Electrical, mechanical design software upgraded

San Rafael, CA—Autodesk Inc. recently released new versions of its Inventor Series 10, AutoCAD Mechanical 2006, AutoCAD Electrical 2006, Vault 4, Productstream 4, Streamline 7 and DWF software products.


San Rafael, CA— Autodesk Inc. recently released new versions of its Inventor Series 10, AutoCAD Mechanical 2006, AutoCAD Electrical 2006, Vault 4, Productstream 4, Streamline 7 and DWF software products.

For example, Inventor 10 reportedly has a new design approach to 3D, referred to as Functional Design, which allows engineers to design end products based on how they will function, rather than designing from a CAD geometry-based standpoint.

“The idea behind Functional Design is to remove the function of modeling operator from the responsibility of the engineer and allow him or her to focus on solving design problems,” says Andrew Anagnost, senior product management director of Autodesk’s Manufacturing Solutions Division.

Inventor 10’s Functional Design components include:

  • Design Accelerator, which are libraries of machinery components for creating parts and assemblies based on functional attributes such as speed, power, and material properties;

  • Feature Generator, which allows users to model and edit using drag-and-drop features rather than requiring modeling operations such as “create sketch” or “extrude”;

  • 3-D Grips, which is a select-and-drag method of editing parametric parts using sketch and model editing;

  • Engineer’s Handbook, which is an online reference to engineering theory, formulas, and algorithms accessible from anywhere in Autodesk Inventor;

  • Mechanical Generators, which is a set of engineering calculators that build on standard mathematical formulas and physical theories used in design and validation of mechanical systems; and

  • Component Generators, which create parts and assemblies based on real-world attributes and use conditions, such as power, speed, torque, material properties, working temperatures, and lubrication conditions.

Other upgrades announced by Autodesk include:

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2006, which now allows users to document 3-D Inventor assemblies as well as 3-D parts. It also includes new workflow enhancements that allow management of hidden lines;

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2006, which now directly integrates with Autodesk Vault, and includes new data migration tools that allow users to convert legacy AutoCAD or other electrical design applications into intelligent AutoCAD Electrical designs;

  • Autodesk Vault 4, which is now integrated into all Autodesk manufacturing design products, and allows managing of design data by automatically creating a Design Web Format (DWF) file for each file checked into Autodesk Vault. In addition, integration with Microsoft Office applications allows users to directly access files stored in Autodesk Vault from within Microsoft Office, improving communication with non-engineering team members;

  • Autodesk Productstream 4, which can be added modularly to Vault 4, now allows customers to automate the engineering release process with tools to manage bill of materials, create automated engineering change order workflows, and integrate with ERP/MRP systems for sharing of design information with extended teams for planning, inventory, and accounting purposes; and

  • Autodesk Streamline 7 and Autodesk DWF Viewer, which help designers securely share 2-D and 3-D design information with customers and suppliers.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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