The mechanical industry has an arsenal of products and services at its disposal:
- Autodesk® Vault is the foundation of Autodesk’s data management solution. By storing designs in a secure centralized location, engineers can easily find, reference, and reuse design data. Vault is packaged with Autodesk Inventor® Series, Autodesk Inventor® Professional, AutoCAD® Mechanical, and AutoCAD® Electrical.
- Autodesk Streamline® is an online project collaboration service that improves collaboration with suppliers and customers through email-based notification and project-based reporting.
- Autodesk® Productstream software automates the release management process by managing engineering changes and bills of materials (BOMs) while allowing the engineering department to maintain control over the design data. Designs are complete, accurate, approved, and released to manufacturing in a timely and effective manner.
With three such powerful data management systems, what could possibly glue them all together? Well DWF is completely integrated with these systems.
- Autodesk Vault automates the publishing of the DWF files. Designs are checked into the central location. Vault generates the corresponding DWF file as needed.
- Autodesk Streamline can reference the DWF files automatically generated from Vault by installing and configuring the Autodesk Buzzsaw Streamline iPublisher capability. New files are automatically uploaded to Streamline when design updates are checked into Vault. The files appear in a designated Streamline folder. The View tab in Streamline always shows the most recent version of each DWF file; however, the Versions tab allows users to see past revisions.
- Autodesk Productstream can be integrated with Streamline similar to Vault. As DWF files are released, they are automatically uploaded to Streamline by installing and configuring the Autodesk Buzzsaw Streamline iPublisher.
Data Management Senior Solutions Engineer Eamon O'Gorman and Technical Marketing Manager Jason Medal-Katz have created a presentation that shows how customers can integrate these solutions using DWF:
DWF is a powerful exchange format for the mechanical industry. DWF provides the basis for getting data from one system to the other - not just geometry that shows what a mechanical part looks like - but also properties that describe its attributes. This electronic data exchange is an example of how DWF goes beyond the paper.