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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

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Software design firm InfiniteSkills Inc. this week released its "Learning Autodesk Inventor 2013 Video Tutorial," an introductory course designed to establish a foundation for professional mechanical design using Autodesk's mechanical solid modeling program.

Autodesk Inventor is a 3D mechanical solid modeling design software application used to create 3D digital prototypes in mechanical design. Inventor's Digital Prototyping capability enables users to produce accurate 3D models for the design, visualization, and simulation of mechanical products.

InfiniteSkills' Learning Autodesk Inventor 2013 Training Video - DVD teaches all the important skills, tools, and concepts new users need to begin using the program in a matter of hours.

Course author Andrew Warren is a designer and software consultant specializing in training and implementation for CAD and data management software. He has more than 15 years' experience with Autodesk products, having worked with several industrial applications of digital mechanical design, including retail store fixtures and environmental engineering. He holds professional certifications in both AutoCAD and Inventor.

"From the beginning, Autodesk Inventor was designed to be very intuitive," Warren says, "but now it is also one of the most powerful parametric modelers on the market."

In Learning Autodesk Inventor 2013 Training Video, Warren's industry and training experience combine to create a powerful and efficient introduction to mechanical modeling with Inventor. Using the included work files, students learn by actually performing essential tasks hands-on, unlocking the Inventor's capability for enhancing their own design projects under Warren's guidance.

After beginning in a basic introduction to Inventor's work environment and user interface, Warren goes into the basic techniques for sketching in Inventor, teaching how to create 2D drawings using geometric shapes and patterns. Warren then moves into more complex design components, covering essential topics like the details of shape design, working with design components, and how to interact with and manage assemblies.

Other key chapters include instructions on how to annotate drawings using dimensions, sheets, borders, and title blocks.

"The course is designed to ensure that all students, whatever their prior level of experience, will come out with the basic skills necessary for professional design in Inventor," Warren says.

For more information, visit: www.infiniteskills.com/training/learning-autodesk-inventor-2013.html

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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

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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

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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

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Students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will have unprecedented access to world-class animation and modeling software thanks to a gift, valued at $21.7 million, from Autodesk, a leading global developer of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

This is the first time Autodesk has provided full access to its top products through a grant of software to a college or university. The gift -- the largest ever at Penn State Behrend -- will give students access to three key software packages: Education Master Suite, which includes advanced 3D CAD and engineering analysis tools; Simulation Moldflow, a fast, accurate and flexible design tool for plastic injection molding; and Entertainment Creation Suite, which was used to animate the last 17 films that won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Faculty members in the college's School of Engineering and professors in chemistry, psychology, game design and management information systems already are using the software, which is available at more than 950 computer workstations on campus. Every student and faculty member at Penn State Behrend has access to it.

Students also can become certified in Autodesk Simulation Moldflow by taking an exam that will be administered annually on campus.

"Graduates of Penn State Behrend and its School of Engineering have enjoyed a rich employment track record, and with access to this software, they will be even better positioned for success," said Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering. "This gift will also support the future growth of Penn State Behrend as we develop new interdisciplinary programs that fuse the humanities, the arts and advanced digital technologies."

The Autodesk products will jump-start the college's digital arts, media and technology initiative, which blends film and video game development with other advanced simulation work. Penn State Behrend's K-12 STEM outreach efforts, including the Math Options, Upward Bound and Women in Engineering programs, also will use the software.

"Partnering with Penn State Behrend allows us to put sophisticated simulation software into the hands of future engineers, scientists and artists," said Tom Cameron, vice president of manufacturing sales at Autodesk. "This significant partnership reinforces our commitment to providing students and educators with the resources they need to inspire the next generation of professionals."

The Autodesk gift also advances the University's current fundraising campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. That initiative is the most ambitious in Penn State's history, with a goal of securing $2 billion by June 2014.

For more information, visit: psbehrend.psu.edu

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hagerman & Company, a 28-year, value-added reseller of Autodesk software, has announced a series of Autodesk 2013 software release events. Lead the Way is the theme for launch events and webcasts hosted by Hagerman & Company throughout May and June to highlight the latest 3D CAD offerings from Autodesk.

The new releases of classic applications like Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 promise innovative features to increase productivity - many recommended by everyday users. Other popular topics to be presented include: the new services within Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor software, Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite, Autodesk Vault, and the Autodesk Revit family of products. Autodesk 360 provides a broad set of features, cloud services and cloud-enabled products to help customers dramatically improve the way they design, visualize, simulate and share work with others - anytime, anywhere.

“Our launch events provide an excellent opportunity for our customers to connect with some of the best-informed minds in the CAD industry, including experts from Autodesk and our own solution engineers,” said Hagerman & Company CEO Dennis Hagerman. “These programs allow us to introduce the latest innovations in the products we offer to our wide-ranging family of patrons.”

The free, educational events include webcasts, live presentations and special user group meetings.

For more information or to register, visit: www.hagerman.com/upcoming_events/2013events.asp

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced the availability of Autodesk Simulation DFM (Design for Manufacturing) software, the industry’s first real-time injection molding simulation software that provides real-time feedback. The CAD software plug-in provides designers of plastic parts with a faster and easier way to determine the impact of design decisions on manufacturability, cost and sustainability concerns.

Based on Autodesk Labs technology also known as Project Krypton, Autodesk Simulation DFM seamlessly integrates with Autodesk Product Design Suite software, and specifically Autodesk Inventor software, and provides a complementary technology to Autodesk Simulation Moldflow software. Autodesk Simulation DFM also works with Dassault, SolidWorks and PTC Creo software to support companies working in a multi-CAD environment.

“With Autodesk Simulation DFM, designers of plastic parts can more easily create designs that are viable from a manufacturing standpoint, while helping ensure low costs and sustainability,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Users do not need a simulation background to take advantage of Autodesk Simulation DFM — the software is highly intuitive and easily integrates into any design workflow.”

Adding Real-Time Feedback to Design Workflow

Powered by Autodesk Simulation Moldflow injection molding simulation technology, Autodesk Simulation DFM provides real-time feedback through specific and familiar design indicators, all while the design is still taking shape. Green, yellow and red indicators identify potential manufacturing, cost and sustainability concerns as a designer is creating his or her vision. When potential problems are found, the designer receives explicit, real-world information about the source and location of the problem so it can be addressed as early as possible in the process.

Because Autodesk Simulation DFM works directly with the designer’s CAD application, there is little need for additional training. The tool is also “always on” and doesn’t require much user input: it updates continuously, providing manufacturing feedback as quickly as the user can create a design.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/simulation-software

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4D Technologies, a leading Autodesk Authorized Publisher specializing in learning solutions and services for the Autodesk Community, announces their CADLearning for AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture will be offered for free through July 2012 to registered members of the Autodesk Education Community. The offering is available through a dedicated learning management system which includes video tutorials, exercise files and assessments for a number of Autodesk software products and is available online, 24/7, anytime, anywhere.

The availability of the CADLearning products for AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture is an extension of 4D Technologies' current offering to the Autodesk Education Community, which previously included free CADLearning for Autodesk Inventor during the 2011-2012 school year. The initiative is part of a continued effort by 4D Technologies and Autodesk to make learning for popular Autodesk software products more accessible to students and educators.

"Students and educators now have access to comprehensive e-learning to supplement their design and drafting lessons and expand upon the classroom experience," says Dan Dolan, President and CEO, 4D Technologies. "4D is committed to aiding in the learning process for Autodesk software and I believe our products are complementary to the wealth of learning resources already offered in the Autodesk Education Community."

"Free access to 4D's training materials for Inventor, Revit Architecture and AutoCAD on the Autodesk Education Community helps to ensure that students and teachers have what they need to get proficient using Autodesk products as quickly as possible. We are proud to work with 4D in providing such a great resource" says Tom Joseph, Sr. Director of Education at Autodesk.

Subscribers can take advantage of two potential offerings; a free subscription that includes CADLearning for AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Revit Architecture, or a paid subscription that includes access to the entire library of CADLearning courses covering additional software applications like Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Navisworks and more.

The free learning is available to students, educators through July 2012. Users can sign up for access to the CADLearning courses from the Autodesk Education Community's Learning Center page.

For more information, visit: students.autodesk.com/learning

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has named Sunkist Research and Technical Services (Sunkist Research) — a division of international fruit supplier Sunkist — as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for March. Sunkist Research engineers earned the recognition for the company’s use of Autodesk Product Design Suite software to develop a flat fruit-packing machine that doubles hourly throughput.

Existing flat fruit packing machines pack a single layer of fruit into a box during each cycle. The key breakthrough of the new flat fruit packing machine is that it can feed a layer of fruit into two boxes at once. Instead of processing 200 boxes of fruit per hour, the machine can potentially process 400 boxes per hour.

In the citrus industry, “flat fruit” refers to oval citrus products such as lemons, tangerines or fruit with a large button at the top like Minneolas. Oval fruits do not roll on a conveyor belt as uniformly as round fruit, such as oranges, and are more challenging to efficiently process and package.

“The Autodesk Product Design Suite — and specifically Autodesk Inventor software — have both been invaluable tools and big parts of our success in developing solutions that help maintain our lead in the citrus industry," said Alex Paradiang, director of engineering, Sunkist Research. "Autodesk software helps us display our engineering talents to our customers and shows them that we are constantly innovating on their behalf."

Digital Concept Becomes a Reality

Working with Autodesk Gold Partner KETIV Technologies, Sunkist Research efficiently transitioned from PTC Pro/ENGINEER software to Autodesk Product Design Suite. Sunkist Research garnered support to develop their new packing machine by using Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Showcase software to create renderings and animations that demonstrated proof of concept to partners and customers.

Autodesk Inventor was at the core of the design and engineering process, enabling Sunkist Research to create a digital prototype of the new flat fruit packing machine. In addition to easily checking for interferences, Inventor provided finite element analysis (FEA) tools to help determine the appropriate metal thickness for hours of continuous use.

Sunkist Research also relied on Autodesk Vault product data management software to reuse common parts, incorporate existing components into new assemblies and better collaborate both within and outside of the project team — speeding development time.

“Consumers care a great deal about how their food gets from farm to table, and Sunkist’s R&D team has shown they continuously seek ways to innovate in speeding the delivery of fresh citrus from the orchards to supermarkets and more,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “By using Autodesk software to create a digital workflow, Sunkist Research and Technical Services can design, visualize and simulate its citrus packing solutions more rapidly and cost-effectively.”

For 50 years, Sunkist Research and Technical Services has provided automated solutions for the citrus industry. Sunkist Research and Technical Services is a division of Sunkist, a leading international supplier of fresh fruit, and the oldest operating citrus cooperative in America.

For more information, visit: mosaic.autodesk.com or www.sunkistresearch.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) unveiled its new 3D design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers, offering a complete set of integrated and interoperable suites and cloud services to simplify design, visualization and simulation workflows from product development through delivery.

The new Autodesk design suites are geared especially for manufacturers and include Autodesk Product Design Suite and Autodesk Factory Design Suite. The new suites provide a broad range of cloud services to help manufacturers more efficiently design, build and deliver better products faster and at reduced costs. The new Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimizing and validating designs earlier in the design process.

“Autodesk’s 2013 portfolio provides our customers with a faster path to ROI for product development and delivery,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Our 2013 suites and scalable cloud services help manufacturers improve productivity and minimize upfront investment.”

Autodesk Design Suites Enhance Interoperability, Collaboration

Autodesk suites provide comprehensive workflows to connect desktops to mobile devices and to the cloud. These workflows enable manufacturing customers to develop complete definitions of product designs; integrate electrical and mechanical design to increase productivity; predict product performance; and visualize designs or complete factory layouts in 3D.

Autodesk’s 2013 design suites integrate with Autodesk 360 cloud offerings to better enable collaboration. Cloud-based assets promote design sharing and reuse. The suites also offer interoperability with the new 2013 version of Autodesk Vault product data management software and the company’s next generation, cloud-based alternative Autodesk PLM 360. Autodesk Vault software enables workgroups to organize, manage and track their engineering CAD data, manufacturing bills-of-material and change processes from a centralized location.

The 2013 Autodesk Product Design and Factory Design suites are available in three cost-effective, convenient editions: Standard, Premium and Ultimate.

Autodesk Product Design Suite Completes the Entire Engineering Process

Delivering a comprehensive software solution, the Autodesk Product Design Suite enables design, visualization and simulation capabilities, helping to drive innovation with integrated, discipline-specific tools and workflows built for Digital Prototyping.

New for Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 are the addition of one-click workflows created to help customers seamlessly move through the engineering design process, advanced cloud-based services for simulation and the inclusion of additional software allowing customers to realize their end-to-end design process. Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 updates include:

  • Autodesk Inventor software in the Standard edition, establishing 3D parametric design as the foundation to the engineering design process and providing a solution that delivers powerful 3D design and drafting capabilities.
  • AutoCAD Electrical software and Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems in the Premium and Ultimate editions, delivering a complete integrated electromechanical system capable of producing an entire product definition, including fully defined tubing, piping and hydraulic systems.
  • Autodesk Navisworks Simulate in Premium and Ultimate editions, providing integrated electromechanical, markup and visualization workflows capability.

“The Autodesk Product Design Suite has been an invaluable tool for Sunkist Research and a big part of our success, from generating animations in Autodesk 3ds Max Design, to overlaying a 3D model in a real-time factory environment to actual engineering design and 3D modeling with the Autodesk Inventor suite,” said Alex Paradiang, director of engineering, Sunkist Research. “We have showcased our engineering talents with Autodesk software and displayed to our customers that we are constantly looking for the best solutions to help maintain our lead in the citrus industry.”

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Brings Digital Prototyping to the Factory Floor

The suite enhances AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software with exclusive access to interoperable, layout-specific workflows, new cloud-based factory asset resources and powerful visualization and analysis tools that help increase design accuracy, efficiency and communication.

Specifically, the one-to-one synchronization between 2D AutoCAD drawings and the 3D Inventor assembly within the suite means changes made in the AutoCAD drawing will propagate to the Inventor 3D layout, and changes in the 3D layout will propagate back to the original 2D drawing. The bidirectional associative workflow of the suite provides veteran AutoCAD users with a familiar, easy to learn process for generating compelling 2D and 3D factory layouts while improving efficiency and accuracy.

“The Autodesk Factory Design Suite allows us to model packaging lines in a digital environment,” said Brian Strothcamp, senior designer with the Barry-Wehmiller Design Group. “We can visualize different options more easily to find innovative and practical solutions. Interactive, 3D walkthroughs give our clients confidence that our factory layouts will satisfy all their needs.”

Autodesk Inventor Publisher: Accurate and Compelling Product Documentation

Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2013 extends the value of Autodesk Design Suites by leveraging the same 3D digital model used in the design process for developing highly visual and interactive 2D and 3D technical documentation that helps explain and differentiate products and processes. Inventor Publisher 2013 features faster performance, new video output formats that can be published directly to YouTube and Facebook, and many new interoperability additions, such as new file import formats, automatic update with new assembly formats and integration with Sketchbook Designer.

Autodesk Simulation: Fast, Accurate and Flexible

The Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a fast, accurate and flexible approach to predict, optimize and validate designs earlier in the design process. The new family includes 2013 versions of Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Simulation CFD, Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and serves as a comprehensive set of simulation software tools that are easy to integrate into each phase of the product development process. Enhancements to the 2013 simulation portfolio include:

  • Autodesk Simulation Mechanical – Interoperability with Autodesk Showcase 2013 allows for results to be imported into Autodesk Showcase to create high-quality photo realistic renderings and presentations.
  • Autodesk Simulation CFD – Up to a 34 times improvement in overall solve time, while Autodesk Inventor Fusion enhancements include the ability to create associative internal and external fluid volumes, the ability to detect interferences, and automatic model simplification.
  • Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS – Allows designers and manufacturers involved in injection molding simulation to address the trend towards lightweight designs. The cloud-enabled tools provide access to computation power and enable the user to solve multiple scenarios in parallel, thereby reducing previous limitations and increasing productivity.

“Articulinx is a small, yet innovative company. Our unique technology requires that we have the ability to run multiple simulation computations in parallel without being bogged down or losing productivity,” said Rick Lilly, R&D engineering manager at Articulinx. “We selected Autodesk Insight WS so that we could easily scale our Moldflow access, and it works amazingly well for us.”

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/product-design-suite

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) will host a webinar to discuss its Manufacturing business segment. Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle & Simulation at Autodesk will conduct a brief slide presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Autodesk will host a live webcast call at www.autodesk.com/investors. Audio for the webcast will be available at 617.614.3453. Passcode for the live call is 17045410. A replay of the event will be available after 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

For more information, please call Autodesk Investor Relations at 415-507-6705.

Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effect -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced a new release of Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order software that can be deployed over the web, providing access to real-time, 3D visualization and pricing information for customized product configurations. Manufacturers can more accurately predict the actual cost of a completed design, generate more precise proposals and reduce overall lead time for product delivery.

Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order automates the order and bid process right at the point of sale by providing easy-to-use tools for capturing business and engineering rules. The new browser-based access is powered by Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order Server, as well as new templates and modules that can significantly reduce the time it takes to develop and maintain Engineer-to-Order applications. This new capability makes it easier for sales teams to do on-the-fly analysis of one-off custom designs from virtually any location, without having the software locally installed.

