Autodesk Inventer 2011 provides enhanced visualization capabilities for improved communications throughout the development chain.
Direct manipulation capabilities within Inventor can, they've determined, accelerate design times by as much as 40% on assembly modeling and other common tasks. This is predicated, in part, on the fact that there's no need to go in and out of the program to perform tasks.
One of the interesting functions of Moldflow 2011 is that while the product allows users to see where there may be such things as fill problems in the CAD model, through the ability to export Autodesk Showcase 2011 visualization software, which shows a photorealistic image of the product, users can detect surface flaws that may have otherwise gone unnoticed during the analysis process.
Robert Kross, senior vp, Manufacturing Industry Group, Autodesk (http://usa.autodesk.com/), the developer of design software for engineering and entertainment, raised an interesting point: Why should a CAD package have less awesome images than a $50 game? Perhaps he had his people go over to the entertainment side of the house, because the efforts in Autodesk’s 2011 lineup for digital prototyping has outstanding visual fidelity in addition to enhanced capability.
Kross said that Autodesk’s goal is to provide the capability to do digital prototyping. The focus is on the integration of the various packages—Inventor, AutoCAD, Algor, Alias, Moldflow, etc.—such that designers and engineers are able to create, simulate, engineer, analyze, visualize, and otherwise develop products in a seamless manner. He also pointed out that the focus is on the product development, from concept to production, not on product lifecycle management.—GSV