Autodesk is taking aim at users who need to communicate with Inventor users, but who can’t justify buying a complete seat of the 3D CAD tool with the introduction of Inventor LT, a limited-capacity version of the mainstream product.
Inventor LT, available only as an English-language version and for download only in the United States and Canada, is targeted at manufacturers in the supply chain who have a need to share 3D design data with customers and partners in mixed environments, Autodesk officials said. These users need to create, edit and share 3D part designs, but don’t necessarily need to build complete, robust 3D prototypes, they said.
Inventor LT contains the same 3D part modeler contained in Inventor plus the ability to create associative 2D drawings and photorealistic renderings of 3D models. There are also tools to facilitate communication, including DWF interoperability with DWG TrueConnect technology.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.