Swedish press manufacturer, AP&T, develops and sells hydraulic presses and complete production lines for the manufacturing industry. Using a modular-based system, AP&T can help provide automotive, indoor climate and domestic appliances customers with simple updates for existing equipment or complete customized production solutions. "We see enormous opportunities with Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order as it’s helped us speed up product development and reduce time required for routine design and engineering tasks. The cost estimate errors in predicting key components decreased from 10% to just 1%," says Mikael Karlsson, project manager, AP&T “Being able to develop five times faster doesn’t seem impossible when we are meeting our targets.”

Unlike many other configuration tools, Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order integrates with Autodesk Inventor software and AutoCAD software — providing a straightforward path to creating and maintaining a single digital model in a multidisciplinary engineering environment.

Streamlining Product Configuration, Optimizing Resources

Using the application, sales teams can help set customer expectations, capture crucial requirements and accurately predict margins — all before a proposal is submitted. When the time comes to submit a complete proposal, it can be automatically generated, complete with customer requirements, price quotations and drawings.

“The underlying challenges faced by manufacturers of configurable products are very similar across industries,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design Lifecycle and Simulation Product Group at Autodesk. “Whether they’re making conveyor belts, water boilers or cabinets and furniture, manufacturers can produce custom designs in less time — and with better results — by using Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order.”

To learn more about how Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order can simplify product configuration and quote generation, view the online, interactive samples at: etosamples.autodesk.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and a sponsor of the 2012 TED Conference, is supporting the 2012 TED Prize “The City 2.0.” The City 2.0 seeks to nurture the development of a new city concept, dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint created by occupants and easing the environmental pressures on the world’s rural areas.

Autodesk is supporting City 2.0 through content development and by providing free software and other resources on thecity2.org website, all of which will help citizens more easily visualize and simulate the environmental transformation of their cities. Autodesk will also create a new exhibit for the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, introducing visitors to technology that can help realize the vision of City 2.0.

“The software used by the world’s architects, engineers and urban planners to sustainably design, build and manage cities will play a central role in realizing the vision of City 2.0,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and chief executive officer. “Our vision is to help people imagine, design and create a better world, and we are proud to contribute this spirit of innovation to the TED community, which we are sponsoring for the third consecutive year, and by fully supporting the TED Prize.”

The TED Prize is traditionally awarded to an individual, but for the first time in seven years, the winner of the prize is an idea. The City 2.0 was selected because cities promote innovation, education, culture and economic opportunity. Living sustainably is also a critical component of the City 2.0. The wish for the TED Prize was unveiled on February 29, 2012, at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California.

"Autodesk is a company closely aligned with sustainability and innovation – critical components of the City 2.0," said Chris Anderson, curator of the TED conference. "Autodesk continues to be a great supporter of TED and the TED Prize. We are thrilled to have them as a sponsor and welcome their support of the City 2.0"

For more information, visit: www.thecity2.org

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced the immediate availability of Autodesk PLM 360. The next-generation cloud-based alternative provides a powerful, affordable and easy-to-implement solution at a fraction of the cost of traditional product lifecycle management (PLM) systems.

Autodesk PLM 360 is the latest offering to build upon the company’s leadership with cloud-based solutions. Unlike traditional PLM systems — which have historically been expensive and complicated — Autodesk PLM 360 is instant-on and easily configurable to meet customer-specific product-lifecycle process needs across the enterprise. It is also the first cloud-based PLM solution focused on business applications beyond engineering and bill of material management. As a result, employees in a range of roles — from planning and product development to quality and compliance to service and more — can better access product and project-related information that helps them continuously improve the products they design and manufacture.

“Our customers deserve modern technology to help solve the needs of their increasingly complex and global businesses,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Autodesk PLM 360’s simple, flexible, cloud-based approach will radically improve the ability for companies to gain the full benefits of PLM, helping them to become more competitive and grow their business.”

“We’ve found Autodesk PLM 360 to be a welcome expansion of our Digital Prototyping workflow,” said Rob Ferber, CEO at Electron Vault, a clean-tech energy-storage provider. “Given the high costs and expertise associated with traditional PLM, we just didn’t want to go there until now. Autodesk’s accessibility, rapid deployment and ease of use reduce the complexity of managing PLM processes across our global teams.”

Franke Foodservice Systems Inc., a division of Switzerland-based global manufacturer Franke Artemis Group, which employs around 10,500 staff worldwide and is established in over 40 countries, has adopted Autodesk PLM 360 to improve its product management, enhancing collaboration through product conception, realization, deployment and use. “No two restaurant customers are identical, and we have many staff in the field doing surveys of customer sites to customize equipment for a new menu item or coffee system,” said Duane Brown, manager, Product Data and CAD Operations, Franke Foodservice Systems. “Having a global, cloud-based application to track every step and all our major product milestones with instant sharing of all field and engineering notes in a secure application is incredible.”

Modern, No-Programming Approach

In addition to offering an attractive, modern look and feel for a superior user experience, Autodesk PLM 360 takes a highly configurable no-programming approach to system configuration that eliminates the need for expensive programmers and consultants. Dozens of pre-installed apps automate business processes across the lifecycle. With intuitive drag-and-drop functionality, users can easily tailor apps or build their own to meet specific needs and without having to purchase additional modules.

True Cloud Application

Autodesk PLM 360 is a true multi-tenant cloud application. Users and managers will never again have to worry about upgrades and broken customization; the application is always up-to-date and compatible with any customer-specific configuration. IT professionals are freed from non-strategic system management since users access Autodesk PLM 360 from a fully managed data center that provides security, high performance and disaster recovery. Additionally, the cloud-based foundation offers users anytime, anywhere access, from virtually any mobile device or web browser.

Autodesk PLM 360 also features integration and interoperability to on-premise systems including Autodesk Vault product data management (PDM) software. Vault enables workgroups to organize, manage and track their engineering CAD data, manufacturing bills-of-material and change processes from a centralized location.

Pricing and Availability

In contrast to legacy PLM industry licensing matrices, Autodesk PLM 360’s easy and affordable subscription model simplifies purchasing. Full function access for the first three professional users is free, with each additional user priced at US$75 per month on an annual contract basis. This represents roughly one-tenth the cost of comparable functionality from legacy PLM providers. Availability varies by country.

For more information, visit: www.autodeskplm360.com











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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) President and CEO Carl Bass joined Fortune Magazine Sr. Writer and Editor Marc Gunther to discuss sustainable design at the company’s recent Sustainability Summit in San Francisco. Also presenting were a panel of customers discussing their use of Autodesk software to design greener buildings, better manufacturing processes, water turbines and an eco-refrigerator. Lynelle Cameron, the company’s director of sustainability, opened the event with details about the company’s recent green datacenter project, a new version of Autodesk Green Building Studio, and other news.

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/sustainable-design











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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) exhibited an innovative new approach for 3D interactive building instructions at LEGO® World 2012 in Copenhagen. The digital assembly instructions can be experienced on a custom developed iPad app powered by Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer and was created specifically for the event.

Autodesk Inventor Publisher software helps manufacturers explain their products with clear, accurate and compelling 2D and 3D product documentation. Providing an alternative to traditional instructions, Inventor Publisher generates 3D interactive instructions that run on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. Working with The LEGO Group, Autodesk developed the LEGO branded app utilizing Inventor Publisher technology to help provide a totally new building experience for LEGO fans at the LEGO World 2012 event.

At LEGO World, children of all ages will have the opportunity to use the app to view interactive 3D animated building instructions to assemble Brickley, the LEGO dragon. At any time, they can stop the animation, zoom in on a part or rotate the model to see exactly how parts need to be fitted together—presenting a new experience that brings the physical and digital world together in an exciting way.

The goal of The LEGO Group is to help children enjoy a seamless, tactile play experience from the 3D digital instructions on their mobile device touch screen to the physical LEGO bricks. By teaming up with Autodesk, the LEGO Group is able to explore how the impact of 3D interactive technology can potentially enhance the customer experience.

“With the increased preference for 3D visualization and the proliferation of mobile devices, we are partnering with technology leaders and innovators like Autodesk to harness powerful digital design data to show what’s possible to our customer base,” said Olav Gjerlufsen, director at The LEGO Group. “We’re excited to provide fans at LEGO World Copenhagen with these interactive building instructions to digitally view and interact with LEGO bricks to complement their building experience.”

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=14640987&siteID=123112

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Clean technology innovator Hydrovolts is using software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to create unique hydrokinetic turbines that are more easily installed in rivers, canals and other waterways for faster generation of renewable energy. The company’s smaller turbines can be quickly installed and generating power in less than an hour.

Digital Prototyping Streamlines Product Development

As a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software to established and emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe, Japan and Singapore — Hydrovolts gained access to a variety of Digital Prototyping tools to help develop and optimize its turbines.

“Autodesk Inventor software and Autodesk Inventor Fusion software are invaluable tools for helping us digitally visualize and then revise our designs,” said Burt Hamner, CEO of Hydrovolts. “And by using the Eco Materials Adviser within Inventor, we can weigh all ecological impact together with performance and financial impacts of materials for our turbines. Autodesk technology is simply more efficient than anything we’ve tried.”

Using Inventor and Inventor Fusion on a recent project for the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal government agency, enabled Hydrovolts to quickly and accurately model a turbine for the proposed installation site, and then make appropriate changes to the prototype design in less than a week. Meanwhile, Autodesk Vault software provided complete document control, ensuring every iteration was recorded and traceable.

“Digital Prototyping can save time and money at every step of the product lifecycle,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, design, lifecycle and simulation, at Autodesk. “By using a single digital model, clean tech companies like Hydrovolts are able to develop their products more efficiently and deliver the innovative energy solutions that the marketplace is demanding.”

Smart Design Makes Turbines Easy to Use

Much of the speed of installation is due to the highly efficient design of the Hydrovolts turbines. All of the different classes of turbine have been engineered for easy “drop-in” installation — eliminating the need for dams or other permanent constructions. The turbines are held in place by mooring lines, while an output cable plugs directly into the power load onshore.

In addition, the Hydrovolts turbines are specifically engineered to easily accommodate different types of rotor blades for optimal efficiency in the existing current. This adaptability enables users to select the blade that can deliver the most power for the least cost, based on a waterway’s unique flow.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?id=14981616&siteID=123112 or www.hydrovolts.com

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An Autodesk software technology makeover for AutoCAD® customers using outdated software and hardware is ready to help small businesses gain or enhance competitive advantage. A new contest will award up to five Lenovo® ThinkStation® workstations together with five licenses of the Autodesk® Design Suite software of the winner’s choice. This contest is open to current AutoCAD small business customers (using version 2008 or earlier) based in the United States and Canada (with the exception of Quebec and Puerto Rico) employing 300 people or less.

One Grand Prize:

• The winner’s choice of up to five commercial licenses of Autodesk Design Suite software (not to exceed the total number of eligible noncurrent Autodesk software licenses held by the contest winner). Winner may choose from Autodesk® Building Design Suite, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Autodesk® Factory Design Suite, Autodesk® Design Suite, Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite, Autodesk® Plant Design Suite and Autodesk® Product Design Suite.

• Up to five Lenovo E30 ThinkStations, each with 22-inch LCD monitor (not to exceed the total number of software licenses awarded).

Four First Place Prizes:

• The winner’s choice of one commercial license of Autodesk Design Suite software.

• One Lenovo E30 ThinkStation with 22-inch LCD monitor.

Tell us why your company needs a technology makeover by completing the entry form on the AutoCAD Facebook page. Contestants can also submit photos and video for consideration.

All approved entries will be displayed on the AutoCAD Facebook page, to be viewed and voted on by AutoCAD Facebook fans. Ten finalists will be determined by fan votes. Winners will be chosen by Autodesk.

Submissions being accepted through February 23, 2012. The final winners will be announced through a live event on the AutoCAD Facebook page on March 22, 2012.

For official contest rules, visit: www.autodesk.com/techmakeover









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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has kicked off the company’s official Inventor of the Year voting process. Autodesk is encouraging members of the Autodesk Manufacturing community to visit the community website and choose one of the 2011 Autodesk Inventor of the Month winners as Inventor of the Year.

The Autodesk Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made among the hundreds of thousands of advancements users make using Autodesk Inventor software -- technology that enables Digital Prototyping. A digital prototype helps users design, visualize and simulate product performance before it is built, helping reduce costs, speed time to market and enhance competitive advantage.

Community members will select the next Inventor of the Year by voting for the best of the monthly award winners from 2011. The company with the highest rating from community members will be named 2011 Inventor of the Year. Voting is under way and closes Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

The Contenders: 2011 Inventor of the Month Winners

January 2011: Valiant Corporation, a global provider of manufacturing solutions, uses the advanced dynamic simulation functionality in Autodesk Inventor to increase load capacity while reducing costs, and to minimize design weight while meeting customer performance requirements. In a recent project for The Boeing Company, Valiant designed and engineered a portable cargo loader 30 percent more efficiently.

February 2011: Nitto Sangyo, a Japanese playground equipment manufacturer, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop Link Mini rocking toys. The toys are designed to be safer and more durable than standard commercial playground equipment. Eliminating reliance on physical prototyping shortened Link Mini development time by almost two months, reducing overall costs by nearly US$6,000 (500,000 yen) per product.

March 2011: Weatherhaven provides portable shelters, camps and systems for remote sites around the world. Using Digital Prototyping in Autodesk Inventor, Weatherhaven has significantly shortened product development time from concept to manufacturing, while reduced the number of more expensive physical prototypes typically necessary to explore and validate designs.

April 2011: Federal Equipment Company, a supplier of specialized military replacement parts, used Autodesk Inventor to design an advanced elevator system for the U.S. Navy. The new system enables efficient transport of munitions on board new aircraft carriers. Testing is costly, but with the help of Autodesk software, FEC can simulate the elevator’s shock response in just one $400,000 test, enabling the company to quickly identify and fix potential problems and avoid often costly retesting.

May 2011: Hawkes Ocean Technologies (HOT) designs and builds manned and remote vehicles for deep-ocean exploration. Autodesk Inventor enables HOT to create entirely new ideas and change the way submersibles operate, transforming them from “underwater balloons” to underwater crafts capable of flight.

June 2011: Carousel Works is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom wooden carousels for zoos, parks and the world’s largest cruise ships, including Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” and “Allure of the Seas.” With Autodesk Inventor, Carousel Works marries old-world craftsmanship with 3D design, and creates its custom wooden carousels up to 50 percent faster.

July 2011: Pankl Aerospace Systems uses Autodesk Inventor LT software to more effectively manufacture helicopter rotary systems, increasing the performance and reliability of critical components, while significantly improving pilot and passenger safety. Autodesk software helps Pankl save time, reduce manufacturing costs and increase customer quality, all while operating at optimal performance.

August 2011: Illini Prosthetic Technologies, a nonprofit organization, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop more affordable and more easily fitted prosthetic arms for below-elbow amputees in developing nations. Digitally exploring and refining its ideas, IPT provides access to affordable prosthetic care, helping amputees around the world regain use of their limbs, return to work and better care for themselves and their families.

September 2011: PMB Façade, a Malaysia-based company, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop architectural façades for some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, including Qatar’s 43-story Al-Bidda Tower, also known as Tornado Tower. The ability to digitally simulate and predict real-world performance before construction has helped PMB Façade reduce material cost and waste by as much as 15 percent, and deliver projects up to 30 percent faster.

October 2011: Kelly Racing, an Australia-based racing team, uses Autodesk Inventor to precisely design and validate new car components that give the team a racing edge. After a race weekend, designers modify existing car parts with Inventor, increasing traction and grip by as much as 8 percent, which leads to faster lap times and increased performance.

November 2011: A-dec, a leading manufacturer of dental chairs and equipment, uses Autodesk Inventor to more effectively design and develop products, cutting time to market. A-dec also uses Autodesk software to generate user manuals and service guides for its popular dentistry products, enhancing usability and reducing translation costs.

December 2011: Green Structures, a UK-based clean technology company, uses Autodesk Inventor and a range of other Autodesk Digital Prototyping technology to create award-winning energy-efficiency systems. The firm’s latest innovation, a heat recovery ventilation system called Ventive, provides a faster and less expensive alternative for retrofitting buildings with the latest green technologies.

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: mfgcommunity.autodesk.com/featured/inventors

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ARKTOS Developments Ltd. (ADL) —the designer and manufacturer of a remarkable amphibious vehicle known as the ARKTOS Craft—is using simulation software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to prepare its products to operate in some of the world’s most environmentally demanding locations.

“Using Autodesk Simulation software helped ARKTOS to accurately predict product performance on a nearly limitless vehicle,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “The extreme environments our customers are successfully analyzing are a testament to how accurately Autodesk Simulation technology can simulate real world performance.”

Originally designed as an amphibious evacuation craft for Arctic offshore oil facilities, the ARKTOS Craft can move from frigid -50°C (-122°F) temperatures, through burning flames, and back again, as in the case of evacuating a burning oil rig. Additionally, the ARKTOS Craft can easily navigate ice-rubble fields, ice ridges and open water—and can even climb up or down vertical steps—making the ARKTOS Craft a highly capable exploration craft for a variety of extreme climates.

