities as well as HSM powered toolpath technology for 2 through 5 axis milling machines, turning centers and waterjets.


“Not only is the Netfabb bundle easy to use, it also does much of the heavy lifting in preparing models for 3D printing,” said Dan Ko, strategic initiatives lead at Shapeways. “The software streamlines the process of fixing common 3D print file problems and if we didn’t have it to automate a large portion of file preparation process, each build would be substantially more time consuming and labor intensive.”

“This new integrated portfolio from Autodesk brings together technology Autodesk has been growing and investing in across the full manufacturing spectrum,” said Hanspal. “This combination of solutions makes modular and scalable manufacturing solutions available to manufacturers of all sizes.”

Friday, 16 October 2015 11:09

Autodesk Launches New Footwear Group

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Autodesk has confirmed its commitment to Digital Footwear Creation by unveiling the new Autodesk Footwear group that will be fully focused on supporting designers and manufacturers of all types of footwear.

The ranges of products previously named Delcam Crispin and Delcam Custom Orthotic Insoles have been combined under the Autodesk Footwear brand. The new group brings together the existing software solutions, plus technologies and services for the footwear industry available from Autodesk.

All of the staff from the Delcam businesses have been moved into the new group, meaning that customers continue to benefit from the combined support of the development, sales and technical staff, and their vast experience in the production footwear and orthotic insole industries.

As part of its commitment to the current market and to the Future of Making Things, Autodesk Footwear combines solutions for the design and manufacture of production footwear and custom insoles to enable the creation of a complete custom shoe, from last creation, to complex upper and sole design, and to the incorporation of custom insoles.

Autodesk is renowned for its high quality design and manufacturing software across a wide range of sectors and the footwear team are looking forward to the opportunities that having a wider portfolio of products will bring to the industry.

Chris Lawrie, Director of Autodesk Footwear commented: “The reinforced focus on the footwear industry means greater possibilities for both our existing and new customers. Being able to provide an even wider range of tailored solutions improves the options available to both designers and manufacturers.”

The new group will continue the high level of investment in dedicated products and services for the footwear and insole creation market. By working with Autodesk Footwear, businesses will benefit from a team of developers, sales and support staff who together offer vast industry knowledge and experience in all areas of footwear development.

The footwear team has been established following Autodesk’s acquisition of Delcam in February 2014.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/footwear

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:25

Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire netfabb

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Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire netfabb, a Lupburg, Germany-based developer of software solutions for industrial additive design and manufacturing. Autodesk will also make a strategic investment in FIT Technology Group, the parent company of netfabb and provider of additive manufacturing software and services. The two companies will collaborate to increase adoption of technology for industrial additive manufacturing.

Autodesk plans to use foreign capital for the transaction, which is expected to close in Autodesk’s Q4 FY2016. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Autodesk has always been impressed by FIT’s track record in creating powerful solutions to meet the challenges of industrial additive manufacturing and together we will accelerate a new future of making things,” said Samir Hanna, Autodesk vice president and general manager, Consumer & 3D Printing. “We look forward to welcoming the netfabb team to Autodesk and helping designers and manufacturers worldwide take 3D printing beyond prototyping and plastics, to reliably creating production-grade parts at scale.”

More than 80,000 designers, manufacturers, artists, researchers and developers worldwide currently use netfabb solutions as part of their 3D printing process. Autodesk plans to support and expand this community by continuing to develop, sell and support netfabb software as well as integrate netfabb technology into Autodesk’s solutions for product design and additive manufacturing, including Autodesk Fusion 360 the Spark 3D printing platform.

“Autodesk shares FIT’s goal of delivering high quality industrial additive manufacturing. We’re looking forward to cooperating with Autodesk – our newest investor– and we are confident that netfabb will continue to thrive and grow as part of Autodesk,” said Carl Fruth, CEO, FIT AG, parent company of the FIT Technology Group.

For more information, visit: www.netfabb.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced that Spark, its open 3D printing platform, has been embedded into Windows 10.

To make 3D printing more accessible to Windows users worldwide, the Spark 3D printing platform will provide an optimized 3D printing experience directly within Windows 10. This helps streamline the additive manufacturing process from design to fabrication. Autodesk will also make the free Spark APIs available to the Microsoft developer community, further extending the reach and growth of the 3D printing industry.

“There’s a crucial need to align software and 3D printing hardware to support the needs of modern 3D printing for our global community of users and developers,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist for Microsoft. “Teaming up with Autodesk will help fully unlock the capabilities of 3D printing, streamlining the end-to-end process.”

“Autodesk is dedicated to improving the 3D printing industry in a collaborative way, making the technology easier and more accessible to businesses and individuals alike,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D Printing, Autodesk. “By optimizing the Spark 3D printing platform for Windows 10, we are empowering both Windows users and Microsoft developers to tap the potential of additive manufacturing.”

For more information, visit: spark.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced the availability of the new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course, marking the first time the company has shared its portfolio of curricula resources through iTunes U. Developed by educators and subject matter experts across the globe, the Autodesk Design Academy provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects to support design-based disciplines in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) while using Autodesk’s professional-grade 3D design, engineering and entertainment software used in industry, helping students develop 21st century skills and prepare for future careers.

iTunes U is the best way to bring a classroom together on iPad, helping educators build lessons with amazing content, collect and grade student work and stay connected with their class.

A key component of the Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course is learning materials about the use of Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud. It’s an integrated, connected, and accessible platform built for the new ways products are being designed and made.

Autodesk also launches the Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch book, which includes learning materials about Autodesk SketchBook Express, software that brings digital art and concept sketching to life. Both the iTunes U course and Multi-Touch book will be available for free on iPad this fall.

“Getting our curricula and learning resources to millions of educators for free through iTunes U and Multi-Touch books is a fantastic opportunity to empower students with the tools that will help them to imagine, design and create a better world,” said Randy Swearer, vice president, Education, Autodesk. “The new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course helps us to bring best-in-class resources to more schools, establishing a future pipeline of designers, architects and engineers.”

In December 2014, Autodesk announced a multi-million dollar commitment to make available free access to its 3D design software and creativity applications to schools, educators and students around the globe to support future global economies and drive innovation.

“Autodesk software is used heavily in the engineering industry, and I want my students to know it well so they can jump right into a job without the employer needing to train them,” said Jennifer Hohne, educator, Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, Indiana.

For more information, visit: academy.autodesk.com

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:12

Autodesk Prices $750 Million Note Offering

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced the pricing of two series of its notes in an aggregate principal amount of $750 million in an underwritten, registered public offering. Of these notes, $450 million will mature on June 15, 2020 and will bear interest at an annual rate of 3.125 percent, and $300 million will mature on June 15, 2025 and will bear interest at an annual rate of 4.375 percent. The offering is expected to close on June 5, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

Autodesk intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes for general corporate purposes, including working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions and strategic transactions and stock repurchases.

BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.

The offering of the notes is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The offering of the notes will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from:

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10179
Attn: Investment Grade Syndicate Desk, 3rd Floor
1-212-834-4533 (Collect)

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
222 Broadway
New York, NY 10038
Attn: Prospectus Department
1-800-294-1322 (Toll free)

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
608 2nd Avenue
South Minneapolis, MN 55402
Attn: WFS Customer Service
1-800-645-3751 (Toll free)

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the notes, nor shall there be any sale of these notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, the satisfaction of customary closing conditions with respect to the offering of the notes, prevailing market conditions, and the anticipated use of the proceeds of the offering of the notes which could change as a result of market conditions or for other reasons, and corporate considerations and the impact of general economic, industry or political conditions in the United States or internationally. Additional risks and uncertainties relating to the offering, Autodesk and its business can be found under the heading “Risk Factors” in Autodesk's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2015, in the preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the offering and the accompanying prospectus filed with the SEC.

Autodesk does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or new information after the date of this press release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced its $10 million investment in Carbon3D from the Spark Investment Fund. Carbon3D’s innovative Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) addresses the current speed, mechanical properties and material choice limitations of the 3D printing industry, and promises to connect the digital thread from design through prototyping to 3D manufacturing by enabling the production of commercial quality parts.

In late 2014, Autodesk launched the Spark Investment Fund with the aim of investing up to $100 million in entrepreneurs, innovators and startups who push the boundaries of 3D printing. The Spark Investment Fund is the first venture fund exclusively dedicated to driving the overall growth of the 3D printing ecosystem.

“We started the Spark Investment Fund to help drive the 3D printing industry forward,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “Carbon3D embodies the innovation that’s required to change how products are made. The incredible speed of its CLIP technology makes 3D printing accessible for true manufacturing, beyond the prototyping and the one-offs we see it being used for now."

Current layer-by-layer 3D printing technology is slow and often produces parts that are mechanically weak due to their shale-like layers. Using a tunable photochemical process instead of the traditional mechanical approach, Carbon3D’s CLIP technology eliminates these shortcomings to rapidly transform 3D models into physical objects. By carefully balancing the interaction of UV light, which triggers photo polymerization, and oxygen, which inhibits the reaction, CLIP continuously grows molecularly solid objects from a pool of resin at speeds of up to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing technology.

“By working at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science, we are aiming to fundamentally address the issues that have held 3D printing back from becoming a manufacturing process,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and co-founder, Carbon3D. “We’re honored to have an industry powerhouse like Autodesk recognize the transformative nature of our CLIP technology and engage with us in such a significant way.”

Following their technology preview launch on stage at TED 2015 and to the scientific community on the cover of Science Magazine, Carbon3D is focused on productizing the CLIP technology and will have an industrial machine available within the next 12 months.

Carbon3D, a Silicon Valley based company, was founded in 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC. Working at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science, Carbon3D is delivering on the promise of 3D printing, allowing commercial customers to go beyond basic prototyping to achieve 3D manufacturing. The Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) was introduced simultaneously at TED 2015 and to the scientific community on the cover of Science Magazine (Science, March 2015). Carbon3D is backed by some of the top investors in the world including Sequoia, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, Autodesk Spark Investment Fund, Northgate Partners, Piedmont Capital Partners, and Wakefield Group.

For more information, visit: www.carbon3d.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the launch of Tinkerplay, a free app designed for kids of all ages that introduces creative play through 3D design and 3D printing.

The Tinkerplay app is based on the popular Modio app, which Autodesk previously acquired, and will join the Tinkercad family of products. The Tinkerplay app allows users to design and customize characters and creatures digitally with the option to 3D print afterwards. The 3D printed parts can also be snapped together for dynamic play. With this launch, new parts, features and functionality have been added to make the world of 3D design simple, fun and engaging.

“Creators, designers and makers from ages five to ninety, have blown us away with their passion for 3D modeling and 3D printing,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Autodesk Consumer and 3D Printing. “With Tinkerplay, we’re providing another great tool designed for kids of all ages who want to play, create and tinker.”

The Tinkerplay app lets users quickly get started by dragging and dropping interchangeable parts to make custom creations. The parts are optimized for 3D printing as fully poseable characters and creatures, and are designed to not require rafting or support material to print. The print function within the app shows the layout of parts for 3D printing and provides an easy way to export print files to a variety of 3D printers.

For users that are inspired to take their design skills one step further to create completely new parts, Tinkerplay connectors can be found in the Tinkercad web app. Autodesk has launched Tinkerplay simultaneously on various mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and Windows phones to better provide users with access on their device of choice. The Tinkerplay app can be downloaded for free* from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 users.

For more information, visit: www.123dapp.com/tinkerplay

Fulfilling its promise to expand access to its professional design software in education, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has made its industry-leading design, engineering and entertainment software free* to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide.

Through this action, more than 680 million students and educators from over 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools in 188 countries can take advantage of free access to Autodesk’s professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

“The way we make things is changing rapidly, and we need a workforce ready to design for new manufacturing and construction techniques. By providing free professional design tools to students, faculty members and academic institutions around the world, we’re helping get industry ready for the next phase,” said Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk.

