Autodesk had a technology preview called Project Falcon, you can probably remember my blog post on it a while ago here. Autodesk has announced that this preview is now a full blown product called Autodesk Flow Design.
Now this isn't a run of the mill change from preview to product. A lot of overhaul has gone into as far as interface and many other improvements such as...
- 64-bit solver process with greater access to memory
- Expanded graphics card and driver support
- Voxel size and overall tunnel size information
- Solution status indicator
- Ability to key-in specific values for velocity, resolution, orientation, etc.
- Expanded CAD imports (ipt, iam, sldprt, prt, x_t, STEP, etc.)
- Ribbon-style controls, standard menus, and model navigation cube
- Color banding and contour display options
- Revised tunnel and flow line seed box size controls
- Improved video recording controls and feedback
- Simplified iso-surface controls
- Saved run configurations for fast recall of past runs
- Multi-axis wind tunnel orientation control inside Inventor
- Pressure shading on building surfaces inside Revit
- Wind velocity profile option inside Revit
Autodesk Flow Design is available as a annual or monthly cost ($210, or $35 respectively) and requires an internet connection for each use of the tool. For any users of the existing Project Falcon, it will still expire with your term and you will have to let that bird fly away unless you pick up the rental license as the Autodesk store.