Valmont West Coast Engineering (Valmont), which provides finite element analysis (FEA) services to ADL, was responsible for predicting vehicle performance in these severe environments: “We used Autodesk Simulation technology to predict critical stresses for the ARKTOS at extreme temperatures and loading conditions,” said Ioan Giosan, Ph.D., P.Eng at Valmont. “After finding an optimal design using FEA methods, we relied on physical testing and field use to validate the accuracy of our results.”

Digitally Optimizing Performance

The key to the ARKTOS Craft’s mobility is an articulated arm between the vessel’s two main compartments. As the Craft climbs up onto an ice shelf from the water, the hydraulics in that arm help push the front unit of the Craft up out of the water so that the special track spikes can grab the ice.

Using the multiphysics capabilities of Autodesk Simulation, Valmont was able to show ADL engineers how thermal stress caused by temperature extremes would combine with mechanical stress within the articulated arm between the units. Additionally, since the arm would see repeated compressive and tensile loading, Valmont also analyzed fatigue life using the Autodesk Simulation multiphysics tools.

“We continue to modify the original ARKTOS Craft design for each of our new customer’s unique needs,” said Bruce Seligman, president at ADL. “Autodesk software makes it easy for us to design new attachments for the craft, and then simulate how those modifications will affect performance. Sharing early concepts and engineering analysis results with stakeholders digitally is a critical part of our development workflow today and is all powered by Autodesk software.”

Headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, ARKTOS Developments Ltd. is the manufacturing body for the high mobility amphibious Craft known by the registered trademark of ARKTOS. ARKTOS Craft units are currently operating in Alaska, China, and the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.

For more information, visit: www.arktoscraft.com

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Autodesk, Inc. is once again among the country’s best places to work, according to FORTUNE magazine’s annual survey. FORTUNE released its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” today.

“It is our employees that make Autodesk one of the best places to work,” said Jan Becker, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Real Estate at Autodesk. “We’re proud of our products and the difference they make in the world; and we’re proud of our culture and our environment – a place where people are treated with respect and can be part of innovative teams with challenging work.”

Autodesk has more than 7,000 employees in locations worldwide including North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Autodesk is consistently recognized as a great place to work. In 2011, offices in Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States received related awards.

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America*. The complete list of companies will appear in the print issue of the magazine, available on newsstands January 23, 2012.

For more information, visit: money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/best-companies/2012/full_list

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WHAT: Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that it will broadcast its special meeting of stockholders live via its website on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

DETAILS: A live webcast and audio archive will be available at: www.autodesk.com/investors

CONTACT: For more information, please call Autodesk Investor Relations at 415-507-6705.

Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets.

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Autodesk is eager to let you know that the newest revision of 123D is available for download. Following user feedback and trends in the maker community, this release focused on improving tools and techniques in the sketching environment as well as continuing to add additional tools and services for smoother and more direct fabbing workflows (3D printing and laser cutting).

Improvements & New Features in Beta 8 Include:

* Sketching and drafting enhancements
* My Corner and My Gallery – direct access to online storage and gallery
* Improved tools for laser cutting and 3D printing
* 3D printing directly from within 123D

For more information or to download 123D Beta 8 for free, visit: www.123Dapp.com



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Autodesk, Inc. has acquired certain technology-related assets from T-Splines Inc., a privately-held surface modeling software company, based in Utah.

“T-Splines technology will benefit designers and engineers that require watertight surfaces for downstream analysis and manufacturing.”

“The technology acquisition will strengthen our Digital Prototyping portfolio with more flexible free-form modeling and will help achieve even closer integration between industrial design and engineering workflows,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry at Autodesk. “T-Splines technology will benefit designers and engineers that require watertight surfaces for downstream analysis and manufacturing.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

For more information, visit: www.tsplines.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced several new features to be added to the next release of AutoCAD WS, a free web and mobile application that enables users to view, edit and share AutoCAD projects across desktop, web and mobile devices. AutoCAD WS users will have access to 3D interactive features, including the ability to work with 3D drawings on mobile devices. In addition, AutoCAD WS will include GPS capabilities, allowing geographic location information to be shared and saved with design projects, as well as new Plot-to-Print capabilities for immediate remote printing to any HP ePrinter, including Designjets. With more than three million downloads to date, AutoCAD WS supports increased collaboration among architects, designers and engineers, as well as non-CAD professionals.

“Our ongoing objective with AutoCAD WS is to foster a collaborative design experience no matter where designers do their work,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president, AutoCAD Products at Autodesk. “With this next version, we are excited to deliver highly requested features that extend the value of the application and improve the design workflow.”

AutoCAD WS can be used virtually anywhere to view, edit, and share drawings among design teams and project stakeholders. The next version expands the functionality of AutoCAD WS with the following:

* 3D interactive features ― An interactive 3D mode will enable users to view and share 3D drawings with AutoCAD WS using mobile devices.
* GPS integration ― Utilizing the GPS capabilities of most mobile devices, users will be able to improve orientation in their drawings, including the ability to share and save comments to geographic locations within the drawing ? all while in the field.
* Plot to Print with HP ePrint & Share ― By registering for HP ePrint & Share, a free HP online service, AutoCAD WS users can easily access and print their designs on any web-connected HP Designjet printer directly from AutoCAD WS with full control over plot styles, paper sizes, layouts and more.

“Design professionals are constantly moving between the office, the job site and offices of partners and clients,” said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing, HP. “The new cloud printing functionality of AutoCAD WS made possible through HP ePrint & Share will give users a full solution for documenting and sharing their designs in hardcopy wherever they may be, which is critical to their business.”

For more information, visit: www.autocadws.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Horizontal Systems, a provider of innovative cloud-based Building Information Modeling (BIM) collaboration solutions for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Autodesk’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 (which ends on Jan. 31, 2012). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Horizontal Systems technology will be an important contributor to the Autodesk 360 for BIM vision for collaboration, data and lifecycle management, which was announced yesterday at Autodesk University (see related release). The acquisition of Horizontal Systems will help accelerate the movement of BIM to the cloud by providing users with the ability to more easily access and coordinate multi-discipline project data wherever and whenever it is needed throughout the entire project lifecycle.

“Horizontal Systems technology will help accelerate our Autodesk 360 for BIM capabilities by allowing multi-discipline teams to more easily communicate and synchronize information--helping reduce waste and errors during the design and construction of AEC projects and leading to faster, more efficient project delivery,” said Jim Lynch, vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions, Autodesk. “The integration of Horizontal Systems technology with other Autodesk BIM solutions will streamline business processes and workflows for increased efficiency, improved profitability, and higher quality outcomes for both Autodesk and Horizontal Systems customers.”

Horizontal Glue brings BIM to the cloud with technology that supports multi-discipline model collaboration and intelligent object data exchange for the building and infrastructure industries. This approach enables architects, engineers, owners and builders across the globe to collaborate in real time in over 40 different 3D formats, while providing a solution to distribute BIM data into external business systems.

“Autodesk has long been a valued business partner, sharing our dedication to advancing BIM across multi-discipline teams, workflows, and projects,” said Jordan Brandt, CEO and Cofounder at Horizontal Systems. “Our customers will experience the benefit of ‘gluing’ together Horizontal Systems’ cloud technology with the comprehensive portfolio of Autodesk BIM software. The Autodesk 360 for BIM vision is a perfect fit for our customers, as this integrated and flexible strategy makes it easier than ever for everyone to collaborate.”

Autodesk intends to integrate Horizontal Systems solutions into its Autodesk 360 for BIM solution. During the transition, Autodesk will continue to fully support existing Horizontal Systems customers.

Horizontal Systems is a global cloud technology company focused on the needs of design firms, construction companies and building owners. Through unique web streaming Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, Horizontal unites all project stakeholders in a live collaborative 3D environment for more effective and efficient coordination. With accessible, intelligent BIM data hosted on an open platform, Horizontal Systems’ clients leverage seamless workflows across project and facilities management systems for a truly integrated building enterprise. Horizontal Systems was incorporated in 2009 and is based in New York, New York.

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

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today previewed a new solution designed to transform how manufacturers manage the entire lifecycle of a product--from its conception, through design and manufacture, partner and supplier management, procurement, quality, compliance, service and more. Autodesk is tapping into the cloud to deliver a new approach to product lifecycle management (PLM), which enables companies to capture and manage product information and processes to continuously improve the products they manufacture.

Autodesk’s new PLM offering, which is expected to be generally available early next year, is part of Autodesk 360 – a set of secure, easy to use and affordable solutions developed to streamline product and project business processes. Autodesk 360 for PLM is for companies of all sizes, from small companies eager to deploy PLM for the first time to large enterprises that have become disenchanted by PLM, due to the complexities and high costs associated with traditional PLM implementations.

“Our approach to PLM is a sharp contrast to the decades old technology in the market today,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Autodesk 360 for PLM will enable customers of all sizes to achieve the full promise of PLM with a scalable, configurable and intuitive solution. We believe it will help our customers achieve a measurable competitive advantage through better, more accessible collaboration and business information management.”

Building upon the company’s leadership with cloud-based solutions, Autodesk 360 for PLM is geared for manufacturers that need to manage business processes throughout the entire lifecycle of a product — from the earliest concept to retirement. Autodesk 360 for PLM will comprise:

* Autodesk 360 Nexus — Autodesk 360 Nexus is a new, cloud-based solution that will anchor Autodesk 360 for PLM with affordable, easy-to-use and simple-to-deploy software as a service that helps make the benefits of PLM business applications available to users anytime, anywhere — with less cost and risk.

* Autodesk Vault — Currently available, Autodesk Vault provides on-premise product data management software that enables engineering workgroups to organize, manage and track their entire designs, engineering bills-of-materials and change processes. Autodesk Vault will work seamlessly with the Autodesk 360 Nexus.

* Autodesk Buzzsaw — Enabled by Autodesk Cloud, Buzzsaw’s cloud-based supplier collaboration allows customers to securely exchange designs and documents with external partners and distributed teams, regardless of their location. Autodesk Buzzsaw Mobile ensures that users have the most up to date information, wherever it’s needed.

Global research firm IDC* estimates the PLM software applications market will grow to $20.5 billion by 2015. The processes required to commercialize and maintain products are increasingly complex and dispersed. Frequent interactions result in an overload of design, process, and business information that decision-makers and distributed teams must sort, prioritize, and manage over the lifecycle of their products.

Unlike the expensive, complicated, engineering-centric, and difficult-to-deploy PLM systems available today, Autodesk 360 Nexus is more readily and easily configurable to meet customer-specific product lifecycle process needs across the enterprise. Employees in a range of roles from planning to product development to supplier management, quality and compliance, service and more will have greater ability to eliminate bottlenecks and access product and project-related information more quickly regardless of their location.

Until recently, PLM has been the near-exclusive domain of large businesses, mainly due to the high cost and expertise related to deploying and maintaining the systems. “No company should be excluded from the benefits of PLM technology,” commented Kross.

An IDC Manufacturing Insights report released in June 2011** revealed that manufacturers identified the top three business benefits of cloud systems as: reducing total hardware spend; improving IT staff productivity and end user service levels; and reducing total spend on software licensing and maintenance. Autodesk 360 Nexus will better enable customers to start small but scale fast to meet demand, and fit easily within their existing business environment.

Enabled by Autodesk Cloud, Autodesk 360 solutions provide a powerful and complete digital view of information and processes, combined with the ability to securely manage data, so that the right information is accessible wherever and whenever it is needed. Easily accessible to both technical and non-technical professionals within or outside the enterprise, Autodesk 360 presents an intuitive way to view business information, collaborate, manage and share data, and plan throughout product lifecycles, while integrating with existing systems and software. The low up-front and ongoing costs of cloud-based solutions present a more affordable path by eliminating largely unnecessary capital expenditures and deployment costs. Autodesk 360 solutions also provide customers with built-in security features and regular back-ups.

For more information, visit: Autodesk 360 Solutions

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, is bringing together more than 200,000 designers, engineers, architects and digital artists at a series of in-person and virtual events to explore the “Power of the Possible.” Now in its 19th year, Autodesk University is the annual series of Autodesk user conferences, including the flagship Autodesk University event in Las Vegas and associated virtual offerings online, which begin today. Autodesk University China, Autodesk University Japan and Autodesk University Brazil took place earlier this year.

“Over the past year, Autodesk has launched new solutions, including Autodesk Cloud and our new design and creation suites, to help our customers solve the world’s toughest design and engineering challenges,” said Chris Bradshaw, Autodesk senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “At Autodesk University 2011, our global user community will learn about new ways to use the power of cloud computing to increase efficiency and improve profitability, and design better products, buildings, infrastructure and entertainment.”

A highlight of Autodesk University 2011 ― with more than 8,000 attendees from 80 countries expected ― will be the new series of innovation forums: six sessions intended to provoke, challenge and enlighten attendees about entirely new ways to design and innovate. The innovation forums will feature a mix of individual presentations and panel discussions with representatives of organizations including Disney, Sony, Nike, TechShop, Gehry Technologies, Granta Design and Forrester Research, as well as noted speakers Sir Ken Robinson, Louise Leakey, Saul Griffith and Alex McDowell.

Autodesk University provides training on the latest Autodesk 3D design software, free certification opportunities and the chance to interact with and learn from other users and design industry leaders. The 2011 series of events is one of the largest gatherings of design professionals and industry experts in the world and includes a broad and deep curriculum of Autodesk technical content taught by top instructors. Autodesk University provides attendees with a mix of presentations, instruction and social activities to network, share ideas with peers and meet industry leaders from around the world.

Autodesk University China, Autodesk University Japan and Autodesk University Brazil were held earlier this year and attracted a combined audience of more than 4,000 attendees. Autodesk University Las Vegas and Autodesk University Virtual run from November 29 through December 2 and will offer almost 1,000 classes, labs, un-conference discussions, virtual learning sessions and keynote presentations. Both physical and virtual attendees can train with the latest tools and techniques alongside top instructors, Autodesk insiders and industry experts. Virtual attendees can access key industry sessions and interact online with peers and experts through 200 on-demand classes, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Autodesk University Virtual is free at the AU Virtual site.

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com

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Infinite Z, Inc. ®, a technology provider that enables virtual-holographic 3D imagery to bring designs to life, today announced the formal launch of the company and its flagship product, zSpace® at Autodesk University. The revolutionary zSpace platform is immediately available to early access beta customers as a standalone product now supporting Autodesk® Maya® and Autodesk® Showcase® software. zSpace will be generally available in the first half of 2012.

zSpace provides a highly realistic 3D visualization experience that enables designers and engineers to work with product designs in a way not previously possible in a traditional 2D computing environment. Using a proprietary stereoscopic display, trackable eyewear, a new type of direct interaction stylus and an innovative software platform, objects in zSpace appear "solid" in open space, with full color and high resolution, and can be directly manipulated as if they were real physical objects. This capability gives users a natural way to navigate, grab, slice, carve, zoom and explore models as never before possible.

Initially focused towards the digital/product design, scientific, medical, GIS/geospatial and government markets, zSpace is a completely new model for experiencing and communicating design ideas and significantly advancing the way people solve problems, learn, teach and communicate in today's world.

"zSpace is the wave of the future for product design and development," said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of Infinite Z. "Our immersive zSpace experience enables users to interact with 3D applications just as naturally and intuitively as they would with real physical objects, which has never been possible before in the virtual computing space. zSpace has the potential to dramatically enhance and improve user workflows, saving companies time and money, and enabling designers and engineers to represent their ideas more effectively and realistically than possible with today's 2D displays."

zSpace replaces indirect access of 2D rendered 3D objects with direct control of stereo 3D rendered objects, providing increased productivity for those proficient in Maya 2011 and Showcase Professional 2012  and accelerated learning and utilization of products for less experienced users. Beta versions of zSpace plug-ins are available today for Autodesk Maya 2011 and Showcase Professional 2012, as well as a proof-of-concept zSpace demo for Autodesk Alias Design software.

"The quality of 3D stereo in zSpace is impressive; I feel like we've been living in a 2D world, and an application like zSpace with such immersive qualities gives better cognition to digital 3D content," said Brian Pene, senior principal researcher, office of the CTO at Autodesk. "I think the future is 3D content so seamlessly realistic that you can't tell the difference between the virtual and real worlds. I can see many use cases for zSpace that fit into Autodesk's breadth of solutions and am looking forward to working on zSpace with additional Autodesk software products moving forward."

Infinite Z will be showcasing zSpace at its booth #911 in the exhibit hall of Autodesk University as well as at the Autodesk gallery, Autodesk® manufacturing lounge, IMAGINiT Technologies, booth, 3Dconnexion booth and Lenovo Platinum Lounge.

A virtual demonstration of zSpace is available at: www.zspace.com





Published in Infinite Z

London-based Marcello Martino Design (Martino) uses Autodesk Design Suite from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to create exclusive eyewear for auto enthusiasts, premier luxury brands, celebrities, and an upcoming line of elite eyewear, mmiwear.

Autodesk Design Suite1 — which includes AutoCAD, Autodesk SketchBook Designer, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Alias Design software — provides Martino with the practical elements needed to fully design its aerodynamic sunglasses, resulting in a more seamless workflow and better cost controls.