Following its announcement of free software for academic institutions in the United States earlier this year as part of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Autodesk has gradually expanded free access to its leading design software to academic institutions across Asia Pacific and Europe. The leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software is also helping schools move to the cloud by providing academic institutions with its full suite of next generation cloud-based design products, cloud services such as the A360 collaboration platform, as well as maintenance subscription for free.

From students as young as 13 years old leveraging Fusion 360 to conceptualize and 3D print prosthetic devices, to college teams developing environmentally sustainable homes using BIM 360 Glue, young talent are pushing the boundaries of design and innovation both inside and outside of the classroom using the same design software used by professionals every day.

“Our students are using Fusion 360 to design an Energy Scooter which we are bringing to market via Kickstarter, and they’re only in 8th grade! If we can help more classroom teachers incorporate learning through design in their curriculum, and technologies that engage students in problem-solving through engineering, students will see how math and science are springboards to careers as future innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Karen Kaun, Founder of Makeosity.

To facilitate the integration of design tools into curricula, Autodesk also offers free project-based learning content and resources including the Digital STEAM Workshop and Design Academy.

“Closing the digital gap in education starts by providing European schools with common access to the same advanced technology being used by industry professionals today. Autodesk’s pledge to provide our schools, students and teachers with free access to its professional 3D design software will enable educators to introduce design thinking into our classrooms; equip digital natives with the design tools to learn to solve real-world challenges in new creative ways; and prepare the next-generation workforce with the 21st century skills to meet industry demands and advance our economies,” said Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission.

* Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services may only be used for educational purposes and are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/education

At its flagship annual user event, Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) highlighted the disruptions altering how things are designed and made, explored how the natural world can inspire design, and previewed new software tools and programs to make 3D design and fabrication more accessible. The company also laid out its plans to help designers and engineers transition to a new era of connection where they achieve better outcomes by realizing their ideas in context of the real world.

"There's been a radical rethinking of how things will be made in the future,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. "New manufacturing processes and materials, coupled with infinite computing and ubiquitous connectivity are completely changing how companies innovate and deliver new products.”

Bass welcomed Autodesk University’s 10,000 attendees in a keynote address where he demonstrated a range of the company’s cloud-based products for 3D design and engineering, reality computing and 3D printing, and announced plans to introduce a new offering next year that will provide access to the entire Autodesk portfolio of products with a single subscription. In this presentation and throughout the event, the company introduced new programs and tools that will help the design and manufacturing industries achieve new levels of connectivity and collaboration.

Joining Bass on stage were Emily Pilloton, Founder and Executive Director of Project H and Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk SVP and Chief Technology Officer, who discussed how Autodesk is looking at technology and design through the lens of nature. He said, “We’ve started to think of the design process as a living process, and to think of the things we create as living things. We can’t continue to use the same old processes to make the things we design significantly better, or even live sustainably on our own planet. The next breakthroughs will co­opt some of the actual processes of nature, bringing what works in the living world into the world of the things we create.”

Autodesk University is a series of conferences and an online learning destination focused on inspiring, challenging and energizing Autodesk software users, partners, and industry leaders about the future of design and engineering. Now in its 22nd year, the AU conferences attract more than 25,000 participants throughout the year including the flagship event in Las Vegas, international AU events in Japan, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, and China; and AU Extension events in an additional six countries.

A highlight of AU Las Vegas are the five Innovation Forums, a series of sessions focused on the future of making buildings, products, infrastructure and other things. The AU Exhibit Hall showcases the latest technology and innovative work by Autodesk customers across multiple industries.

Autodesk University events provide attendees with a mix of presentations, instruction, and social activities to network, share ideas with peers, and meet industry leaders from around the world.

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next several years. The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, is the first of its kind for the 3D printing industry and will invest in entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology and accelerate the new industrial revolution.

Earlier this year, Autodesk announced Spark, an open and free software platform for 3D printing that will connect digital information to 3D printers in a new way. Spark will connect to any hardware and be materials agnostic, and the company invites the entire 3D printing community to collaborate, build and improve the platform, its associated Ember 3D printer and materials.

Companies and individuals developing groundbreaking hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces are encouraged to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund’s investment portfolio. In addition to the financial investment, Spark Investment Fund recipients will become part of the Spark partner program and have access to marketing and other developer services available to Spark partners. It is through this unique combination of strategic investment and value-added partnership opportunity that Autodesk seeks to extend and empower the Spark ecosystem and spur innovation toward a more mature 3D printing experience.

“The days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us. Numerous industries recognize the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer Products and 3D Printing, at Autodesk. “The Spark Investment Fund will empower innovators to improve 3D printing, and to help us unlock the tremendous promise of this technology.”

For more information, visit: spark.autodesk.com/fund

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:35

Autodesk Announces 2015 Design Suites

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the release of the new Autodesk 2015 Design Suites, which are more tightly integrated with Autodesk cloud services than ever before – offering customers the ability to collaborate, simulate, analyze and more, many with just one click from within the suite.

Each Autodesk 2015 Design Suite includes AutoCAD 2015, the most advanced AutoCAD yet. A new interface and enhanced productivity tools enable customers to experience a new standard in design and documentation. Additionally, Autodesk Subscription offers customers even more convenient, flexible ways to access the tools they need, when they need them, to help grow their business. Autodesk subscription connects customers with software updates, services and support that help get the most out of their investment in Autodesk software now and in the future.

“The Autodesk portfolio now has something for everyone involved in making products and projects come to life, in addition to designers and engineers,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of platform products, Autodesk. “Users will notice a difference in how much easier it is to get their work done with the Autodesk 2015 Design Suites.”

New features and functionality have been added to the 2015 family of Autodesk Design Suites:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite offers a refined visual interface, better point cloud support to bring the real world into the AutoCAD canvas, and easier ways to work with online maps and other geographic location information.

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite delivers better integration with BIM 360 cloud services, enhanced point cloud capabilities, and numerous customer requested improvements for Autodesk Revit, including a new sketchy lines feature, ability to include imagery in schedules, enhanced hidden lines capability and more.

  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite introduces easier moves from 2D AutoCAD drawings to 3D factory layouts with streamlined transitions from legacy workflows; point cloud support for “as is” facility capture; extended use of Factory Design data; and enhancements to Factory Design Mobile app.

  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite includes major enhancements to AutoCAD Civil 3D software, including improved user interface, greater flexibility for corridor modeling, more efficient creation of profiles layouts, better production drafting, and simpler ways to create custom subassemblies.

  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite rolls out significant enhancements to AutoCAD Plant 3D software, including center of gravity, bill of materials (BOM), fixed length pipe modeling, piping and instrumentation drawing (P&ID), and isometric improvements.

  • Autodesk Product Design Suite launches with exceptional modeling capabilities, a new user experience, and workflow enhancements.

Cloud Services Just a Click Away

Customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction and infrastructure markets can expect to see significant productivity improvements through one-click access to BIM 360, cloud-based building information modeling (BIM) software for collaboration and management of construction projects. Autodesk InfraWorks 360, which offers civil engineers additional cloud services for collaboration and analysis at the early stages of infrastructure design, includes an updated user interface, support for more data formats, enhancements to Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 and a new application Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360. The Design Suites for these fields also feature full integration of the Autodesk 360 Rendering service, which uses the virtually infinite computing power in the cloud to create high-resolution renderings efficiently.

Manufacturing industry customers gain easy access to new offerings such as Process Analysis 360, a cloud-based service that helps engineers and system designers model, study, and optimize manufacturing processes. This accessibility – combined with other feature enhancements and refinements – removes the barriers to entry so that everyone can design and engineer great products.

“One of my favorite features of the cloud services specifically is access to Green Building Studio,” said Andrew Watkins, associate principal, Ayers Saint Gross Architects. “Architects are much more in tune with doing energy analysis early on in the design process, so even in the early concept stages we are able to analyze multiple versions of our building design directly from Revit through the cloud and get immediate data points back for making design decisions based on energy usage through the life the building. That’s been one of the best benefits of the cloud for us.”

It’s Never Been Easier to Access Autodesk Software

Autodesk Subscription offers the most convenient, modern, and flexible way for customers to purchase and access the software and services that they need to grow their business, and new purchasing options allow customers to choose the plan that best fits their current project needs and budget.

“We like the subscription program with Autodesk because it provides predictability and stability; it simplifies our licensing, and it gives us a lot of flexibility,” said Gene Evans, Autodesk subscription administrator for Woolpert, a US-based design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm. “In addition, upgrades on subscription are pretty much a no-brainer. We budget a static sum every year, and it’s been easy to predict our costs, we can upgrade at any time, whenever it works for us. Subscription also allows us to explore cloud services and evaluate where they will benefit us as a company and make better informed decisions. Subscription is the only way to go for us.”

Autodesk Subscription customers gain access to the latest Autodesk software releases and cloud services, technical support, and flexible licensing rights from the following options:

Maintenance Subscription is the most cost effective way to maintain and maximize long-term investment in purchased Autodesk software and services.

Desktop Subscription offers pay-as-you-go plans. Customers can choose from monthly, quarterly, and annual options for using Autodesk Design and Creation Suites and select software products.

Cloud Service Subscription can have a dramatic effect on the way customers work. A broad selection of cloud-based services offer access to virtually infinite cloud computing power that significantly reduces visualization and simulation processing times and frees up desktop resources for greater productivity, mobility and collaboration.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/suites

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 17:03

Autodesk Now Providing 3D Design in a Browser

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) customers will now be able to access Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality.

The announcement furthers the company’s ongoing strategy to provide access to its most popular tools from almost anywhere, anytime, regardless of device and without compromising performance. Continuing to build on Autodesk’s collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), OTOY and NVIDIA this new capability debuts as a tech preview and is an important expansion of the remote access capabilities provided through Autodesk Remote software. With this new capability, developers can access 90-day trials of Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max software.

“Designers and engineers face deadline pressures and efficiency targets that demand work be more mobile than ever,” said Jeff Kowalski, chief technology officer at Autodesk. “It’s no longer a requirement to run sophisticated 3D design applications such as Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max or Maya on a powerful workstation. Now all you need is a simple browser and an Internet connection. We are excited to be first in the design industry to provide this capability.”

In August, Autodesk Remote was made available to Subscription and rental plan customers worldwide. Remote allows users to drive Autodesk software installed on their primary computer from a remote PC or iPad, utilizing its full power in their 3D design and modeling work regardless of the device. The collaboration with AWS and OTOY expands on this capability to include access to Autodesk applications hosted in the cloud.

“OTOY and Autodesk worked together to provide customers with a turn-key solution for accessing 3D design applications through their HTML5 browser,” said Jules Urbach, CEO of OTOY. “For the first time ever, design and engineering professionals can access all the features of Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software to perform major design work, without ever having to download a piece of software to their local PC. OTOY's OctaneRender further enhances this experience by adding real-time, path-traced GPU rendering inside Autodesk applications. All of these pieces will be cohesively hosted on the cloud, leveraging the unprecedented scale and efficiency of AWS’ on-demand Amazon EC2 GPU instances. We believe this solution will not only translate to major cost savings for consumers, but greatly impact the mobility and efficiency of their workflow.”

“With the launch of G2 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) today, we are enabling the delivery of high-quality, client-agnostic 3D experiences to customers around the world,” said Matt Wood, General Manager, Data Science, AWS. “We are working closely with leading organizations such as Autodesk to leverage these powerful capabilities to meet the needs of designers and engineers around the world.”

"Design professionals need fast, fluid interactivity with their digital creations to fully realize their vision and express their ideas,” said Jeff Brown, general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA. “With the availability of NVIDIA GRID GPUs and Autodesk applications in the cloud from AWS, high-performance graphics are now available to power the most demanding and advanced applications on essentially any device.”

