Autodesk 2010 Manufacturing Software Demonstrates Power of Digital Prototyping

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Company Upgrades Design, Visualization, Simulation Capabilities for Manufacturers

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) unveiled the latest releases of its 2D and 3D design and engineering software for manufacturers. Significant enhancements and newly packaged suites of the company's industry-leading products can help manufacturers build better products, ranging from mobile phones to bulldozers, in less time.

The new 2010 product lineup for manufacturers includes Autodesk Inventor family of products, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Alias family of products, Autodesk Moldflow, Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Vault software -- industry-leading applications that constitute the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping. The 2010 software releases introduce an even greater range of design, visualization and simulation capabilities, along with tighter interoperability than ever before with both Autodesk software applications and other CAD tools.

"Putting powerful 2D and 3D software within the reach of mainstream manufacturers positions companies of all sizes--not just large enterprises--to compete on a global scale," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. "With our 2010 product line, customers can achieve greater collaboration than ever before between industrial design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing teams that are all responsible for bringing quality products to market."

Autodesk Digital Prototyping software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualize and simulate how a product will work under real-world conditions before it is built. Digital Prototyping reduces reliance on physical prototypes, which helps reduce cost and accelerate time to market in highly competitive industries.

Autodesk Inventor 2010: The Key to Design, Visualize, and Simulate Products Digitally

As the foundation for Digital Prototyping, Autodesk Inventor software helps produce an accurate 3D model that validates the form, fit and function of a design before it is built. The Autodesk Inventor 2010 product line introduces new usability and productivity enhancements for 2D product documentation, 3D product design, extended simulation capabilities, a strong focus on plastic part creation and new data management and exchange capabilities.

New features in the Autodesk Inventor 2010 product line include:

    --  Plastic part design and tooling: The Autodesk Inventor product line
        simplifies the design of high-quality molded part models with automated
        capabilities for designing injection molds for plastic parts.
        Incorporating Autodesk Moldflow technology, Inventor enables users to
        design complex plastic parts and quickly create and validate their
        corresponding mold design, helping to reduce errors and improve mold
        performance -- resulting in higher product quality and faster time to
    --  Ability to simulate product performance: The Autodesk Inventor 2010
        product line provides improved support for motion simulation and static
        and modal finite element analysis at both the part and assembly level.
    --  Design productivity: Continuing to improve usability and productivity,
        Inventor offers a new user interface that combines an intuitive 3D
        design environment for creating parts and assemblies with tools that
        enable engineers to focus on a design's function to drive the automatic
        creation of intelligent components such as plastic parts, steel frames,
        and rotating machinery.

In addition, Inventor 2010 incorporates an enhanced architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) Exchange functionality that enables building products manufacturers to publish 3D data in a format that is easy to use in building information modeling (BIM) applications, such as the Autodesk Revit 2010 product line.

"The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping allows us to design and manufacture at the speed of thought. Using Inventor to simulate real-world conditions means we don't need full-scale physical prototypes," said Kurt Bender, CAD manager at Viking Yacht Company, which produces luxurious, high-performance sport and cruising yachts. "We're also doing design reviews and marketing with digital prototyping, saving substantial time and money on each boat design. We're especially looking forward to the latest simulation capabilities coming in the 2010 release."

Along with the Inventor software, Autodesk is releasing new Digital Prototyping applications that support and streamline design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing workflows, including:

