Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Thursday, December 02, 2010
Autodesk, Inc. Helps Drive Sustainable Design for KOR EcoLogic’s Urbee;
Green Car Gets 200 MPG
LAS VEGAS, Autodesk University, Dec. 2, 2010 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced today that KOR EcoLogic used Autodesk’s software solution for Digital Prototyping to design the first prototype car with a body created using a 3D printer. The KOR EcoLogic Urbee car gets up to 200 miles per gallon (MPG) and uses a hybrid electric/gasoline engine.
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides design and engineering software for emerging clean tech companies in North America and Europe — enabled KOR EcoLogic to design and test the Urbee using Autodesk tools, including Autodesk Inventor Autodesk ShowcaseDesign software.
“The Urbee was designed from the ground up to be as efficient as possible, and to run on renewable energy,” said Jim Kor, president and chief technology officer of KOR EcoLogic. “From concept through rendering, Autodesk software helped us not only build an efficient and sustainable car, but also communicate our designs to a broader audience, including potential investors.”
Using Autodesk partner Stratasys’ digital manufacturing service, Urbee is the first car to have its entire body 3D printed with an additive process.
Sustainability Central to Urbee’s Design
The KOR EcoLogic team began by developing a set of core principles and pinning them to their workshop wall. Among them, the Urbee was designed to use minimal energy and produce less pollution during its design, manufacturing, operation and recycling stages, while remaining affordable and visually appealing.
The Urbee can be charged through a standard home outlet, or through a home solar array, windmill or conventional energy source, running on as little as 1 cent of energy per mile travelled.
“Startup clean tech companies need technology enabling them to create professional, fully realized and tested designs, while benefiting from visually stunning imagery of their products,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Autodesk Manufacturing Industry Group. “KOR EcoLogic is a great example of the combined power of Digital Prototyping and sustainable design.”
The Urbee team used Autodesk Inventor software to design a 3D digital prototype of the car’s body and subject it to simulated road and wind conditions, test different body designs to minimize drag and reduce overall weight by eliminating excess parts. More than 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact can be determined during the design phase, making Inventor a critical component in establishing the Urbee’s high level of environmental responsibility. KOR EcoLogic used Autodesk Showcase 3D visualization software to create photorealistic renderings of the Urbee for marketing to potential investors, partners and the general public.
The Urbee was a contender for the 2010 Automotive X Prize, which challenges teams to design, build and race super-efficient, low-emission vehicles that can be manufactured for the mass market.
About the Clean Tech Partner Program
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports early-stage clean technology companies by providing design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Clean tech companies in North America and Europe who can benefit from Autodesk solutions for Digital Prototyping are invited to apply to receive up to $150,000* worth of software for only $50. Access to a collection of Autodesk software applications includes up to five licenses of AutoCAD Inventor Professional Suite, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Vault Professional, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Alias Design, Autodesk Algor Simulation and Autodesk Inventor Publisher software. For additional information, visit www.autodesk.com/cleantech.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
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New Technology Preview on Autodesk Labs Enhances Efficiency by Providing Real-Time Feedback on Factory Layouts
What’s the News: Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced the availability of Factory Layout Optimization for AutoCAD software, a new free* technology preview available on Autodesk Labs enabling industrial engineers and layout designers to devise more efficient factory layouts for material handling. The AutoCAD plug-in helps manufacturers adopt leaner manufacturing methods, decreasing waste and improving overall factory efficiency.
What is Factory Layout Optimization for AutoCAD: The Factory Layout Optimization utility enables industrial engineers and factory layout designers to take existing 2D layouts created using AutoCAD and define the material flow paths and stations inside the factory. The new technology provides real-time feedback on optimizing layout from a material handling standpoint, enabling more precise evaluation of multiple layout scenarios earlier in the design process. The Technology Preview can be applied to new or existing 2D layout designs in AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 and Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2011.
“This technology is an exciting addition to our factory design software capabilities,” said Scott Reese, senior director, Autodesk Manufacturing Industry Group. “The Factory Layout Optimization utility will enable our many factory customers to eliminate the guesswork from factory layout and have greater confidence in their decisions.”
Availability: Factory Layout Optimization for AutoCAD will be available on Autodesk Labs. Factory Layout Optimization for AutoCAD is compatible with AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011,AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 and Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2011 software; both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The user interface for Factory Layout Optimization for AutoCAD is in English, but the technology preview is compatible with non-English versions of the supported applications.
Digital Prototyping Puts Clean Tech Company on Path to Profitability While It Produces a Green Transportation Alternative
LAS VEGAS, Autodesk University, Dec. 1, 2010 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named Pi Mobility as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for December for using Autodesk software to more efficiently design the Pi Cycle, a new generation of sturdy, long-lasting electric bicycles.
In the early stages of design, Pi Mobility used Autodesk Inventor software to produce a 3D digital prototype of the Pi Cycle that showed that by increasing the diameter of the bike’s tube by a half an inch, the company could immediately save $335,000. Extrapolated over several years, this discovery translates into seven figures worth of cost savings — a discovery that puts Pi Mobility on track to achieve profitability a full year ahead of schedule.
“We can form a tube in about 30 seconds, and with the help of Autodesk software, changes to the design can be embedded very quickly,” said Marcus Hays, CEO of Pi Mobility. “Our manufacturing method offers very rapid scale at very competitive prices, but it also reduces the required labor to a fraction of more traditional electric bikes.”