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/subscription/overview

Monday, 20 May 2013 08:48

Autodesk to Acquire Tinkercad

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tinkercad, an easy-to-use browser-based 3D design tool. The addition of Tinkercad to Autodesk will help broaden the popular Autodesk 123D family of apps and supports Autodesk’s vision to help anybody imagine, design and create anything. The acquisition will also revive the Tinkercad service and community, despite a previously announced shutdown by its founders and creators.

“We are excited to have reached an agreement with Autodesk that will provide a solid home and bright future for Tinkercad,” said Kai Backman, founder of Tinkercad. “We found in Autodesk a shared vision for empowering students, makers and designers with accessible and easy to use software, and with their global reach and expertise in democratizing design, we’re confident in their ability to introduce Tinkercad to new audiences around the world.”

Autodesk intends for the Tinkercad service to remain available as part of its consumer portfolio. The company also intends to incorporate elements of the Tinkercad technology and user experience into the Autodesk 123D family of products as part of its ongoing effort to make 3D design easier and more accessible to everyone. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days.

“Tinkercad is a natural extension of the Autodesk 123D family as well as our other apps and services for consumers, as it is already used alongside Autodesk products,” said Samir Hanna, Autodesk vice president, consumer products. “We look forward to welcoming the Tinkercad community to Autodesk and to continuing their mission of accessible 3D design for all.”

For more information, visit: www.tinkercad.com

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:36

Autodesk 2014 Design and Creation Suites

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The new Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Design and Creation Suites offer unprecedented access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio spanning the desktop and cloud and allow building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals to innovate more. For the first time, the 2014 Design and Creation Suites include new reality capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering process.

The flexible, economical software access provided by Autodesk Suites means designers and engineers have a broader palette of tools to choose from — they can choose the best tool for the job at hand and better respond to changing business requirements. Suites customers on Autodesk Subscription will also have access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services that extend designers and engineers’ workflows to explore more design alternatives, collaborate more effectively and experience greater mobility. Subscription customers now can purchase additional cloud capacity as well.

The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite

Comprehensive Industry Workflows Include Reality Capture

A key addition to the 2014 portfolio of suites is Autodesk ReCap, a family of new reality capture software and cloud services that simplify the process of creating intelligent 3D data of physical objects and environments using laser scans and photos, allowing customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into their design and engineering process.

Rather than beginning with a blank screen, designers and engineers can add, modify, validate and document their design process in context. For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation.

The 2014 suites’ industry specific workflows address specific user needs and strengthen compatibility between products. For example, suites containing Autodesk Revit products and Autodesk AutoCAD software enjoy tighter interoperability so when it is time to import forms from AutoCAD into Revit products, the forms retain much greater integrity, or when it is time to output drawings in AutoCAD, users can generate 2D documentation within Revit products. Suites containing Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software will benefit from tighter interoperability that allows customers, such as building product manufacturers, to simplify and export an Inventor model into a Revit file format for the construction environment without exposing any sensitive intellectual property.

Better Together: Desktop and Cloud

Autodesk 360 extends the suites workflow advantage by connecting the desktop to secure and virtually infinite computing power in the cloud, helping subscribers rapidly design, visualize, simulate, and share their ideas anywhere, anytime.

Illustrating the power of a combining the cloud and desktop, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 introduce Autodesk InfraWorks software and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 cloud services. These new tools help accelerate the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud-based workflows for the planning, design, construction and management of civil infrastructure projects. Helping improve the civil infrastructure design process by engineering in 3D from the start, the software and services allow collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders on mobile and desktop platforms, and enables communication in new and visually compelling ways. Autodesk InfraWorks allows civil engineers and planners to design within the context of the real-world environment, helping to deliver projects, both large and small, by more efficiently managing even large-scale infrastructure models.

Economical Access

Finally, each suite offers an economical way for customers to access their primary design software—plus the complementary software and cloud services needed to more effectively complete design, engineering, or entertainment creation tasks. The 2014 Suites, which come in Standard, Premium or Ultimate editions, offer greater value than ever before:

  • Standard editions of all suites containing AutoCAD have added AutoCAD Raster Design software.
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite subscribers gain access to Autodesk Green Building Studio and energy analysis cloud services in the standard edition, as well as InfraWorks 2014 and the Optimization for Inventor cloud service in the Ultimate edition.
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite customers will benefit from new workflows like the ability to easily generate moving or idle crowds with populate, improved viewport display and shading, and the ability to create production-quality meshes with the new retopologizing options.
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite includes more than 300 new factory assets.
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk InfraWorks 2014, Autodesk Roads and Highways Module for InfraWorks, Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design software and for the first time, a single, comprehensive version of Autodesk Revit products that combines tools for architectural design, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering and structural engineering.
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite Ultimate adds Autodesk Inventor with Routed Systems, and the Plant Design Suite Premium edition now includes Autodesk 3ds Max Design software.
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk Inventor Professional, and Autodesk Navisworks Manage has been added to the Product Design Suite Ultimate edition for clash detection. Both Product Design Suite Ultimate and Premium customers on Autodesk Subscription now have access to the Optimization for Inventor cloud service.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/suites

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) showcased its broadening line-up of cloud and mobile design, engineering and visualization tools at Autodesk University this year.

“We are leading the industry’s shift to cloud-based design and engineering software. From conceptual design, to simulation, to taking information to the factory floor or the construction site, all of this is being done today with our tools in the cloud.”

“Autodesk is the first company to bring you a full set of professional-grade, cloud-enabled tools that span the entire design process,” said Autodesk president and CEO Carl Bass, while addressing more than 7,000 AU attendees in Las Vegas. “We are leading the industry’s shift to cloud-based design and engineering software. From conceptual design, to simulation, to taking information to the factory floor or the construction site, all of this is being done today with our tools in the cloud.”

Bass demonstrated the company’s expansive portfolio of industry-leading cloud and mobile products and unveiled several new additions including the next generation of civil infrastructure design software and the world’s first comprehensive cloud-based 3D modeling offering for mechanical and industrial design (see related announcements). Bass was joined on stage by Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski, Christine Furstoss, who is head of Research & Development for Manufacturing & Materials Technologies at GE, Dezso Molnar, inventor of the Gyrocycle and co-founder of Molnari, Inc, and 12 year-old maker and engineer Schuyler St. Leger.

Autodesk University Series Reaches 70,000 Worldwide

Autodesk University (AU) is an annual series of in-person and online customer conferences that inspire, challenge and energize attendees about the future of design and engineering. Now in its 20th year, AU attracts more than 70,000 participants throughout the year and includes the flagship event in Las Vegas, which begins today, online through AU Virtual and events that occur throughout the year in Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany and China.

A highlight of AU Las Vegas were the six Innovation Forums, a series of sessions focused on informing, inspiring, and energizing attendees about the future of design. The innovation forums featured representatives of organizations including ARUP, Balfour Beatty, DreamWorks, Intel, Rochester Institute of Technology, Smithsonian Institution, as well as noted speakers Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity, Peter Leyden, former Managing Editor of Wired Magazine, and Teresa Payton, former White House CIO, Cybersecurity Authority and Identity Theft Expert.

Autodesk University provided attendees with a mix of presentations, instruction and social activities to network, share ideas with peers and meet industry leaders from around the world. Attendees had access to training on the latest Autodesk 3D design software as well as free certification exams to enhance their credibility by proving their level of expertise with Autodesk software.

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com

Friday, 07 December 2012 09:22

Autodesk Previews Autodesk Fusion 360

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) previewed Autodesk Fusion 360, the world’s first comprehensive cloud-based 3D modeling offering, at Autodesk University.

Autodesk Fusion 360 allows design and engineering professionals to more easily create 3D product designs and collaborate with others in the cloud. The cloud technology behind Autodesk Fusion 360 offers anytime, anywhere access, from virtually any mobile device or web browser and puts essential data at the center of the design experience. It also supports an open design environment, allowing designers to readily incorporate and modify CAD data from virtually any source.

“Data is at the center of the product design process, and the cloud frees that data to be accessible anywhere, anytime,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Autodesk Fusion 360 will give designers and engineers the first powerful, easy-to-use and complete cloud-based design solution.”

Autodesk Fusion 360 leverages the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform and adds to Autodesk’s cloud portfolio for manufacturers, which includes Autodesk PLM 360, a cloud-based product lifecycle management offering, and Autodesk Simulation 360, a comprehensive set of simulation tools delivered securely in the cloud.

3D Industrial and Mechanical Design in the Cloud

A comprehensive product design tool geared toward small business professionals, Autodesk Fusion 360 capabilities span all aspects of industrial and mechanical design, melded with anytime, anywhere access to data, collaborative and social development capabilities the cloud has to offer. Autodesk Fusion 360 also connects to advanced capabilities such as large scale mockup, simulation, PLM and rendering.

Next Generation User Experience

Autodesk Fusion 360 offers a radically different user experience through an intuitive interface that conforms to the role and level of user expertise. Autodesk Fusion 360 provides built-in guidance to novice users to speed the learning curve, and the ability to turn off guidance and access deeper functionality for design experts. Regardless of their level of expertise, users can start designing in a matter of minutes and begin to leverage Autodesk Fusion 360’s integrated social collaboration tools.

Redpoint Studios, a New England based industrial design and product engineering consultancy, recently adopted Autodesk Fusion 360 to help their clients bring compelling new products to market faster. “The learning curve is phenomenal. In a matter of days I was modeling blends and transitions that would take months, if not years, of skill building to achieve in a NURBS modeler,” said Matthew Harris, Industrial Designer, Redpoint Studios, LLC. “The potential for this product is huge and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Availability

Autodesk Fusion 360 will be available on a term basis making it affordable to businesses of all sizes. This delivery model will provide maximum flexibility and eliminate the high upfront costs of software license purchases, as well as the annual expense of software updates and upgrades. It is an ideal fit for professionals and small businesses seeking flexibility to scale their product design tools to fit changing project needs. Autodesk Fusion 360 is expected to be generally available next year.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/fusion360





Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has been named as one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Autodesk, a leader in professional and personal 3D design, engineering and entertainment software first appeared on the Great Place to Work list in 1999 and this year is highlighted for its unique six-week sabbatical program.

“There are many reasons why Autodesk is a great place to work. At the top of that list is our culture, which is grounded in the role our products play in helping our customers to imagine, design and create a better world,” said Jan Becker, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Real Estate at Autodesk.

This award builds on Autodesk’s worldwide momentum as a “Best Place to Work”, having been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the United States in 2012. In addition, Autodesk was named as one of China’s Top Employers by the CRF Institute in 2012.

“The companies listed on the second-annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees,” said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global CEO of Great Place to Work®. “Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future.”

The second annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List ranks the top 25 global companies to work for. Qualifying companies must have appeared on at least five national Great Place to Work® lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and at least 40 percent of their global workforce must work outside of the company’s home country.

Since launching the first best workplaces lists in partnership with FORTUNE magazine in the United States and Exame in Brazil in 1997, Great Place to Work® now recognizes leading workplaces in some 45 countries. The World’s Best Multinational Workplace list is based on a pool of data from some 1,800 companies that were listed on Great Place to Work® country best companies lists. Every year, Great Place to Work® analyzes data from surveys taken by more than 2.5 million employees and workplace culture analytics taken from 5,671 companies, that represent more than 11 million employees.

Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work® serves businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 45 countries on all six continents.

For more information, visit: www.greatplacetowork.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced findings from a survey of Autodesk PLM 360 customers that showed the cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) solution is helping many companies employ PLM for the first time or bringing PLM to entirely new functions within a company.

