Autodesk recently renamed the Product Design Collection, now known as Product Design and Manufacturing Collection. This is great news for manufacturers who work in automotive, industrial machinery, consumer products and many other industries. We know Australian manufacturers want one set of tools that talk to each other, so that product designers can easily pass 3D models to Engineering to simulate and test their designs, and Engineering can in turn pass final designs to the production team to set up machining, knowing they're going to get a great end product with minimal physical prototypes.
Take a manufcturer like UK supercar maker Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) , which has to translate the beautiful concepts they develop for their vehicle into practical engineering designs that can be digitally simulated to ensure performance and manufactured on CNC machinines. To do this efficiently they need to avoid the endless file translation and repair that a traditional workflow demands, as well as the risk it introduces to change management.
Recognising the importance of improving workflow efficiency for manufacturers, Autodesk have adjusted their Product Design Collection – now known as the Product Design and Manufcacturing Collection. Autodesk have added simulation and CAM tools to the already strong set of design and engineering tools in the collection without any price increase.
Autodesk have added their world class simulation software Nastran In-CAD and Autodesk HSM CAM software to the collection. Annual subscriptions for both of those used to cost over $7,000 per year together. Because Autodesk believe so firmly in the advantages of combining design, engineering and manufacturing, they've added them at no additional cost to the collection, allowing you to get a whole collection of products, including Nastran In-CAD and Autodesk HSM CAM at a lower price than customers were previously paying just for Nastran In-CAD on its own. See current pricing at the Redstack eStore.
The new Product Design and Manufacturing Collection has all the professional grade tools needed by any product development team to go all the way from design and engineering, right through to manufacturing and production. The new collection gives you a set of integrated 2D and 3D CAD, CAE and CAM applications for product development and manufacturing planning.
Another way to look at the updated Collection is that it delivers the best Inventor experience ever offered. The professional grade modeling and design automation tools of Inventor Professional are now paired with simulation, 5-axis CAM, and factory planning and optimisation tools – all completely integrated into the Inventor experience.
Customers who subscribe to the Collection also get the benefit of a future proofed toolset. While future updates for all subscribers may not be as significant as this one, Autodesk have shown their commitment to delivering continual enhancements to the included software, incorporating disruptive tools like the cloud-based Fusion 360 product innovation platform, and adding new technologies like generative design.
In short, Collection customers now get a lot more value at the same low cost. The sum is definitely greater than the parts, but the individual parts are all great too. You still get AutoCAD, Navisworks, Vault, ReCap Pro, 3ds Max, Factory Design Utilities and more, now with the added bonuses of Nastran In-CAD for simulation and Autodesk HSM CAM software.
The potential workflows with this powerful collection of tools extends Inventor far beyond its traditional design focus and into the world of manufacturing, helping customers accomplish much more.
Here’s what Ian Briggs, the Co-Founder and Design Director, of British automaker BAC told had to say in a discussion with Stephen Hooper, Sr. Director, Manufacturing Business Strategy & Marketing at A utodesk. “We make extensive use of the Autodesk manufacturing software portfolio for every part of our product development process – reality capture, design, engineering, fabrication, visualisation, you name it. The fact that Autodesk is adding simulation and CAM to the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection at no additional subscription cost is a huge boon to us and any other manufacturer who wants a complete and integrated set of software tools.”
The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection is now available at store.redstack.com.au
Redstack also offer a great range of support options with online and classroom training classes to ensure you get the most out of the great range of Autodesk software included in the new Collection. Contact Redstack on 1300 667 263 for more information.