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Compelling Use Case for Autodesk Design Web Format (DWF) on the manufacturing floor

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jul 10, 2015

It's no secret that despite all the technology in Engineering your shop floor most likely still uses paper drawings. Engineering has Autodesk Vault PDM ensuring you get the latest revision, Non-CAD users can retrieve the drawings from the Vault web client, and there's integrated ERP and Autodesk PLM360 to keep the rest of the organization abreast of the most up to date information about those designs, but ultimately you still see a stack of paper drawings being distributed in the shop to various centers complete with weld slag, grease, and hand written notes.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Innovation, Autodesk A360, Autodesk Vault, Real World Experiences, Autodesk AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk DWF, 3D Visualization

Making Sure Things Fit - Using Scanned Data to Manage Manufacturing Facilities

by Javier Chavez on Jul 6, 2015


Join KETIV and special guests, David Dreff and Ryan McMahon from Autodesk to learn how they have helped the Big 3 automotive companies use laser scanners with Autodesk solutions to:

  • Capture, register, and manage point cloud datasets
  • Use point clouds in combination with CAD assets for building and factory layouts
  • Use point cloud datasets with CFD to perform environmental analysis

July 10, 2015
10 am - Noon - Lunch provided
@ KETIV Training Center in Brea, CA 

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In my background working for the RV industry my primary responsibility was to design and build a better motorhome or travel trailer. But that was just a small part of this process. As a company we also had to facilitate the production of our product. I worked closely with a Manufacturing Engineer who would manage our manufacturing plants and assets throughout the US and Canada to help ensure quality and consistency between our products. He would layout these facilities in 2D and help procure new equipment in an effort to increase efficiency. 

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, Laser Scanning, Facility Management, 3D Measurement, Autodesk Recap, Building Management, Autodesk Navisworks, Scanning Technology, Factory

Directing Traffic - Advanced Control of Autodesk Network Licensing

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 19, 2015

In my last article we discussed the basics of Autodesk Network Licensing and the overall benefits. Now we'll dive into several advanced license management features such as restricting users to specific licenses, license borrowing, and license timeout. Be sure to check out the previous article Benefits of Autodesk Network Licensing – the Time to Act Is Now.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, Autodesk Network Licensing, FlexNet

Benefits of Autodesk Network Licensing – the Time to Act Is Now

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 15, 2015

A combination of advantages come with Network Licensing, including flexibility, accurate tracking, standardization, and control. You may be somewhat familiar with Network Licensing if you own Autodesk Vault, but it's not limited to just that - most Autodesk products can be network licensed and even combined into the same license file. With Autodesk's planned changes to perpetual license purchases in 2016 as well as new deep discounts expiring in July of this year - now more than ever is the right time to make that transition. In this article we'll cover all the information you need to know to get started.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, Autodesk Network Licensing, FlexNet

Maintenance Subscription Program

by Rich Sanchez on Jun 11, 2015

I know it's only my second post but we're going to do something a little different this time. I recently hosted a webcast detailing the benefits of Autodesk Maintenance Subscription and I thought that this might be a topic worth discussing here.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk A360, Support, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maintenance Subscription

System Variable Monitor - New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2016

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 10, 2015

Have you ever executed a "file open" within AutoCAD and been surprised that it's now prompting you on the command line instead of displaying the open file dialog? I can sense you nodding your head =)

Most of you know it's the FILEDIA system variable that's responsible for this and you change it back to "1", right? That seems like a simple fix that also applies to other system variables in AutoCAD.

With Autodesk AutoCAD 2016's new "Sysvar Monitor" (System Variable Monitor) you can configure your software to be able to monitor those changes and reset them as needed.

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Topics: New Features, v2016, Autodesk AutoCAD

Desktop Subscription – Options for Autodesk and KETIV Customers

by Kanwar Anand on May 27, 2015

Companies are hesitant to invest in perpetual software licenses for short-term projects or when contract designers are brought in. With summer almost here, organizations are hiring interns to knock-out special projects or catch-up on overdue work.

Recently, Autodesk announced the option of pay-as-you-go software licenses to address those situations. This term-based licensing option, called Desktop Subscription (DS), delivers the promise of a low cost of entry without the risks of long-term commitment.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Desktop Subscription, Autodesk AutoCAD

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