Autodesk Reaches Customer Milestone

June 22, 2009
Autodesk Inc., a San Rafael, Calif.-based maker of 2-D and 3-D design and engineering software, announced at the International Paris Air Show that the company now has more than 1,000 customers in the aerospace and defense industry.

Autodesk for Digital Prototyping brings together design data from all phases of the product development process into a single digital model created in Inventor, according to the company.

West Seneca, N.Y.-based Gemcor, which designs and sells custom machinery and tooling for aircraft parts assembly, has used Inventor for nearly five years. By putting aircraft part designs into Inventor, Gemcor can simulate dynamic assemblies and test how machines will fasten together the different parts such as a wing panel or fuselage.

"With Inventor, we've streamlined our entire design and engineering process to accomplish more with fewer resources," said Bill Mangus, Gemcor president and CEO.

ADEPT Airmotive, a South Africabased manufacturer of general aviation engines for the light aircraft market, relied on Autodesk Inventor software to develop the 320T, a 320-horsepower general aviation engine.

Inventor software's digital prototyping capabilities helped ADEPT produce accurate 3-D models of the 320T before anything was actually built, reducing the number of physical prototypes that needed to be constructed, according to Autodesk. Processes that once took hours -- such as changing the wall thickness of an engine component -- were completed almost instantaneously with Autodesk Inventor software, according to the software company.

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Former Senior Editor Josh Cable covered innovation issues -- including trends and best practices in R&D, process improvement and product development. He also reported on the best practices of the most successful companies and executives in the world of transportation manufacturing, which encompasses the aerospace, automotive, rail and shipbuilding sectors. 

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