Autodesk is taking a stab at addressing design requirements around industry workflows with a new family of suites that package up a range of Autodesk design, visualization and simulation technologies.
The first of the design suites address visual, plant and factory design, and the platforms have been architected to provide strong interoperability between the Autodesk products. Initially, Autodesk released:
Autodesk Factory Design Suite for machine and equipment builders, system integrators and manufacturers designing and simulating layouts of machine lines and manufacturing facilities. This suite offering is intended to help manufacturers make better layout decisions by creating a digital prototype of the factory before equipment is installed and commissioned. The suite includes AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault and Autodesk Navisworks.
Autodesk Plant Design Suite, for plant designers and engineers, delivers integrated plant design and project review capabilities for plant design projects. Packaged together in this suite are AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and Autodesk Navisworks.
The third offering is Autodesk Design Suite, for architects and designers using AutoCAD who want enhanced concept design, sketching and 3D visualization capabilities. This lineup includes AutoCAD, 3ds Max Design and Alias Design.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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