Autodesk adopts Mac for Alias, Inventor Plastics tools for 2010

Published 18 February 2009

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, autodesk, autodesk inventor, alias, autodesk showcase, mac osx

As I type this, the world’s media (probably all 12 of them) are sat waiting for Autodesk to unveil its product releases for the next year. As with these things, Autodesk love to group everything together and make a Huge Splash – a good idea, but you often find that while there’s a concerted effort to announce the products together, the actual shipping of code lags somewhat. Either way, whether you think that’s right or not, let’s look at the highlights:

#1: Inventor 2010: Autodesk is integrating the plastic parts design tools it’s been working on for the last few years – and it looks like the mould design tools they’ve also been beta testing out in China for at least year are finally going to ship in product, rather than on Labs.

Other news is that simulation has had a boost. Recently acquisitions see Autodesk’s armoury expanded greatly and this is the first wave of new simulation tools. There’s also some bundling going on with Inventor LT (the free version of Inventor for part design), along with AutoCAD LT.

STL output in Alias has always been flakey unless you used a workaround with spider – this fixes that.

#2: In a right world, this would be Number 1: Autodesk is making the Alias line of products available on the mac OS X platform. THIS, is HUGE news. There’s also been work done on packaging (it’s got new bundle and naming), new STL output, new rendering and materials tools and a lot more control over surfaces.

#3: Showcase is getting the ray-tracing technology acquired from Opticore some time ago. There’s also greater support for workflows with both other Autodesk products (such as Max an Maya) and some pretty slick looking design variant comparison tools. it also has a matched material library with Alias. Oh and its going to $995 instead of five grand.

#4: Autodesk Moldflow: there’s a simplified version of Moldflow on its way. One thing I have to take issue with is the idea that Moldflow can help take someone that’s “not an expert in plastic injection moulding right through to manufacture.” Ok. That’s really not a good idea. Moldflow is good, but it can be dangerous in the wrong hands (by dangerous, I mean expensive).

NB: there should be more pics, but they weren’t. Of anything except Alias and Inventor. A Shame.


"a lot more control over surfaces"<BR><BR>Specifically, what stood out?

Posted by csven on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

not enough to go on man... that'll involve a live demo and some work mate...

Posted by Al Dean on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

ShowCase plus Opticore raytracing is now $995? Just like HyperSHot.<BR><BR>Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ...

Posted by Thomas Teger on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

Thomas<BR><BR>Yup – you have a point. In all fairness, there’s a few things that Showcase can do that HyperShot can’t (the variants, alternatives stuff is slick). perhaps you should reciprocate and nick those bits mate?<BR><BR>Al

Posted by Al Dean on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

Al, do you know if the new Alias version is going to have an user interface like Inventor?<BR><BR>Greetings

Posted by Local on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

there’s been no mention of it – but that;’s got to happen at some point soon – Alias could do with a refresh – but the problem is most of its users have a HUGE vested amount of skill and knowledge in the app

Posted by Al Dean on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

Hi al first post here so Ill like to congratulate you for you amazing blog very informative indeed.<BR>Alias on os x that’s great news but still very expensive for the average design studio, I just wish they had a strip down version with just the Class-A surfacing tools, I think that could appeal to a broader market for example me as Rhino user I could differently switch.<BR>That alone and InventorFusion could become a very nice suit for designers, something like Rhino+Spaceclaim.<BR>Also Ill like to ask about Autodesk Sketching Tech Preview you have shown. Is that something related to Alias Studio or is a different product?(very cool indeed)if they could integrate that with InventorFusion then we have a winner IMO.

Posted by yiannis on 01 January 1970 at 01:00 AM

"imatation is the sincerest form of fattery..." is that the new bunkspeed tag line? I thought they claimed that about Max and Maya?<BR><BR>interactive raytracing is indeed nice. A single snapshots and rendered images are fun, But i think the future and the real value is being able to tell a story and present a concept in ultra high quality and resolution at 30fps. The realtime visualization is unreal and the RT is outstanding.

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