Creative Director Marcello Martino will participate in a panel discussion at Autodesk’s annual user conference — Autodesk University — in Las Vegas, speaking about his successful experience with Autodesk Design Suite. The customer panel, “Augmenting AutoCAD with Visual Communication and Design Tools,” will take place on November 30, at 5:15 p.m. PT, and will also include representatives from Autodesk Suites customers CannonDesign, Greenlight Motors and Gallagher-Kaiser. Martino also created a custom set of eyewear for Autodesk University to reflect the spirit of the innovative event — every attendee will receive a pair of the uniquely designed glasses.

“From concept sketches to surfaces, production drawing to near-photorealistic visualizations, Autodesk Design Suite supports every step in my design workflow,” said Martino. “With a computer and Autodesk Design Suite, I feel like there’s nothing I cannot do.”

With exclusive eyewear being a current focus, Martino launches his creative process by sketching shapes and forms not commonly associated with eyewear. Using an iterative process, he explores ways to incorporate the forms into a practical product design. Zeroing in on the most promising ideas, he then develops the designs fully.

Enhanced Workflow With Autodesk Design Suite

Martino’s workflow begins in Autodesk SketchBook Designer software. Martino then brings sketches into AutoCAD software, where he defines the dimensions and proportions in 3D. He also begins detailing the functional elements of the eyewear to support ease of manufacture and use.

Taking the design from AutoCAD into Autodesk Alias Design software, Martino develops the complex curving surfaces that make the eyewear so distinctive. At this stage, he moves the design between Alias and AutoCAD products frequently in order to keep the surfaces and functional aspects of the design in harmony.

Autodesk Showcase software enables Martino to quickly produce a near-photorealistic rendering of the eyewear to fine-tune the colors, and it provides a rich visualization for sharing with suppliers. He turns to Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to take visualizations even further by enabling him to place products in a detail-rich scene.

“Marcello Martino Design is seamlessly accelerating its design process,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products. “Autodesk Design Suite helps design firms better control costs by accessing many capabilities in a single suite.”

Marcello Martino Design is based in London. The firm has designed everything from eyewear to the interiors of top restaurants and bars to headphones and innovative product displays for Absolut Vodka.

Now in its 19th year, Autodesk University is the annual series of Autodesk in-person and virtual user conferences, which include the flagship Autodesk University event in Las Vegas, Autodesk University China, Autodesk University Japan and Autodesk University Brazil, as well as associated online content available through Autodesk University Virtual. The 2011 events will bring together 200,000 designers, engineers, architects and digital artists together to explore the “Power of the Possible”. More information is available at the Autodesk University web site.

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com

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Rand Worldwide announced that 12 IMAGINiT Technologies and ASCENT industry experts will lead 16 different sessions at this year’s Autodesk University. The conference and exhibition takes place November 28 – December 1, 2011 at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.

The IMAGINiT Technologies exhibit booth (#724) will showcase new product and service offerings from IMAGINiT Technologies and Rand Secure Archive – North America’s first and only Autonomy powered data archive, compliance and discovery technology for small to mid-sized organizations. Rand Worldwide’s educational courseware publishing division, ASCENT, will have its own booth again this year located in the Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC) Pavilion and Bookstore (Booth #601).

“With more than 85 technical experts across the building, civil, manufacturing, infrastructure and facilities management verticals, we’re often invited to speak at conferences across North America, Australia and Southeast Asia,” says Bob Heeg, executive vice president, IMAGINiT Technologies. “Autodesk University represents a great opportunity for us not only to showcase our industry insight and highlight our new products and services, but to also connect with our customers in a unique setting.”

The IMAGINiT booth will showcase new updates to the popular Scan to BIM product, highlight the brand new ProductivityNOW portal, spotlight the Rand Secure Archive division, and showcase the full range of IMAGINiT services.

Technical implementation experts, software developers, educational courseware authors, and trainers will present on a wide variety of topics including Autodesk software, CAD management, customization and programming, architecture and building design, civil infrastructure, manufacturing, and MEP and structural design and engineering.

IMAGINiT and ASCENT Speaker Topic Line-Up for Autodesk University 2011

Building Presentations:

* Super-Size Me: An Owner's Guide to the Real Cost of a Mega Autodesk Revit Project
* On CLOUD 9 with BIM 9: A BIM/IT Managers Guide to Private BIM Clouds
* Leveraging an Architect's Model in Revit MEP
* Multiple Discipline Scheduling in Autodesk Revit: It's Possible to Schedule Anything with Revit
* Get a Load Outta Autodesk Revit MEP


Infrastructure Presentations:

* Surveying and Base Mapping Standards and Practices
* AutoCAD Civil 3D Survey: From the Ground to the (Point) Clouds


Manufacturing Presentations:

* Watch Your Assets: Best Practices for Autodesk Factory Design Asset Libraries
* Mechanical Advantage: Using AutoCAD Mechanical for 2D Legacy and 3D Model Documentation
* Go with the Flow: Using Material Flow Optimization in Autodesk Factory Design Suite


Software Development Presentations:

* Seeing Data and More: The Analysis Visualization Framework in the Revit API
* A Few Million Points: Scan to BIM
* Connecting the "I" in BIM: Leveraging Information in Autodesk Revit


ASCENT Training Presentations:

* Incredible AutoCAD Civil 3D Users: Prove Your Credibility with Civil 3D Certification
* The Brainy Bunch: Teacher Training Tips for Revit Architecture, MEP and Structure
* From Concept to Published Document: Tips for Working Effectively with Autodesk Inventor Publisher

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced Autodesk ForceEffect, a new mobile simulation app for iPad that allows engineers to quickly and easily simulate design options during the conceptual phase, is now available on the App store.

ForceEffect provides an intuitive environment for drawing, constraining and simulating concepts using free body diagrams by simply tapping objects to select, move, rotate and scale. Real time solving capabilities provide immediate feedback on the performance of a design, enabling users to bring engineering to the point of the problem—whether they’re in the field, at the office or in the class room.

Mobile Simulation Made Easy

ForceEffect solves static systems analysis using free-body diagrams. Users simply create diagrams by leveraging existing design images or create new systems from scratch.

Using the scaled static image, users can easily create joints, supports and loads, and compute reaction forces. User can then easily manipulate the geometry to iterate on the design quickly and efficiently and calculate new reaction forces to optimize the design. Unlike the traditional approach of using paper, pencil and a calculator to develop equations for design options, Autodesk ForceEffect does all simulation and engineering calculations on iPad.

Autodesk ForceEffect generates a rich results report that can be printed, emailed or viewed using any Web browser. In addition, export capabilities enable easy workflow continuation in any CAD design application.

“Autodesk ForceEffect is a mobile conceptual simulation app that brings engineering to the point of the problem,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “This user-friendly app can greatly benefit engineers, students and technical DYIers who need to quickly and easily evaluate their designs upfront in the design process.”

Pricing and Availability

The Autodesk ForceEffect App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at iTunes App Store.

For more information, visit: itunes.apple.com/us/app/autodesk-forceeffect/id476321600?ls=1&mt=8







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Three technical specialists from MasterGraphics have been invited to present at Autodesk University, the nation’s largest gathering of software design professionals in the design, engineering and entertainment industries, November 29 through December 1 in Las Vegas.

“Our technical experts are among the most talented in the country,” said Michael Wilkes, MasterGraphics president. “Not only do they possess a keen understanding of the latest industry solutions, but they are dedicated to educating themselves and others on practical applications of those solutions. Autodesk University is an ideal venue for them to continue this commitment.”

The presenters include:

* Dan Banach, 3D Mechanical CAD Consultant

Dan Banach is a nationally recognized author and educator in the Mechanical CAD field and co-author of 15 books on Autodesk Inventor software. Banach is also an Autodesk Inventor 2012 Certified Professional and Autodesk Certified Instructor. He has presented at every Autodesk University since 1997 and this year will be leading a hands-on lab titled Inventor Publisher: Some Assembly Required.

* Louisa Holland, E.I.T., LEED AP, Application Engineer – Civil Industry

Holland is an accredited professional of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as well as an AutoCAD Civil 3D Certified Professional. She has been training customers on CAD-based products since 1997, and this will be her 2nd year presenting at Autodesk University with a session titled AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 for Beginners.

* Russell Nicloy, E.I.T., LEED AP, Application Engineer – Civil Industry

Nicloy is an AutoCAD Civil 3D Certified Professional with more than ten years of experience in the civil design industry and eight years of experience in consulting and instruction. This will be his 1st year presenting at Autodesk University with a session titled Importing the Most Useful Data Into Survey in AutoCAD Civil 3D

MasterGraphics is an Autodesk Gold Partner for the manufacturing, architecture and education communities and is headquartered in Madison, Wis., with offices in Milwaukee, Appleton, Chicago and Minneapolis. Serving as a trusted advisor to its clients, MasterGraphics helps to streamline the design process and utilization of CAD data through an integrated mix of software, hardware, professional services and digital imaging and distribution offerings.

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com or www.mastergraphics.com

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Cleaner Air Solutions, a UK-based leader in the specification, design, supply and installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems, is successfully using software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), to meet rising demand for its products and services in the United Kingdom, one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the world.

Cleaner Air Solutions says Autodesk software has given the company an advantage in designing its customized installations, which can be fitted into locations not previously feasible — including unusual roof types and back gardens — differentiating Cleaner Air Solutions from other solar installation businesses and earning a more devoted customer base.

Digital Prototyping Drives Efficiencies and Business Growth

By signing up for the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software to established and emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan — Cleaner Air Solutions began using Digital Prototyping software, including Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Showcase software.

The company uses these tools to streamline its process of designing customized arrays of PV panels, clamps and mounting systems capable of fitting whatever space is available, and to then develop compelling, photorealistic renderings to reveal to customers how the proposed installation will be achieved and how it will look.

“Escalating competition levels, coupled with the growing need to develop solutions that are tailored to the precise needs of customers, makes it critical for organizations like ours to use the best available technological tools to do our work efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Andy Craddock, operations manager at Cleaner Air Solutions. “Having access to 3D software like Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Showcase through the Clean Tech Partner Program enables us to develop more innovative products; dramatically reduce project risk and overall project lifecycles; and drive rapid but well-informed decision making.”

The shortened turnaround time for projects has enabled Cleaner Air Solutions to take on more new business, and the company has plans in place to recruit up to 50 new staff members to accommodate its growth.

“Cleaner Air Solutions is using Digital Prototyping to outcompete its rivals in a crowded marketplace,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “With the help of Autodesk 3D mechanical design and visualization software, they can produce better, more differentiated products faster than ever before.”

Cleaner Air Solutions UK Ltd., established in 2004 is regarded as a Centre of Excellence in Specification, Design, Supply and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems and is one of the largest providers of solar PV systems in the UK through 800 businesses.

For more information, visit: www.cleanerairsolutions.co.uk

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Autodesk, Inc. a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, introduced two exciting offerings in the company's emerging Autodesk 123D family-- Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make Technology Preview. The offerings enable anyone to quickly and easily capture 3D models from the world around them, and additionally turn 3D models into their own artistic creations. The new technology is further proof that Autodesk is continuing to push boundaries in personal manufacturing, empowering more people to imagine and create things, and share them with others whether for fun, learning or profit.

The Autodesk 123D Catch application--previously codenamed Project Photofly on Autodesk Labs--is a new, public beta release that uses the power of cloud computing to quickly transform digital photos into photorealistic 3D models. Anyone capable of using a point-and-shoot, mobile phone or advanced digital SLR cameras to snap a series of photos of objects, people or scenes can use 123D Catch to generate impressive 3D models. Capturing your own personal avatar or favorite vacation scenes in 3D is now both possible and easy. The app also has built-in sharing capabilities with short movies or animations for viewing on mobile devices, YouTube and other social media channels.

Capturing 3D models has helped a research team that used Project Photofly in the field at the Pompeii archeological site to document and analyze the architecture of one of the city's largest, but least understood buildings.

"Although standard archaeological recording practices are reliable, they are painstakingly slow," said Eric Poehler, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Each year we have only a limited amount of time at Pompeii to capture the archeological site through 3D models, and with Project Photofly, we were able to dramatically increase our efficiency and accuracy."

Autodesk 123D Make application is a also a new, free technology preview for the Mac, capable of converting digital 3D models into 2D cut patterns that can be easily assembled in low-cost materials, such as cardboard, wood, fabric, metal or plastic. The cut pieces come together to create a physical representation of the original digital model. 123D Make enables users to create art, furniture, sculptures or other quick prototypes in order to test how a design will look in real life. Autodesk developed this technology to act as a digital engineer capable of helping individuals create 3D models and, eventually, transform the models into the real thing. 123D Make is designed for creative self-expression or for users that perhaps can't find what they're looking for in mass-produced items and decide to make it on their own.

"Today's DIYers need a range of cutting-edge 3D tools to make the most of the artistic and economic opportunities in the emerging maker movement," said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. "Autodesk is committed to removing obstacles to creativity and innovation in this time of the new industrial revolution."

The Autodesk 123D family also includes the Autodesk 123D desktop application, enabling makers to bring ideas to life by designing highly precise and makeable objects. The Autodesk 123D Sculpt free app is for sculpting and painting 3D creations on the iPad. Inventors, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts can use the Autodesk 123D portfolio on a variety of platforms and devices, with access to content, Autodesk fabrication partners and social connections at a single destination.

Pricing and Availability

The Autodesk 123D Make technology preview is available as a free download for the Mac at: www.123Dapp.com/make

The Autodesk 123D Catch public beta app is available for free download from: www.123Dapp.com/catch



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What do Earth-like planets outside the Solar System look like? The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is in the midst of designing the world’s largest optical telescope with help from Autodesk Vault data management software, among other Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) solutions, to record images of these planets for the first time.

One of the world’s preeminent institutions for astronomical research, the ESO is currently fine-tuning the design of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is expected to become operational early in the next decade. The core of the E-ELT is a mirror measuring nearly 40 meters (132 feet) in diameter. This mirror consists of nearly 800 segments each 1.4 meter (about 4.5 feet) across and 50 millimeters thick. The telescope main structure weighs about 2,700 tons. The E-ELT will be capable of gathering 15 times more light than today’s current cutting-edge telescopes — all of which are about 10 years old, with mirrors measuring just 8 to 12 meters (24 to 40 feet) in diameter -- and gather a staggering 100 million times more light than the human eye.

The improvements will enable astronomers to more precisely study primordial galaxies and black holes. The E-ELT’s powerful instruments will also help scientists probe more deeply for organic molecules and water, the essential signs of life, in the planetary disks that surround distant stars.

Ensuring the accuracy and functionality of the E-ELT is of paramount concern to the ESO and will require the coordinated efforts of scientists, engineers, contractors and other professionals over the next several years. Autodesk Vault software helps engineers start the design with a common understanding and allows the numerous individuals involved with the project to generate, examine, compare and update CAD models generated by different teams.

Additionally, ESO designers and engineers use Autodesk Inventor software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation and design communication in conjunction with Vault to keep the team synchronized throughout the design project while collaborating to design critical systems that require extra attention.

“All that perfect light that’s been traveling for 13 million light years gets distorted once it hits the atmosphere in those last few micro-seconds,” said Paul Jolley, head of mechanical and cryogenic engineering for ESO. “The E-ELT will help us re-image this light and study the distant universe like we have never been able to before. Autodesk software is saving us design costs and training time as our teams more quickly and effectively compare and visualize 3D designs.”

The Astronomical Benefits of Digital Prototyping

ESO engineers leverage Autodesk software to design the specifications for the optical system inside the E-ELT. Inventor software is the tool used to help define the “space envelope” around different mechanisms. Autodesk Navisworks software is also being used to help designers and non-CAD users compare multiple CAD drawings, visualize them and check for interferences in 3D.

Autodesk Vault coordinates workflow and translates underlying data models to ensure work proceeds in a timely manner. Although the ESO is a European organization, the E-ELT will be located in Chile’s Atacama Desert, an area subject to earthquakes. Some instruments will operate in cryogenic chambers chilled to 77 degrees Kelvin, or as cold as liquid nitrogen. Housing will also have to be built to accommodate people working on the project and researchers who will later study the universe with the E-ELT. Additionally, the telescope will be inside a purpose-built enclosure that is 86 meters (282 feet) in diameter and 79 meters (259 feet) in height.

“To say that precision is necessary for ESO’s work is a huge understatement,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Minute changes on one aspect of the project can have tremendous repercussions elsewhere, and Autodesk software is helping ESO alleviate the possibility of unforeseen consequences.”

For more information, visit: www.eso.org/public

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Australia-based racing team, Kelly Racing, has been named the Autodesk October Inventor of the Month for its innovative use of software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) to precisely design and validate new car components that give the team a racing edge — all without hitting the track for physical testing.

Given that the period between races is often a window of less than three weeks, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Simulation CFD, Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics and Autodesk Vault Professional software are crucial to enabling Kelly Racing to turn around new components in a timely manner and secure wins in half the time of most racing teams.

“It is critical for us to be fast and efficient in every facet of our business,” said Rick Kelly, team racer and co-owner. “Autodesk provides the technology and expertise to streamline our entire design process, so we can beat our competition on the track and in the marketplace. Now that we have incorporated Autodesk Product Design Suite, it has enabled us to further enhance our workflow.”