    --  AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite: Introduced in the 2010 release, this new
        suite combines Autodesk Inventor LT and AutoCAD LT, one of the world's
        top-selling 2D drafting and detailing software, to make it more
        practical and affordable for mechanical design professionals to start
        designing in 3D and participate in Digital Prototyping workflows.
        Autodesk Inventor LT offers powerful part-level 3D parametric modeling,
        multi-CAD translation capabilities, automated DWG drawing views, and
        many other advanced capabilities found in Inventor.
    --  AutoCAD Mechanical: Now with even more intelligent drafting features for
        automating common design tasks, AutoCAD Mechanical offers mechanical
        designers and drafters significant productivity gains. New features
        include a streamlined design environment and bill of materials
        enhancements that help produce consistent results on the shop floor.
    --  AutoCAD Electrical: Purpose-built to accelerate the creation of
        electrical control systems, AutoCAD Electrical now offers a streamlined
        design environment and a new "one-line" circuit symbol library
        that help to increase productivity for control engineers. Enhancements
        to the powerful Circuit Builder tool enable designers to analyze the
        energy efficiency of circuits and help them to make "green"
        engineering decisions.
    --  Autodesk Alias family of products: Autodesk Alias 2010 industrial design
        software marks a major milestone with its first release on the Macintosh
        platform. Now available on Mac OS X, the new product family focuses on
        the specific needs and workflow requirements of three user profiles:
        creative professionals, digital modeler/sculptors and
        automotive/transportation designers. New and improved functionality
        further lowers barriers of adoption and helps to increase modeling
        productivity and quality. One of the world's best surface modelers, the
        Alias family or products provides fast, high-quality data integration
        and exchange with Autodesk Inventor and other third-party CAD software.
    --  Autodesk Showcase: Now with integrated raytracing, the 2010 design
        visualization software enables design, engineering, and marketing teams
        to quickly and efficiently create accurate, photorealistic, and
        compelling imagery from 3D CAD data to convey form and create
        environmental context to communicate brand character. Users can easily
        change the appearance and position of a product and manipulate parts
        such  as  wheels,  body  panels  or  mirrors.
        --    Autodesk  3ds  Max  Design:  3ds  Max  Design  software  makes  it  easier  to
                prepare  digital  prototypes  and  create  photorealistic  design  imagery.  A
                render-quality  viewport  in  the  2010  version  facilitates  the  creative
                process  by  enabling  users  to  iterate  quickly  and  explore  more  design
        --    Autodesk  Vault:  The  Autodesk  Vault  product  line  features  extensive  new
                document  management  capabilities  that  enable  users  to  easily  manage
                design  revisions  and  control  who  can  access  data,  and  when.  New  revision
                control  processes  are  built  directly  into  Autodesk  Inventor  software,
                resulting  in  faster  cycle  times  and  better-quality  engineering  data.  It
                also  helps  workgroups  maintain  control  over  the  digital  prototype  at  all
                times,  so  design  departments  can  efficiently  create  and  share  Digital
                Prototyping  information.
        --    Autodesk  Navisworks:  A  new  part  of  the  Autodesk  solution  for  Digital
                Prototyping,  the  Autodesk  Navisworks  product  line  for  manufacturing
                helps  extended  project  teams  visualize,  optimize  and  collaborate  on  the
                most  complex  projects.  Customers  can  combine  large  assemblies  consisting
                of  machinery,  tooling,  layout  and  facilities  data  from  multiple  CAD
                vendors  to  create  a  single,  lightweight  3D  digital  model  of  factories
                and  manufacturing  plants.  Navisworks  reliably  aggregates  data  to  enable
                a  real-time,  whole-project  view.
        --    Autodesk  Moldflow:  Autodesk  has  simplified  the  Moldflow  product  line  in
                the  2010  release  to  bring  customers  more  value  at  a  lower  cost.  The
                software  suite  for  simulation,  analysis,  optimization  and  validation  of
                plastic  parts  and  their  associated  molds  introduces  new  sustainability
                features,  along  with  enhanced  performance  and  quality.  Autodesk  Moldflow
                Insight  offers  powerful,  in-depth  simulation  of  the  industry's  most
                advanced  molding  processes  using  the  world's  largest  plastics  material
                database.  Autodesk  Moldflow  Adviser  simplifies  plastics  injection
                molding  simulation  and  guides  designers  through  analysis  and
                interpretation,  helping  to  avoid  manufacturing  delays  and  costly  mold

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