ProModel AutoCAD Edition Launch!

Aaron Nelson, ProModel AutoCAD Edition Product Manager

We are fired up to bring you the brand new ProModel AutoCAD Edition which allows you to build and simulate directly in AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD Mechanical 2019 or newer. This new AutoCAD plug in requires its own subscription license which you can purchase directly from the ProModel Store. For more details see the product webpage. You can also download a free evaluation version from the Autodesk App Store.

ProModel Ribbon Inside AutoCAD

Check out the short 2 minute overview video of how you can gain immediate value and below that a 6 minute demo video with an actual throughput improvement use case.

Below are some of the latest new features:

Logic is now accessible within flows. Both Processing and Routing.

  • Model Elements added to provide more granularity within the model environment.
    • Variables – Can be visibly added to layout and used anywhere in processing and routing as well as logic.
    • Attributes – Can be used anywhere in processing and routing as well as logic.
    • Macros – Can be used anywhere in processing and routing as well as in logic and scenario parameters.
  • Find and replace.
  • Added Send route capability – allow Entities to be sent to destinations based on logic conditions.
  • Added Join route capability – allow Entities to join together within the simulation.
  • Right click menu options for objects within the viewport. Allowing the user to navigate to where the model element is located within the Simulation Browser, or Simulation Properties.
  • German, Portuguese, and Spanish localization improvements
  • Improvements with validation
  • Light and Dark theme improvements
  • Conveyor Improvements
  • Arrival Improvements
  • Enhancements to how ProModel handles the AutoCAD view port
  • Improvements in undo/redo
  • Improvements to error catching

ProModel AutoCAD Edition – Evaluation Version available on the Autodesk App Store

  • A subscription to a lite version is available on the Autodesk App store for evaluation purposes.  At this time, it’s free for 6 months.  There is no obligation to continue the subscription or purchase the full version. It has limitations to features like Resources, Scenarios and Opening the model In ProModel.  Features are grayed out or have an indicator that the feature is only available in the full purchased version.

Let me know what you think of this new product in the comment box below!

Aaron Nelson – ProModel Product Manager

Add Resources and Path Networks Right in AutoCAD with the Latest ProModel Autodesk Edition

Aaron Nelson – Product Manager

On behalf of the ProModel Optimization Suite development team, I am really excited to bring you this latest release. The ProModel Autodesk Edition now allows you to add Resources and the Path Networks on which they travel right in AutoCAD.  Then when you open the model in ProModel, it’s all right there for you to simulate immediately or add further logic.

The workers and the AGV in the gif below are all moving on path networks which were created in AutoCAD and then just opened in ProModel.

Additionally we have added some other enhancements to ProModel, MedModel and ProModel Autodesk Edition including. See the Product “What’s New” pages for all the details.

  • Moved General Information to the Home Ribbon
  • Improvements with Write statements
  • Routing bounding box enhancements
  • Shift Carryover improvements

Autodesk Inventor Blog Post Featuring ProModel: Discrete Event Simulation for Real-World People

Autodesk and ProModel have teamed up to offer the best in factory design, optimization, and layout. Robust ‘real-life process and behavior’ simulation. 

About a year ago, Trevor English wrote a great post about how to optimize your factory using ProModel Corporation’s Process Simulator Autodesk Edition and Autodesk Factory Design utilities: 

“Leveraging predictive analytics, you can quickly simulate your factory model and get process improvement insights, all with the click of a button. This easy-to-use solution provides designers and engineers with little or no experience in process modeling the most affordable tools.” 

If you are more visual, Paul Munford also created this superb overview video that showcases Process Simulator Autodesk Edition’s capabilities to Factory Design Utilities (FDU).

Process Simulator Autodesk Edition is great for building a process flow from scratch and then easily creating the starter AutoCAD layout. Our other integrated tool, ProModel Autodesk Edition, allows you to start with an existing AutoCAD layout and very rapidly create a simulation model from the layout directly in Auto CAD. Check out the overview video of ProModel Autodesk Edition

Read the full Inventor Blog Post

Process Simulator Autodesk Edition Overview Video
ProModel Optimization Suite Autodesk Edition Overview Video

Latest Process Simulator and Process Simulator Autodesk Edition Updates

We are pleased to announce the latest updates to the Process Simulator and Process Simulator Autodesk Editions.