Faster Design and Faster Cars with Digital Prototyping

Following a race weekend, the drivers brief Kelly Racing’s in-house design and engineering team on what precisely went right and wrong during the race. The designers then set to work with Inventor Professional software to make modifications to the existing car parts that can enhance performance and save the team time. For example, improvements to the front end of the car, in particular the suspension assembly, has increased traction and grip by 8 percent, leading to faster lap times or shaving 1 percent of total car weight through design and material optimization. Even the most minor modifications play a vital role in a sport where a fraction of a second can be the difference between first and twenty-first place.

Engineers then test revised designs with Autodesk Simulation CFD to optimize aerodynamic performance and ensure the components are able to perform at speeds of up to 300 kilometers (188 miles) per hour. Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics software is also used to predict and validate the mechanical performance of the new components.

Autodesk Vault Professional data management software helps manage the design process from initial concept to final release, providing the engineering team with greater control over the design process right up until the component or part is manufactured, released to the race department and put on the car.

Embracing Digital Prototyping has been a winning strategy for Kelly Racing. A new racing team typically takes six or more years to register its first win, but just barely into its third season, Kelly Racing has already scored two victories along with nine podium finishes.

“Kelly Racing is using Autodesk software to accelerate design processes in a way that gives its team a powerful competitive advantage,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “As a result, its team is able to operate at peak performance and compete at the highest levels of racing.”

For more information, visit: www.kellyracing.com.au or mfgcommunity.autodesk.com/featured/inventors

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Majenta Solutions Ltd., one of Europe’s leading providers of product development, manufacturing, product lifecycle information management software and IT infrastructure solutions, will offer a free Autodesk Moldflow webinar on the 27th of October and a free one-day workshop (Birmingham) on the 3rd of November.

Majenta is an Autodesk Gold Manufacturing partner, and has made significant investment in achieving Moldflow reseller accreditation. Recently commenting on this new accreditation, Dave Downes, Operations Director at Majenta said “Environmental design issues and value engineering are making effective plastic product design ever more important across our extensive customer base, and UK industry as a whole. We aim to deliver ‘best-in-class’ Moldflow plastic simulation solutions, backed with Majenta’s comprehensive service and support”.

As part of Majenta’s investment in Moldflow plastic design solutions, industry expert Neal Symms was appointed in August, as Simulation Consultant for Moldflow. Neal will be hosting the free to attend Moldflow webinar and workshop as a product introduction, aimed at design engineers, process engineers, tooling engineers, new users of Moldflow Plastic Adviser and any staff who need to understand how part & mould design can affect final part quality and cost, and are interested in designing parts, not only for function, but also for ease of manufacture, thus enabling parts of acceptable & consistent quality to be produced cost effectively. The workshop will consist of a technical overview followed by a hands-on test-drive experience, and attendees may bring their own CAD geometry (optional), to fully experience part design optimisation first hand.

Attendance is expected to be high for both events, so Majenta recommend that you register your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Moldflow Workshop agenda and registration page: www.majentasolutions.com/autodesk-moldflow-workshop/

Moldflow Webinar agenda and registration page: www.majentasolutions.com/autodesk-moldflow-webinar/

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced that it has acquired Micro Application Packages Limited (MAP Software), a UK-based provider of CAD, CAM and estimating software that supports fabrication and construction for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) industry. MAP Software’s technology will be an important addition to the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) portfolio for MEP contractors and engineers. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition of MAP Software will help Autodesk support the evolution to model-based design workflows among MEP contractors, engineers, designers and fabricators who provide design, detailing, estimating and manufacturing services for MEP systems. Adding MAP Software’s products to the Autodesk portfolio provides additional tools for building systems design and fabrication, which complements existing AutoCAD, AutoCAD MEP and Autodesk Revit MEP project lifecycle workflows. The acquisition further expands the Autodesk portfolio for MEP contractors and fabricators by providing tools for the manufacturing, fabrication and installation of MEP systems.

“Autodesk is extending BIM across the building lifecycle beyond design to support building fabrication and construction for the MEP engineering industry,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions, Autodesk. “The acquisition of MAP Software helps us to complete the workflows from design to fabrication with solutions that support detailing, estimating and manufacturing for MEP contractors and engineers.

“By offering fabrication tools that support BIM-based workflows,” continued Bhatt, “we are closing the gap between design and construction. This will help make BIM valuable for fabrication, further advancing adoption in the MEP engineering industry.”

“Since 1982 MAP Software has been a leading provider of software solutions for detailing, estimating and manufacturing of ducting, piping, plumbing and electrical containment systems for the MEP contractors market,” said Peter Barcock, former managing director of MAP Software. “Autodesk has been a valued business partner, sharing our dedication to advancing BIM. By combining our resources we can further help enable MEP contractors and engineers to seamlessly extend design information through to fabrication and on to construction within a BIM workflow.”

Autodesk intends to integrate MAP Software’s solutions into its AEC portfolio. During the transition, existing MAP Software customers and prospects can continue to visit the company’s website for up-to-date information.

“For 10 years we have been working with MAP Software to help the MEP industry transition to BIM,” said Bernie Tamasy, chief executive officer of MAP Software reseller, Technical Sales International, Inc. “To that end we have applied our industry knowledge to bring innovative BIM-based fabrication tools to MEP contractors and fabricators. Moving forward we intend to continue this effort via a strategic partnership with Autodesk. We see the Autodesk BIM portfolio combined with MAP Software offerings as a way to continue transitioning the industry to BIM, from design through to fabrication.”

For more information, visit: www.map-software.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced that Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting (Perkins), a leader in highway transportation services for long, heavy, and oversized objects, recently used Autodesk Simulation software for the custom design of a 400-foot-long truck specifically designed to transport nuclear generators.

The truck, which took nearly three years to design, provides a safe and efficient way to transport enormous, often radioactive components that were once considered immovable. The transporter successfully carried four immense steam generators from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California to a disposal site in Clive, Utah.

“With a project this large, there is no ‘do over’ if the truck fails halfway through its journey,” said Neil Perkins, president of Perkins. “You only get one shot to get it right. Autodesk software gave us confidence that every aspect of the truck had been properly planned, engineered and tested well before it hit the road.”

Longer than a football field, the transporter trailer has 192 wheels and 48 axles, each of which can be turned independently, enabling the truck to effectively navigate sharp turns and different road grades, even with its considerable length.

Digital From Start to Finish

Autodesk Digital Prototyping software—along with training and support from Autodesk Gold Partner MasterGraphics—helped Perkins use a 100 percent digital approach to create a truck capable of carrying a 400-ton payload over 750 miles of road.

Perkins started with 2D sketches of the transporter created in AutoCAD software, then brought them into Autodesk Inventor software to model them in 3D. Inventor enabled Perkins to perform motion analysis and check for interferences throughout a full range of motion as the various axles turned and rotated.

Perkins also used Autodesk Simulation software to optimize its designs, ensuring that the transporter had only the support beams necessary to successfully distribute weight among the various axles. The stress analysis ensured no axles were overloaded—and that the truck was as strong and light as possible.

The company selected Autodesk Simulation software as its single software solution for design and simulation needs, thus eliminating the need to translate models between multiple software providers.

“Having a complete, well-integrated solution for design and simulation helps companies validate and optimize designs before manufacturing, increasing efficiency and minimizing reliance on physical prototypes,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “By taking advantage of Autodesk software, Perkins has risen to the challenge of an extremely demanding project.”

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting provides professional long-distance highway transportation and rigging services for heavy, oversize and time-critical shipments and projects.

For photos and video, visit: www.heavyhaul.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), announced that six of its value added resellers (VARs) — based in the Americas and Europe — are the first Autodesk partners to achieve Platinum Tier status, the highest level of achievement within the Autodesk Partner Program.

Created in April 2011, the Platinum Tier level recognizes Autodesk partners who deliver the highest levels of value to their customers. Autodesk reseller partners earn Platinum Tier status by demonstrating deep industry expertise, satisfying rigorous training and certification requirements and satisfying the highest Customer Satisfaction requirements.

The inaugural group of Platinum Tier VARs includes the following Autodesk partners (with areas of specialization):

North America

* Advanced Solutions — Architecture, Engineering and Construction
* CADD Microsystems — Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Europe

* Excitech — Architecture, Engineering and Construction
* Negroni — Manufacturing
* Cideon Systems — Manufacturing
* Mensch und Maschine — Architecture, Engineering and Construction, and Manufacturing

“Whether through the specialty services they provide, or through their impressive customer satisfaction scores, these partners consistently demonstrate that they can deliver exemplary services and capabilities to their customers,” said Steve Blum, senior vice president of worldwide sales and services at Autodesk. “With this Platinum Tier designation, Autodesk pays tribute to the invaluable role these companies play in enabling us to deliver world-class design solutions, products and services around the world.”

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS plastic injection molding simulation software, which provides access to the robust computing power of Autodesk Cloud, is now available to customers in North America and Japan.

Delivering a comprehensive set of cloud enabled tools for injection molding simulation, Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS helps users optimize and validate even the most complex geometries. Providing access to computational power in the cloud eliminates the need for costly, specialized hardware to enable solving multiple scenarios in parallel, thereby removing previous limitations and increasing productivity.

Previously available as Project Cumulus, an Autodesk Labs Technology Preview, Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS is now a full commercial release available in three versions to better address the individual computing needs of manufacturing customers.

* Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS Standard -- Provides 200 hours per year of cloud computing, enough for approximately 150 small simulations.
* Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS Premium -- Provides 800 hours per year of cloud computing, enough for approximately 300 medium simulations.
* Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS Ultimate -- Provides 2,500 hours per year of cloud computing, enough for approximately 500 large simulations.

In addition to improved capabilities for optimizing plastic products by considering a larger number of design options with Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS, Autodesk offers the services of simulation experts, providing support for all simulation users and explanations of the latest trends, issues and developments in simulation--all to help users and analysts gain greater knowledge and experience from fellow industry gurus.

For more information, visit: Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS

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Granta Design today announced the release of Eco Materials Adviser Full Version. This new sustainable design tool can now be purchased online by users of Autodesk Inventor software. It extends the functionality of Eco Materials Adviser Base Version, which is available as standard within Autodesk Inventor 2012.

Eco Materials Adviser enables designers to quickly generate eco impact analyses of their product parts or assemblies as they evolve their designs in Autodesk Inventor. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as CO2 footprint, energy usage, materials cost, water usage, and compatibility with legislation on hazardous substances. Users can interactively explore the sustainability impact of changes in materials choice or the design of their digital prototype.

The new Full Version builds on the capabilities provided in the Base Version by enabling users to study assemblies of any size, to investigate materials options in greater depth using Granta's comprehensive database of around 3,000 materials, and to account for a wider range of contributions to environmental impact. These include finishing processes and the transport and use of the finished product. Users can purchase the Full Version by following in-product links to the product website or by going directly to inventor.grantadesign.com.

The software works by connecting over the Internet to a Cloud-hosted database that provides the necessary materials, process, and environmental data. Access is available by annual subscription. The list price is US$995, but a launch price of US$795 is available until November 30, 2011.

"You can improve what you measure," says Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta. "Building on our Eco Audit technology, Eco Materials Adviser enables designers to estimate the environmental sustainability of a product while it is still 'on the drawing board'. Designers and engineering teams can then make informed choices. We are delighted to be working with Autodesk to bring these methods directly into 3D design. Eco Materials Adviser Full Version completes the first phase of this work."

"With Eco Materials Adviser, Autodesk Inventor software users can make informed materials choices in the design phase, where it can be most critical," said Carl White, director of digital design product management at Autodesk. "We're pleased to have the Full Version available to help designers create unique products while factoring in the environmental impacts of the materials they use."
Further information

For more information, visit: inventor.grantadesign.com

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Hagerman & Company, Inc., one of America’s premier, value-added resellers of Autodesk software, will be a Platinum co-host of Autodesk University 2011. The three-day conference will take place November 29 – December 1 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Autodesk University (AU) is the foremost international learning and networking event for thousands of highly motivated Autodesk product users and managers from every industry.

In addition to the Platinum sponsorship, Hagerman & Company will hold an exclusive evening reception for its valued customers on Tuesday, November 29 from 6-8 pm at the SUSHISAMBA restaurant inside the Palazzo Hotel and Resort Casino. Attendees who list Hagerman & Company as a co-host during the registration process will be guaranteed an invitation to this annual event.

“Autodesk University is a valuable experience that our customers look forward to all year long,” said Hagerman & Company CEO, Dennis Hagerman. “We are very happy to once again serve as co-host for AU and welcome our community of friends and supporters to our annual reception.”

For more information about Autodesk University and Hagerman & Company, visit: www.hagerman.com or au.autodesk.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, introduced Autodesk Cloud, a collection of more than a dozen web-based capabilities, products and services that enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power, helping them better design, visualize and simulate their ideas. In addition, Autodesk Subscription customers will now have exclusive access to cloud-based, high-performance rendering and design optimization, and enhanced collaboration capabilities. Autodesk Subscription now provides 3 GB of online storage for each seat of software on Subscription for greater access to design and engineering documents, anywhere, anytime.

“For more than a decade, Autodesk has embraced the power of the cloud to extend the functionality of our design solutions and help our customers work more effectively,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business at Autodesk. “With Autodesk Cloud, we are demonstrating an even greater commitment to helping our customers solve the world’s toughest design and engineering challenges.”

Autodesk has been a pioneer in cloud-based applications for the design industry — starting more than a decade ago with Autodesk Buzzsaw — and more than a dozen cloud-based offerings currently available to customers are now encompassed as part of Autodesk Cloud. Autodesk Cloud provides a powerful foundation to enable all Autodesk customers to begin using the cloud to access and store their work from anywhere; to view their work through web browsers or mobile devices; and to share their work with other users, even users without Autodesk software. Cloud applications such Autodesk Cloud documents, AutoCAD WS and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app provide users with the freedom to work where they can be most effective, and to view, edit and share designs anywhere and with almost anyone. AutoCAD WS and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app are available today on the iOS App Store.

Additional cloud services exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers give designers, engineers and digital artists sophisticated new capabilities, such as high-performance 3D visual communication, simulation and collaboration that were once limited to organizations with privileged access to expensive, high-end supercomputing centers.

These exclusive services include:

* Autodesk Cloud rendering - Customers with an Autodesk Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Design Suite or Autodesk Building Design Suite will have access to powerful rendering capabilities, helping them better visualize designs, increase the number of renderings they can create and reduce hardware investments.

* Autodesk Inventor optimization
- Customers with Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Product Design Suites will gain an intuitive cloud-based simulation tool, enabling them to test multiple design options in the cloud, and to create more sustainable designs and higher-quality products while reducing material, transportation and energy costs.

* Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis
- Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Revit Architecture or Autodesk Revit MEP software, or select suites containing these products, can extend design beyond the desktop with powerful cloud-based energy analysis capabilities, helping them to quickly gain insight into the energy consumption and building energy costs of early design concepts from within the design application.

* Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis software
- Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Building Design Suite and other select products have access to this cloud-based service that can help designers, architects, engineers and building energy analysts perform faster, more accurate energy analysis of multiple building design iterations, optimize energy efficiency and work toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process.

* Autodesk Buzzsaw software as a service (SaaS)
- Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC software now have access to cloud-based document, data and design management solutions for architecture, engineering and construction firms and owner-operators, helping them centralize and securely exchange project information and enhance team collaboration.

Autodesk works with multiple partners, including Amazon and Citrix, to provide a scalable cloud computing infrastructure to meet customer needs. Autodesk has been working with Amazon Web Services for more than three years in order to securely host high-demand, scalable applications such as Autodesk Homestyler software and Autodesk Seek web service. Amazon Web Services provides Autodesk with the flexibility to scale computing around the world with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and resilient storage capacity with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS), as well as the ability to more efficiently deliver applications and content to customers. Autodesk also teams with Citrix to provide customers with greater efficiency in their use of Autodesk applications. Delivering solutions to end users with Citrix XenApp can help customers reduce workstation costs while still providing the software performance they need.

“Our relationship with Autodesk demonstrates how innovative and forward-thinking software companies can leverage the power of AWS to provide greater value to their customers,” said Terry Wise, Director of Business Development at Amazon Web Services. “We are pleased to work with Autodesk to provide secure, on-demand, pay as you go cloud services, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the design and engineering market.”

In addition to the new Autodesk Cloud services, Autodesk Subscription continues to provide the most up-to-date software, online technical support and flexible licensing privileges for customers looking to maximize their competitive advantage.

Availability

Autodesk Cloud services are available worldwide starting today in English, and will be available soon in other languages including Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Some Autodesk Cloud services are available to all customers, such as Autodesk Cloud documents and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app, while other services are exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers.

All customers should contact their local reseller or visit www.autodesk.com/cloud to learn more.

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Levant Power, an innovative developer of energy-harvesting technology, is using simulation software from Autodesk, to design and develop its regenerative adaptive suspension technology.

Founded in 2008 by a team of MIT engineers, Levant is commercializing its breakthrough GenShock technology that recovers waste energy from a suspension to produce continuous electrical energy to vehicles, boosting fuel economy by one to six percent and simultaneously delivering improved ride handling and comfort. The regenerative valve and control technology is being applied to a range of vehicles including military, trucking, transit bus, rail and passenger cars.

