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Autodesk certifies GibbsCAM for Autodesk Inventor 2015

April 22nd, 2014

Gibbs and Associates officials announce that GibbsCAM has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2015 3D mechanical design software under the Autodesk Certified Apps Program, marking the fourteenth consecutive year that GibbsCAM has been certified under the program.

Digital prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software helps manufacturers to digitally design, visualize and simulate how a product will work under real world conditions before it is built. GibbsCAM directly opens Autodesk Inventor part models, allowing CNC programmers and machinists to easily and readily program machine tools from the models, extending cost reduction and efficiency through the programming and machining processes. Certification demonstrates that the product is of high quality and up to date, and that it provides the highest level of interoperability with Autodesk Inventor software.

“We are gratified for our continuing partnership with Autodesk and for Autodesk’s recognition of GibbsCAM interoperability with Autodesk Inventor,” said Robb Weinstein, senior vice president of sales and strategic planning of Gibbs and Associates. “Our commitment to joint customers around the world remains unchanged, despite changing marketplace dynamics, as we continue to optimize the CNC-programming power and flexibility GibbsCAM provides Autodesk users.”

“We are very pleased to have Gibbs and Associates affirm their continuing dedication to interoperability with Autodesk Inventor through Inventor certification for GibbsCAM,” said Carl White, senior director, manufacturing engineering, Autodesk. “Having companies like Gibbs and Associates as partners is highly beneficial to our manufacturing customers.”

GibbsCAM offers seamless integration with Autodesk Inventor, by directly reading Autodesk Inventor IPT (part model) files, preserving all color information, CAD and hole features and attributes assigned within Inventor to provide continuity in recognizing and communicating part and feature attributes. Alternatively, with the GibbsCAM Autodesk Inventor Add-in, the Inventor user can transfer files directly into GibbsCAM with the “Transfer to GibbsCAM” menu option of Inventor software running on the same workstation. Once machining processes are defined in GibbsCAM, they are automatically updated when the Inventor model is revised.

In addition to its perennial certification of GibbsCAM for Autodesk Inventor, Gibbs and Associates offers a GibbsCAM Plug-in for Autodesk Vault to allow interaction between GibbsCAM and the Autodesk data management software, is an authorized member of the Autodesk Developer Network and is an Autodesk Authorized Independent Software Vendor.


Autodesk Maya LT Software Launches For Indie Developers

August 27th, 2013

This week Autodesk has launched a new version of their comprehensive 3D animation and creation software Maya in a new version called Autodesk Maya LT which has been created specifically for indie developers and smaller companies.

The new Autodesk Maya LT release follows on for previous LT versions released by Autodesk for other main stream packages they create such as Autodesk AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD Inventor LT to name a few.

Features of the new Autodesk Maya LT software include full support for all of Maya’s 3D modeling tools including NURBS and subdivision surfaces, Maya’s Hypershade surface editor, ShaderFX for the creation of HLSL and CGFX shaders and export to FBX format of up to 25,000 polygons per scene.

Other features of Autodesk Maya LT include import of .ma, .mb (Maya ASCII and binary formats), .mlt (Maya LT format), OBJ and FBX 3D formats, import of BMP, PNG, DDS, EXR, TGA, and TIFF as textures and import of AI and EPS structures drawings as objects.

The new Autodesk Maya LT design software is now available on both OSX and Windows systems and is priced at$795 for a perpetual license. However Maya LT Term licenses are will also be available as part of a monthly, quarterly or annual rental plan, starting at $50, $125 and $400, respectively, Maya LT Term licenses will be made available at a later date.


Autodesk, Microsoft Enable Direct 3D Printing From Windows

July 26th, 2013

Microsoft Windows 8 users soon will be able to directly print to a 3D printer from within the OS, an advancement that is poised to bring 3D printing to the masses.

Autodesk will be the first software company to take advantage of the 3D printer pipeline that will be available in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update release, Camille Caron, Autodesk business development manager, told Design News in an email. Microsoft has said the Windows 8.1 update release is scheduled for general availability later this year.

Once that software is available, users can hit “Ctrl+P” from within Autodesk’s 123D family of applications to print designs via a MakerBot desktop or Objet 3D printer connected to Windows. 123D includes the Autodesk 3D Printing Utility, which is currently connected to printer-specific software for these printers. “Essentially, the 3D printing experience will mirror how folks currently print to 2D printers, without the need to go through a printer-specific application, as you have to do today,” Caron told us. Autodesk recently demonstrated the technology at the Microsoft Build developer conference in San Francisco.

Autodesk’s 123D family of apps will be the first to take advantage of the direct 3D print function that will soon be available in Windows through a Windows 8.1 update. (Source: Autodesk)
Autodesk’s 123D family of apps will be the first to take advantage of the direct 3D print function that will soon be available in Windows through a Windows 8.1 update.
(Source: Autodesk)
Specifically, to leverage the functionality, someone using 123D Design — which, like the other 123D apps, is available in a web-based version, as well as on both the PC and Mac platforms — would open their model within the app. Alternatively, they could open a model from the 123D Gallery app if it wasn’t one they originated themselves, she said.

To open the Autodesk 3D Print Utility in 123D Design, a user would select File > 3D Print. This is where the support for direct 3D printing would come into play and make it easy to print a 3D model. “The Autodesk 3D Print Utility performs a geometry check, auto repairs, and optimizes the model to improve the final 3D-printed object,” Caron said. “The 3D Print Utility can additionally hollow, adaptively thicken, and re-orient the model for minimum support material requirements, and can provide outputs for popular 3D-printing file formats (.stl, .thing, .amf) if you wish to share the file with others, too.”

In addition to 123D Design and 123D Gallery, the functionality also will be available in Autodesk’s 123D Catch and 123D Make applications.


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