Business As Usual – Apps, Updates & Lego Robots

BAUWelcome to our weekly 'Business As Usual' blog for all things Autodesk.

Every week we’ll give you the rundown on what’s new in Autodesk, from products to apps and updates to services.

It’s a chance for us to mention a few things we haven’t had time to blog about and a place for you to browse Autodesk news in one convenient location.

We’ll do our best to cover as much as we can but if there’s anything you think we should include, as ever, feel free to let us know.

Project Falcon – Technology Preview Lives On

Autodesk’s’ Project Falcon technology preview expired earlier this week but there’s no need to worry. The Autodesk team have opted to leave the preview a little longer to mature and gain additional feedback.

The free technology simulates air flow around vehicles, buildings, outdoor equipment or anything else you can envision in a wind tunnel for that matter. There are stand-alone versions for Windows and OS X as well as add-ins for AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit, meaning you can work with native data.

The preview comes with enhancements to the navigation and visualisation options and has been updated to 2014 versions (64-bit only)

To get started and download the preview, just visit the project overview page.

Autodesk Launch Factory Design Mobile

FDMIn keeping with Autodesk’s drive to create a truly mobile working environment engineers can now access the power of Factory Design Suite directly from the factory floor.

Available from the Apple App Store, Factory Design Mobile presents a familiar 2D layout environment that allows users to conceptualise and adjust designs based on field observations as well as collaborate with partners.

By using Factory Design Mobile you can synchronise changes made back to the final design, and vice versa, updating both 2D and 3D representations of the factory.

First Ever 3D Building Instruction App

I know this technology isn’t relevant to many industries… (Yet) but let’s face it, it’s pretty cool.

Autodesk have joined forces with The Lego Group to deliver the first ever mobile 3d building instruction app for the Lego Mindstorms EV3.

The app provides 3d interactive building instructions for the series of programmable toy robots. It’s powered by Inventor Publisher and provides an alternative to the traditional paper building instructions meaning kids (or big kids) can digitally view and interact with the Lego components.

The app is also backed up by an online community where users can share and talk about their work, positively encouraging the maker movement.

I’m really excited about the idea and confident its practical use on a larger scale won't be far off.


AutoCAD 360 2.1 Is Now Available

Over the last week we’ve also seen AutoCAD 360 Mobile 2.1 released. This is a new version of the free AutoCAD 360 and currently available for iOS, with the Android version looking to be released in the next few weeks.

The version of this mobile software now gives you high-resolution drawing display, improved .pdf supports, faster app loading times and improved collaboration through in-app notifications and streamlined sharing.

If you already have AutoCAD 360 (AutoCAD WS) installed then just check your updates. If not simply go to the iTunes App store and download your version now.

That's all for now.

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