Autodesk Exchange Apps

The Autodesk Exchange Apps store has been live for quite a few months now and I have answered this same question dozens of times already… so I thought I should blog about it and see if I can get Autodesk to pass this information along to the general public.

It’s very important to understand that when you purchase any add-in from the store that it is only going to be compatible with a 2013 version of Autodesk software (Inventor, AutoCAD, etc). This doesn’t necessarily mean the add-in application was specifically written for 2013, it simply has to do with the method Autodesk packages the add-in for addition into the Exchange store and how the resulting package is installed on your system.

Be sure to check the “Compatible with” information listed under the add-ins download details before making a purchase.

For those of you who have purchased any cadtoolbox.com add-ins from the Exchange Apps store and are still only running 2012 or 2011… fear not. I have sent you all a link to download the legacy version if you have emailed me.

…and who says engineers don’t like to read instructions? 😉

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Autodesk Labs: Project Factory.Modz()

From Autodesk Labs, Project Factory.Modz() is an add-in that brings physics based animation to Autodesk Factory Design Suite.

This looks really cool to be able to simulate the flow of your product throughout your factory with the ability to Tinker Box up your factory. If anyone has tried this tool out, please post a comment on what your opinion is of it.

Traditionally machine line layouts in a factory are created with pen and paper or in the form of 2D drawings. Using these means, it is extremely difficult to explain the working intent of the machine lines toclients or internal stakeholders. Using 2D workflows, it is very challenging to account for movement of material, people, and material handling devices and show them interacting with each other inside the facility. The inability to clearly articulate the working intent often results in losing bids to competition and the inability to sell ideas to stakeholders.

Project Factory.Modz() is a free Physics Based technology preview for Factory Animation that enables you to bring your machine line layouts to life and clearly articulate the working intent of the layout to your clients and stakeholders. It helps you to visually communicate your ideas by animating the movement of material and people inside your facility. It is easy to use, does not require CAD expertise, and you can be up and running creating your first animation in less than 5 minutes.

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Quick Tip: Windows 7 Calculator

Here’s a quick tip that suprisingly most people are unaware of. There is some not-so-apparent functions within the Microsoft Windows 7 calculator that are useful for any good designer or engineer. Hidden under the View menu is a trove of cool tools such as a unit conversion tool, a data calculation tool and various built in worksheets for calculating payments.

The unit conversion tool contains the standard categories you’ll find in any good conversion utility with the added benefit of being built directly within the Windows operating system for quick access via most keyboards calculator quick key.

The date calculation utility allows you to get the number of days between two dates or calculate the date from a set date to a set number of days. This is a great utility for project management reference.

The worksheets functions contain tools for mortgage payment calculation, a vehicle lease calculator and miles per gallon calculation.

If Microsoft just isn’t your thing, you can always do a Google search for “Calculator” and display Google’s in-browser calculator.

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Stand and Deliver

Recently I Tweeted that I stand up to work for almost my entire work day. CADsetterout.com included this Tweet in a great blog post about the zen and art of technical drawing:

No one can create technical drawings productively and with their full concentration indefinitely. Like all things in life there is a balance.

This prompted @MPetrikas to ask me:

So here it is, what my basic working office looks like. It consists of an L-shaped desk with a standing height desk and a sitting height desk. I use a laptop workstation that I connect to a docking station during the entire day. When I stand to work, I simply use the laptop screen.

When I choose to sit, which is actually vary rare I can turn on the dual monitors on the sitting desk and work. Both setups have separate 3Dconnexion Space Pilots so I do not have to move anything around.

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