Autodesk Announces One Millionth 3D User

With the purchase of almost a dozen seats of Inventor software by recreational vehicle builder Gulf Stream Coach, Autodesk passed the one million mark for users of its 3D model-based design solutions.


San Rafael, CA —With the purchase of almost a dozen seats of Inventor software by Gulf Stream Coach , Autodesk passed the one million mark for users of its 3D model-based design solutions: Autodesk Inventor software, Autodesk Revit software and AutoCAD Civil 3D software. This milestone underscores the broad demand for 3D solutions that deliver digital prototyping, allowing customers to visualize and simulate the real-world performance of their designs without a heavy reliance on costly physical prototypes. Hagerman & Company , an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider and reseller since 1984, worked with Gulf Stream Coach to design the full solution and provide training services for all their engineers.

Gulf Stream Coach, a world-class recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer based in Nappanee, IN, is the largest privately held full-line RV manufacturer in the United States, offering 26 brands and more than 100 models. The company is a long-time Autodesk customer, having used AutoCAD software as its primary design tool for more than a decade. The RV maker is already employing Inventor to design its new Class A toy hauler which will launch later this year.

With digital prototypes, companies can not only see, but also experience their designs before they’re built. Through the digital prototyping process of detailed visualization, precise analysis and real-time simulation, Autodesk’s 3D tools give customers the ability to accurately model their designs —allowing them to optimize and make performance-related changes early in the design process.

“Autodesk Inventor provides us with the power of 3D design without compromising our investments in 2D processes,” said Mike Potis, in the Product Development Group at Gulf Stream Coach. “Gulf Stream is a leader in RV manufacturing because our philosophy of lean manufacturing gives us the ability to provide what the market requires quickly. Using Inventor will increase our efficiency even further by allowing us to create digital prototypes of our products while reducing our need to produce physical prototypes.”

Announcement of Autodesk’s one millionth 3D user was made during the company’s first quarter of fiscal 2008 financial results call, in which the company reported revenue of $509 million, an increase of 17% over the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
C.G. Masi , senior editor
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