Manufacturing has always been interesting to me. The fact that you can design a part within CAD software and then physically watch it get built is something that will forever intrigue me and motivate me to design. Growing up, I loved taking things apart, seeing what was inside, and learning how it functioned. Granted, I wasn’t always able to put things back together. But I was learning. And that was exciting to me.
My dad was a machinist by trade, so my interest in manufacturing started young. He would often come home at night and talk about what he’d made that day, the challenges of making it, why it was important. I remember holding parts for the STS-26 Space Shuttle in my hands. Landing gear from the Boeing 757 and the F-15. I started wondering: who invents these designs and how does all this stuff happen? I thought, maybe this is what I want to do.
Join KETIV and Autodesk on October 19th for 'What's Next in Manufacturing,' a live event at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. Amar Hanspal, Senior VP of Products at Autodesk, will share his perspective on the latest trends in manufacturing and what your business needs to do to stay ahead of competition.
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You are on the the International Space Station (ISS) and it's time for the required routine filter replacement, but there's a slight issue - "houston we have a problem we can't find the filter cap". No problem you think, just order another right? Here's the stats on that: Estimated time of arrival is six (6) months on the next supply from Earth costing around $10,000 for every pound of items transported. You know you can fire up the 3D printer back at NASA and have this part completed in 45 minutes, but what about space?
Free quote and design analysis in a matter of hours and custom parts manufactured to your specifications in three days standard? All driven for a single CAD program? Sounds unbelievable, but that's exactly what Autodesk Fusion 360 is offering through Proto Labs.
If you've created your own content in Inventor's content center, you'll have to update it when you move to your next version of Inventor. Fortunately, this isn't really that difficult, but it's good to know the steps.
So in the interest of sharing, here are the steps that I used to update my own content center from Inventor 2015 to Inventor 2016.
In my setup, I'm using Desktop Content Libraries, which means they're not stored in Vault. These libraries are databases stored on my local drive. These steps are particular to that setup.
Also, I've already copied the files to their new locations. So really all that's left to do is update the libraries. This will make sure they're ready to be used by Inventor 2016.
Without further delay here's how I did it. I hope this can help you too!
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.
Join KETIV and Autodesk on July 21st for The Future of Making Things, a live event at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Andrew Anagnost, Senior VP of Autodesk, will share his perspective on how companies are competing while navigating the opportunities and threats presented by the trends shaping 21st century manufacturing.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a crystal ball to predict the future? If we knew which of the many world-wide trends in manufacturing were guaranteed to take off, we’d invest and prepare before anyone else did.
There is no crystal ball. What we know is that today’s consumer is more informed and connected to purchase options than ever before, forcing the traditional supply chain to undergo a business transformation. We must stay on top of the trends redefining customer expectations for time to market, responsiveness, and collaboration and plan and execute accordingly. Let’s take a look at the key factors influencing the change and start a conversation about how we will thrive.