For a majority of respondents, Autodesk PLM 360 represented their first time using PLM technology. Previously, 61.1 percent of respondents were using Microsoft Office tools to handle their PLM needs, and 27.8 percent had no PLM system at all prior to PLM 360.

Available for the first time earlier this year, PLM 360 represents a flexible, easily customizable, next-generation alternative to traditional PLM systems, which have historically been expensive, complicated, and difficult to both deploy and configure.

“When employees in a range of roles can better access product and project-related information, it helps them continuously improve the products they design and manufacture,” said Brenda Discher, vice president, Manufacturing Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “We believe that PLM is for everyone, so we welcome this feedback and ability to learn from a broad cross-section of users in multiple industries.”

Respondents Cite Cloud Flexibility, Accessibility

Nearly two thirds (63.6 percent) of the survey respondents—whose functional positions ranged from engineering warehouse quality control, to legal and accounting—indicated that they were experiencing improved flexibility and responsiveness as a result of the product’s cloud platform.

“Autodesk PLM 360's cloud-based functionality was absolutely a key factor in our purchasing decision,” said Andrew Armour, President and Founder, Pura Medical LLC. “Having the benefits associated with universal connectability and minimal IT maintenance requirements allow us to focus our resources on running our business as opposed to managing a software program.”

Additionally, more than two thirds (68.8 percent) of respondents praised the accessibility of the cloud platform, citing the promise of immediate access to data anywhere in the world as one of their key reasons for selecting PLM 360.

Other key reasons for purchase included simplified IT and deployment (56.3 percent of respondents) and ease of configuration (50 percent of respondents).

“At VACCO, we design and manufacture specialty valves, filters and advanced fluid control products used in critical missions for Aerospace, space markets,” said Richard Noriega, Design Engineer, VACCO Industries. “There is no room for error in our product development, and the fact that we can tailor Autodesk PLM 360 to fit our business helps us ensure consistency and quality of our products.”

The Autodesk PLM 360 Customer Survey was conducted between Oct. 9-17, 2012, using an email invitation and an online survey. Survey findings reflect insights from 20 organizations in more than nine industries and six global markets.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/360-lifecycle-management-software/plm

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced Autodesk 123D Design, a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. Autodesk 123D Design uses natural interactions for creation and editing, allowing makers to easily design things without learning complex CAD concepts.

“For the first time ever, users can create sophisticated, precise 3D models of real objects on their iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. People said this couldn’t be done on iPad, and we’re happy to prove them wrong,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products, Autodesk. “We believe that everyone is creative, and we intend to put easy to use design software in the hands of millions of people so they can create real objects, have fun doing it and then fabricate the things they want and need, just the way they want them.”

Eliminate the Dreaded Blank Canvas and Start Designing Fast

Autodesk 123D Design helps users get their projects started by providing base shapes and example models that help move past a blank screen and into the design quickly. Using natural interactions to add objects to the canvas and assemble parts together, users can enjoy the design process and create amazing 3D-printable designs.

123D Design also includes pre-set kits, such as “Robots” or “Houses” that are a fun way to experiment with design ideas or become more familiar with design concepts. More kits are available online from the 123D web site.

Freedom to Choose How and Where to Design and Make
 
123D Design is available on web, mobile and desktop, so users have the freedom to choose how and where they will make something. 123D Design also lets users go from design to 3D print with just a few taps or clicks.

Part of the Autodesk 123D family of apps, 123D Design allows users to take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, fabrication services for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a community of like-minded makers focused on making a wide variety of projects using 3D design and personal fabrication. 123D Design, 123D Make, 123D Catch, and 123D Sculpt are directly connected across platforms and products through “My Projects,” cloud storage for all 123D design projects, where users can save and access the things they’ve made, or objects other people have made and shared with the community. The 123D community is home to thousands of models shared by nearly 300,000 members from around the world, and it is growing every day.

The Autodesk 123D family of apps provides users with the ability to capture, design and make their ideas, and connect with other makers around the world for support or inspiration. Users can try Autodesk apps, services and communities to experiment and experience the creative process.

For more information, visit: www.123dapp.com/design

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named MariCorp U.S. (MariCorp) as the Autodesk October Inventor of the Month for using Autodesk PLM 360 to streamline project management and Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software as part of Autodesk Product Design Suite to improve their designs.

“Each project is different and fully custom, so building a technology platform that makes it easier to rapidly create high-quality designs is our best approach and that’s where Autodesk has really come into play for us.”

As a result of implementing Autodesk software, the fast-growing company — founded by its 25-year old CEO Scott Fitzpatrick while he was still in college — has been able to respond to bids more quickly, execute designs more effectively and efficiently scale its organization.

“Nationwide, there are maybe a dozen large marina projects available for bid each year, and we need to win a few to distinguish ourselves and drive new growth,” said Kyle Wilkerson, COO of MariCorp. “Each project is different and fully custom, so building a technology platform that makes it easier to rapidly create high-quality designs is our best approach and that’s where Autodesk has really come into play for us.”

Digital PLM Processes Drive Efficiency

Autodesk PLM 360 — a cloud-based product lifecycle management solution — has made project management and collaboration across the MariCorp organization much more efficient. The engineering department receives all the forms, images and notes for each project as attachments inside PLM 360. In return, the sales team can clearly see how the dock designs look and be absolutely clear when requesting changes. Requests for proposals that once initiated a week of frantic design activity now routinely wrap up in three days.

MariCorp estimates that the use of new design tools combined with easy access to accurate project information has helped reduce rework tenfold. Designs are noticeably more complete at the outset, leading to substantially less confusion or second-guessing from the manufacturing shop floor, all the way to final installation.

“MariCorp is comfortable working in the cloud and, in addition to pursuing implementation of Autodesk Inventor iLogic, looks forward to maturing our design practices further to embrace cloud services like Autodesk 360 Optimization and to becoming even faster at creating more competitive and compelling designs,” said Wilkerson.

Replacing its legacy design tools, MariCorp retooled its engineering processes around Autodesk Inventor software to build its dock designs and AutoCAD software to complete its drawings.

The company also uses Autodesk Showcase software to create photo-quality 3D illustrations of new design concepts. These renderings help customers to see a dock design in the context of its surroundings and understand the benefits and tradeoffs of the proposal more clearly than by viewing 2D sketches or blueprints.

“MariCorp’s rapid growth wouldn’t be possible to scale without multiple functions in the organization working more effectively — from design and engineering, to marketing and sales,” said Brenda Discher, vice president, Manufacturing Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “By standardizing on Autodesk software, MariCorp gained effective tools to help clearly communicate their design ideas and project progress to suppliers, customers and to each other.”

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation.

For more information, visit: www.maricorpus.com or www.facebook.com/adskinventor

Newsweek Magazine this week recognized Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) as one of the greenest companies. Autodesk was ranked #6 among information technology and services companies, and #21 overall in the top 500 U.S. companies in Newsweek’s Green Rankings.

The annual Newsweek Green Rankings look at the largest publically traded companies in the U.S. and globally ranks them on performance in such areas as greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction and management of natural resources. Autodesk performed particularly well in the Environmental Impact measurement, and stood out for its green building strategy, including LEED certifications; well below average carbon emissions; and detailed policy on green procurement.

“Sustainability is at the core of how Autodesk operates and what our technology enables our customers to achieve,” said Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk. “We have a positive impact through greening our own operations, but also through the tools we supply to our millions of customers worldwide who imagine, design and create more efficient buildings, infrastructure and products. We’re honored to be recognized alongside so many of our customers on Newsweek’s prestigious list.”

Using Design Thinking to Reduce Impacts

Autodesk focuses its efforts on the areas where it can have the most positive impact on the future of the planet. A key component of that strategy is providing design software to those who create the built environment, supply energy and water, plan cities, and define manufacturing processes, in order to encourage sustainable project outcomes. Autodesk leads by example in its own operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint, and more efficiently using water, materials and other resources in its facilities and across the value chain. The company employs its own software using its buildings as a testing ground for new ideas, workflows and sustainable design solutions, strengthening the business and creating knowledge that Autodesk can share with others.

In addition to Newsweek’s Green Rankings, Autodesk has been recognized for its efforts with a leadership position on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s S&P 500 index disclosure rankings; inclusion in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI); FTSE4Good Index Series; top 10 ranking in Maplecroft’s climate innovation leaders; and an Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Leader listing.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) deepens its investment in sustainable operations, opening five new green office spaces this year in San Francisco, Milan, Beijing and Farnborough, UK. The company is targeting LEED certification for its new facilities, which would bring Autodesk’s total to 13 LEED-certified offices, covering 25 percent of its 1.8 million square foot real estate portfolio.
 
“By using our own software to design and build these spaces, we’re not only reducing our greenhouse gas footprint, but also providing real working examples of sustainable design for our customers.”

“At Autodesk, we are focused on accelerating sustainable innovation, and one way we do this to use our own facilities and operations as a testing ground for new ideas, workflows and solutions,” said Joe Chen, vice president of corporate real estate and facilities at Autodesk. “By using our own software to design and build these spaces, we’re not only reducing our greenhouse gas footprint, but also providing real working examples of sustainable design for our customers.”

New Spaces Feature Reduced Energy, Green Power and Repurposed and Recycled Materials

Each of the new office spaces is a major contributor to Autodesk’s environmental impact reduction strategy; most are powered by green energy, bringing renewables to nearly 30 percent of the company’s energy use. The office designs include reduced lighting energy requirements of up to 35 percent and increased ventilation efficiency of up to 30 percent as compared to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Many of the new spaces feature efficient plumbing fixtures, which can reduce water use by more than 40 percent over conventional fixtures. And all offices prioritize re-used, recycled and locally sourced materials and furnishings, as well as utilize low- or no-VOC finishes. The spaces were all designed to meet or exceed LEED certifications.

Reducing Carbon Impacts through Sustainable Design Choices

Autodesk uses its own 3D design software to design collaborative, open office spaces for its more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Partly through the use of sustainable design in its real estate portfolio, Autodesk has been able to help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent since 2009.

In the company’s newly-opened San Francisco Steuart Tower space, cloud-based energy analysis powered by Green Building Studio within Autodesk Revit software helped ensure efficient design. In the UK’s new Farnborough office, an environmentally-focused design helped Autodesk save $1M in overall costs every two years. The project’s design partner used Autodesk 3ds Max Design visualization software to help create photorealistic renderings that helped educate employees about the new space, resulting in more working from the space than in previous offices. And in Beijing, the company’s new offices were designed with daylighting in mind, which will be modeled in Autodesk Ecotect Analysis to supplement the LEED submission process.

For many of the new office spaces, Autodesk and its design teams employed Building Information Modeling (BIM), an intelligent 3D model-based design process. BIM provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/ecotect-analysis

Autodesk Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) has completed the acquisition of Qontext, enterprise social collaboration software, from India-based Pramati Technologies. The acquisition of the Qontext technology and development team will accelerate Autodesk’s ongoing move to the cloud and expansion of social capabilities in the Autodesk 360 cloud-based service. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Autodesk’s acquisition of the Qontext technology is a testament to the Pramati strategy,” said Vijay Pullur, Pramati president. “This transaction is a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to incubate and build companies that address the rapidly changing needs of business through highly innovative technologies.”

Autodesk intends to use the Qontext technology to add new social capabilities to Autodesk 360, a cloud-based platform that offers users the ability to store, search, and view critical design data improving the way they design, visualize, simulate and share work with others at anytime and from anywhere.

“Mobile, cloud and social computing are dramatically changing the way engineers, designers and architects work. The addition of the Qontext technology to the Autodesk portfolio will lead to new technology innovations that help our customers embrace these disruptive technologies and leverage them for competitive advantage,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of information modeling and platform products. “It was great to work with the team at Pramati who have demonstrated a great capability in incubating disruptive businesses."

