Autodesk Details Automotive Roadmap and Delivers 2017 Versions of Alias and VRED
Powerful forces are reshaping the world in which automotive manufacturers are operating. Consumers are pushing for vehicles and products that are more connected and deliver higher performance. In turn, manufacturers are demanding changes and streamlined processes with regards to how they access software products and services. Autodesk is working hard to define this next generation of solutions by placing new technologies in the hands of automotive manufacturers that will help them to re-imagine how their products are designed and made.
“We are witnessing major shifts in the automotive world that have brought us, and the industry as a whole, to an important inflection point,” said Simon Alford, senior manager of Automotive products at Autodesk. “Look at how companies like Uber and Lyft disrupting the taxi business or how technology providers are influencing the next generation of electric vehicles to see what a large impact the demand for – and production of – technology-enabled products will have on future automotive innovation.”
Autodesk is responding to these changes by investing in cutting-edge technologies that provide an end-to-end workflow for its automotive customers, from original concept to production design and through to the user experience in automotive showrooms. The company is calling this workflow the Automotive Studio of the Future.
The Automotive Studio of the Future relies on the technology within products such as Alias, VRED and Studio Wall to create a totally immersive experience where auto designers and engineers collaborate in real-time, employ computer algorithms for new design concepts, rapidly visualize design ideas in virtual reality and prototype them using 3D printing.
“Our customers are telling us that they need to do more and do it better and faster than their competitors, ” said Alford. “To help them, Autodesk has focused on new solutions such as generative design and additive manufacturing in order to help auto manufacturers explore more concepts, iterate ideas and optimize designs and differentiate their market brand.”
Two of the most significant Autodesk software offerings that support the automotive workflow are Autodesk Alias and Autodesk VRED. The 2017 versions of these solutions are now available and include multiple new features and updates:
Autodesk Alias 2017
Alias 2017 delivers new features, while also enhancing existing tools. New for 2017 are:
- Fitting tools that support rapid reverse engineering by automatically fitting and refitting surfaces to scan data in order to better connect the physical and digital workflows.
- A curve blending tool with form factor that enables designers to soften the appearance of blended surfaces and provide a consistent look and feel to designs.
- Improved large data handling and a new live link for reference manager files. This means Alias users can be sure they are working on the latest versions of the data, reducing the need to recreate or re-work data.
For the VRED 2017 release, Autodesk has invested heavily in improving user performance and customer satisfaction. New updates include:
- A new HPC cluster module, which can utilize hundreds of nodes and deliver up to 3x faster performance on the same hardware.
- Enhanced tools and workflows, including a new light concept and Screenspace Ambient Occlusion, which provides users with even higher levels of rendering realism.
- Virtual reality support for the HTC Vive and corresponding hand controllers, enabling real-time interaction with a scene.
Through these updated solutions, Autodesk is providing customers with world-class technology and an exciting vision for the future.
“We have chosen to invest heavily in technology that has wide-reaching implications for our users and the automotive industry as a whole,” said Alford. “We are committed to building for the future and partnering with our customers to develop solutions that truly meet and exceed their needs.”