Designing the new industrial revolution

May 19 2014, 06:58 IST
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SummaryDesign software is changing how the world around us is being planned. From building iconic structures to making movies, from manufacturing cars to solving climate change problems, from the Mumbai Monorail to an Aston Martin, design is the uniting factor

Last month Autodesk, the maker of computer-aided design (CAD) software, unveiled its 2015 Design Suites in India. Best known for AutoCADa software application for 2D and 3D design and draftingthe company aims to help professionals imagine, design and create a better world.

The 2015 family primarily includes seven suites. One, the AutoCAD Design Suite that offers a refined visual interface, better point cloud support to bring the real world into the AutoCAD canvas, and easier ways to work with online maps. Two, the Building Design Suite that delivers improved integration with BIM 360 cloud services and improvements to Autodesk Revit. Three, the Factory Design Suite (FDS) that introduces easier moves from 2D AutoCAD drawings to 3D factory layouts. Four, the Infrastructure Design Suite that includes enhancements to AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Five, the Plant Design Suite that rolls out improvements to AutoCAD Plant 3D software. Six, the Product Design Suite (PrDS) that has better modelling capabilities. And seven, the Maya 2015 software that adds new capabilities to the toolset.

To cut through the jargon, the 2015 family has something for everyone who is involved in the design and making of products and projects. Pradeep Nair, managing director, Autodesk (India & SAARC), says, Users will notice a significant difference in how much easier it is to get their work done with the Autodesk 2015 Design Suites. He adds that AutoCAD 2015 is the most ambitious redesign of the AutoCAD interface in more than 10 years.

Rajiv Bajaj, head, Manufacturing, Autodesk India, adds, Both the PrDS and FDS provide designers with a complete set of tools and cloud services that allow them to simplify design, visualisation and simulation work-flows from product development through to delivery. By offering solutions that are scalable, cost-effective and open, our customers have the opportunity to design, manufacture and sell great products. These two design suites have attracted testimonials too. Rajiv Gandhi, director, Vulcan Industrial Engineering, says, Autodesk solutions have given us an exceptionally improved development process and have enabled us to implement all the product design activities on the PrDS. Hemant Makwana, director, Taikisha Engineering India, adds, We are excited with the implementation of the FDS, which will help us in visualising the paint-booth layouts to identify the potential problems during the planning stage itself.

On the Infrastructure Design Suite and Building Design Suite, Sunil MK, head, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Autodesk India, says, Both these suites can empower designers, architects

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