Pramati builds independent companies focused on profitable, well-defined markets in social, mobile, and cloud computing technologies. Among its companies are SocialTwist, a customer acquisition and retention platform, and Imaginea, a software product and services company.

For more information, visit: www.pramati.com or www.autodesk.com

Monday, 01 October 2012 09:10

Autodesk Acquires HSMWorks Technology

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Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has acquired certain assets of HSMWorks Aps, a developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software. Through the acquisition of the HSMWorks technology, Autodesk will add software to control machine tools and related machinery to its portfolio of software for manufacturing. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of the HSMWorks technology brings machining expertise and next-generation CAM technology to the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing software,” said Buzz Kross, Autodesk senior vice president, design, simulation and lifecycle products. “Autodesk has a long history of making design and engineering technology more accessible, and we look forward to bringing HSMWorks’ CAM technology to a broader group of users.”

Autodesk intends to integrate the HSMWorks technology with its industry leading software and cloud services for manufacturing, and will make current HSMWorks products available for purchase and HSMXpress available as a free download. Existing SolidWorks customers using HSMWorks will continue to receive support and product updates. HSMWorks Aps is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in professional and personal 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Autodesk tools help unlock the creativity in everyone, from children and hobbyists to design and engineering professionals. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, digital art and entertainment industries, including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects, use Autodesk software, mobile apps, cloud services and communities to design, visualize, simulate and communicate their ideas.

For more information, visit: www.hsmworks.com or www.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and Jitterbit, a leading provider of powerful, flexible and easy-to-use application and data integration software, have forged an alliance to provide Autodesk PLM 360 the ability to integrate with on premise and cloud business applications. The relationship further strengthens Autodesk PLM 360’s position as the next generation cloud-based alternative for product lifecycle management.

“Companies will now have the ability to gather, analyze and utilize product or project data in a far more efficient manner than previously possible.”

Jitterbit’s award-winning cloud integration platform is a key component of a new suite of integration tools called Autodesk PLM 360 Connect, which helps customers to integrate their PLM and other cloud and enterprise business applications into one, seamless environment. The ability to easily move data across multiple systems further strengthens the value of Autodesk PLM 360, making the benefits of PLM available to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

“The combination of Autodesk PLM 360 and Jitterbit’s next generation cloud integration solutions allows companies of all sizes to realize a greater return on their technology investments in ERP, CRM or other proprietary business applications,” said George Gallegos, CEO at Jitterbit. “Companies will now have the ability to gather, analyze and utilize product or project data in a far more efficient manner than previously possible.”

“Autodesk PLM 360 Connect is a straightforward and cost-effective way to keep Autodesk PLM 360 tightly connected with data from other critical business systems,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Jitterbit is a natural partner to match our nimble cloud-based approach. Our customers require integration that is powerful, quick, easy-to-use, and affordable.”

Application Integration Simplified

The combination of cloud-based PLM with a cloud-based enterprise application interface platform makes it easy for customers to map, build and manage an elegant integration solution in any application environment. Jitterbit’s intuitive graphical user interface means no software coding is required for integration. This “no coding” approach makes connections simple and easy to build and maintain for business analysts and administrators alike.

For more information, visit: www.autodeskplm360.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today unveiled Autodesk Simulation 360—a comprehensive set of tools delivered securely in the cloud with a pay-as-you-go pricing model that enables any company to make simulation part of their everyday design and engineering processes.

With Autodesk Simulation 360, designers, engineers and analysts can more easily predict, optimize and validate the performance of things in the world around us. The virtually infinite power of the cloud allows complex engineering tests that were once limited to simulation specialists to be performed by mainstream designers. For example:

  • Product designers can test how various ergonomic designs of furniture, such as chairs, will accommodate and adapt to differing body types and levels of use well before the piece is ever manufactured.
  • Manufacturers can understand the heat generated by electronics devices enabling them to design-in proper cooling, avoid overheating and help prevent costly consumer recalls.
  • Architects and engineers can gain deeper insight into how buildings, including plants, will perform by simulating air flow to help ensure thermal comfort; analyze environmental effects on bridges and buildings; and test the behavior of structural materials including concrete — all before anything is ever built.

Autodesk Simulation 360 is the latest offering to build upon the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform. By performing computationally intensive simulation tasks in the cloud, designers, engineers and analysts can test multiple “what if?” design scenarios in parallel. The computational power of the cloud also eliminates the need for specialized hardware, thereby removing previous limitations and helping to increase productivity.

Faster, Safer, Stronger with Autodesk Simulation 360

“The ability to run multiple simulation studies in the cloud, in the same time as a typical singular simulation study with single variables, really opens up the game for us by helping us understand much more of the system in a shorter amount of time,” said Matt Nowicki, senior product engineer at BioLite, Inc. “It’s impressive how easy, valuable and seamless simulating in the cloud can be for a company such as ours.”

“Our customers can now visualize building comfort before the project is constructed. This enables them to make more informed decisions pertaining to project costs and lets them evaluate system and energy trade-offs as well. Providing this type of service helps distinguish us from our competition,” said Darryl McClelland, BIM and Virtual Design manager at Heapy Engineering, which provides Mechanical-Electrical-Technology Systems Design Services, LEED and Energy Consulting Services, Building Commissioning Services, and Planning Services.

A Cloud-Based Toolbox for Wide-Ranging Simulation Needs

The Autodesk Simulation 360 software portfolio includes a wide range of cloud-based mechanical, fluid flow, thermal and plastic injection molding tools at an affordable price. Additional benefits include direct geometry exchange; robust meshing tools; extensive material libraries; and proven solver technology to improve simulation accuracy in the areas of greatest concern.

“Businesses simply can’t afford not to understand how their designs will perform before anything gets built,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Autodesk Simulation 360 puts powerful simulation capabilities within reach for designers and engineers at virtually every company, giving them the tools they need to better predict, optimize and validate their designs early in the design process.”

Pricing and Availability

In contrast to traditional perpetual licensing, Autodesk Simulation 360’s easy and affordable, pay-as-you-go model simplifies access and offers unparalleled flexibility. Autodesk Simulation 360 is now available in English, and is planned to be available in other languages in the near future.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/simulationliberation

Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:58

Autodesk Releases 123D Catch for iPhone

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Autodesk, Inc. launched the new free Autodesk 123D Catch app for iPhone on the App Store. Complementing the iPad, desktop and web app versions, the app lets users take photos from their camera on iPhone and upload them to the cloud where the photos are converted into a 3D model.

The Autodesk 123D Catch app for iPhone and iPad allows users to capture the world around them in 3D anytime, anywhere. The app features a capture window that includes familiar iOS camera controls to help manage focus and exposure while taking the photos. Users can then review the photo thumbnails before submitting them to the cloud where the photos are transformed into a 3D model. The Autodesk 123D apps tap into Autodesk’s rich 3D design software heritage for professionals yet are easy enough for everyone to experiment and enjoy the creative process and make their designs real.

The connected workflow between the Autodesk 123D family allows captures made in the 123D Catch app to later be fabricated as a 3D printed object, or to be used as the foundation for further 3D modeling and 3D animation. To enhance the workflow, Autodesk has implemented new editing tools in the Autodesk 123D Catch web app that make it simpler to prepare catches for 3D printing. The new editing capabilities helps users to seal up holes within 3D models, smooth out surfaces, delete portions of the model they don’t want to print and create a flat surface as a stable base for 3D printing. Currently users can also access the My Corner feature to access files across 123D apps, including 123D, 123D Catch, 123D Make, and 123D Sculpt.

For more information, visit: www.123Dapp.com/catch

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:27

Autodesk Announces Autodesk Revit LT

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced Autodesk Revit LT software, a new addition to its award winning family of Revit software products. Designed for architects, designers and building industry professionals using 2D workflows who are looking to transition to the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process, Autodesk Revit LT software delivers a focused 3D application to help users create higher-quality and more accurate designs and documentation.

“Autodesk Revit LT reflects our commitment to provide architects, designers and building professionals, particularly those in small firms, the tools they need to ease the transition to get started with—and take advantage of—a BIM workflow,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president, information modeling products. “With Revit LT, customers can deliver higher-quality, more accurate designs and documentation—allowing them to bring projects to market faster and save time and money.”
 
Autodesk Revit LT is built on the Revit platform for BIM and allows users to create designs efficiently with 3D, real-world building objects to produce reliable, coordinated documentation faster. Revit-based applications help deliver better coordination and quality, and can contribute to higher profitability for architects, design professionals and the rest of the building team. Some of the benefits of Revit LT include:

  • Work more efficiently with a single, coordinated model that allows users to concurrently design and document building projects. Autodesk Revit LT automatically manages iterative changes to building models throughout the documentation process. As a result, a consistent representation of the building is maintained, helping to improve drawing coordination and reducing errors.
  • Design and visualize in 3D. Revit LT allows users to see their designs virtually, improving their understanding of the building and its spaces, and helping them communicate design ideas to clients more clearly and effectively.
  • Create photorealistic renderings in the cloud. Users who purchase Autodesk Subscription with Revit LT can render in the cloud directly from the Revit LT interface, enabling them to produce compelling, photorealistic visualizations without tying up their desktop.
  • Exchange designs in the DWG or RVT file formats. Produce designs in the DWG file format, and experience fluid file exchange with project team members using other Autodesk Revit software applications.

Autodesk Revit LT 2013 is scheduled to be available within the month in North America and in select countries worldwide. The product is available as a standalone version and as part of the new AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013, which includes both Autodesk Revit LT 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/revitlt

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 08:35

Autodesk Acquires Inforbix

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Autodesk, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, continued its strategic investment in product lifecycle management (PLM) and has announced it has acquired certain assets of Inforbix, LLC. Inforbix is a software company focused on cloud-based SaaS solutions aimed at increasing the value of product data, productivity, and improved decision making for manufacturing-based companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As a part of this acquisition, Autodesk also announced that it appointed Oleg Shilovitsky as Senior Director of PLM and Data Management. Shilovitsky is a co-founder of Inforbix, LLC.

“Oleg Shilovitsky is an established PLM thought leader who brings deep industry experience and a history of innovation to his new role at Autodesk,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Since the launch of Autodesk PLM 360 last year, we have introduced thousands of new users to the power of cloud-based PLM. We are thrilled to welcome Oleg and under his leadership look forward to continued innovation and driving greater adoption of Autodesk PLM 360.”
 
Autodesk plans to incorporate Inforbix technology for indexing, search, personalization and data visualization into Autodesk PLM360, which will help to accelerate the vision for the Autodesk 360 cloud services.

Oleg Shilovitsky co-founded Inforbix in 2010 and served as CEO. He was Inforbix’s strategist, technologist, and ideologist and also an author of the PLM Think Tank and Beyond PLM blogs. Prior to Inforbix, Shilovitsky worked for Smart Solutions, SmarTeam, Enovia and Dassault Systems.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) launched Autodesk ® SketchBook® Pro 6 for Windows and Mac, the latest release from the company’s popular SketchBook family, which has more than 11 million downloads to date. This new version of the award-winning SketchBook Pro software features a streamlined interface, multi-touch navigation, French curves, synthetic paint and smudge brushes, plus even more brush controls to customize.

“The latest SketchBook Pro really builds on the qualities that have made the product so adored,” said Chris Cheung, product line manager, Autodesk. “The new brushes bring a more traditional feel and versatility to the application, but equally important are the enhancements we’ve made to performance and user interface. SketchBook Pro 6 is going to be exciting for new both new and experienced users!”

The new streamlined user interface in SketchBook Pro 6 delivers an unobstructed and discoverable environment, increasing productivity by keeping artists focused on their creative process. Updates include a new Brush Palette, Color Editor, Layer Editor, pucks, and Toolbar to create an easier and more efficient work flow. Also added are a number of Guide tools, including new French curves to help artists draw smoother and more precise lines.

