Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk Inc. has developed into a world-leading provider of 3D software for the global markets, both within the CAD segment and within the CAE segment. Autodesk has a broad customer base in manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries. It has around 12 600 employees and annual revenues of USD 4.386b (2022). For more information about Autodesk, see https://www.autodesk.com/.
The collaboration with Ceetron started in 1996 when a company named Blue Ridge Numerics partnered with Ceetron to power the desktop visualization of their CFDesign software.
Blue Ridge Numerics was acquired by Autodesk in 2010, and CFdesign became Autodesk CFD. The first version of the post-processor was developed using GLview 3D Visualization API. Autodesk has since replatformed Autodesk CFD and created an integrated pre- and post-processor for Autodesk CFD using Ceetron Desktop Components.
This combined pre- and post-processing environment offers functionalities like two-way CAD integration, model setup, adding of boundary conditions, meshing, monitoring while solving, and result visualization. The results visualization module has extensive functionality for interpretation of CFD results such as cutting planes, isosurfaces, isovolumes and particle traces.
Autodesk has also added export to the free viewers Ceetron 3D Viewer and Ceetron 3D Plug-in for Microsoft Office to Autodesk CFD through the Design Review Center. The Design Review Center (DRC) enables the users of Autodesk CFD to review different designs and to share the results of a design study in real 3D with anyone, through export to the VTFx format and without requiring the recipient to have Autodesk CFD installed. Autodesk are also using the VTFx format (with their own application specific data embedded) to quickly store and retrieve different scenarios for interactive comparison in the DRC.
Business benefits for Autodesk of integrating Ceetron’s 3D visualization components
“ Through the partnership with Ceetron, Autodesk has been able to deliver “best-in-class” 3D visualization for Sim CFD. Our CFD team appreciates to collaborate with the competent and committed staff at Ceetron. “