Autodesk Labs has released another technology preview.

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Project Krypton works through the Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks platforms, and provides instant feedback for plastic part design. I does this through an interface that warns against three key factors:

  • manufacturability
  • cost efficiency
  • environmental impact of the selected material

The interface sits in the Graphics View Area and provides real-time feedback regarding any issues that may arise as each design change is made.  As the issues culminate the meter increases or decreases respectively.

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Designers can then pick the respective topic of concern and review the issues, and subsequently a detailed reason for the problem flag. Details such as draft angle, thickness, and undercut a some of the issues that are monitored.

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Project Krypton can highlight the problems in the Graphics View Area to focus the designers attention to the problem. A material’s database is available to help make decisions about alternate material solutions, and how these affect cost, Carbon, Energy, and Recyclability.

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Project Krypton Technology Preview is only applicable for injection molded plastic parts designs.

There is an obvious odd issue about the preview, and that is it’s offering to Solidworks users. While it does seem strange, Deelip points out that there is no better way to spread the word about your product than letting others use  it. That is a good point. A simple and powerful app like this is a sweet way to spread the word.  I wonder if little subconscious reminders about “Try inventor” are spread throughout the Solidworks version? 🙂

In any case, this tool is likely to end up in upcoming versions of Inventor.  I can see this being leveraged into numerous other design aspects of Inventor. Routed Systems might be a good place to head into. We can call it the Design Watchdog.  Well, someone will come up with a good name, but I do expect to see this used for many more uses.