SketchBook Pro 6 includes more than 100 preset brushes, featuring familiar tools, such as pencils, paintbrushes, markers, airbrushes, erasers, flood fill tools, and smudge brushes. Brushes can be further adjusted and customized to produce a wide variety of character. Settings to randomize spacing, rotation, size, and opacity can be used to provide a myriad of options for the artist.

The new synthetic paint brushes included in SketchBook Pro 6 behave more like traditional paint mediums. These brushes allow artists to adjust the paint load on the brush at the beginning of each stroke and dynamically blend the colors on the canvas. The new smudge brush allows artists to brush over existing colors to blend them. Additional brush settings allow artists to control the variation of color, hue, saturation, and brightness of each stroke they make.

"For several years, SketchBook Pro has served as part of the foundation for our digital workflow. From the elegant interface to the robust drawing toolset, SketchBook has allowed us to stay focused on what matters most: crazy monsters!" said Greg Baldwin, CreatureBox. "SketchBook Pro continues to serve as the critical transition between traditional and digital workflow and we're excited about the new features offered in SketchBook Pro 6. The remarkably responsive brush engine paired with French curves, ellipse guides, and symmetry tools has allowed us to elevate our design process to new levels."

Autodesk SketchBook Pro is professional-grade sketching, painting, and drawing software that can transform a computer into an essential artist toolkit. Featuring an intuitive user interface, users can access a host of tools and features, including pencils, markers, brushes, colors, guides, layers, and blending effects. SketchBook Pro is specially designed to work in companion with pressure-sensitive tablets to deliver an authentic drawing experience.

For more information or to download a trial, visit: usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=6848332&siteID=123112

Autodesk, Inc. today unveiled new social collaboration capabilities in one of the design leader’s most popular professional mobile apps. The enhancements deliver new workflows that help streamline the design development, review and approval process by incorporating functionality made popular by leading social media platforms.

AutoCAD WS 1.5 takes AutoCAD beyond the desktop, allowing users to view, edit and share AutoCAD drawings with almost anyone, anywhere using their iOS or Android mobile device or Web browser. The new Design Feed in AutoCAD WS 1.5 mobile app tracks and captures the evolution of designs across multiple collaborators and stakeholders, all within the design itself.

AutoCAD WS 1.5

  • Simplifies design development using powerful, built-in social design collaboration tools that operate intuitively like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest tools.
  • Introduces Design Feed, a powerful feed that organizes comments within a drawing, and allows additional stakeholders to be tagged and invited into the conversation for further input.
  • Users can pin photos to specific locations within drawings, providing visual clarity and feedback.

For more information, visit: www.autocadws.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced that Autodesk Inventor Fusion technology for 3D CAD modeling is now available for download in the Mac App Store for the first time. Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac takes advantage of new OS X Mountain Lion capabilities to help increase productivity and transform how designers share designs and receive feedback, whether in face-to-face meetings or participating in social communities.

From hobbyists working in their garages to professional designers of machinery, Autodesk Inventor Fusion lets designers freely explore complex shapes and forms, enabling rapid design changes with fewer limitations. Its intuitive 3D direct manipulation tools allow users to open and edit 3D models from almost any source and incorporate them into new or existing designs.

“Autodesk’s direct modeling technology changed the game in ease of use for 3D CAD design,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “With Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac, we are excited to bring the same disruptive innovation to users of Apple’s newest OS X Mountain Lion.”

Available through the Mac App Store, Autodesk Inventor Fusion’s key features include:

  • 2D Sketching – Start designs by using simple 2D sketch tools and control sketches with dimensions. Users can generate multiple shapes fast with 2D layouts.
  • Direct Modeling – Users can more easily push, pull and edit to reach the final desired result. Direct modeling helps users focus on the design task and not on complex modeling commands and dialogs. Autodesk Inventor Fusion technology is a history-free 3D design tool.
  • Assembly design – Assemblies that mimic the real world make positioning and moving the design fast and predictable. Designing in context provides users with information to help make better design decisions. Flexible assembly structure ensures that users can make changes at any time.
  • Real-Time Visualization – Beautiful 3D and fast real-time navigation make it easier to create and present designs.
  • Cloud Storage – Store and share designs using Autodesk 360 collaboration service. Users can view designs on the go with Autodesk Viewers for iOS or WebGL-enabled browsers.

Autodesk Inventor Fusion technology for Mac was created with Apple’s latest OS X in mind and takes advantage of new features in Mountain Lion including:

  • Notification Center – Autodesk Inventor Fusion technology for Mac works with Autodesk 360 cloud services and Mountain Lion’s Notification Center so that users can receive notifications when files are edited, updated and more.
  • Sharing – Users can communicate more easily with colleagues, clients and friends to show off their designs or request feedback via iMessage, email and Twitter by using the Share button in Mountain Lion.
  • AirPlay Mirroring – Users can take charge in meetings with clients and colleagues by sharing the designs on the big screen with AirPlay Mirroring in Mountain Lion.

Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac additionally helps users leverage their 3D CAD modeling in Full Screen to help maximize productivity and bring design to the forefront.

The software is fully interoperable with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software and a variety of other Autodesk and third party CAD tools.

Autodesk has also created a Wiki Help Site for Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac, designed to help users more effectively collaborate, troubleshoot and take advantage of this Mac-compatible release. Users can add or edit Help information, while also sharing videos, best practices, tips and tricks, tutorials and more.

Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac is available as a free download, in English, in the Mac App Store.

For more information, visit: itunes.apple.com/us/app/autodesk-inventor-fusion/id529580720?mt=12

Autodesk Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Socialcam for a purchase price of approximately $60 Million. Socialcam is a popular mobile social video capture, editing and sharing app and service that was launched in 2011. This transaction is expected to close in Autodesk’s third quarter of fiscal 2013 (which ends on October 31, 2012) and is subject to customary closing conditions.

“Mobile computing, the cloud and social media are improving and changing the way people design, engineer and create projects,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Autodesk Consumer Group. “Video is an ideal medium for professionals and consumers alike to communicate and share their design ideas. We are excited to have Socialcam join our growing portfolio of applications, services and communities for digital art, personal design and fabrication, home design and entertainment.”

Socialcam is a smartphone application and web-based service that makes it easy to capture, edit and share videos. The Socialcam app has been one of the most popular mobile video apps in the iOS App Store and Android marketplace with over 16 million downloads since it was first launched in 2011. Autodesk will prioritize support for the existing Socialcam community, while investing in scaling the platform and developing a more comprehensive set of tools for Socialcam users. Autodesk also plans to use the Socialcam platform to help make its Academy Award-winning technology for professional film and video creators more accessible to a broader audience.

“Socialcam shares Autodesk’s mission of helping everybody imagine, design and create a better world,” said Michael Seibel, Founder and CEO, Socialcam. “Autodesk has a proven track record of acquiring and scaling fast-growing, early stage consumer businesses while staying true to their core audience and vision. With products like Pixlr, SketchBook and 123D, Autodesk is empowering creativity in millions around the world by making their award-winning technology accessible to everybody. We’re excited to join them and introduce this global community to simple video creation, editing and sharing.”

For more information, visit: www.socialcam.com or www.autodesk.com

An ambitious British expedition to Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica is using Autodesk digital prototyping software to help discover new answers about the evolution of life and effects of climate change.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) engineers will transport equipment overland for three days to the sub-glacial lake, where they will use a hot water drill to melt a 2.2-mile hole in the ice covering the submerged lake to extract water samples. The team will have a very short window of 24 hours to gather their samples before the hole re-freezes.

This exploration of one of Antarctica’s subglacial lakes has been planned for 15 years, but the team lacked the right tools to adequately try and test their plan to ensure they could gather the samples they need in the timeframe allowed. Through the use of Autodesk’s digital prototyping and simulation technology for sustainable design; BAS engineers can create a digital model of the drill; simulate the conditions under which they will work; test and analyze their approach; and make necessary adjustments before they embark on their expedition.

“This is hot water drilling on a scale never achieved before,” said Andy Tait, the BAS engineer managing the design of the hot water drill. “Because everything will have to be done so quickly, it is vital that we create an accurate 3D model of the entire drilling operation and simulate its performance because there will be no room for error once we are out on the ice.”

As a participant in the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, designed to help groundbreaking environmental projects such as this, BAS received Autodesk’s digital prototyping portfolio, including Autodesk Showcase, a visualization tool, and Autodesk Inventor Publisher for technical documentation. Tait will use Autodesk Inventor Publisher to visually and interactively communicate how the drills and its components work to colleagues and partners. He also believes that Autodesk Showcase will be invaluable for developing stunning presentations and other visualizations to help explain the technology to wider audiences.

Autodesk Inventor automatically coordinates changes across the digital model, streamlining the analysis, experimentation and eventual optimization of a design. This has been important to this project, not just because of because of need to carry out the operation within a tight timeframe, but also because of size, weight and strength parameters. The equipment must be transported over great distances and, therefore, needs to be strong, lightweight, and capable of withstanding extremely low temperatures.

“When our technology is being used to make this ambitious project successful, it gives me great confidence in the collective power of talented people working together to solve problems that otherwise could not be solved in isolation,” said Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk’s senior director of sustainability. “We’re delighted to be partnering with the BAS team on their unprecedented expedition.”

For more information, visit: www.ellsworth.org.uk

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the repurchase of up to 30 million shares of the company's common stock, in addition to the approximately 12 million shares that remained at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013 under previously authorized share repurchase programs. The repurchase plan provides Autodesk with the authorization to cover dilution and reduce shares outstanding over time.

“This new authorization brings our aggregate share repurchase ability to approximately $1.4 billion using yesterday’s closing price,” said Mark Hawkins, Autodesk executive vice president, chief financial officer. “With strong cash generation and a cash and investments balance of approximately $1.8 billion at the end of last quarter, we are committed to share repurchase as a key element of our capital allocation.”

The share repurchase authorization does not have an expiration date and the pace and timing of repurchases will depend on factors such as cash generation from operations, the volume of employee stock plan activity, cash requirements for acquisitions, economic and market conditions, stock price and legal and regulatory requirements.

In fiscal 2012, Autodesk repurchased approximately 9.7 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $33.71 per share.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced the company’s 2013 comprehensive offering of software, cloud services and curriculum for secondary, postsecondary and vocational educational institutions. The 2013 offering includes access to the latest design and creation software suites and curricula, including specific suites for education, which help instructors teach design concepts as well as established industry processes such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Digital Entertainment Creation, Digital Prototyping, and Sustainable Design. In addition, the new suites connect educational institutions to the power of cloud computing with access to Autodesk 360, a platform that enables teachers and students to access their designs anytime, anywhere, by providing the ability to store, edit and share their designs and access the virtually infinite computing power of the cloud.

“The cloud computing aspect to Autodesk’s design software is very exciting,” said Brian Stevenson, a pre-engineering instructor at Cheyenne Central High School. “With the power of cloud computing and Autodesk’s vision for putting more its design technology into the cloud, my students will be able to learn at home and in the classroom on any device they choose.”

To promote a more engaging educational experience, Autodesk provides instructors with project-based learning materials to help them incorporate design technology into the classroom. The postsecondary suites are supported by curricula that include the newly developed BIM and Simulation workshops as well as the award-winning Sustainability Workshop. The Digital STEAM Workshop, which recently was awarded a Seal of Alignment from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), includes professionally developed instructional videos and interactive lessons with 3D models for secondary teachers. All curricula are available for free* download through the Autodesk Education Community.

With Autodesk Educational Suite software licenses on Subscription, educational institutions can benefit from 25GB of Autodesk 360 cloud-based storage per seat. This helps enable teachers and students to increase mobility and simplify collaboration, and can provide access to cloud-based design analysis tools such as Autodesk Green Building Studio and Energy Analysis. These cloud-based offerings extend students’ design capabilities beyond the desktop and helps give them a competitive edge while preparing for professional careers.

