By DE Editors
Autodesk, Inc. commissioned Cambashi Limited, an independent consulting and analyst firm, to conduct a productivity study to investigate the benefits of AutoCAD 2010. The study that found productivity gains of up to 63 percent when engineers and designers use AutoCAD 2010 software for common design and documentation tasks. The study compares the time it takes to complete specific tasks using AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD 2007 software.
The report concludes that “using AutoCAD 2010 can bring considerable performance improvements to the average user. As well as reducing the time to undertake different tasks, the new features of AutoCAD 2010—particularly the enhanced PDF handling—extend the reach of the AutoCAD user and make collaboration simpler.”
The Cambashi study demonstrated how individual feature improvements in AutoCAD 2010, when used during typical design lifecycle activities, can minimize repetitive tasks and eliminate steps required to document and communicate design ideas. According to the company. Average performance improvements documented in the study include the following:
- The PDF publishing feature in AutoCAD 2010 provides better visual quality with smaller file sizes and the ability to attach PDF files to a drawing as an underlay. These features helped users achieve a 63 percent productivity increase.
- AutoCAD 2010 features new free-form design tools that enable users to create shapes by simply pushing and pulling faces, edges and vertices. Such free-form modeling capabilities enhanced productivity 62 percent.
- Designers can use dynamic block modeling in AutoCAD 2010 to build multiple alterations using previously stored block geometry. By not having to create new geometries for each variation, designers experienced a 44 percent productivity increase.
- New PDF import, underlay and enhanced publishing features in AutoCAD 2010 can facilitate two-way communication with the extended design team, creating a 43 percent productivity improvement.
- AutoCAD 2010 introduced parametric drawing tools that enable designers to define persistent relationships between objects. These tools helped users experience a 35 percent productivity increase in 3D drawing productivity.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.