Monday, September 18, 2000 Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) previewed the
latest release of Inventor, a 3D mechanical design system based on
Adaptive Technology, to members of the media last week at a dinner timed
to coincide with the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey, a CART series event
held at nearby Laguna Seca Raceway. Demonstrations of the new features of Release 4 were made by
Kevin Schneider, Inventor product manager, and Robert (Buzz) Kross, vice
president of the mechanical group. For a real-world application of the
system, Julian Karras, PacWest Racing Group's Drawing Office manager, gave
a presentation on how his shop uses Inventor to design and test parts for
the team's two cars and corresponding pit equipment before and during the
season. At the race, PacWest's Mauricio Gugelmin drove his Nextel
PacWest Mercedes Benz to a seventh place finish, despite running out of
fuel on the last lap at the top of the course's famed "Corkscrew" turn;
while teammate Mark Blundell, driver of the Motorola PacWest car, pitted
late in the race and finished 13th. For a more detailed look at Inventor Release 4, check out
our November 20 issue. If you're a racing fan, pick up our racing issue in
May 2001 for a visit to PacWest's facility in Indianapolis while they
build, prep and test the new cars for the 2001 season. In the meantime,
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