The LaunchPad for Autodesk Product Design Suite provides a single portal into Product Design Suite 2012 applications, project data, and workflows.
The Workflows tab displays commonly used workflows for the applications available in Product Design Suite. The Applications tab displays all the applications available your version of Product Design Suite. The Recent Files tab lists recently opened files, the application the file was accessed with, and the date it was opened.
Note: The available application and workflow options vary depending on the version of Product Design Suite installed (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate).
|Reuse 2D Data||Use 2D AutoCAD DWG data to start an Inventor 3D model. Select the DWG file to import and the layers to include. The 2D data is imported into a sketch in a new Inventor part file. The 2D data is now ready to be extruded, revolved or otherwise turned into a 3D model.|
|Modify 3D Geometry||Open and edit a 3D model from any CAD application. The selected model is loaded in Inventor Fusion for fast and easy geometry modification. Fusion supports many native CAD formats and neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES, and SAT.|
|3D Parametric Design||Open an existing 3D model or create a new 3D model in Autodesk Inventor. You can create a new part or assembly.|
|Stress Analysis||The Inventor Stress Analysis environment simulates the structural behavior of your 3D model under specified loads and conditions. The selected Inventor part or assembly is loaded into the Stress Analysis environment where you can add loads and conditions to define the simulation.|
|Dynamic Simulation||Use the Inventor Dynamic Simulation environment to study the kinematic properties of your Inventor assembly. The selected assembly is loaded into the Dynamic Simulation environment and is ready to have loads and conditions applied.|
|Technical Drawings||Create 2D documentation of your 3D models. The selected part, assembly, or presentation file is used to automatically create the first view of the drawing. You can customized the scale, orientation, line options, or other settings before committing the view.|
|Interactive Design Review||Transform your 3D model into highly realistic imagery or perform an interactive presentation using Showcase. The selected part or assembly is loaded into Showcase. You can create design alternatives, configure lights and materials, then render the environment or use Showcase as a presentation environment.|
|Photorealistic Rendering||Create a photorealistic rendering or animation of your 3D model in 3ds Max Design. The selected Inventor part or assembly is loaded into 3ds Max Design. You can then configure lights, materials, cameras, and other environment settings for your rendering or animation.|