By DE Editors
Autodesk, Inc. has unveiled a family of software suites for visual, factory and plant design. The new suites are designed to offer increased functionality, interoperability and provide a simpler purchasing and deployment process.
“The design suites make it much easier for Autodesk customers to accelerate their design processes and benefit from the wide range of Autodesk design, visualization and simulation technologies,” says Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “Customers will also benefit from increased interoperability and productivity through access to new features and web services that will only be available as part of the design suite family.”
The suites for visual, plant and factory design are the first releases of the new family of design suites aimed to address industry workflows. The design suites will provide strong interoperability between the products, and a range of capabilities for design and visualization. The first three suites are:
- Autodesk Design Suite is for architects and designers working with AutoCAD software. The primary products in this suite include AutoCAD, 3ds Max Design, and Alias Design.
- Autodesk Factory Design Suite is for machine and equipment builders, system integrators and manufacturers who design, visualize and simulate layouts of machine lines and entire manufacturing facilities. Autodesk Factory Design Suite promises to help manufacturers make better layout decisions by creating a digital prototype of the factory before equipment is installed and commissioned. The primary products in this suite include AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault and Autodesk Navisworks.
- Autodesk Plant Design Suite is for plant designers and engineers who need integrated plant design and whole-project review capabilities for plant design projects. The primary products in this suite are AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and Autodesk Navisworks.
Each suite will be available in several editions, with each edition offering progressively broader and more sophisticated capabilities.
The Autodesk Design Suite and the Autodesk Factory Design Suite are now available in select countries in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The Autodesk Plant Design Suite will be available in July.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.