Manufacturers, Engineering Firms Choose Autodesk Simulation 360

  Manufacturers, Engineering Firms Choose Autodesk Simulation 360

Designers Leveraging Industry’s First, Cloud-Based Simulation Tool

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- November 19, 2012

Manufacturing companies and engineering firms worldwide have selected Autodesk
Simulation 360 from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to make simulation part of
their daily design and engineering processes.

Bard, Rao + Athanas (BR+A) Consulting Engineers of Boston use Simulation 360
to analyze the thermal ...

Bard, Rao + Athanas (BR+A) Consulting Engineers of Boston use Simulation 360
to analyze the thermal comfort effectiveness of an active chilled beam in an
HVAC system for a typical office. (Photo: Business Wire)

First introduced in September, Autodesk Simulation 360 features a
comprehensive set of tools delivered securely in the cloud for designers,
engineers and analysts to more easily predict, optimize and validate the
performance of things in the world around us. The virtually infinite power of
the cloud allows complex engineering tests that were once limited to
simulation specialists to be performed by mainstream designers.

Companies turning to capabilities of Autodesk Simulation 360 include Asahi
Kasei Plastics North America, a custom plastic resin manufacturer in
Fowlerville, Mi., and Venmar CES (Venmar), a Canada-based leading manufacturer
of energy recovery systems. Consulting engineering operations also selecting
Autodesk Simulation 360 include Bard, Rao + Athanas (BR+A) Consulting
Engineers of Boston, and CFR Engineering (CFR) in Germantown, Md.

“The big advantage of Autodesk Simulation 360 over traditional CFD
(computational fluid dynamics) software is the recent implementation of
Autodesk cloud computing,” said Jason Sambolt, a mechanical engineer with
CFR.“CFR Engineering can now upload its CFD models to the cloud to run
simulations in lieu of running the simulations on hardware in the office. This
maximizes employee productivity and hardware resource allocation.”

CFR, which provides comprehensive mechanical, plumbing and electrical
engineering design services for the building industry in various market
sectors, uses Autodesk Simulation 360 to support their project designs.
Autodesk Simulation 360 helps CFR and its clients fully understand how a
design will function prior to starting construction in order to maximize the
efficiency of the design. In turn, this helps CFR to confidently implement new
technology and ideas through proof of concept verification.

Autodesk Simulation 360: A Complete Simulation Solution

The engineering team at Asahi Kasei Plastics looks to Autodesk Simulation 360
as a complete solution given its plastic flow simulation, structural analysis
and CFD capabilities that allow the company to read any CAD data provided by
customers and easily convert it to simulation file types.

Asahi Kasei Plastics specifically leverages the Autodesk Simulation Moldflow
capabilities in Autodesk Simulation 360 to support its injection molding
customers, according to Donald Kosheba, technical services Moldflow specialist
at the company.

“With a lower cost of entry, fully functioning user interface and fees only
for the time you need, Autodesk Simulation 360 allows us to provide a total
engineering solution in simulation on the go,” said Kosheba. “This is by far
the best tool we have to support injection molders and mold makers to solve
the most challenging plastic processing problems.”

Similarly, BR+A uses the CFD capabilities in Autodesk Simulation 360 for
various simulation design tasks, including optimization of architectural and
HVAC systems integration.

BR+A designs state-of-the-art healthcare, research, educational and commercial
facilities for major corporations and institutions — incorporating building
information modeling, energy modeling and lifecycle cost analyses to optimize
client investment. BR+A leverages the CFD capabilities in Autodesk Simulation
360 in combination with Autodesk Revit to accelerate project analysis and
provide more timely feedback.

“The tools in Autodesk Simulation 360 software are robust tools that give you
the real-world information you’d expect when designing an integrated system,”
said Jacob Knowles, director of Sustainable Design at BR+A. “The technology
hits the sweet spot for our CFD modeling needs.”

Likewise, Venmar uses the CFD capabilities in Autodesk Simulation 360 to
perform fluid dynamics studies on its products from packaged light commercial
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and classroom unit ventilators to
semi-custom light commercial ERVs and full-custom Dedicated Outdoor Air

Study of the air flow pattern and thermal behavior in air handling systems
helps Venmar improve design of its products to increase efficiency and reduce
production cost, according to Mohammad Afshin, Venmar R&D design engineer.
Afshin explained he also appreciates the user-friendliness of the Autodesk
Simulation 360 CFD interface, in addition to its easy work flow process and
powerful help and support from the Autodesk team.

“The Autodesk cloud environment also allows us to perform multiple simulations
simultaneously without advanced computer hardware requirements,” said Afshin.
“The other strong aspect of this software is its powerful post processing
tools that create very clear, easy to understand images of complicated
geometries. These images can also be used in marketing to display our
engineering superiority to the customer.”

About Autodesk

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