22 Jun 2013

Autodesk Configurator 360

Autodesk's Configurator 360 Cloud Engineer to Order portal is now live.


It's available for a 90 day trial period to upload your Inventor ilogic and ETO configuration models for an instant online configurator.

Not sure how to create Inventor configurations - contact the Micro Concepts team to discuss the endless possibilities and start with some iLogic training and workshops.

See how others are already using the productivity gains of ETO to make a real difference to their business

Seaglaze use ilogic to boost productivity

Posted by Graham Harrison

20 Jun 2013

Riegens Lighting Ltd voted best render in Micro Concepts showcasing designs competition 2013

Micro Concepts ran a customer competition to launch its new rendering services bureau.
The winning render, as voted for by Micro Concepts customers, was designed by Vicky Caulfield, luminaire product designer at Riegens Lighting Ltd (UK). Second place went to Anglia Design & Draughting Services and third went to SMS Ltd.

First prize of an Apple iPAD3 and a large format canvas of her winning render, was presented to Vicky Caulfield at the offices of Riegens Lighting by Graham Mansfield, Business Development Manager at Micro Concepts Ltd. After congratulating Vicky, Graham took the opportunity to ask Vicky about what had inspired her to develop this idea and to enter the competition.



17 Jun 2013

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2

You can apply this update to AutoCAD 2013 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and more details on the primary issues resolved by this update. Be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2013 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2013 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.
  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013

Note: The following Windows 8 operating systems are officially supported for 32-bit and 64-bit AutoCAD 2013 with Service Pack 2:
  • Windows 8 Standard edition
  • Windows 8 Enterprise edition
  • Windows 8 Professional edition

Posted by Andy Roe

AutoCAD 2013 SP2 (32-bit) (exe - 32429Kb)
AutoCAD 2013 SP2 (64-bit) (exe - 41353Kb)

Readme (htm - 61Kb)

10 Jun 2013

Windows 8 Support for Autodesk products

You want to know which Autodesk products are supported on Microsoft Windows® 8.

Autodesk 2014 products

Please check the system requirements for your product to verify compatibility and specific details (for example, some products are supported on the 64-bit version of Windows 8 but not the 32-bit version).
Unless noted otherwise in the system requirements for an individual product, Autodesk 2014 products are supported on the Windows 8 operating system.

Autodesk 2013 products and older

Note: Unless indicated otherwise, this information applies to the 2013-2011 versions of all Autodesk products. Autodesk product versions of 2010 and earlier are no longer supported and are not included in considerations of Windows 8 compatibility.
Autodesk intends to support many of our key products on Windows 8 and will add additional products to the list of products supported on Windows 8 as updates and future versions are released. Product Support will provide its best effort to assist customers who have issues with products that are not currently supported.
The Autodesk products listed below have been tested and are confirmed as working correctly on Microsoft Windows 8 operating system:
  • AutoCAD 2013 (requires installation of Service Pack 2)
  • AutoCAD LT 2013 (requires installation of Service Pack 2)
  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2013
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2013
  • Autodesk Maya 2013
  • Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013
  • Autodesk Mudbox 2013
  • Autodesk Softimage 2013
  • Autodesk SketchBook Designer 2013

Posted by Andy Roe

3 Jun 2013

New applications for Design Suite customers

For example, standard design suite such as Autodesk Product Design Suite Standard you will notice within the installer that you have now have AutoCAD Raster Design and Autodesk Recap .

AutoCAD Raster Design has been available to purchase for a number of years, however with this now being included in the standard suites, if you do receive or still have a need to convert raster based drawings into vector then you now have a tool to help achieve this included in the box.

See here for an overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Wg6BOOS2c

Autodesk Recap is a new application that gives the user the flexibility to combine, filter, navigate and annotate point cloud data.

If you’ve already used point cloud information within 2013 versions of Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk AutoCAD you will notice in the 2014 that we no longer directly read in the native point cloud data such as those generated from Faro, Lieca or any of the other scanner vendors. The reason for this is, you can now process these point clouds via Autodesk Recap, which will allow a user to combine multiple files, filter noise, remove unwanted points, set units and co-ordinate systems, visualise and analyse (such as elevation or intensity) and a whole host more.

See here for an overview with Factory Design Suite.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyrhXux5YCE

A significant change for users of Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium is that it now includes Autodesk Inventor Professional . All the simulation tools such as FEA and Dynamic Simulation plus mold tool design and plastic fill analysis are now available to these users.

Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate now includes Autodesk Navisworks Manage, giving you the capability to run clash detections with aggregated data from a variety of sources including point cloud information.

Posted by Andy Roe