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Blue Ridge Numerics Introduces CFdesign V10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010
Posted Wed April 29, 2009 @08:49AM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. has announced the availability of CFdesign V10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010, which provides a fully integrated and certified digital prototyping solution for solving CAD-driven fluid flow and heat transfer challenges within the Inventor environment.

With new capabilities in Inventor 2010, previous obstacles to simulation have been reduced, enabling design engineers to easily and quickly create precise flow and thermal simulations to optimize product design.


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Mechanical and electronics engineers with all levels of experience will benefit from new features in Inventor 2010 that help bring focus to the defined component or element of importance to be evaluated in CFdesign, allowing for faster meshing, analysis, and more accurate flow and thermal simulation results.

A long-time Autodesk partner solution, CFdesign V10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010 empowers engineers who want to find answers to their fluid flow and heat transfer questions early in the design process, but don’t have time to work through the inherent barriers found in traditional CFD tools. CFdesign provides an extremely valuable flow and thermal digital prototyping platform for companies planning to use Inventor 2010 to design machinery, electronics enclosures, pumps, valves, and any kind of flow control device.

“CFdesign from Blue Ridge Numerics brings full spectrum fluid flow and heat transfer simulation to Autodesk Inventor 2010,” said Andrew Anagnost, vice president of engineering & simulation products, MFG Industry Group, Autodesk, Inc. “Our partnership with the Blue Ridge Numerics team is an important part of our strategy to bring Digital Prototyping to manufacturers of all sizes.”

New Inventor Features Enhance the CFdesign Experience Simulation tools continue to evolve and single-click capabilities in Inventor 2010, such as shrinkwrap, create substitute, and multi-body parts, make the process of incorporating simulation with 3D modeling even easier. With these new capabilities in Inventor, previous barriers to simulation have been minimized, so more engineers will be able to leverage the benefits of CFdesign in their product development process.

  • Shrinkwrap – Shrinkwrap enables an engineer to quickly simplify a production-level model by suppressing detail without requiring the user to edit the production geometry. This simplifies simulation set-up and produces simulation results much faster.
  • Create Substitute – This new feature combines an assembly into a single component, so an engineer working on a valve or electronic assembly for example, no longer needs to be concerned with the many parts that make up the assembly. Instead focus can be brought to the element of interest to, for example, simulate and analyze the airflow through the assembly. This capability allows users to focus on the optimization of the product in a much faster, reliable way.
  • Multi-Body Parts - The multi-body parts feature allows for quick creation of models that can be divided up into parts for segmented meshing automatically or manually. This allows users to analyze a model from multiple perspectives much more efficiently than ever before, providing more accurate answers with a finer mesh in the parts that a user is most interested in.

“Autodesk Inventor 2010 significantly reduces barriers for CAD engineers to leverage the benefits that simulation tools, such as CFdesign bring to the digital prototyping process,” said Derrek Cooper, product manager, Blue Ridge Numerics. “New and improved capabilities in Inventor 2010 now enable any engineer, not just CAD power users, to more easily and quickly move from 3D CAD to simulation, making it easier and faster to conduct extensive design studies of fluid flow and thermal scenarios, resulting in a more optimized final product design upfront in the development process.”

About CFdesign V10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010 CFdesign V10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010 software turns an Inventor workstation into a fully interactive flow bench, thermal test rig, and wind tunnel. 3D assemblies become associative, zero-cost prototypes revealing critical engineering information not available from physical tests. Geometry changes made within Inventor 2010 are automatically reflected in CFdesign without any translation or conversion process, eliminating the time-consuming and confusing process of creating and managing multiple geometry models during a project lifecycle. With CFdesign there is always only one product model, and it is updated and managed within the Inventor 2010 environment.

CFdesign v10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010 is available immediately. For further information on purchasing CFdesign contact a local sales office.

About Blue Ridge Numerics Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. is the fastest-growing CFD software company in the world, consistently ranked among the fastest-growing technology companies in North America, and in April 2008 was designated as the Autodesk Preferred Industry Partner for CFD. The company's CFdesign upfront CFD software integrates comprehensive fluid-flow and heat-transfer simulation into early phases of design and engineering, when companies can dramatically improve product quality, time-to-market, and ultimately profitability through the product life cycle.

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