PLM: Autodesk 2009 products to enhance design, collaboration

Updates to Autodesk products will help manufacturers virtually design a products and simulate their use before they are built.
By Control Engineering Staff February 22, 2008

San Francisco – Updates to Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk AliasStudio, Autodesk Showcase and Autodesk Productstream software products promise to give manufacturers “the ability to virtually design a complete product and simulate how it will work under real world conditions before it is built.”

At the company’s annual World Press Days event on Feb. 12, 2008,


extend the use of digital prototyping by connecting the industrial design, engineering and manufacturing teams through the use of a single digital model. 

Digital prototyping reduces a manufacturer’s reliance on physical prototypes, which in turn helps reduce cost and speeds time to market in highly competitive industries. “Manufacturers are embracing digital prototyping as a way to stay ahead of market trends, such as the growing demand for superior styling of consumer goods and the need for accelerated time-to-market.” said International Data Corp. (IDC) analyst Gisela Wilson. “Additionally, designers can try a larger number of design choices, because designs can be executed much more rapidly than with physical prototypes.”

The new versions of

Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping applications

extend and enhance the workflows of its customers. These include:

AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 – designed for manufacturing environments to accelerate the mechanical design process with standards-based symbol libraries, engineering calculators, and a mechanical-specific workflow. Includes support for the international GOST drafting standard and instant access to a Favorites List of standardparts.

AutoCAD Electrical 2009 – designed for controls designers who need to design electrical controls systems quickly and accurately. This includes a Circuit Builder that lets users dynamically generate circuits based on functional requirements.

AliasStudio 2009 – a set of tools for the industrial design process, it lets designers     capture their ideas digitally, from initial sketches to 3D concept models. 

Showcase 2009 – helps users create accurate, highly realistic representations from 3D CAD data, enabling informed decision making on digital prototypes. It now gathers data from various 3D sources, including Inventor.

Productstream 2009 – securely stores and manages engineering design data and related documents. Powerful new search engine technology is incorporated into the latest release, along with a multi-site replication module which allows digital information to be shared easily between sites.  

Inventor 2009 new features include: enhanced sheet metal design; enhanced simulation; native 64 bit implementations; large assembly capacity; and native translators that support direct data exchange between Autodesk Inventor and UGS, SolidWorks or Pro/Engineer by importing and exporting Parasolid, importing UG-NX, importing SolidWorks, importing and exporting Granite and importing Pro/E.

Users of any of the AutoCAD 2009 family of products will also benefit from the availability of

free Autodesk Design Review 2009

, which allows team members to participate in the digital review process with tools to view, mark up and revise designs electronically.

Product availability will vary by country, according to the company.

Details and purchasing options will be accessible from


See also, “

Autodesk as the un-PLM company


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Renee Robbins , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
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