Autodesk Inventor Fusion Technology – Introduction
As you may know, the Autodesk® Inventor® software product line provides a set of softwares for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication. Don’t forget that Autodesk Inventor is the foundation for the digital prototyping solution, digital prototyping being the core concept of the Autodesk product design approach. One of this software is Inventor Fusion. In October 2oo9, Autodesk released the Autodesk Inventor Fusion TP2 (Technology Preview 2).
Download it and test it now!
Installation launched !
The first feeeling when launching the installation is very positive. Different from the classical and quite boring software installer, Autodesk have even paid attention to this first visual contact with the software. I’ve really appreciated it, it made me very enthusiastic and very curious to discover this technology. Good point.
So simple. Nothing to do, except to click on the link to access to the documentation. Note that Autodesk is inaugurating a new wiki to centralize documentation about its projects. Autodesk Inventor Fusion is the first project to beneficiate of that treatment.
First run !
Peaceful screen… I love the first impression I felt when seing this very simple screen. Like most of multimedia (image, 2D, 3D, video, sound) softwares, color guideline are based on dark colors (black, dark grey) and strong contrasts (white/black, diffuse color, etc). UI components are very discret (except for the ribbon). Transparency is well used (especially for the browser and the Favorites). With a illuminated ribbon, to begin working with Inventor Fusion is well indicated!
When I read the article about the new release of Inventor Fusion technology on the Autodesk Lab, I was very surprised that the installation was free and excited by the fact that I could at last try this software. Nevertheless my first motivations were – by interest order:
1. to find new ideas about software interaction design,
2. to better understand what is the digital prototyping concept means,
3. to discover Autodesk inventor, and in this case more especially Inventor Fusion.
After reading the Autodesk Inventor Fusion User Guide, and creating few basic 3D models (for articles illustration needs of course!), I would like to share with you some ideas and considerations about software usability. Don’t hesitate to participate by commenting this post!
What I found very interesting in this software is the way Autodesk have thought its tools as rich UI components. From basic geometrical form (circle, square), Autodesk has implemented rich and easy-to-use tools.
Think touch and gesture
Always give user access to main features easily
Complexity in simplicity
End of dialog boxes
I like this concept.
End of dialog boxes means that a real reflexion has been done togo out of the windows paradigm. In Inventor Fusion, I’ve the feeling that we speak about process (or object creation processing).In the above illustrations, I used the Revolve action as example. Automatically,  the ribbon changed to display all options/parameters I may change concerning the Revolve action. But in parallel  it’s possible to configure my action directly on the object and visualize (anticipate) what I’m going to do (here 45° angle). Moreover I may expand a complementary menu.At the end of the process ribbon, cancel and validate action are available. No explanation is necessary.
Do changes where they have to be done and when they have to be done.
Think action as process.
By using transparency with attention, user may be driven in the way he is working.
Use transparency :
¬ for highlighting (light focuses what user can/should do) or
¬ for suggesting (giving information to the user about timing, extensible features, etc.)
Less is more
I highly recommend Autodesk Inventor Fusion Technology!.