“From Sketchbook Pro and the 123D family to the 2013 design and entertainment creation suites, Autodesk software is helping millions of students worldwide unlock their creativity,” said Chris Bradshaw, Autodesk senior vice president of reputation, consumer and education.

The 2013 Design and Creation Suites for Education offer “Ultimate” versions of the commercially available suites, are now available on USB media, improving the installation process for educators and IT professionals.

The new portfolio of postsecondary design suites includes:

  • AutoCAD Design Suite
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite
  • Autodesk Education Master Suite
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite for Education

Suites for secondary institutions include:

  • Autodesk Design Academy
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite

Individual Product Offerings & Availability

In addition to the suites, Autodesk has individual software products available for classroom use, offering faculty greater purchasing flexibility. For teachers and students who choose to benefit from product ownership, individual licenses of select suites and products are also available. All of Autodesk’s educational software licenses are sold at a reduced price compared to their commercial counterparts.

For more information, visit: students.autodesk.com

Friday, 08 June 2012 10:19

Autodesk Acquires Vela Systems

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced the acquisition of Vela Systems, a provider of cloud and mobile field management software for the construction industry. The addition of Vela Systems field management products to Autodesk’s growing portfolio of cloud and mobile products is helping to extend the value of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and project data to construction customers in the field. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“BIM has tremendous value in the planning and design aspects of construction projects, but if you can’t get that rich data into the field, at the point of construction, you are leaving out the critical ‘last 100 yards’ in the process. Integrating Vela Systems and its cloud and mobile products with the Autodesk BIM portfolio transforms the business of construction, delivering valuable information to job sites anywhere in the world,” said Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President, Information Modeling and Platform Products Group.

Based in Burlington, Massachusetts, Vela Systems extends the power of BIM with cloud and mobile technologies that enable project and company-wide programs for streamlined management of quality, safety, commissioning and field construction. The powerful reporting tools provide immediate visibility into issues in the field, allowing for proactive management and resolution, rather than time consuming and expensive overruns caused by a reactive approach. Vela Systems software and services are integrated with current Autodesk integrated project management software including Autodesk Navisworks, the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry’s standard comprehensive set of integration, analysis, and communication tools for project review.

“Vela Systems has been a longstanding partner of Autodesk, and has been leading the charge in the field. The confluence of cloud computing, iOS mobile devices like the iPad and BIM has enabled a new way to deliver and manage construction projects of all types. With the acquisition, we will accelerate this revolution in field management through a broader solution and greatly enhanced distribution,” said Josh Kanner, co-founder, of Vela Systems.

Combined with the Autodesk BIM portfolio, the Vela Systems software has already helped contractors, owners, architects and engineers accelerate project schedules, reduce project risk, and improve the flow of information, including key data and project photos, between project stakeholders. Autodesk users can now reduce reliance on manual processes to track progress, document work activities and resolve issues. With the Vela Systems integration, users can also visualize the as-designed building in the field to improve quality and fidelity to design intent; streamline reviews; save money with more efficient workflows by linking physical tasks to a virtual model; and capture critical data on materials, systems, and equipment.

For more information, visit: www.velasystems.com or www.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has named German manufacturer Feige Filling as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for May for using Autodesk Factory Design Suite software to not only design innovative filling machines, but also the layout of the factories that house them.

Feige leverages Autodesk Inventor software and other Digital Prototyping tools in conjunction with Factory Design Suite to create equipment for its customers and then optimize the factory layout before any equipment is installed. As a result, Feige now serves as a “turnkey” solution provider to its customers, giving the company a powerful advantage in the marketplace.

“Our customers expect us to do more than simply deliver a system,” said Jörg Duus, head of construction at Feige. “Thanks to the Autodesk suite of products, we can deliver an entire plant or factory to our customers and assist them with their internal processes, process optimization, design and installation. Providing a full-service solution is part of our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.”

Digital Models Improve Factory Design Process

Feige has a wide range of filling machines that are used by companies from the food, chemical and petrochemical industries to fill containers with liquid. A typical customer factory includes not just the filling equipment, but also storage areas, conveyor systems, stacking technologies and cleaning systems that all must efficiently work together.

Feige had successfully been using Inventor software, AutoCAD Mechanical software and Autodesk Vault collaboration software for several years to design its equipment before adding Factory Design Suite, which it purchased from Autodesk Gold Reseller Partner Contelos.

Factory Design Suite enables Feige to create 3D digital factory layouts that incorporate digital models of the various machines and factory components, making it easy to digitally explore different layout scenarios to find the optimal layout solution. Feige also leverages Autodesk 360 Cloud capabilities to share layouts and assembly designs for customer review. In doing so, the company can spot clashes and space constraints before they become on-site problems — helping customers avoid the expense of after-the-fact repairs.

Additionally, factory-specific visualization tools enable Feige to provide potential clients with immersive 3D layout proposals rather than multilayered 2D drawings that can be difficult to interpret. By providing this “virtual factory visit,” the company is able to more effectively communicate design intent and enhance the attractiveness of its bid.

“Feige is a great example of the power of Autodesk suites to win more business,” said Brenda Discher, vice president of Manufacturing Marketing at Autodesk. “With Factory Design Suite, Feige is able to reduce errors, save time and money.”

For more information, visit: www.feigeusa.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) launched Autodesk SketchBook Ink for iPad paint and drawing app, the latest release from the company’s popular SketchBook family, which has more than 10 million downloads to date. Powered by a brand new engine, Autodesk SketchBook Ink introduces unique technology for artists to create stunning, high-resolution ink-style artwork. The SketchBook Ink addition to the SketchBook family increases the number of choices available to artists to express their creative visions in a digital environment.

Unlike traditional vector drawing apps, SketchBook Ink enables users to produce very fine detail in their artwork, independent of resolution, building on the intuitive freehand-drawing Autodesk SketchBook Pro platform. This new technology also supports the ability to export and print large, high-quality images right from the iPad. Final artwork can be exported at optimal sizes to the photo library on iPad, email, Dropbox, or iTunes file sharing. Images exported to Dropbox or iTunes file sharing can exceed 100 megapixels.

“We are fortunate to collaborate with many talented artists, so we know how important it is for them to have a variety of tools for not only different tasks in their creative process, but also to express their personal styles. SketchBook Ink provides more choices for artists. And with its ability to produce high-resolution output, it makes a huge leap for content creation on the iPad,” said Chris Cheung, product line manager, Autodesk.

Complementing Autodesk’s popular app for the iPad, SketchBook Pro, which offers a variety of sketching and painting tools, SketchBook Ink is dedicated to pen-and-ink drawing. The inking behavior gives it a distinct feel but builds on the intuitive and familiar interface valued by SketchBook users worldwide. SketchBook Ink launches with seven preset ink styles and two types of erasers. The app supports importing images from the photo library on iPad that can be used as references or backgrounds.

“With more than 10 million downloads to date, we’re proud that the SketchBook family is changing how, where, and with what tools people unlock their creativity. People who never considered using a digital app for their artwork before, are now turning to SketchBook to produce incredible illustrations,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Consumer Products, Autodesk.

The Autodesk SketchBook Ink App is available for $4.99 exclusively from the App Store on iPad. For a limited time at launch, SketchBook Ink will be available for a special introductory price of $1.99.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=6848332&;siteID=123112

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced that several Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) members have released new applications to support Autodesk 2013 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

The specialized applications created by ADN members help to further enhance Autodesk Design and Creation suites workflows for building, entertainment, engineering, construction, infrastructure, product, plant and factory design. ADN partner applications address a broad range of specialized design needs across numerous industries, many of which can be found on the new Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. Applications created by ADN members can also be accessed within Autodesk products, helping maintain a smooth workflow experience for users.

“ADN partners are a vital part of helping Autodesk customers to be leaders in their industries,” said Jim Quanci, director of the Autodesk Developer Network. "Compatible applications from our ADN partners allow Autodesk customers to maximize productivity and efficiency."

ADN members have released application products for Autodesk 2013 products that are included in a range of Autodesk design and creation suites including Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Revit. New partner applications include:

3ds Max

  • Chaos Software Ltd
  • cebas Visual Technology Inc.
  • Sitni Sati d.o.o.
  • Orbaz Technologies, Inc.
  • Di-O-Matic Inc
  • P SOFTHOUSE Co., Ltd.
  • Unity 3D
  • Gamebryo
  • Thinkbox Software
  • Caustic
  • Mankua
  • Mixamo

AutoCAD

  • ShipConstructor
  • HydraTEC
  • Striker Systems
  • Transoft
  • Dotsoft
  • JTB World
  • kubit
  • KUBOTA Corporation
  • AddSekkei Inc.
  • Crea Co., Ltd
  • Tangent
  • THSWARE

AutoCAD Civil 3D

  • CGS
  • Eagle Point
  • RDV
  • CAD Master
  • Transoft Solutions
  • Delauney
  • Savoy Computing Services Ltd.

Autodesk Inventor

  • Gibbs and Associates
  • SolidCAM Ltd
  • Planit Software Ltd
  • OPEN MIND Technologies AG
  • SPI GmbH
  • AutoForm Engineering
  • VEST, Inc.
  • CIDEON Software GmbH

Autodesk Maya

  • Solidangle SL
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Chaos Software Ltd
  • Joe Alter, Inc
  • Pixelux Entertainment SA
  • Di-O-Matic Inc
  • Takomat
  • NVidia Corporation
  • E-Onsoftware

Autodesk Revit

  • Trelligence
  • Struc-Soft
  • Epcot Software Inc.
  • SOFiSTiK AG
  • hsbSOFT NV
  • Eagle Point
  • Adapt
  • BuildEdge (Keymark)
  • OFCDesk
  • Hongye
  • Ideate

For more information, visit: apps.exchange.autodesk.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that 123D Catch is now available for iPad on the App Store. This new free app lets users take images from their iPad camera and upload them to the Autodesk cloud service that transforms the images into a 3D model.

Complementing the desktop and newly released online versions, the Autodesk 123D Catch app allows users to capture the world around them in 3D while on the go. Imagine the potential for photos of vacation memories, family or other mementos brought to life in 3D. Captures made in 123D Catch can also be used as the foundation for further 3D modeling, 3D animation, or used to create a 3D printed object.

Part of the 123D family of products, 123D Catch users can take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, fabrication services for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a community of like-minded individuals focused on 3D design and personal fabrication. The Autodesk 123D family provides users with the ability to capture, design and make their ideas, and connect with others for support or inspiration. Anyone can try Autodesk apps, services, and communities to experiment and experience the creative process.
 
Autodesk also introduced a new feature for 123D products called My Corner, which provides cloud storage for all 123D design projects while connecting 123D product workflows. This feature will enable users to share files between products—123D, 123D Catch, 123D Make, and 123D Sculpt— to explore their creative ideas, or even use that model to create a physical object through fabrication services. Users can also share their projects and explore other people’s creations from an online gallery that supplies an abundance of ideas for creative projects.

“The Autodesk family of 123D products breaks down barriers between the physical and digital, empowering users to customize the world around them,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Consumer Products, Autodesk. “The launch of 123D Catch for iPad allows anyone to capture, explore, experiment and experience the 3D design and personal fabrication process.”

For more information, visit: www.123dapp.com/catch

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named Israel-based clean technology company HydroSpin as Autodesk Inventor of the Month for April 2012. The company used Autodesk Inventor software and other Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools to develop a micro-generator solution that produces energy from the flow of water inside distribution pipes, saving hundreds of hours of development time and hundreds of thousands of development dollars.

