In a previous blog post I mentioned that there are differences between Autodesk Labs and the Autodesk Beta program, and that there are different types of technology previews.
Project Arro for Simulation Mechanical/CFD/Moldflow is an Invitation Only Technology Preview. This not our normal public technology preview because the simulation team is interested in working exclusively with existing Autodesk Simulation users. Project Arro is designed to enable Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Simulation CFD, and Autodesk Simulation Moldflow users to rapidly simplify and prepare CAD for simulation. Project Arro reads in native CAD geometry and neutral files, allows you to modify them with many built in direct modeling tools, and then writes out simulation-ready CAD files that can be more easily and efficiently meshed.
The project gets its name from the capabilities being previewed:
A = Analyze geometry
- Check model integrity (slivers, problematic edges, overlapping faces, interferences, etc)
- Detect and categorize features (holes, fillets, chamfers, embossed or raised features, etc)
R = Repair problems
- Option to "auto-heal" identified issues based on a given tolerance or criteria
- Split faces or stitch surfaces
R = Remove unnecessary features
- Rapid selection and defeaturing without affecting source CAD
- Associative simplifications (future)
O = Optimize designs
- Directly edit geometry with simple push/pull/modify commands to explore ‘what if’ scenarios
- Create alternatives that can be quickly and easily simulated using associative updates
In addition to being an acronym, Arro is also the name of a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica which is why I used the French flag as part of the Autodesk Labs banner image.
So if you are an Autodesk Simulation user and wish to join this project, please email the team at [email protected].
Arro is alive in the lab.