SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk (Nasdaq:
ADSK) today announced the beginning of the official Inventor of the Year
The company is encouraging members of the manufacturing community to visit
Autodesk community web site at http://mfgcommunity.autodesk.com and choose
which of the 2008 Inventor of the Month recipients should be named Inventor of
The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design
and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk
Inventor software - the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital
Prototyping. A digital prototype allows users to design, visualize and
simulate a product before it is built, reducing the reliance on constructing
multiple physical prototypes.
The Inventor of the Year is chosen from the monthly award winners for
2008. The monthly winner with the highest rating selected by community
members will be awarded the title of Inventor of the Year. The voting begins
January 20 and closes February 20 at 5 p.m. ET.
Inventor of the Month winners for 2008 included:
January 2008: Triple Eight Australia competes as Team Vodafone in
Australia's V8 Supercars race competition. Triple Eight Australia designers
use Autodesk Inventor software to experience and optimize the performance of
the car before it reaches the track.
February 2008: OPEX Corporation is a recognized global technology leader
in high-speed mailroom automation equipment. OPEX relied on the Autodesk
Inventor product family to help design its innovative Mail Matrix, a mail
sorting solution that redefines the capabilities, functionality and
performance of the mailroom.
March 2008: ADEPT Airmotive is an innovative manufacturer of general
aviation engines for the light aircraft market. Leveraging Digital
Prototyping capabilities within Inventor allowed ADEPT to produce accurate 3D
models of the 320T engine before anything was actually built - reducing the
number of physical prototypes that needed to be constructed.
April 2008: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a leading provider
of agricultural equipment and machinery. Engineers at Unverferth were able to
design specific tillage components, specify their ranges of motion, and use
the kinematics built into Inventor to simulate components in action.
May 2008: Sound Devices, LLC is a manufacturer of professional audio
recording and mixing equipment. Digital prototypes created with products from
the Inventor family of products proved invaluable in helping Sound Devices
check for interferences between various components and explore design
variations before anything was actually built.
June 2008: 42 Surfboards is an Oregon-based manufacturer of classic
surfboards. Autodesk Inventor software enabled 42 Surfboards to create a new
generation of wooden surfboards by taking the strength of woods like spruce
and poplar and giving it the lightness and performance of lighter materials
like foam and balsa wood.
July 2008: Responsible for the United Kingdom's national scientific
activities in Antarctica, the British Antarctic Survey uses Autodesk Inventor
software to design crucial tools that allow the organization to more
effectively carry out research and provide insight into key 21st century
challenges such as climate change, ozone depletion and rising sea levels.
August 2008: Wipaire, a leading manufacturer of aircraft floats and
pontoons, used Autodesk Inventor software to design the water-scooping
pontoons of the FIRE BOSS, a fire-suppression plane that provides a versatile
tool in the fight against wildfires.
September 2008: Genmar Yacht Group, which manufactures luxury yachts under
the Carver and Marquis brand names, used Autodesk Inventor software to design
its new Marquis 420 Sport Coupe, which was recognized as the best new yacht in
its class at the 2008 Miami International Boat Show.
October 2008: ClearEdge Power, Inc. is a provider of ultraclean and
efficient on-site energy generation systems for homes and small businesses.
ClearEdge used Autodesk Inventor software to develop its first product, the
CE5, a highly efficient energy system that converts clean natural gas into two
important home and business energy needs: heat and power.
November 2008: Elmarco is a Czech-based manufacturer of industrial
machines for the production of nanofiber. Elmarco relied on Autodesk Inventor
software to develop its Nanospider line of machines, which make the production
of nanofiber textiles possible on an industrial scale -- allowing the benefits
of nanotechnology to more readily be applied to a wide range fields, from
medicine to technology.
About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program
Autodesk selects each Inventor of the Month from the more than 800,000
users of Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for Digital Prototyping.
Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation.
For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact us at
Autodesk, Inc., is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its
introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest
portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers
experience their ideas before they are built. Fortune 1000 companies rely on
Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
To see video interviews with several 2008 Inventor of the Month winners,
including Sound Devices LLC, 42 Surfboards and Elmarco, please visit the
Autodesk channel on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/autodesk.
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