While refining GenShock technology over the past year, Levant obtained Autodesk Simulation CFD and Autodesk Simulation Mechanical software as part of its membership in the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program to improve the efficiency of its technology while reducing production costs.

With Autodesk Simulation CFD software, Levant studied their innovative shock absorber earlier, more often and in greater detail — allowing the company to optimize and validate designs throughout the product development process.

“We previously relied on classical analysis and physical testing, and it resulted in rework and inaccuracies,” said Clive Tucker, Levant chief design engineer. “With Autodesk Simulation CFD, we can set up more reliable digital prototypes and obtain more accurate results. The package enables us to seamlessly import and simulate a geometry, allowing us to test various design iterations before the prototyping stage and leading to a more optimal design.”

In addition to using Autodesk simulation software for engineering analysis, Levant also uses Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to accurately show customers how its products perform.

“By utilizing the suite of Autodesk simulation and visualization tools, Levant Power is making rapid progress developing and commercializing its regenerative technology for leading global automotive suppliers and vehicle manufacturers,” said Colin O’Shea, Levant modeling & simulation engineer.

Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Simulation Provides Key Insight

Autodesk Simulation CFD software provides comprehensive fluid flow and thermal simulation, extending Digital Prototyping to applications ranging from electronics cooling to valve design, LED thermal management, thermal comfort and product packaging. In Levant’s case, Simulation CFD software allowed them to accurately track metrics such as torque and leakage loss.

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical software also provides Levant with the ability to better and more quickly study complex assemblies with the software’s finite element analysis tools for mechanical simulation. The software is particularly helpful for analyzing issues such as deformed parts, according to Levant.

“Autodesk Simulation software offers fast, accurate, and innovative simulation capabilities — including during upfront stages of the product development process when decision-making is most critical,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Companies like Levant Power are taking advantage of these capabilities and developing game-changing technology that can have implications on society for generations to come.”

About the Clean Tech Partner Program

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers, providing world-class software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas through Digital Prototyping. Clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan are invited to apply to receive up to $150,000* worth of software for only $50. Access to a collection of Autodesk industry-leading software includes up to five licenses of Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Inventor Publisher and Autodesk Vault Professional software. Get more information

For more information on the GenShock, visit: www.levantpower.com

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Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, introduced new educational content that addresses high-performance building strategies, materials selection and energy effectiveness through the company’s online educational resource, The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop.

The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop provides easy access to free educational content demonstrating precisely how sustainability principles can be used to solve real-world environmental challenges. Autodesk is helping change the way students learn through engaging video, easy-to-use tutorials and in-depth case studies, enabling design, engineering and architecture students to learn how to put sustainable design concepts into practice.

Increasing Workforce Marketability

There is a significant market for architects and engineers equipped to apply sustainable principles and concepts to their work: Pike Research places the market for green building in the United States at an estimated $400 billion within the next 20 years, and the Urban Land Institute places the market potential for commercial building retrofits at $190 billion over the next 10 years.

“Green skills” are also in high demand, with green jobs earning median wages 20 percent higher than other occupations and growing at 8.3 percent per year, compared with 4.2 percent for other occupations, according to a report issued by the Brookings Institution (from 2003 to 2010).

“The Sustainability Workshop breaks down some of the most difficult, abstract concepts, such as materials science, heat transfer and fluid mechanics, into visual, bite-sized pieces,” said Mike Alcazaren, University of Buffalo, School of Engineering, class of 2012. “I've been able to learn strategies and techniques around selecting the right materials and using energy more effectively that will make me a better designer.”

“The videos on the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop are fun, engaging, and full of great information that’s targeted to today’s students,” said Patrick Eagan, professor, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Autodesk is really forward thinking to be teaching these concepts and educating students more broadly about their role in the design process.”

The New Content

The new High Performance Building and Materials Selection resources are currently available and the new Energy Effective Design content will be live on September 29, 2011. The new videos and tutorials provide practical information on:

* High-Performance Building teaches design strategies that can help reduce a building’s energy demands. Students learn how to use convection, conduction and radiation to design passive HVAC systems, reduce energy use, and ultimately build net-zero energy buildings.

* Materials Selection reveals the ecological impacts of specific materials and different material choices, helping designers make better selections that not only meet their design and cost requirements, but also have the least environmental impact. The strategies presented illustrate the trade-offs to consider, together with methods for improving the materials selection process, to make more sustainable design decisions.

* Energy Effective Design demonstrates how design and engineering decisions can reduce energy waste and slow our rising global energy consumption. The new learning tools cover mechanical friction, fluid flow and heat transfer, and show ways to optimize a design for energy effectiveness and efficiency.

For more information, visit: sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com

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What: Autodesk, Inc. and CGArchitect.com, with support from BOXX and NVIDIA, have kicked off the first Autodesk 3ds Max Design Hero Competition. Architects, designers, and visualization specialists have the opportunity to submit a scene or design created using Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 or Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2012 software, for a chance to have it selected as the 3ds Max Design “hero” image featured on an Autodesk 3ds Max Design software box cover and splash screen. The designer of the selected scene or design will also receive a 3DBOXX 8550 XTREME workstation with one NVIDIA Quadro 5000 GPU (graphics processing unit) and three NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, as well as US$5,000 in cash. Designers of the selected second and third place scenes or designs will receive an NVIDIA Quadro 5000 GPU.

Submitted scenes and designs should portray inventive concepts or renderings of architectural, mechanical or industrial product designs — from buildings, bridges and vehicles, to furniture and consumer products. Submissions will be judged on imagination, innovation and ingenuity, rather than on production quality. The designer of the selected scene or design may also have the opportunity to work with the Autodesk production team on the production renderings.

Who: Architects, designers, and visualization specialists from most countries around the world may submit a scene or design. Submissions must be created using the 2012 version of 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design software. Submissions can be created using the free* 30-day trial of 3ds Max Design 2012 software. Students can download 3ds Max Design 2012 from the Autodesk Education Community.

When: Submissions will be accepted from Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2011.

Where: To submit a scene or design, or for further contest details, visit: 3dsmaxdesign.cgarchitect.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) will host a webinar to discuss its Architecture, Engineering and Construction business segment. Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry Group at Autodesk will conduct a brief slide presentation followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN:             Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Autodesk will host a live webcast call at www.autodesk.com/investors. Audio for the webcast will be available at 866-713-8565 (toll-free) or 617-597-5324. Passcode for the live call is 47408139. A replay of the event will be available after 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Clean technology company SunPods Inc. is using software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to design and manufacture modular solar array units that help make solar power more accessible and affordable.

Unlike conventional customized ground-mounted solar arrays that require extensive onsite assembly and construction, SunPods (which stands for “Sun Power on Demand”) are configured and built in a factory before being delivered to virtually any site — a process that reduces installation time by up to 85 percent.

The combination of Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD software has helped SunPods to design and model its arrays without the need for physical prototypes or on-site testing. During the product development process, the company was able to test and evaluate 23 different digital prototypes. Additionally, Autodesk Showcase software enabled SunPods to more effectively demonstrate the innovative concept to customers by creating realistic animations placing the ideas in context.

“At SunPods, we want to provide sun power on demand,” said Michael Gumm, managing partner and cofounder of SunPods. “At every stage, Autodesk software has helped us turn that vision into a reality and speed up our progression from ‘good idea’ to great product.”

Faster Time to Market with Digital Prototyping

As a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software to emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan — SunPods gained access to a variety of Digital Prototyping tools to speed the development of its modular power unit. Autodesk reseller, KETIV Technologies, helped provide training and support to enable SunPods to more quickly implement Digital Prototyping into the design process.

Each of the pre-manufactured, self-contained units is capable of generating up to 3.82 kilowatts of power — enough for a small residence. Thanks to its modular design, multiple units can be connected to one another to scale energy needs to power larger projects.

The marketplace has embraced the company’s innovative ideas: SunPods have now been deployed for commercial, residential, educational and agricultural projects across the United States. A cluster of three SunPods generates 750 kilowatts per month for a private home in Hollister, Calif., for example, while a cluster of 25 SunPods generates 10,000 kilowatts per month for a high school in Presidio, Texas.

“Digital Prototyping makes it easier for young clean tech companies with limited resources to develop products that can have a profound impact on the world around us,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “The work SunPods is doing is incredibly important and we’re glad Autodesk software can help play a role in making the transition to solar energy more financially accessible to more people.”

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/cleantech or www.sunpods.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), announced that Energizer Holdings, Inc. (Energizer) — a company whose portfolio includes such globally recognized and trusted brands as Energizer batteries and Eveready flashlights — has adopted Autodesk Vault data management software to more efficiently manage its product design and manufacturing information. Energizer is replacing Siemens Teamcenter with Vault for its enterprise data management needs.

The multinational company, with $4.3 billion in annual sales, will be rolling out Vault to 12 different locations worldwide, connecting product design, manufacturing planning and production operations. A myriad of users, ranging from core manufacturing engineers to production line mechanics, will have immediate, direct and secure access to key design and manufacturing data. As a result, it will be easier for the company to drive efficiencies and maintain and optimize the production lines that are responsible for manufacturing its innovative array of products—everything from watch batteries, to headlamps, to USB-powered cell phone chargers.

“Our manufacturing equipment runs 24 hours a day, producing 600 to 900 pieces per minute,” said Todd Schuler, design and drafting supervisor, Energizer Battery Manufacturing. “With Autodesk data management software, we have detailed equipment data at our fingertips, so that we can minimize manufacturing downtime when we need to make repairs or do equipment redesign. That way, we can keep our business up and running.”

By adopting Autodesk Data Management tools, Energizer anticipates a range of process improvements. In addition to bringing together global sites, Energizer also expects to closely integrate Vault with its other corporate IT systems to streamline business processes, and expects significant annual cost savings by moving to Vault.

Integration with Autodesk Digital Prototyping Tools a Key Factor

Compatibility with Autodesk Digital Prototyping software, which the company uses to design its production equipment, played a key role in Energizer’s decision to switch to Vault.

Energizer’s equipment designs start with outlining production systems and specific machine requirements. Engineers then create digital prototypes in Autodesk Inventor, often combining 2D & 3D CAD data with information from suppliers. The deep integration between Vault and Inventor makes it easy for Energizer to manage its data from engineering through manufacturing—saving time, preserving data accuracy, and reducing costs.

“Energizer holds the leading market position in multiple product categories, which is a testament to the company’s approach to business,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “By selecting Vault, they are bringing those same high standards of excellence to their data management needs, helping them to operate at peak efficiency and maintain their leadership position.”

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Kanwar Anand, President and CEO of KETIV Technologies, a leading Autodesk solutions reseller for the West coast, announced open registration for KETIV AMA 2011, the computer aided design training event for mechanical design and engineering professionals.

Co-sponsored by Autodesk, the Academy is held in two locations for people in our service area to attend closer to home.

* KETIV AMA 2011 - October 5, 2011 at Cerritos Sheraton in Cerritos, California
* KETIV AMA 2011 - October 27, 2011 at Autodesk in Lake Oswego, Oregon

KETIV AMA 2011 provides incomparable opportunities to acquire new skills, explore the latest solutions, and network with peers. Each session addresses the real-world needs of designers and engineers today.

“We're pleased to offer quality sessions with top trainers at two convenient locations,” said Mr. Anand. “With such an assortment of topical learning, participants should register early to reserve their seat.”

KETIV AMA 2011 includes 16 sessions in four tracks. A look at Autodesk’s web services will be a popular session. Other sessions include Practical Tips for Inventor, Vault for Data Management and PLM, and Product Design Suite. Hands-on instruction for Autodesk Inventor Publisher, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Simulation, and Autodesk Factory Design Suite software will round out the Digital Prototyping lineup.

For more information or to register, visit: http://ama.ketiv.com/register

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Tri-D Technologies Inc., developer of ExactFlat, announces that its 3D to 2D flattening software has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 3D mechanical design software by the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. To be certified, the product must meet certain guidelines and demonstrate a high level of quality as well as compatibility with Autodesk Inventor software.

In minutes, ExactFlat converts 3D models into accurate, production-ready 2D cut patterns. Fully integrated with Autodesk Inventor software, ExactFlat extends the power of Inventor by making it optimally suited for manufacturers using industrial fabrics.

"ExactFlat's 3D to 2D flattening algorithms have been used in some of the largest, most demanding, and most advanced global manufacturers for years and we are excited to bring this functionality to Autodesk Inventor. Now that ExactFlat is seamlessly integrated into the Inventor menu ribbon, it is easier than ever before for customers to save time, money and effort when they need to flatten complex 3D models into accurate 2D flat patterns," said Carl White, director of Inventor digital design product management at Autodesk.

"ExactFlat leverages the engineering and CAD data within Autodesk Inventor to automate and simplify the manual, time consuming, and costly processes for flattening 3D models into 2D flat patterns. With well-designed models, 3D to 2D flattening is only 5 simple steps and can be completed in about 5 minutes. Manufacturers in marine, automotive, aerospace, architecture, performance garments, furniture and other industries using industrial fabrics will find ExactFlat indispensable to improving their prototyping and production efficiencies," added Mark Jewel, founder of Tri-D Technologies.

ExactFlat removes the design and manufacturing constraints imposed by traditional manual flattening processes. If you're using 3D CAD and you need to create 2D flat patterns for the cutting table, ExactFlat is the fastest, most accurate and simple way to do it.

For more information, visit: www.exactflat.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced today that it has acquired certain technology related assets from Numenus GmbH, a software provider of high-end visualization technology used to efficiently render and review 3D datasets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009 and based in Koblenz, Germany, Numenus specializes in interactive rendering directly from NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) data to provide instant, photorealistic design renderings for designers, engineers and marketing professionals. As a result of the acquisition, Autodesk software users should gain more accurate visualization of surfaces and spend less time preparing quality visualization data.

“High-end, instantaneous visualization capabilities are a necessity in the world of design,” said Andrew Anagnost, vice-president of suites, Web services and subscription at Autodesk. “Combining advanced ray tracing technology with powerful visual communication tools transforms how designers, engineers and marketing teams consume, review and share visual designs.”

The acquisition reflects Autodesk’s continuing commitment to provide a comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution to manufacturers of all sizes, giving them the ability to design, visualize and simulate their products before they are built. The addition of the Numenus technology will specifically strengthen Autodesk’s ability to address high fidelity visualization for technical surfacing and advanced design reviews as part of Autodesk’s commitment to automotive design workflows.

Numenus’ founders are now part of Autodesk.

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OPEN MIND Technologies AG announces that the hyperMILL® CAM solution is now certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 mechanical design and engineering software. This officially confirms the seamless integration of hyperMILL® into the latest release from the leading provider of Digital Prototyping solutions. Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualize and simulate how a product will work under real world conditions before it is built, which helps reduce cost and increase efficiency. Data associativity enables continuous processes when the two systems are combined.

The hyperMILL® CAM solution from OPEN MIND and its wide range of machining strategies and optimisation functions underwent rigorous test procedures at Autodesk. The current version of the software has now been certified as meeting the highest standards of quality and compatibility and has been successfully integrated into Autodesk Inventor 2012. Thanks to full associativity with Autodesk design data, it is now possible to have CAM operations automatically updated in hyperMILL® if changes are made to the CAD models. Sharing access to the same database and using hyperMILL® from the CAD user interface increases speed and efficiency, helps prevent errors and reduces the user’s overall workload.

“The Autodesk Inventor certification confirms the interoperability of a product. The integration offers the user efficient processes, transparency and precision throughout all manufacturing steps, while also ensuring the highest possible accuracy,” explains Carl White, director of Inventor digital design product management at Autodesk.

The Autodesk Inventor software suite offers professional solutions, from 2D and 3D right through to digital prototyping, in order to digitally design, visualise and simulate products before they are manufactured. The integration of hyperMILL® allows users to directly access the optimal machining strategy for their product in a continuous workflow using the familiar user interface for the CAD application. This ensures a seamless process from design through to manufacturing.

For more information, visit: www.openmind-tech.com

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has named Illini Prosthetic Technologies (IPT), a nonprofit organization, as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for August for the company’s use of Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software in developing a more affordable and more easily fitted prosthetic arm for below-elbow amputees, particularly those living in developing nations.

There are an estimated 25 million amputees around the world, 80 percent of them in the developing world. IPT’s prosthetic arm represents an opportunity for them to regain the use of their limbs, return to work and better care for themselves and their families.

“We believe that we can live in a world where every amputee has access to affordable prosthetic care,” said Jonathan Naber, president and founder of IPT. “Autodesk Inventor software is helping us make that vision a reality much sooner by enabling us to digitally explore and refine our ideas.”

IPT's innovation uses an open socket technology that allows prostheses to be fitted onto patients “off the shelf” and in a matter of minutes, a welcome change to the more traditional lengthy and costly custom fabrication and fitting process. The device comes in a variety of sizes that are adjustable for length, diameter and contour, thus ensuring the best fit for the largest possible range of below-elbow amputations.

IPT was founded in 2008 by six University of Illinois engineering students who noticed that while a number of low-cost prosthetics options were available for leg amputees, arm prosthetics typically remained prohibitively expensive.

Testing Ideas With Digital Prototyping

By creating digital prototypes of its prosthetic arm with Inventor, IPT has been able to streamline its product design process and create working physical prototypes that successfully incorporate and balance affordability, durability and flexibility — all important factors for users in developing countries.

