Autodesk and Microsoft have formed an alliance to connect engineering data to enterprise re-source planning (ERP) systems. Specifically, Autodesk's engineering data management software will be integrated with Microsoft ERP products. This, the companies say, will remedy the data inconsistencies, poorly controlled engineering change processes, release delays, and manual data re-entry that they say characterize product development today. The target companies that the alliance hopes to serve are small and mid-size companies. The integration point for connecting the data will be Autodesk Vault.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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