Enhancements and Improvements

  • Improvements to window reload behavior (i.e. Scenario Manager window)
  • Improvements with add-in load behavior
  • Improvements with array stability when using 64-bit Office
  • Improvements with Output Viewer load speed
  • Licensing stability enhancements
  • Improved model error report
  • Updated localization

Material Handling and Autodesk Edition

  • Path Network refinement
  • Auto Orientation of Entities on Conveyors – users can now toggle on or off auto orientation of entities within Process Simulator Material Handling and Process Simulator Autodesk Edition

Download a 30-day evaluation of Process Simulator from the Process Simulator Eval Page

Download a 30-day evaluation of Process Simulator Autodesk Edition from the Autodesk App Store

Purchase a Process Simulator Autodesk Edition subscription from the new ProModel Online Store

Let us know what you think by leaving a reply below. Thanks!

Latest ProModel and MedModel Optimization Suite Updates

We are pleased to announce the latest updates to the ProModel and MedModel Optimization Suites and Autodesk Editions.

Auto orientation for entities graphics while on conveyors. Entities by default now rotate based on the orientation of the conveyor settings widthwise (right side of the entity graphic) or lengthwise (top of the entity graphic).

  • Improved functionality for background color changes while panning during simulation
  • Runtime errors improvements

Download a 30-day evaluation of ProModel Autodesk Edition from the Autodesk App Store.

Purchase a ProModel Autodesk Edition subscription from the new ProModel Online Store.

Missed Autodesk University? View ProModel Content Until Dec 18

Watch Our Class and Download Training Files  

Use AutoCAD | Inventor with ProModel Simulation to Optimize Factory Layouts

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the value of using ProModel simulation for process optimization
  2. Describe when to use manufacturing simulation
  3. Create a simulation model with Factory Design Utilities that opens directly in AutoCAD/Inventor to start a factory layout
  4. Identify how to create a simulation model from an existing AutoCAD layout

Visit our Virtual Booth for more educational material.

Purchase Process Simulator and ProModel Autodesk Edition Subscriptions from ProModel’s on-line store

Free Process Simulator Autodesk Edition 30-day Evaluation Trial from Autodesk App Store

Free ProModel Optimization Suite Autodesk Edition 30-day Evaluation Trial from Autodesk App Store

Build simulation models directly in AutoCAD

Autodesk University 2020 Nov 17-20 and it’s Free!

Free Registration to Attend #AU2020 Nov 17-20 https://autode.sk/2Zw3cZL

Watch Our Class On-Demand Starting Today Nov 17 – MFG 464012 Use AutoCAD | Inventor with ProModel Simulation to Optimize Factory Layouts; Bookmark It

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the value of using ProModel simulation for process optimization
  2. Describe when to use manufacturing simulation
  3. Create a simulation model with Factory Design Utilities that opens directly in AutoCAD/Inventor to start a factory layout
  4. Identify how to create a simulation model from an existing AutoCAD layout

We have a Live Class Q&A on Fri Nov 20 at 12:30-1:30 PM EST (17:30 UTC) Register Here

Visit our Virtual Booth for Many Educational Resources

Four Live 30-minute ProModel Demos During AU Titled

“New ProModel Simulation Integration with AutoCAD and Inventor Accelerates Optimum Factory Design Using Digital Twin”

Register below at the best time for you:

Nov 17 Americas 4 pm EST, 21:00 UTC
Nov 18 EMEA 1:30 pm EMEA, 13:30 UTC
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Nov 19 APAC 10 am APAC, 02:00 UTC

ProModel Autodesk Edition Release – Build Simulation Models Inside AutoCAD

Aaron Nelson Product Dev. Manager Process Simulator

Aaron Nelson Product Manager

I am excited to announce the latest release of the ProModel Autodesk Edition. With this release you can build to-scale simulation models directly in AutoCAD.  Start with a layout developed in AutoCAD utilizing the AutoCAD Factory Assets.  Then quickly create process flows by defining the travel paths for parts with simple clicks, then add process times or any special routing rules, there is no programming required to do this.

Next open the scaled model in ProModel right from the AutoCAD ribbon, finish adding any other simulation properties if necessary, then simulate and optimize the process in ProModel.  Finally, review your results in the Output Vewer, refine the layout as needed directly in AutoCAD and open up the revised model in ProModel. Once you have finished the design, you can then view it in 3D with Autodesk Inventor.

This short video provides a glimpse of the capabilities.  Download your 30-day evaluation copy from the Autodesk App Store.  View the rest of the release features at the ProModel Autodesk Edition Whats-New web page. Thanks for your continued business and support.  We wish you and your family good health!  Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts on the this new release in the comments section below .  Aaron

ProModel Layout in AutoCAD

ProModel model, built in AutoCAD