In yesterday's post we focused on the mobile apps that Autodesk has for conceptual designer. From the mobile apps and your free cloud storage, we can take our design right into Inventor or AutoCAD from that Force Effect DXF file or we can use images as a sketch reference to create geometry. If we were not doing simulations but we do want an image based guide for developing our geometry inside Inventor. This type of image to model refererncing is rather common in today's design environments.
Now I am sure after reading the post that your manager was very understanding of why you need an iPad for work. No? Well maybe we can sneak it in on our next project budget. Until then we can always use Sketchbook Designer that comes with our Product Design Suite for some really nice conceptual visuals of the design you intend to create, or for some quick itteraiton and manipulation in the initial concept meetings. What you will find most awesome about this "Photoshop for Engineers" is that the output is not all raster but in fact vector data that can be used directly in your CAD apps.
Check out this video on Sketchbook Designer data into AutoCAD, Inventor and Showcase to aid in the conceptual design process.
Now if you would rather circumvent the AutoCAD process or if noone has data in AutoCAD for your design cycle you can jump right to Inventor with your Sketchbook Designer DWG. Take a look at this video from the 2012 Product Design Suite.
Next up we will take a look at Large Assembly Review and planning software in Navisworks Simulate which is as of the 2013 release, now included in the Product Design Suite Premium and Ultimate.