IPT is currently gathering feedback from actual amputees on the most recent iteration of its prosthetic arm, and team members will be traveling to Guatemala later in the year to conduct further user testing — as well as to see the direct impact their device is having on people’s lives.

“IPT is a terrific example of bright young minds working together to make the world a better place,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “It is thrilling and inspiring to see this group using Digital Prototyping technology to take an innovative idea and turn it into reality — all in service of a great cause.”

Illini Prosthetic Technologies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing simple, innovative and affordable prosthetics to amputees around the world. The organization was originally founded in 2008 by a group of six engineering students at the University of Illinois.

For additional information, visit: www.supportipt.org

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, debuted a range of new AutoCAD products built for Mac OS X Lion: AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac software. This marks the first time Autodesk has offered AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD WS for the Mac.

The new portfolio of AutoCAD products for Mac expands options for millions of users of the popular design, documentation and collaboration software. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac was built specifically for OS X Lion and helps users create stunning designs on their platform of choice. AutoCAD LT for Mac enables users to document designs, optimize workflow and collaborate with colleagues and clients. AutoCAD WS for Mac enables users to view and collaborate on DWG files through the Mac interface. In addition, AutoCAD WS users can plot DWG files to PDF or DWF formats and sync with their cloud-based AutoCAD WS account, making files accessible from their AutoCAD WS mobile app. AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac are available exclusively in the Mac App Store.

“Since the release of AutoCAD for Mac last year, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, further validating the need for professional design and engineering software on the Mac platform,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “Bringing AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD WS to the Mac shows our continued commitment to making design more accessible for an ever-greater number of people to shape the world around them.”

AutoCAD for Mac 2012 software includes familiar AutoCAD capabilities, such as 2D and 3D design tools, and includes 3D free-form modeling capabilities; 3D visualization and rendering; network licensing; advanced customization of the menus; support for LISP and ObjectARX and ObjectDBX applications; and more. AutoCAD LT for Mac follows common native Mac application user interface guidelines, with a familiar Apple menu bar together with a number of workflow-based palettes. AutoCAD LT for Mac also supports native Mac OS X behavior, including Cover Flow navigation and Multi-Touch gestures.

AutoCAD LT for Mac is perfectly suited for designers, architects and engineers who prefer to work in a native Mac environment and need to create, edit or review designs, technical drawings and documentation.

Like the popular AutoCAD WS mobile app Autodesk released last September, AutoCAD WS for Mac is a simple, free* app providing basic, intuitive tools for viewing, editing and sharing designs. Through its synchronous coediting feature, users may also collaborate on designs across multiple platforms — desktop, mobile and web.

AutoCAD LT for Mac Brings Professional Apps to Mac App Store

By delivering professional design and documentation software native for Mac OS X via the Mac App Store, Autodesk is helping professionals find design software for all their needs.

"Autodesk has done an incredible job bringing their apps to the Mac," said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “AutoCAD for Mac has been a huge hit with Mac users and we’re thrilled to see Autodesk offer AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD WS as Mac App Store exclusives.”

With support for creating and editing files right within the DWG file format, AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac provide easier collaboration with suppliers, customers, clients and partners, regardless of platform. Files created in previous versions of AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT are easily opened in Mac versions of the products, boosting design productivity by reducing time-consuming file translation or cleanup of converted data.

AutoCAD for Mac 2012 is offered free* to students and educators through the Autodesk Education Community, where more than 25 Autodesk software products are already available for download to inspire learning and prepare students for successful careers. Autodesk appreciates the popularity of the Mac platform among students and is providing AutoCAD for Mac so they can build skills through access to the same software that design professionals use every day.

AutoCAD for Mac 2012 and AutoCAD WS for Mac will be available worldwide on August 19, 2011. AutoCAD LT for Mac will only be available in the U.S. and Canada on August 16, 2011.

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

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced its Autodesk 123D Sculpt app, a 3D sculpting and painting app for iPad, is now available on the App Store. The app lets users turn shapes, colors and textures into personalized pieces of 3D art.

Based on technology that professional designers and 3D artists prefer today, the Autodesk 123D Sculpt app provides simple yet powerful tools within an intuitive user interface that enable users to sculpt on their iPad. With three simple steps, any user can transform a basic shape into a digitally sculpted work of art:

* Select a shape: Users can choose from one of 17 starting shapes, including creatures, people, vehicles and basic geometric objects.
* Sculpt and decorate: Users can then choose from a wide variety of tools to enlarge, shrink, warp or refine their creation’s features to achieve the dramatic, comic or frightening effect they desire. Users also can add creative details with a palette of stamps, textures and images.
* Share with friends: When a creation is complete, users can quickly snap a photo or record an HD turntable movie to share directly from within the app, via email or through Facebook, Flickr or YouTube.

Users can import their own images or snap photos using iPad 2’s camera, and then stencil onto their 3D creations for ultimate personalization. The Autodesk 123D Sculpt app also offers many of the familiar interface elements from the award-winning Autodesk SketchBook Pro.

“We built Autodesk 123D to make 3D design accessible to the maker movement, and the 123D Sculpt app takes this even further into the realm of personal sculpture and digital art,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “With the 123D Sculpt app, you don’t have to be Michelangelo to create amazing painted sculptures.”

The Autodesk 123D Sculpt app is available for free* for a limited time from the App Store on iPad. To add to the creative experience, users can purchase five different packs of four shapes for $.99 each through In-App Purchase. Learn more about the 123D Sculpt app on 123D Sculpt News.

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MecSoft Corporation, a global leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, announced today that VisualXPORT is certified for use with Autodesk Inventor 2011 and 2012 mechanical design and engineering software under the Inventor Certified Applications Program.

“The certification of VisualXPORT gives Autodesk Inventor software users access to a family of CAM products that will help enhance their manufacturing processes,” said Carl White, director of digital design product management at Autodesk. “Job shops and custom manufacturers that use Autodesk Inventor look forward to a seamless connection to VisualMILL through VisualXPORT.”

Autodesk Inventor is the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping. It produces an accurate 3D model that enables users to validate the form, fit and function of a design before physically building it. With Autodesk Inventor, users can safely integrate AutoCAD and 3D data into a single digital model to create a digital prototype of the final product, reducing the number of costly physical prototypes.

“MecSoft is pleased that VisualXPORT has received certification for Autodesk Inventor,” says Jerry Hiller, Director of International Sales. “We are fully committed to offering seamlessly integrated CAM solutions for the top CAD solutions, to our VisualMILL users globally. This certification indicates VisualXPORT has reached the highest levels of quality and interoperability when working with Autodesk Inventor software.”

VisualXPORT for Inventor is a direct, in-window plug-in for Autodesk’s Inventor 3D mechanical design software, allowing users to transfer Inventor geometry directly to VisualMILL without having to go through a neutral format such as STEP or IGES. The solution not only provides error free data transfer between the two programs but also an enhanced workflow for companies that design in Inventor and use VisualMILL in their manufacturing process. With VisualXPORT for Inventor, users can export: 2D & 3D Sketches (curves), Solids, and Surface data from Inventor. It is compatible with Autodesk Inventor 2011 and 2012, 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

For more information, visit: www.mecsoft.com

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Green Lite Motors, a clean technology company developing new transportation alternatives for commuters, is using Autodesk Product Design Suite from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), to more efficiently design a three-wheeled hybrid vehicle capable of traveling 100 miles on a single gallon of gas, as well as achieving highway-ready speeds of 85 miles per hour and a cruising range of 250 miles.

Although classified as a motorcycle, the vehicle is fully enclosed like a car, giving commuters a safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly way to get to work. The vehicle can carry two passengers using a hybrid gas engine and electric motor, which supports long-range freeway cruising, as well as enhanced fuel efficiency in stop-and-go traffic. For safety, driver and passenger are protected by a steel roll cage, four-point safety harnesses, seat backs and front airbags. The vehicle’s comfort features also include heat, air conditioning and a sound system.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan — enabled Green Lite Motors to use Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Product Design Suite. Autodesk Inventor software, included in Product Design Suite, was used to create digital prototypes of the third and fourth generations of the vehicle.

Digital Prototyping Accelerates Vehicle Development

“The Autodesk Product Design Suite has helped Green Lite Motors build the machine virtually to present an exceptionally strong vision of both the mechanical and aesthetic designs of our vehicle,” says Tim Miller, president and CEO at Green Lite Motors. “In leveraging the capabilities of Digital Prototyping, within a few weeks we were able to collaborate with a shared Inventor model to create a design capable of being manufactured.”

Green Lite Motors also leverages its digital prototype from Inventor with Autodesk Showcase software, another product included in Product Design Suite, to create compelling animations and renderings to visually communicate the mechanical and aesthetic designs of its vehicle — helping the company more effectively share its vision of greener transportation with potential investors and partners.

“Green Lite Motors is developing a unique hybrid vehicle to minimize driving’s environmental impact, and Digital Prototyping is helping them do it more quickly and with less waste,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “From concept to manufacture, and marketing to maintenance, Autodesk software helps bring clean technology products to market sooner.”

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/cleantech or www.greenlitemotors.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced today that it has acquired San Francisco-based Instructables, a popular online community for people who want to discover, share and be inspired by DIY project ideas and how-to information. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Instructables is a destination where passionate, creative people come to share their most innovative projects and ideas on everything from technology and home renovation to crafts. Autodesk believes that the acquisition will assist makers of all types by linking Instructables’ vibrant online community to Autodesk software tools and services, such as SketchBook, 123D and Homestyler that allow anyone to explore design ideas and bring them to life.

Millions of Autodesk customers around the world are passionate about making things – whether in their professional lives or their personal lives. Instructables will introduce Autodesk customers to a thriving community of like-minded, smart individuals, with whom they can learn and share their personal inspiration or hobbies. Instructables members will benefit from Autodesk’s scale and powerful design tools, enabling the community to grow and share their ideas with a wider audience.

“Passionate, creative people want communities to support and encourage their endeavors,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “As a result of this acquisition, Autodesk will host a unique ecosystem that combines inspiration, accessible 3D software tools and fabrication services so anyone can be empowered to express themselves creatively.”

“Joining Autodesk will help us reach even more smart, engaged individuals and make Instructables an even better place to share projects and ideas,” said Eric Wilhelm, founder and CEO of Instructables. “Autodesk is a great cultural fit for Instructables, and I can’t wait to start changing the world together.”

Instructables members are at the forefront of the Maker Movement. They celebrate designing, personalizing and creating art objects, personal inventions and home ideas. Autodesk intends to retain the Instructables brand and will continue to operate Instructables.com following the acquisition, preserving the elements that make the Instructables community so authentic and successful today.

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

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced the availability of Autodesk Simulation CFD, the latest offering in the Autodesk simulation software portfolio, which builds on computational fluid dynamics capabilities that Autodesk gained in the Blue Ridge Numerics acquisition in March 2011.

Autodesk Simulation CFD software helps automate fluid flow and thermal simulation decision-making for designs, while eliminating costly physical prototyping cycles. Autodesk Simulation CFD introduces new integration with Autodesk Inventor Fusion software, allowing engineers to modify or simplify geometry quickly and easily from virtually any CAD system when running simulations.

Automated fluid flow and thermal simulations provide a cost-effective and faster alternative to physical testing methods that often lack a complete picture of design performance. Autodesk Simulation CFD provides a platform to help engineers gain competitive advantage and sustain growth through more efficient use of existing personnel and computing resources.

“Making informed, up-front decisions about air flow, fluid flow or electronics cooling is critical to help design and manufacture safer, quality products or construct more energy efficient buildings,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Our customers expect the highest quality CFD software to drive profitability and compete more effectively at every step of the design process.”

Simulation Software Boosts Engineering Productivity

A host of new features in Autodesk Simulation CFD help engineers achieve more, faster:

* One-click simulation — New tools in Autodesk Simulation CFD simplify the use of simulation for every CAD engineer using CAD-entity groups and design study rules — providing a convenient way to set up a simulation in one-click and begin exploring flow and thermal design options.
* Design study automation — Several new features, such as the CAD-embedded design study builder and design study templates, enable engineers to avoid repetition of tasks when creating a design study.
* Remote solving — Autodesk Simulation CFD is built to support the design study process by making it easy to harness all available computational power on any user’s network. A new remote solving manager helps users set up and allocate workload across multiple workstations.
* Team environment — New workflow and collaboration functionality enables more team members to be involved on each project. Autodesk Simulation CFD provides a powerful 3D viewer that works inside web browsers, enabling everyone to evaluate simulation results, even if they don’t have an Autodesk Simulation CFD license.
* Decision center — Autodesk Simulation CFD extracts the data users need to drive design performance with new thermal image camera-like visualization capabilities and performance data output options to enhance decision making.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has named Pankl Aerospace Systems as the July 2011 Autodesk Inventor of the Month, in recognition of the company’s use of Autodesk software to more effectively manufacture helicopter rotary systems, increasing the performance and reliability of critical components and improving pilot and passenger safety.

Pankl creates 3D renderings of rotary system parts using Autodesk Inventor LT 3D mechanical CAD software, and then virtually runs the digital components through their multistep manufacturing processes — from boring a hole into a drive shaft to applying heat treatments to an engine shaft. This digital process helps verify that the parts adhere to precise performance standards at every stage of manufacturing, thereby confirming the integrity of the finished part.

“With Autodesk Inventor LT, we’re documenting and visualizing every step of the manufacturing process with more confidence and efficiency than ever before,” said Jonathan Charbonnet, manufacturing engineer at Pankl. “Autodesk Inventor LT enables us to review designs for our customers and proactively identify all the things that may cause problems during manufacturing.”

The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) working with Pankl typically provide 3D models of the required parts. Pankl then imports the design model into Inventor LT — regardless of the CAD package used to create it — renders the part in 3D, and then digitally tests the manufacturing processes prior to progressing to the manufacturing phase. Inventor LT also enables Pankl to document processes by creating accurate 2D drawings, which can be applied to work instructions to better communicate design intent to the shop floor.

Embracing 3D With Seamless Access to 2D

Autodesk Gold Partner KETIV Technologies was instrumental in helping Pankl embrace Digital Prototyping and stay current with an industry moving increasingly toward model-based definitions. By switching to 3D modeling software like Inventor LT, Pankl can meet the needs of OEMs much more efficiently and better serve its customer base.

While Pankl uses Inventor LT for all new projects, it is still able to access years of DWG drawings, helping the company to respond more quickly, for example, to requests from OEMs for replacement parts on older model helicopters. The company captures 2D geometry from the past drawings with AutoCAD LT 2D drafting and detailing software, imports it into Inventor LT, where it can then reuse the data to quickly and easily clean up any errors — reducing rework and streamlining turnaround time for delivering replacement parts.

“Pankl is using Inventor LT to save time and reduce its manufacturing costs, all while increasing quality for its customers,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “With Digital Prototyping in place, manufacturers like Pankl can operate at the highest level of performance.”

Headquartered in Cerritos, California, with operations in the United States and Europe, Pankl Aerospace is serving the global aerospace market as a Tier One supplier for transmission components, engine shafts, refueling tubes and landing gear parts for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

For more information, visit: www.pankl.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Pixlr, a popular free* online and social image creating, collecting, editing and sharing service. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Pixlr service was started in Sweden in August 2008 and provides accessible tools for non-professionals to create, edit, and share images online and socially via platforms like Facebook. The acquisition enhances Autodesk’s ability to provide image editing for its consumer products, such as the SketchBook product line. As a result of the acquisition, SketchBook Pro desktop users will gain the ability to read and write image file formats such as PXD and to easily exchange files while maintaining deep data such as layers. Current Pixlr users will immediately be able to add more freehand sketching to their projects through file compatibility with Autodesk SketchBook Pro desktop application.

“Lots of people–not just creative professionals—want to express themselves visually,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “Combining image editing capabilities with sketching capabilities provides new avenues for rich visual expression. We also intend to marry the Pixlr team’s web development experience with our expertise in mobile app development to help people everywhere be creative on the devices of their choice.”

Pixlr’s founders are now part of Autodesk.

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

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced the winner of the Autodesk Design Award in Ferrari’s international student design competition, the Ferrari World Design Contest. Students Kim Cheong Ju, Ahn Dre and Lee Sahngseok from Hongik University received the Autodesk Design Award for their innovative use of design software. Ferrari and Autodesk also recognized the overall winning teams for their visionary designs of the Ferrari of the future including: Hongik University (Republic of Korea) – first place, IED (Italy) – second place, London Royal College of Arts (United Kingdom) – third place. A special award for Innovation and Technology was also presented to Jiangnan University (China). The awards were presented at Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy. Autodesk is Ferrari’s design technology partner and proud supporter of the prestigious competition.

Following the awards ceremony, Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo commented, “Nurturing the creativity of young people is a fundamental strategy in every walk of life. The Ferrari World Design Contest represents a window that we want to keep open on the world and the creative energy of the next generation. I saw at first hand the many genuinely innovative ideas that these talented youngsters sent us and could feel the enormous passion and commitment that had gone into them. I am certain that some of these suggestions will come to light in the Ferraris of the future.”

