Who Wants to Take a Road Trip to the Future?

August 31, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

The Future of Making Things is taking shape in front of our eyes. We see it every day as designers and engineers use new technologies to design, refine products, and bring them to market. Those changes are picking up speed across the manufacturing landscape and they’re disrupting companies that don’t embrace new ways of thinking about product development. 

Advanced Solutions Technology Specialists will be traveling throughout the Midwest, bringing The Future of Making Things: Must Know Manufacturing Trends to a city near you. 

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Tagged with product design, Engineer, Product Innovation, Advanced manufacturing, product development, Technology, Advanced Solutions, Manufacturing, News & Events, Autodesk, The Future of Making Things, Designer

Visual Collaboration for Manufacturers

August 04, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

The Manufacturing industry has seen a rise in competition, putting pressure on companies to find new ways to effectively communicate with skilled laborers and engineers located all over the world. Analyzing and visualizing complex data, while getting teams connected and collaborating at all stages of a project, is essential to the effectiveness of the development cycle. 

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Tagged with product design, Visual Collaboration Systems, data, workflows, VCS, collaboration, product development, Technology, SMART Meeting Pro, SMART, Advanced Solutions, Manufacturing, Software, development cycle, engineers

What is the Future of Making Things?

June 05, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment
The next generation of digital technology will change the way things are designed and made. Advanced Solutions and Autodesk know The Future of Making Things is taking shape right in front of our eyes. 

Can you see the Future?

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Tagged with product design, product development, Technology, Advanced Solutions, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, 3D Digital Modeling, Software, News & Events, Autodesk, The Future of Making Things, Rapid Prototyping

Portrait of a Winner!

September 08, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

As part of Advanced Solutions' The Sky's the Limit with Autodesk 2015 Software event, we held the Climb Higher Design Competition. All participants had to do was to design a simple tree house or ball launcher (to protect the tree house from enemy attacks) and submit their designs by July 25.

We received many entries, but two stood out above the rest…

William Miller (Team M.C. & V.C.), of Miller Consulting & Visualization Service LLC, received first place for his Tree House Design, with Tom Davidson (Team Byte-Sized Solutions) receiving first place for his Ball Launcher design. I sat down and spoke with both winners and learned some interesting facts about their experience with the contest.

Byte-Sized Solutions Ball Launcher Design

How did you hear about the contest?

William: "I heard about the contest when I went to The Sky's the Limit with Autodesk 2015 Software event on June 25."

Tom: "I first heard about the contest at the Digital Prototyping Summit, presented by Advanced Solutions on July 10. The contest was promoted at the end of the presentations with a short video."

What inspired your design?

William: "My tree house was inspired by my vision to make a tree house that is handicap accessible, as well as the occupants' ability to enjoy the tree house through all four seasons."

Tom: "My 3 1/2 year old son was the inspiration for most of my design. He loves playing with soft-foam toy "shooter guns" as he calls them, so immediately I knew that I wanted to design a ball launcher. Originally, I was looking at creating a trigger-activated launcher; however, my son likes the "shooter guns" that require more interaction, so I choose to design a tension-spring mechanism instead, as I thought that would be something that he would enjoy more. As for the ball hopper and the optional mounting bracket, I added these bonus features to make the ball launcher more than just a single shot design so that the defender of the Tree House would have a better chance to defend themselves from multiple enemies (or siblings). As for the aesthetics, I had my son help point out what features he liked the most on the toys that he owns and then tried to incorporate those features into my design. Finally, as for the product name... the xTREEm Blaster just seemed appropriate."

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Round 2: Digital Prototyping Summit - Indiana and Ohio

August 29, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

It's happening again ... The Digital Prototyping Summit is coming to Indiana and Ohio!

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Tagged with CFD, product design, 3D, FEA, Autodesk Inventor, Advanced manufacturing, product development, prototype, Technology, Indianapolis, Advanced Solutions, Columbus, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, 3D Digital Modeling, Simulation, News & Events, manufacturers, Autodesk, engineering, digital

Combine Creativity with Autodesk Software and Climb Higher!

July 08, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

If you haven't already heard, we've launched a new design competition! The Climb Higher Design Contest is a cross-industry competition to promote the new release of Autodesk 2015 software.

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Revolutionary Design Technology for the Manufacturing Industry

June 03, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

dig•i•tal : using or characterized by computer technology.
pro•to•type : a first or early example that is used as a model for what comes later.

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