CAD Quest - Issue # 312 - February 2016
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Autodesk Announces Restructuring Plan to Accelerate Transition to Cloud and Subscription Business


SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced a restructuring plan that will accelerate the move to the cloud and its transition to a subscription-based business model. Through the restructuring, Autodesk seeks to reduce expenses, streamline the organization, and reallocate resources to align more closely with the company’s needs going forward. “As we progress through our business model transition, we continue to take a comprehensive look at our company to see where we can be more effective and efficient. To realize maximum value for both our customers and shareholders, and as a follow-on to previously discussed cost reduction actions, we are restructuring so we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud and transition to a subscription-based business,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk President and CEO.

New Autodesk Research Website

Autodesk Research have just launched their new website update, and it looks fantastic. Autodesk Research does cutting edge research in design, bio and nano, computational science, complex systems, and many other subjects. On the new site you can easily discover and read about some of the latest technical papers and projects such as The Future of Generative Design with Project Dreamcatcher or Project Draco.

Autodesk and Airbus show the future of aerospace design and manufacture in pioneering generatively designed 3D printed partition

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, has collaborated with 3D design and engineering software leader Autodesk to create the world’s largest 3D printed airplane cabin component. Dubbed the “bionic partition,” the component was created with custom algorithms that generated a design that mimics cellular structure and bone growth, and then produced using additive manufacturing techniques. This pioneering design and manufacture process renders the structure stronger and more light-weight than would be possible using traditional processes.


Technical Updates

Fusion 360’s January Update Is Hot on Simulation

In Autodesk’s first Fusion 360 update of the year, a number of new features have been announced, but no segment of the software has been overhauled more than its nascent simulation section. Thermal Simulation Fuses Its Way into 360: In what amounts to a bit of a humble brag, Autodesk noted that their January update was so extensive Fusion 360 had to be completely taken down to accommodate their new features. Previously, Fusion 360 incorporated static simulation features. In this latest release, Autodesk has added a number of thermal simulation features that will help mechanical, electrical and mold designers among others.


Autodesk 2015 Inventor of Year Voting Now Open

It’s time again for the Autodesk Manufacturing community to select the 2015 Inventor of the Year from among the dozen companies featured as 2015 monthly Autodesk Inventing the Future honorees. Voting has kicked off here. For nearly a decade, Autodesk has identified the most innovative customers among hundreds of thousands of designers and engineers that create using Autodesk software. The honorees employ Autodesk software such as Autodesk Product Design Suite including Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, the Autodesk Simulation family of products, Autodesk PLM 360 and Autodesk Fusion 360.

The Inventing of the Future honoree with the highest number of votes will receive the Inventor of the Year honor. Voting is under way and closes February 10 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

AutoCAD/Civil 3D Tips and Tricks: Fall FLUG Conference 2015

In Autodesk’s first Fusion 360 update of the year, a number of new features have been announced, but no segment of the software has been overhauled more than its nascent simulation section. Thermal Simulation Fuses Its Way into 360: In what amounts to a bit of a humble brag, Autodesk noted that their January update was so extensive Fusion 360 had to be completely taken down to accommodate their new features. Previously, Fusion 360 incorporated static simulation features. In this latest release, Autodesk has added a number of thermal simulation features that will help mechanical, electrical and mold designers among others.


Rebar detailing in Revit – use case by VK Engineers

Another great example on how Autodesk Revit helps engineering companies with reinforcement detailing is this practical use case we received from VK Architects & Engineers in Belgium. VK Architects & Engineers, based in Belgium and Vietnam, is a design and engineering firm with more than 60 years of experience and expertise. As a multi-professional and interdisciplinary company, they offer a wide range of disciplines within the design and implementation process. In this, they direct our efforts to serving future clients from the public and private sectors, with a focus on a number of specific target markets.

Since a long time already, they embrace Autodesk Revit as their central design and engineering platform. Recently they also decided to bring their BIM models to a higher level by adding the rebar detailing in the structural engineering discipline.


Service Pack Updates

Autodesk Vault 2016 Service Pack 1

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Service Pack 2

AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1

AutoCAD LT 2016 Service Pack 1

Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2016 Service Pack 1

Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Service Pack 1

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 Service Pack 1

Autodesk Revit 2016 Service Pack 2

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 9

Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2016 Hotfix 1

Update 1 for Inventor 2016

Update 2 for Inventor 2016

Update 1 for Inventor 2015 Service Pack 2

Update 7 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2

To Manage Product Updates with the Application Manager

Rotated Excel text is corrupted in PDF and DWF export [Inventor 2014 & 2016]

Desktop Subscription customers get “Establish an internet connection to continue” error at login

Inventor 2014 unexpectedly exits on startup on Windows 8.1

AutoCAD 2016-based product crashes due to AMD driver


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