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December 17, 2006

Autodesk and ThomasNet team up to streamline design process

Manufacturing and industrial software firms Autodesk and ThomasNet have entered into a strategic partnership to introduce a more efficient approach to collaboration in the design process, connecting specification and procurement decisions to core design processes.

By CBR Staff Writer

Under the agreement, Autodesk will extend its Autodesk Design Review software to include on-demand access to ThomasNet’s product and service information. Autodesk will integrate contextual search capabilities into upcoming versions of its Autodesk Design Review software, the company’s advanced DWF-based review and collaboration tool for extended product design and project teams.

Autodesk Design Review users – including engineers, purchasing agents, service technicians and others accessing design and manufacturing information – will be able to search ThomasNet’s content directly from the design using Autodesk Design Review.

The software can access the rich metadata present in the published design model, as well as any part characteristics contained in the design, to connect the user with relevant content in ThomasNet’s catalog of industrial products and services.

For example, designers using Autodesk Inventor can publish rich 3D models as DWF information containing extensive detail about parts’ characteristics; share that information securely throughout the supply chain; and permit extended team members to easily access critical design information.

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