The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) consists of software developers seeking proven tools and technologies to extend Autodesk products and technologies to produce superior design, geospatial, and media & entertainment software solutions. Members customize existing Autodesk software, create plug-ins, and tightly integrate Autodesk technology into customer workflows and enterprises.
Autodesk Labs features some of the work of ADN via the Plugin of the Month program. You can download these plugins (which are ready to use as provided but also include the source code if you want to modify them):
Jim Quanci is Director of the ADN. He recently shared three success stories with us regarding ADN.
Singapore based ADN Partner, Manusoft, worked with Autodesk Consulting and the ASEAN Manufacturing Sales Team to deliver multiple licenses of Product Design Suites to two happy customers.
In both of these cases, Manusoft added new customer centric workflow enhancements inside Autodesk Inventor. With Manusoft’s solutions, these two customers were able to make better adoption of digital prototyping, unlock the value of design data beyond the design department, and help provide better customer service.
A major European electronics manufacturer recently reaped benefits from Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor IDF Modeler.
Autodesk Inventor IDF Modeler is developed and sold by Melbourne, Australia based - DesktopEDA. DesktopEDA's Inventor IDF Modeler product allows product designers to import electronics design data into Inventor, and also to send design changes from Inventor back to the electronics designer. The integrated Inventor and DesktopEDA solution enables collaboration between cross-functional teams, helps reduce costly errors, and reduces the number of prototypes.
Use of the Proplanner flow analysis tool allows CH2M HILL's customer to lower its material handling system cost and lower production cycle times. ProPlanner's tools provide both manual Euclidian methods and complex automated algorithms to calculate aisle congestion, color-code material handling intensity and integrate into reporting tools. Semiconductor layout development is challenged by a complicated manufacturing process. The joint solution from Proplanner and Autodesk helps engineering services providers like CH2M HILL and manufacturers quickly identify the functional area configuration, forecast cost projections of the proposed facility, and set the basis for factory design.
So based on Jim's examples, it's great to see how ADN extends the ability of Autodesk design applications to improve design workflows. You too can be a part of that. Examples from the ADN Plugin of the Month are a great place to start.
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