Frederic Loranger is one of the software developers on the Autodesk Labs team. Frederic notes that Autodesk has been working to improve 3D modeling capabilities in AutoCAD 2010, and still continues to add very compelling and powerful features to the engine. The latest release, AutoCAD 2010, has some very powerful tools that allow designer, architect, and engineers to model concepts and ideas that might have required the use of an advanced solid modeling tool in the past. Fortunately, you now have a set of features that enables you to take advantage of the most renowned CAD engine in the world.
In addition to writing code, Frederic often runs our usability studies. We wear many hats in Labs. Autodesk Labs is getting ready to run a Usability Study of AutoCAD 2010 to test different computer configurations with emphasize on 3D modeling. In less than 10 steps, a user is able to create a sketch of a 3D camera like the one shown below.
While writing a test script for the study in the Larkspur-San Francisco ferry using AutoCAD 2010, my next seat neighbor asked me if [solid_modeling_competitor_product] was working fast enough on my laptop! I was happy to tell him that I was actually using AutoCAD 2010 to model the camera.
I am surprised the guy didn't lean over and ask "Pardon me, but is that Inventor 2010?" Actually for 3D modeling that requires more advanced solid modeling features, Frederic is glad to refer It's Alive the Lab blog readers to our professional 3D solid modeling software, Inventor 2010, but the AutoCAD 2010 capabilities are nothing to sneeze at. What do you use? Let us know at email@example.com.
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