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CloudNC raises $45m to deliver autonomous manufacturing

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Topics: Funding Event

Organizations: CloudNC, Autodesk, Lockheed Martin, Atomico

CloudNC, the company developing advanced software that enables factories to autonomously manufacture precision parts, today announced it has raised $45 million in a Series B round led by Autodesk, with Lockheed Martin and British Patient Capital participating alongside returning investors Atomico and Episode 1 Ventures. The company will use the additional capital to further develop its SaaS offering and roll out at-scale through integrations with CAD/CAM packages such as Autodesk’s platforms, and to expand its unique full-stack manufacturing capability in Essex, United Kingdom.

CloudNC’s technology already provides a significant degree of autonomy. A user can upload a 3D model of any part and, with one click, the software autonomously determines the tools needed, how they will be used and drafts the code to tell a CNC machine how to make it. This software assistance allows factories to be more efficient while upskilling the workforce, since more junior employees are able to operate the machines.

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How IGESTEK Produces 40% Lighter Automotive Parts

Autodesk to Acquire The Wild, Extended Reality (XR) Solutions Provider for Immersive and Collaborative Workspaces for Design and Construction

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Organizations: Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Wild, a cloud-connected, extended reality (XR) platform, which includes its namesake solutions, The Wild, and IrisVR. The Wild enables architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals to present, collaborate and review projects together in immersive and interactive experiences, from anywhere and at any time. This acquisition enables Autodesk to meet increasing needs for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology advancements within the AEC industry and further support AEC customers throughout the project delivery lifecycle.

Read more at VentureBeat

Autodesk, ModuleWorks Form Strategic Partnership

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Author: Jenny Rush

Organizations: Autodesk, ModuleWorks

The partnership with ModuleWorks gives Autodesk ongoing access to the toolpath calculation algorithms developed by the CAD/CAM specialist ModuleWorks. ModuleWorks components are seamlessly integrated into Fusion 360 to evolve the performance, quality and functionality of its digital manufacturing workflows while maintaining its familiar user experience, according to the company.

Read more at Modern Machine Shop

Autodesk Acquisitions Support Digital Factory Concept

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Author: Jenny Rush

Organizations: Autodesk

Autodesk has acquired Prodsmart, a maker of software for optimizing manufacturing processes with automation and digitization. Prodsmart technology provides a real-time system of record for data collection, management and analysis to give production managers insights from order through to shipping, the company says. The company says its new assets are already transforming what it is able to deliver in its Fusion 360 software.

Read more at Modern Machine Shop

Generative Design for Milling Lightweights EV Motorbike Part

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Topics: Generative Design, Additive Manufacturing

Organizations: Autodesk

Generative design software uses a set of user-input parameters and constraints to develop efficient part designs. These shapes are often organic forms no human would design on their own, and in its earliest years generative design was locked to additive manufacturing and production methods facilitated by additive manufacturing. Not long after Lightning and Autodesk developed their first iteration of the generatively designed motorcycle swing arm, Autodesk updated its solver to support milling and other conventional manufacturing methods. Design candidates generated for milling generally cannot reach the same level of optimization as their AM siblings, but they are much easier to manufacture while still reducing the weight of the part.

Read more at Modern Machine Shop

What Is Generative Design, and How Can It Be Used in Manufacturing?

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Topics: generative design

Organizations: Autodesk

The primary use case of generative design in manufacturing is to automatically trigger design options that are pre-validated to meet the requirements you’ve established. That can be especially important for efficient manufacturing. Sometimes a part or tool must fit into an entrenched workflow or pipeline—methodologically or physically—as part of a larger device or process.

Read more at Redshift by Autodesk

How Construction Robotics Are Transforming Risk Management

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Author: Mark de Wolf

Topics: Building Information Management, robotics

Vertical: Construction

Organizations: Scaled Robotics, Autodesk

“We’re starting to move away from purely tackling deviations on the site,” Maggs says. “It’s obviously valuable to define problems, but the quicker you find a deviation, the more valuable that data is. The destructive impact of a deviation increases the longer it goes unnoticed.

“Finding an off-spec element late in the game can be damaging for the project, so we’re moving more towards risk mitigation and risk allocations,” he continues. “We can also analyze data to identify trends within the construction process and then deliver back insights. That’s much more valuable than raw data alone. It’s providing actionable information around project risks that can help mitigate them.”

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How to Design Furniture in Fusion 360: Everything You Need to Know

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Author: Trent Still

Topics: computer-aided design

Vertical: Furniture

Organizations: Autodesk

Recently, we hosted an extensive, week-long workshop on designing furniture in Fusion 360. If you’ve been curious about how to take advantage of workflows that include parametric design and production automation — or even just want to learn the basics — read on because this article is for you. We’ll share each video in the series, along with a brief recap of what you’ll learn from watching. Let’s get started.

Read more at Fusion 360 Blog

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Before the Flood: How Technology Is Helping Build Water Resilience Around the Globe

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Author: Mark De Wolf

Topics: IIoT, sustainability

Organizations: Autodesk, Veolia

At Veolia Water Technologies—a division of global water, waste, and energy management giant Veolia—the company’s developers are working on new ways to prepare cities for the inevitable. They’re applying digital and IoT technologies and predictive analytics to build water-resilience management techniques such as flood modeling, sustainable drainage design, clean water distribution, and resource optimization.

Read more at Redshift by Autodesk

From Logs to Logging On: Paper Machines Built With Digital Manufacturing

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Author: Harald Henkel

Topics: digital twin, digital manufacturing

Vertical: Pulp and Paper

Organizations: Vajda Papir, ANDRITZ, Autodesk, Otorio

ANDRITZ, an Austrian company that manufactures machinery for pulp and paper mills, is using digital manufacturing and artificial-intelligence (AI) processes to save millions of dollars. Skilled workers and engineers on ANDRITZ production lines are now able to take advantage of data-driven support as standard. 3D modeling and digital twins also give ANDRITZ a competitive advantage by guiding operators safely through maintenance and repairs and ensuring transparent access to data.

Read more at Redshift by Autodesk

How Augmented Reality Became a Serious Tool for Manufacturing

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Author: James R. Koelsch

Topics: augmented reality, IIoT

Organizations: Autodesk, AVEVA, Dassault Systemes, Emerson, Siemens

Making monsters appear in games like Pokémon Go is not the only application for augmented reality these days. Industry is using the technology too, harnessing CAD data for training workers, standardizing workflows, and enabling collaboration.

Read more at Automation World

AI in Manufacturing: How It's Used and Why It's Important for Future Factories

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Author: Andy Harris

Topics: artificial intelligence, autonomous factory

Organizations: Autodesk

The fully autonomous factory has always been a provocative vision, much used in speculative fiction. It’s a place that’s nearly unmanned and run entirely by artificial intelligence (AI) systems directing robotic production lines. But this is unlikely to be the way AI will be employed in manufacturing within the practical planning horizon.

The realistic conception of AI in manufacturing looks more like a collection of applications for compact, discrete systems that manage specific manufacturing processes. They will operate more or less autonomously and respond to external events in increasingly intelligent and even humanlike ways—events ranging from a tool wearing out, a system outage, or a fire or natural disaster.

Read more at Redshift by Autodesk