I just received an email this morning notifying me of new program additions to Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2013.
For those of you who are unaware what a Product Design Suite is, let me fill you in. Last year, Autodesk got rid of the old software suites (mine, Inventor Series, included Inventor, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Vault Basic), and replaced them with much larger Design Suite packages. People who were current subscribers to the old Inventor Series were bumped into one of these new suites.
The new suites came in three different tiers, Standard, Premium, and Ultimate (sounds like a Windows schema, don’t it?). The middle group (my group) was split in two –Product Design Suite and Factory Design Suite. The difference between the two was one had extra programs geared towards building buildings, ships, airplanes, trains, etc., and the other had software more suited for a blender, phone, vacuum cleaner, and other small gadgetry.
We Suite Subscribers had a choice as to which group to join, and for a week or so I went back and forth between the two. Factory or Product? I design mostly structures with Inventor –first it was mega yachts, and now it is ultra eco friendly small footprint homes, but at the time, I went with the Product Design Suite as I believed it would be a better choice for contract work. Also –my daughter (7 at the time) liked Mudbox a lot!
At any rate, shortly after getting the software up-and-running, I realized I should have went the other way. I really could have used the Factory Design Suite’s building-centric programs……which is where the new Product Design Suite comes into play. It looks as though Autodesk has scrapped the fork in the center road, and made it into a multilane superhighway! The two middle (Premium) suites have now been combined under the Product Design Suite title into an ultra super uber suite that has damn near everything!
Here is the list of the included programs in the Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2013:
- Inventor with Routed Systems
- 3ds Max Design
- AutoCAD Mechanical
- SketchBook Designer
- Vault Basic
- AutoCAD Electrical
- Navisworks Simulate
(added for 2013 are Bolded)
I learned how to use Routed Systems back in my boat design days, it’s pretty easy……. and actually fun to use, but I will likely need a refresher to get back up to speed. It’s been four years or so since I last used it, and then it was for a ship, which is not exactly typical. I’ll take a stab at AutoCAD Electrical as well, and see if I can do an eco house as the next blogtorial. I’ll post more when I get my suite installed.
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