2 Days until Advanced Solutions' Future Shock II

September 20, 2016 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

In just 2 days, on September 22, Advanced Solutions will launch the second annual Future Shock II, a virtual conference featuring Autodesk industry innovators. You'll hear from luminaries from around the country sharing their experiences in leading technology innovation who will help organizations take their technology to the next level. More than 20 on-demand and live sessions will feature:

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Tagged with 3D, Training, Inventor, Fusion 360, Revit, AutoCAD, Autodesk, BIM Technology, 2D

The Battle of Autodesk Inventor vs. Fusion 360

August 05, 2016 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

There has been a lot of rumbling from the industry about the differences between Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360. This rumbling is not just from software users, but also happening in the Autodesk Reseller Channel.

First, I would like to inform you, the reader, that there is a place for both products in the mechanical design industry. This post will cover the comparison of Autodesk Inventor Professional to fully function of Fusion 360.

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Tagged with 3D, Autodesk Inventor, Fusion 360, MFG, Inventor Professional, Compare Fusion With Inventor, free form design tools

Autodesk Inventor 2016 What's New - Drawing Views

April 13, 2015 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

John F. Kennedy said "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." Without a doubt... Today, the hardware and software technology is moving at the blink of an eye. The official release for most of the Autodesk 2016 products began April 13, 2015, so I thought I would give you an appetizer of what has been enhanced within Autodesk Inventor 2016.

The way Drawing Base Views are created has been streamlined and may catch you off guard. After starting the Base View command, you will notice the Drawing View dialog box is much smaller. It no longer contains the Orientation Area, which is now located next to the view using a View Cube. All other functions, like scale, style and label still exist within the dialog.

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Tagged with Design, What's New, navigation, design creation, 2016, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Tech Support, base view orientation, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, design view, John F. Kennedy

BIM 360 Glue Add-In for Revit

July 03, 2014 By Thomas J. Kemp Leave a comment

Overview of BIM 360 Glue Add-ins

Teams that have implemented BIM 360 Glue should utilize the Add-ins available to maximize productivity in this collaborative environment. Add-ins are available for all versions of AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks applications and provide a direct link to BIM 360 Glue projects, allowing users to update the model in the cloud without ever leaving the design application.

In my last post in this series, I provided information on where to download the BIM 360 Glue Add-ins and also reviewed the BIM 360 Glue Add-in for Navisworks.

Revit Add-in Functionality

The Revit Add-in includes functionality to upload or download model content directly to/from a BIM 360 Glue project, access clashes clashes identified in Glue, and update properties for equipment based on data collected in the field. The first time any of the Add-in tools are accessed, you will be prompted to enter your BIM 360 Glue login and password.

Glue

To upload current model content to BIM 360 Glue, select the Glue tool. You will first be prompted to select the appropriate Glue project. The Add-in will continue to use the selected project by default until Revit is closed. If you are working on multiple projects, simply select the Back button to select a different project.

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Tagged with Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, Fusion 360, AEC, architecture, Add-in, BIM, Revit, Glue, AutoCAD, Advanced Solutions, construction, engineering

BIM 360 Glue Add-In for Navisworks

July 02, 2014 By Thomas J. Kemp Leave a comment

Overview of BIM 360 Glue Add-ins

Teams that have implemented BIM 360 Glue should utilize the Add-ins available to maximize productivity in this collaborative environment. Add-ins are available for all versions of AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks applications and provide a direct link to BIM 360 Glue projects, allowing users to update the model in the cloud without ever leaving the design application.

Add-in Downloads

Downloads for the Add-ins can be accessed from within the BIM 360 Glue application. Select the Add-ins link from the administration menu under the profile icon in the upper right corner of the application. This will open a webpage with links to all of the available add-in downloads.

There are currently Add-ins available for Revit (2012 - 2015), AutoCAD (2012-2015), Navisworks (Manage and Simulate, 2012-2015) and AutoCAD Civil 3D (2013-2015). Installation of the Add-in is fairly straightforward. Click on the link to download, open the .zip file, and run the installer. You may need to restart Revit/Navisworks/AutoCAD once the installation is complete to access the add-in.

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Tagged with Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, Fusion 360, AEC, architecture, BIM, Navisworks, Glue, Add-ins, construction, engineering

Not Nuclear but Gnarly with Fusion 360 - Part 3

April 17, 2014 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

In my previous post, I guided you though how to create a skateboard deck with Fusion 360 using T-Spline forming tools. Now I would like to guide you on how to add mounting holes for the truck assemblies. Next I will show you how to insert and assemble the truck assemblies. Then finally change the material and add a decal to the deck. (Download truck assembly here)

Adding Mounting Holes

If you shut down Fusion or closed your design, you will need to reopen it. So from the main dashboard you should see the deck in the Activity feed. Just pick the Open Design button on the Skateboard Assembly post and you will be put into the Fusion 360 design interface.

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Tagged with Cloud, Skateboard, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Autodesk Cloud, Fusion, Manufacturing, News & Events

Not Nuclear but Gnarly with Fusion 360 - Part 2

April 16, 2014 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

Designing the Skateboard Deck

In this post I will guide you on how to design the skateboard deck you see at the top of this post. Once you have logged in for the first time, Fusion 360 will create your design Hub and put you in to the dashboard. In an upcoming post I will get into more detail about the dashboard, but for now I will focus on the project and design of the skateboard.

Project Creation

The first item to create is the project, this can be done from the Create button on the top right of the dashboard. Then in the Create Project tab, add the Name of Project and Purpose (both fields are required to make a project). Then select the Create button.

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Tagged with Cloud, Skateboard, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Fusion, Manufacturing, News & Events

Not Nuclear but Gnarly with Fusion 360 - Part 1

April 15, 2014 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment

As a long time user of Autodesk Inventor, I first was little hesitance to use or even try the cloud design software by Autodesk. But I have to say that Fusion 360 has grown on me more and more each time I use the product.

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Tagged with Cloud, Skateboard, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Fusion 360, Fusion, Manufacturing, News & Events

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