“It is gratifying to see future engineers from around the world embracing technology and challenging the limits of design with such inspirational and imaginative ideas,” said Brenda Discher, vice president of industry marketing at Autodesk. “On behalf of Autodesk, I congratulate the team from Hongik University for their creative work and innovative hypercar design. I look forward to watching the winners, and all of the students involved, enter the workforce and bring their considerable talents to bear through designing and creating a better world.”

The Ferrari World Design Contest challenged students from 50 prestigious international design schools to create the Ferrari of the future, called a hypercar, using the latest generation technologies and materials while preserving the legendary performance and elegance associated with the iconic Ferrari brand. Seven finalist teams were selected, each creating a virtual 3D model of their proposed hypercar using Autodesk Alias software as well as a 1:4 scale physical model. Submissions for the Autodesk Design Award were judged on several aspects, including the use of software to facilitate team collaboration, the use of design software and its advanced capabilities, and for the best quality and visual appeal of the finished hypercar design.

In winning the Autodesk Design Award, the students receive a commemorative trophy and all-expenses-paid passes for three team members to attend Autodesk University 2011, Autodesk’s global customer conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Overall winners of the design contest receive an internship with Ferrari in Maranello, Italy and cash prizes.

For more information about the Ferrari World Design Contest and each of the finalist teams, visit: www.worlddesigncontest.ferrari.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software announced that the company will offer tailored programs and host special events for students and teachers during SIGGRAPH 2011, which occurs August 7, 2011 to August 11, 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. At these events attendees will be able to access the latest information about Autodesk’s products and programs, gain fresh insights from industry experts, and network with like-minded students, professionals and industry leaders. During SIGGRAPH, selected presentations and interviews will be streamed live from the Autodesk booth (#429), together with free Autodesk Master Classes available through the AREA community.

Autodesk Student Experience

On Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Autodesk will host an exclusive event for students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, with the support of Dell and NVIDIA, with a reception to follow. The Autodesk Student Experience is a series of targeted workshops and presentations designed to improve student skill sets through use of Autodesk 3D animation tools, including Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Softimage software. Students can benefit from a day of classes and one-on-one feedback sessions with Autodesk technology experts while engaging in presentations and seminars led by industry experts, including Duncan Brinsmead, principal scientist at Autodesk, and Carlos Baena of Animation Mentor. Autodesk software will also be running on Dell Precision workstations, equipped with the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics.

Get a complete schedule of the day’s events and registration information.

Autodesk Education Summit

Autodesk’s annual SIGGRAPH Education Summit, supported by HP and AMD, will take place on Monday, August 8, 2011 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., PST, followed by a cocktail reception. Education professionals will have the opportunity to network with one another, connect with Autodesk executives, discuss industry trends and best practices, and learn more about Autodesk tools and programming. Register.

Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshops for Secondary Education

On Monday, August 8, 2011 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel from 11:00 am to 12:30 p.m. Autodesk will be hosting an information session about the new Digital STEAM Workshop, offering teachers the opportunity to experience a project-based learning program. Designed for high-school students, the program explores the study of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, through real-time 3D games and easy-to-follow videos guided by industry professionals. Get more information or register.

Professional Education Opportunities at SIGGRAPH

In addition to programs for students and educators, Autodesk will run several programs for professionals throughout the week of SIGGRAPH 2011. During show hours, Autodesk and AMD will be offering training sessions on Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Softimage software in the AMD booth (#631). In addition to on-site training, the following free Autodesk MasterClasses will be available online beginning August 9, 2011:

* Using 3ds Max in the Realm of Visual Effects, by Joe Gunn
* Rigging and Animation Workflows Using HumanIK and Face Robot, by Jean-Marc Belloncik
* Next-gen 3D Head Creation Techniques, by Laurent M. Abecassis
* Live Animation Binding, by Mark Jackson

These master classes will be exclusively available on AREA. For more information, visit: http://area.autodesk.com/masterclasses

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and Bayer Technology Services GmbH, have signed a new enterprise agreement for the global use of Autodesk software. Using Autodesk software, Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials, will be able to implement a more streamlined process for the design, construction and operation of manufacturing plants worldwide.

“Competing in a global marketplace requires us to respond to customer demand as quickly as possible, and opening new or adapting existing manufacturing sites is essential to that,” said Juergen S. Kussi, head of Plant Layout & Piping of Bayer Technology Services. “Through this agreement, we will increase our use of Autodesk software across many projects, making it easier to more efficiently use information across projects and more rapidly react to changing market conditions.”

Bayer architects, engineers, designers, drafters and project managers now have greater access to a broad range of Autodesk solutions for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Digital Prototyping, including the Autodesk Design Suite, Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite and Autodesk Factory Design Suite.

“We are pleased that Bayer has selected Autodesk software to play a critical role in the design, construction and operation of the next generation of chemical and pharmaceutical plants,” said Mark Paraskeva, vice president, Autodesk Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Autodesk is continuing to work closely with global organizations like Bayer to optimize our customers’ investments in 3D design technology and help them achieve competitive advantage.”

BIM is an intelligent model–based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Digital Prototyping is a revolutionary approach to product development that enables more rapid and cost-effective design, visualization, and simulation.

Bayer Technology Services offers fully-integrated solutions along the life cycle of chemical/pharmaceutical plants – from development through engineering and construction to process optimization for existing plants. The subsidiary of Bayer AG employs 2,700 experts worldwide at its headquarters in Leverkusen and other German sites, as well as in regional offices in Belgium, Brazil, India, Mexico, PR China, Russia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. In 2010, the company achieved sales of approximately EUR 420 million.

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

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Tork Trux (Tork), a skateboard component company, is using Autodesk Product Design Suite from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), to successfully advance its mission of “revolution through skateboard evolution.”

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Tork used Autodesk Product Design Suite virtual design software to realize the company’s vision of a super-light skateboard truck that is easy to securely fasten to the board, without the need for multiple tools.

Tork has developed ACT (Advanced Capturing Technology), a superior type of skateboard “truck” — the metal axle component that attaches the wheels to the board — that integrates a built-in wrench shape into the baseplate portion of the truck design. Equally as important is the use of a flange nut that keeps the nut in the wrench-shaped area, allowing skateboarders to attach the trucks to the board without having to use their fingers at all.

“Skateboarders used to have to juggle a skateboard, a truck, a screw and a nut while using two separate tools to attach the trucks,” said Dustin Clark, president of Tork. “Our built-in wrench shape greatly simplifies skateboard assembly, ensuring that the nuts stay in place and don’t come loose while skating.”


Design Suite Brings Product from Concept to Market

The name Tork Trux is a play on the concept of torque, the turning force provided by a wrench. Tork Trux was entirely designed using Autodesk Inventor software. Using the built-in finite element analysis (FEA) tools within Inventor helped Tork develop the truck to be sufficiently strong enough to withstand the stresses of riding, while eliminating unnecessary material and making the truck as lightweight as possible. The company also used Inventor software to create a short animation video of assembly instructions.

Autodesk Alias software enabled Tork to make design variations to the truck, such as varying truck widths for different sizes of skateboards. The company was also able to explore and visualize different color combinations using Autodesk Showcase software to create vivid and realistic 3D renderings of its skateboards. Tork Trux even used Autodesk SketchBook Designer to design the company logo.

“Digital Prototyping helps transform a great idea into a great product, in less time and with less cost. That’s what Tork has done,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “With the Autodesk Product Design Suite, any manufacturer can innovate smarter and faster.”

For additional information, visit www.torktrux.com or www.autodesk.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced Autodesk Vault 2012 software now works with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to facilitate access to design information across the enterprise. Autodesk’s data management software works with the Microsoft collaboration platform to simplify business intelligence, content management, search and sharing functions for intranet and Internet sites - all while building a crucial connection between design teams and an extended business enterprise.

“Autodesk Vault works with SharePoint 2010 to help enterprises be more productive and profitable by facilitating sharing of and access to information throughout the lifecycle of any project,” said Çaglayan Arkan, General Manager, Worldwide Manufacturing & Resources Sector at Microsoft Corp. “Vault provides the world’s designers, architects, engineers, builders and manufacturers with a complete view of their information, while enabling access across the entire organization.”

On any design project, hundreds of people may be using dozens of specialized applications to create thousands of models and drawings. In addition to this design data, a significant amount of “nondesign” information surrounds most projects: contracts, bid documents, photographs, emails and more. Vault working with Microsoft provides an extended enterprise — including nondesign professionals — with the ability to share and manage engineering and design data through familiar Microsoft SharePoint 2010 workflows. The solution takes advantage of features and functionality provided in SharePoint 2010 and Autodesk Vault 2012, giving SharePoint 2010 users direct access to engineering and design data within Vault, including easy search and navigation, and the ability to view and print design data.

Global companies such as Joy Mining, are eager to reap the benefits of the Vault/SharePoint integration.

“As a strategic partner of both Autodesk and Microsoft, we at Joy are very excited about this collaborative development as it will enable us to further leverage our investments in SharePoint and Vault by allowing us to make our CAD models available to a wider audience,” said Chris Flynn, global director of engineering systems at Joy Mining Machinery. “We expect to dramatically improve the efficiency of our processes for outsourcing collaboration as well as our core engineering communication. Furthermore, the cost of implementing the application is minimized since both the IT organization and the end user are already familiar with SharePoint. We look forward to working with Autodesk and Microsoft in the near future on realizing this potential.”

Additional benefits include:

* SharePoint 2010 users now have direct access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Digital Prototyping data within Vault and can incorporate it into existing enterprise data, tools and processes.
* Autodesk Vault 2012 users now have the ability to take advantage of the latest social computing enhancements provided in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 through video conferencing, capturing discussions, voting mechanisms, mining expertise and business intelligence.
* Federated searching enables users to do a single search to quickly aggregate results from both SharePoint and Vault applications, helping users increase productivity without changing the way they work.
* Seamlessly allows technology from SharePoint 2010 and Autodesk Vault 2012 that runs on Microsoft Windows-based servers, utilizes Microsoft Web Services and SQL Server technology.

The collaboration between Microsoft and Autodesk extends beyond SharePoint 2010 to Microsoft Office 2010, including Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010, enabling users to be more productive with their everyday tools. Colleagues, customers and partners can share content and information in a familiar environment, whether reading a DOC file or printing a DWG drawing. The solution is easy to deploy, enabling customers to get up and running immediately.

“More than ever, clear communication and easy access to accurate data are the keys to success for any business,” said Steven Bodnar, vice president of data management at Autodesk. “Competitive enterprises need to collaborate beyond their boundaries in order to strengthen their relationships and cooperation with their customers, partners and vendors. This is especially true for design and manufacturing organizations working with globally distributed teams.

Availability

Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC, Autodesk Vault Collaboration and Autodesk Vault Professional 2012 for SharePoint 2010 is now available.

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

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has named Carousel Works as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for June, recognizing the company’s use of Autodesk 3D mechanical design and visualization software to create custom wooden carousels. Carousel Works brings the highest quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail to its old-world designs.

The only company in the world that carves and paints wooden carousels by hand — most companies rely on mass manufactured fiberglass or steel components — Carousel Works is reviving a tradition nearly a century old, and is the first company to design and manufacture wooden carousels since the 1930s. Bringing modern technology into the mix, Carousel Works estimates that Autodesk software helps reduce the time required to complete a carousel by nearly 50 percent.

“Each carousel manufactured by Carousel Works is a completely custom job,” said company co-founder Art Ritchie. “Autodesk Inventor software unlocks my imagination and makes it easy for me to create designs that have never been built before, and then share my vision with the customer. Letting the customer see exactly what the finished product will look like brings everyone peace of mind.”

Since its first carousel project in 1991, Carousel Works has successfully delivered more than 45 custom-made wooden carousels to zoos, parks and even Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, which recently installed carousels on the boardwalks of the “Oasis of the Seas” and “Allure of the Seas” cruise liners, the world’s largest cruise ships. Carousel Works offers customers a choice of more than 160 animal, insect and reptile figures — ranging from sea turtles to panda bears — resulting in a unique finished product.

3D Simplifies Design, Communicates Vision to Customers

Autodesk Product Design Suite, supplied by Autodesk partner IMAGINiT Technologies, helps Carousel Works with nearly every aspect of carousel construction. Inventor 3D mechanical design software plays a critical role in designing the structural framework of the carousel, as well as the mechanical systems that power it. Autodesk Mudbox software provides a digital sculpting environment that assists in the creation of the hand-carved animal figures, some of them as much as seven-feet tall.

The company uses Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to create realistic 3D animations and renderings that vividly illustrate what the carousel will look like when it is fully operational. These images are particularly useful as fundraising tools for projects requiring private funding, and for securing project approval from local stakeholders.

“By using Digital Prototyping to address its entire product design workflow, Carousel Works is simultaneously benefitting itself and its customers,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “It is a terrific example of how a manufacturing company can stay rooted in a glorious tradition while fully embracing the future.”

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: Autodesk Inventor of the Month or www.carouselworks.com

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Enventix Inc., a clean tech company focused on alternative energy, is successfully using software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) for green manufacturing to develop its patent-pending Enpresso system. The system enables the conversion of municipal waste, biomass and other low-grade feedstocks into clean, renewable energy.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan — provided Enventix with powerful Digital Prototyping software to help evaluate, validate and refine its original concepts.

By converting waste to energy two to six times more effectively than competing systems while exceeding any standard for air emissions, Enpresso can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of current waste management and energy generation practices.

Enpresso’s efficiency comes from its innovative design, which produces pure syngas for a gas turbine converted from waste affordably and cleanly at the distributed scale. Its elegant and simple design represents a break from conventional thermo-chemical reactor concepts.

Optimizing Green Manufacturing with Digital Prototyping

The Enventix team used Autodesk Inventor software in every step of the development of the Enpresso system, benefiting from more collaborative conceptual design within the team through time- and cost-saving digital prototypes, and providing data for the creation of detailed computational fluid dynamics and thermo-mechanical modeling. Autodesk reseller KETIV Technologies provided training and support to help enable Enventix to more fully adopt Digital Prototyping to design Enpresso.

“Digital Prototyping gives our designers and engineers the capability to fully optimize their designs about 20-40% more quickly,” said Monem Alyaser, founder, president and CEO of Enventix. “As the complexity of systems and projects grows, our time to market has also been shrinking. The costs of not using Digital Prototyping are just too big, and Autodesk software is the best choice.”

Digital Prototyping also plays a crucial role in helping Enventix communicate its vision to outside parties and investors. Autodesk Showcase software renders mechanical designs into photorealistic representations of the company’s products, while Autodesk 3ds Max Design software creates animations that help convey the company’s most complex technology concepts. Enventix additionally uses Autodesk Vault Professional to more effectively manage design projects across the three locations where their design team is based.

“From product development to marketing, Enventix is making good use of Digital Prototyping to help solve the huge renewable energy conversion challenge that society faces,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Through the Clean Tech Partner Program, Enventix is producing radical solutions with minimal investment.”

About the Clean Tech Partner Program

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers, providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas through Digital Prototyping. Clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan are invited to apply to receive up to $150,000* worth of software for only $50. Access to a collection of Autodesk industry-leading software includes up to five licenses of Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Inventor Publisher and Autodesk Vault Professional software.

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/cleantech or www.enventixinc.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced a new series of summer workshops for secondary school teachers. The workshops provide teachers with tools to engage and inspire their students using an innovative new curriculum, the Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop. The curriculum supports national academic standards and facilitates teachers’ engagement of students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

“Educators are now being challenged to make STEAM subjects more fun and relevant in the classroom,” said Joe Astroth, Ph.D., chief education officer at Autodesk. “With these new training workshops and our Digital STEAM Workshop curriculum, teachers can deliver exciting hands-on projects and inspire students’ interest in these important foundational subjects.”

The Digital STEAM Workshop curriculum, developed by Autodesk with guidance from educators and industry professionals, provides a project-based learning experience that allows teachers to focus on better teaching methods, rather than software expertise. Each project is accompanied by extensive teacher resources, including videos, learning games and interactive 3D models — all of which help facilitate students’ understanding of what professional designers do and expose them to careers in architecture, engineering, digital arts and more. The curriculum supports the recently updated Autodesk Design Academy and Autodesk Animation Academy educational software suites and helps prepare students for the Autodesk Certified User program. The curriculum is available for free through the Autodesk Education Community online.

“New teacher or experienced, teacher, expert or novice; the videos, lessons and projects within the Digital STEAM Workshop curriculum allow teachers to move from being a sage on the stage, to a guide on the side,” said Jana Schmidt, a technology teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Johnson City, Texas. “The Digital STEAM Workshop is loaded with ready-to-use classroom resources, saving precious time for teachers.”

Autodesk’s teacher workshops comprise one full day of training and are available throughout the United States and Canada through Autodesk’s network of academic software resellers. The workshops are available until August 31 and are often given at no charge to teachers. For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/teacherworkshops

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Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced that it will broadcast a webcast in conjunction with its upcoming investor event: Meeting with Autodesk Management, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

WHAT:      

A webcast of the upcoming meeting between Autodesk Management and the investment community. Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO, and Mark Hawkins, Autodesk executive vice president, CFO, will discuss market factors, corporate strategy, and financial metrics.

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m. ET.

HOW:

To listen to the live presentations, please go to www.autodesk.com/investors. This webcast will be archived for approximately one year on our website.

CONTACT:

For more information, please call Autodesk Investor Relations at 415-507-6705.

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