The Pi Cycle’s single, arched tube of recycled aluminum is the key to its strength, providing a frame that eliminates the need to cobble together multiple plastic components that are prone to breakage. In addition to giving the Pi Cycle an iconic and instantly recognizable shape, the arch provides a durability that ensures the bike will last over the long haul — helping increase the viability of electric bikes as a sustainable transportation option.
The Pi Cycle has a miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of roughly 1,250 miles, which makes its unique hybrid of human and electric power 20 to 30 times more efficient than a conventional car or motorcycle running on fossil fuel. In addition, the recycled aluminum tube that makes up its frame requires just one-thirteenth the amount of electricity to produce when compared to virgin aluminum, further reducing environmental impact.
Digital Prototyping Optimizes Design Process
Pi Mobility is also a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America and Europe. The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping — including Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Alias Design, and Autodesk Showcase, as well as Inventor — helped the company to rapidly explore different materials and iteration choices to optimize the design of the Pi Cycle.
Thanks to the less labor-intensive design and associated cost savings of the single tube, the company is able to maintain high-quality production of its Pi Cycles in the United States — rather than sending the work overseas, where most electric bikes are produced — and still be profitable.
“Clean tech companies like Pi Mobility need to take a great idea and make it a reality—quickly and cost effectively,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “With Digital Prototyping, they can do just that: save time and money, build better products, and beat the competition to market.”
About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program
Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact us at IOM@autodesk.com.
About the Clean Tech Partner Program
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports early-stage clean technology companies by providing design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Clean tech companies in North America and Europe who can benefit from Autodesk solutions for Digital Prototyping are invited to apply to receive up to $150,000* worth of software for only $50. Access to a collection of Autodesk industry-leading software applications includes up to five licenses of AutoCAD Inventor Professional Suite, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Vault Professional, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Alias Design, Autodesk Algor Simulation and Autodesk Inventor Publisher software. For additional information, visit
About Pi Mobility
Headquartered in Sausalito, California, Pi Mobility has been developing electric bicycles since 2000, providing an earth-friendly mode of personal mobility that reduces dependence on automobiles. For additional information, visit http://pimobility.com.
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries ¾ including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects ¾ use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
An interview with Pi Mobility is available on the Autodesk YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU-CRpyQpec.
International Competition Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Autodesk 3ds Max Software and Advancements in GPU-Accelerated Rendering
LAS VEGAS, Autodesk University, Dec. 1, 2010 — Autodesk, Inc., announced the winners of the Rendering Revolution contest — a still-image architectural visualization competition hosted by CGarchitect.com. The winning entry, submitted by Chinese artist Qingfeng Chen, shows an artistic rendering of the 3ds Max 20th anniversary logo.* The image was inspired by a diverse pile of steel pipes Chen noticed on a construction site. Second- and third-place prizes went to German artist Benjamin Brosdau and Italian artist Dionissios Tsangaropoulos, respectively. View the winning entries at gpu.cgarchitect.com/gpu-competition-winners.
Sponsored by Autodesk, along with the support of NVIDIA, the Rendering Revolution contest was held in celebration of Autodesk 3ds Max software’s 20th anniversary and recent advancements in GPU-accelerated rendering solutions. The term “Rendering Revolution” describes the broad changes taking place in rendering as GPU-based computing power brings revolutionary workflows, speed and performance capabilities to many aspects of the rendering process.
“We have reached a point where artists can scale their rendering resources according to deadlines and other requirements. This will help artists and designers to explore ideas in a way that has never before been possible,” said Ken Pimentel, Autodesk director of product management, visual communication. “The submissions we received for this contest showcase what can be done with new rendering technologies, such as QuickSilver, iray and V-Ray RT. Congratulations to Qingfeng Chen and all our finalists on their exceptional work.”
Chen, Brosdau and Tsangaropoulos will each receive a license of the Autodesk Design Suite Premium 2011 software and NVIDIA Quadro cards. As first-place winner, Chen elected to receive a cash prize, which he will put towards his up-coming wedding, instead of the trip for two to Autodesk University.
Submissions were judged for artistic merit and originality by a distinguished panel of industry judges: Matthew Bannister (dbox), Jules Cocke (Squint/Opera), Lon Grohs (Neoscape), Torgeir Holm (Netron/VRAY.info), Alex Morris (Alex Morris Visualisation), Ximo Peris (Crystal CG) and Michiel Quist (3idee).
About the Contest Winners
First-place winner Qingfeng Chen is the founder of chen3d company, based in Xiamen, China. He has been using 3ds Max software for nine years to produce animations, still renderings and computer-generated artwork. He is a graduate of Xiamen University of Technology where he majored in Architecture Structure, which has contributed to his success as a 3D artist and visualization specialist. His winning entry was created using 3ds Max software and the V-Ray RT renderer.
Second-place winner Benjamin Brosdau is a self-taught 3D artist who has been using 3ds Max software for more than 10 years. Based in Berlin, Germany, Brosdau is technical director for shading and lighting at purerender GmbH. His museum-inspired winning submission was created with 3ds Max software and mental images’ iray renderer. The iray renderer is now available to current 3ds Max Autodesk Subscription members, as part of the Advantage Pack for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design 2011.
Third-place winner Dionissios Tsangaropoulos is founder and CEO of Delta Tracing Srl, with offices in Treviso and Marcon, Italy. He has been using 3ds Max for more than 15 years and shares his experience through his work for TechData as a 3ds Max product specialist. His winning entry was created with 3ds Max and iray.