The generators power a wide range of “smart water” devices that monitor the movement and quality of water, along with other parameters, throughout the distribution network. In turn, the devices transmit data that might indicate a leak or a broken pipe, helping to prevent waste of one of the world’s most precious resources.

“The demand for safe and clean water is growing exponentially. With the help of Autodesk design and simulation technology, we are creating a solution that enables water monitoring devices to be deployed in locations that do not have ready access to an electrical supply,” said Gabby Czertok, CEO of HydroSpin.

Simulating Performance Through Digital Prototyping

As a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — an initiative that provides Autodesk Digital Prototyping software to emerging and established clean tech companies — HydroSpin was able to access a variety of Autodesk tools that sped up the product development process, while local Autodesk reseller Omnitech provided training and support.

HydroSpin used Autodesk Inventor software to support the design of its generator — which is similar in appearance to a fan-like turbine — so that it fit precisely within the confines of the Israel national water company’s detailed specifications without disrupting the flow of water. This helped avoid the “head loss” that could cause customers to experience weak water pressure.

Using Autodesk Simulation CFD software, the design team was able to perform extensive stress tests and flow simulations on the generator to ensure that it could withstand the flow of water at a variety of pressures over an extended period of time.

The company reports that Autodesk Simulation CFD was able to provide insight on the long-term performance of its generator within a matter of hours — a process that otherwise would have required an actual generator to be placed inside of a pipe for hundreds of hours at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars.

“Clean technology companies like HydroSpin save significant time and money when they incorporate Digital Prototyping tools into their workflow. This kind of efficiency enables more resources to be dedicated toward innovations that can have a real impact and create a better world,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk.

Founded in 2010 and based in Israel, HydroSpin has developed a unique solution that incorporates in-pipe generators for generating electricity from the flow of water inside pipes and powering smart water monitoring and transmission devices.

For more information, visit: www.hydrospin.net

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has unveiled a new Consulting System Integrator (CSI) Partner Program to help grow Autodesk’s global business network and meet increasing customer demand for an integrated technology and process offering. The program is intended to help professionals realize the benefits of connected workflows in Autodesk design and creation suites for building, entertainment, engineering, construction, infrastructure, product, plant and factory design.

Gehry Technologies, CSI Global Services, Pty, Ltd., Avineon and PCO Innovation are the first four Autodesk CSI partners with Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) expertise. The CSI Partner Program helps empower these companies to better serve their customers by expanding their consulting services to firms seeking to transform business and design workflows. With a focus on enterprise customers, CSI partners will help Autodesk and the company’s existing channel partners identify the right solutions for customers. By working with Autodesk, CSI partners can extend their services into the Autodesk business community and increase the number of services they provide.

“Furthering the business relationship with Autodesk is exciting and a key component to our growth,” said Dayne Myers, CEO, Gehry Technologies. “Customers expect us to help them overcome organizational, technical and process challenges to achieve operational excellence. Working closely with Autodesk and its reseller network allows us to provide the capacity, credibility, connections, capability, and coverage necessary to help architects, engineers, contractors and owners get better value from Autodesk technology.”

“Autodesk resellers have tremendous experience in selling Autodesk software and delivering value-added implementation services,” said Jim Bailey, vice president of strategic solutions at Autodesk. “By working with CSI partners, resellers can concentrate on more strategic long-term deals driven by the CSI partners that will create software sales pull-through and local implementation services.”

For additional information about the CSI partner program or other Autodesk programs, visit the Autodesk Reseller Center.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) is enhancing the Autodesk Partner Advantage Program to better enable the company’s already prominent global partner network to sell a more complete range of Autodesk Design Suites, Autodesk 360 services and Autodesk Subscription.

For the first time, Autodesk Value Added Resellers (VARs) will be able to provide customers with a complete Autodesk 3D design portfolio of software products and help differentiate their solutions by targeting industry specializations and product focus. The expanded scope better aligns members of the Autodesk global partner network to become mission critical solution providers through services such as consulting, technical training, support and industry expertise.

“Customer needs and technology trends are evolving rapidly, and Autodesk is delivering the tools, training and resources our partners need to help their customers take full advantage of 3D design, engineering and entertainment technologies,” said Bill Griffin, vice president, Worldwide Channel Sales at Autodesk. “Never before has there been this kind of global opportunity for our partners to target entirely new industries and grow their businesses by using the complete Autodesk portfolio.”

Autodesk, Inc. is continually evolving by developing the company’s Partner Advantage Program to provide better customer and partner experiences, building on the Autodesk vision to always deliver the best products and solutions to customers, wherever they are. VARs who participate in the Autodesk Partner Advantage Program benefit from:

Access to the complete product portfolio: Partners can now provide their customers with the complete Autodesk 3D design product portfolio, and more complete solutions to address a fuller range of business needs.

Simplified tiering: There is now one tier for Autodesk VARs, which includes Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. This simplified tiering will help make it easier for customers to identify an ideal partner match for their needs.

Partner locator: A new online partner locator tool helps customers to find the right partner expertise and helps enable partners to share best practices and more easily locate each other to collaborate on customer engagements.

Improved business processes: Better global coordination helps facilitate better customer relationship management and more accurate sales pipeline visibility.

New online training platform: The newly upgraded Autodesk Learning Central online training program provides online tools and training to help partners develop expertise.

“As a consultant to the AECO industry, our partnership with Autodesk enables us to provide the best possible business and technology solutions to our clients,” said Microdesk President, Michael DeLacey. “Together we are able to combine resources and expertise in order to fully address our customers’ challenges, as well as develop longer term strategies for improving the way the industry plans, designs, builds and operates our nation’s buildings and infrastructure. That is a level of partnership that we truly value, and our clients feel the benefit of as well.”

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=1088188

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced that Autodesk ForceEffect Motion, a new mobile simulation app for developing and testing mechanical systems with moving parts (scissor lift, windshield wipers, automobile engine, robotics, etc.), is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
 
ForceEffect Motion expands the Autodesk portfolio of mobile simulation apps, which also includes Autodesk ForceEffect, a simulation app that lets users calculate forces on a static object (building, bridge, furniture, machine, etc.) — a process typically done with longhand calculations and paper-and-pencil drawings.

“Autodesk ForceEffect Motion brings engineering to the point of the design problem that engineers are trying to solve in the field, in the office or in the classroom,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Now you have the tools to develop conceptual mechanical designs right on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.”

Easy Simulation for Moving Mechanical Systems

Autodesk ForceEffect Motion enables engineers, students and technical DIY enthusiasts to quickly and easily evaluate their designs early in the design process, thereby empowering rapid concept evaluation. ForceEffect Motion tackles a calculation-intensive engineering activity where users spend most of their time – on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Users start by importing an existing image or creating a freehand sketch and adding functional mechanical joints, actuators, constraints and supports. Within this intuitive environment, users simply tap objects to select, move, rotate and scale.

Real-time solving capabilities provide immediate feedback on the system’s performance, which users can then print, email or view as a results report on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or any other device with an HTML-enabled browser.

ForceEffect Motion users can more easily continue their workflow by directly exporting their mechanism to Autodesk ForceEffect to conduct a detailed static load analysis, or by sharing it with other CAD applications via powerful export capabilities.

Autodesk ForceEffect Motion also features full integration with Autodesk 360, a cloud-based storage and collaboration platform that helps users dramatically improve the way they design, visualize, simulate and share their work with others — anytime, anywhere and from any device.

Pricing and Availability

The Autodesk ForceEffect Motion App is available for free* from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at iTunes App Store.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/forceeffect

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced a partnership with Photobucket, the leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, to bring Pixlr™ photo editing tools to Photobucket users. Pixlr’s integration within the Photobucket website will give users access to an even more robust set of tools for editing their images directly within the Photobucket service.

Photobucket will now offer Pixlr tools, including the popular Pixlr Editor, which enables per-pixel editing, and the newly revamped Pixlr Express, which provides simple tools to correct, crop, resize and personalize images with effects, overlays and borders. The partnership between the companies will also provide advertisers with a creative environment from which they can deliver custom, branded effects in Photobucket ad packages.

“Our goal is to enable our 100 million users to share their memories and stories with simple, best-in-class creative tools; and our partnership with Pixlr enables us to do just that,” said Kate Hare, vice president, Products, Photobucket. “Whether users are looking for easy adjustments and effects, or are in need of advanced features such as layers and per-pixel editing, Pixlr significantly expands that toolset, helping us to deliver the most robust tools for photo-editing and personalization.”

“Autodesk is helping liberate creativity by making digital design and creation tools accessible and more enjoyable to a wide range of people,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Consumer Products, Autodesk, “We’re excited to enhance the Photobucket user experience and continue to inspire creativity through Pixlr’s wide range of photo editing tools.”

With more than 25 million users, Pixlr is one of the most widely used free photo editors. It transforms any image with a fast, intuitive and robust toolset that is easy to use for inexperienced photographers with no prior knowledge of photo editing, while also offering fully featured, per-pixel editing complete with layers, adjustment tools and filters for the more advanced user. Photobucket users will have access to all Pixlr editing tools, from simple to advanced functions.

“We strive to deliver an unparalleled user experience, providing both consumers and brands with mobile and web options for simplifying their ability to tell stories through images,” said Photobucket’s Hare. “The Pixlr tools, in addition to our recently launched Social Importer, are critical components for providing consumers with an easy — yet comprehensive — solution for personalizing, storing and sharing all of their photos and videos for life.”

Autodesk creative applications bring creative and 3D design tools to the masses in a fun and accessible way. The same software technology originally built for movie studios, car companies, and architectural firms enables millions of individuals at every skill level to unlock their creativity, while inspiring the next generation of designers, engineers and creative artists. Every day more than one million people engage with Autodesk free consumer tools.

For more information, visit: www.pixlr.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, is teaming with “Everyday Edisons,” the Emmy and Telly award-winning TV series on American innovation, to supply its design software for the series showcasing product invention.

Season 4 of “Everyday Edisons” follows 11 modern inventors through the process of creating their latest inventions. The series goes behind the scenes in the product development process, from initial concept design to finished product manufacturing. The “Everyday Edisons” Design team helps to create each of the inventor’s products, showing viewers along the way what it takes to bring an idea to life for consumers. “Everyday Edisons” is distributed by American Public Television, which began feeding the series to nationwide public television stations on April 7.

“I am thrilled to work with this season’s inventors and help deliver their visions to the marketplace,” said Daniel Bizzell, senior vice president, Design, “Everyday Edisons.” “Autodesk Product Design Suite software provides me the speed and flexibility to make quick changes to products as they are developed, which is key as these concepts go through quite a few iterations before being finalized.”

Autodesk design, visualization and simulation technology helps save time and money by helping designers and manufacturers throughout the design process, so they can validate designs before they are built.

Specifically, the Autodesk Product Design Suite featuring Autodesk Inventor software helps drive innovation with integrated, discipline-specific tools and workflows built for Digital Prototyping.

”American inventors that turn great ideas into reality can be found in some truly unexpected places,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “We’re thrilled to see our technology applied with ingenuity in the new season of ‘Everyday Edisons.’”

The ‘Everyday Edisons’ featured on Season 4 were selected from thousands to have their inventions developed by the “Everyday Edisons” team and turned into dynamic retail-ready products. Inventions featured on Season 4 of the show span a broad range of product categories, from medical solutions to household innovations and fitness devices.

“Everyday Edisons” premiered on PBS in 2007 to educate viewers about what it takes to transform an idea into a product sold on store shelves. “Everyday Edisons” features ordinary people as their original ideas are transformed into retail-ready products. The series’ name honors Thomas Edison, the famed American inventor, who with virtually no formal education, was able to secure more than 1,000 patents. “Everyday Edisons” is produced by Everyday Edisons, LLC. in Charlotte, N.C.

For more information about the series, visit: www.everydayedisons.com

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