This class covers the challenges and victories of a 100-year-old company that has transitioned from drawing on a drafting board to AutoCAD® software for 2D and 3D CAD, then to AutoCAD® Mechanical design software, and finally to Inventor® 3D CAD software. We describe how the company has adapted its own standards over the years to expedite the release of drawings to manufacturing in a very time-critical environment. Finally, we discuss how the company has decided to take technology by the horns with both 3D prototype/model design and a business enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Anyone who is interested in learning what worked for an existing company with a catalog of historical data while implementing Autodesk® Product Design Suite
Jason Mayes is currently the CAD Administrator at Deister Machine Company. He began his career at Deister in 1999 as a product designer. His experience started in high school with two years in drafting learning the basics of design on a drafting board. His first taste of AutoCAD came at Deister with release 2000. In 2005 Deister switched to AutoCAD Mechanical in which training followed to learn the mechanical features that were new to Deister. Jason's personal drive to better understand the software propelled his career to his current position as Cad Administrator. He started dabbling in Inventor at release 8. Since then he has had extensive training in Inventor, Vault and 3ds Max; both formal and at AU. He is responsible for all design software training for both new and updated packages for existing employees and new hires. While setting up Inventor he created a custom content center, iParts and iAssemblies to expedite the design process.
In the electric utility industry, it seems that everything we design is just like that one, only different. If you can relate to this statement, then this hands-on lab is for you. You will gain the ability to increase accuracy, quality, and productivity while improving Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows when designing electric utility substations using Inventor® software. We demonstrate sketching techniques you can use to easily alter standard content. We show examples of creating, copying, and using standard 3D models to fit any unique situation. Finally, we take you through the procedures to create and update an accurate parts list and quality drawings in a matter of minutes.
In this class, we examine substation assemblies and models for a utility. We also look into the lifecycle for substation parts in Vault Professional software. We cover the use of Items to keep track of information, such as purchase price, basic impulse level (BIL), operating voltage, specification information, and more. We discuss how to work in Inventor software and how to use the released bias or non-released bias to an assembly for insertion into your model. Finally, we examine how to keep track of legacy designs and greenfield designs in a standard format.
In this class, you learn to create standard (plates) circuits in AutoCAD Electrical software for substations. We cover how to use options in AutoCAD Electrical to insert blocks of standards to complete substation design in a quick, standard, and accurate way. We demonstrate the linking of parts in an assembled circuit, how to add options in a timely manner, and complete your design using all the tools that AutoCAD Electrical has to offer.
There are approximately 3200 electric utilities in the United States. Each utility has their own standards, procedures, workflows, and more for designing substations. To solve the overwhelming task of automating substation design to fit each utility's specific situation, Autodesk and AutomationForce partnered to develop the Substation Design Suite, an add-in for Inventor software and AutoCAD Electrical software. This class describes Nashville Electric Service's (NES) experience in adapting these software packages for their unique work processes. The class includes discussion of the challenges NES faced in the beginning, the pros and cons of using provided content versus creating customized content and provides examples of customizing Substation Design Suite content and templates in Inventor and adapting AutoCAD Electrical to meet specific design requirements.