Jan. 17 — It’s been said that the digital era we live in represents a golden age of innovation, and Autodesk recognizes innovative inventors who design and develop standout products with the Autodesk Inventor of the Month (IOM) program. With a New Year is upon us, it’s time for the Autodesk Manufacturing community to select the 2013 Inventor of the Year from among the 2013 Autodesk IOM winners. Voting has kicked off here.
For more than seven years, the Autodesk IOM program has identified the most innovative among hundreds of thousands of designers and engineers that create with Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools. Recipients employ software including Autodesk Inventor software as part of Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, the Autodesk Simulation family of products and Autodesk PLM 360.
The company with the highest number of votes will receive the Inventor of the Year honor. Voting is under way and closes Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.
The Contenders: 2013 Inventor of the Month Winners
January 2013: Combat Group, a Malaysian-based manufacturer of automotive and industrial paint systems, was chosen for using Autodesk Product Design Suite and other digital prototyping tools to improve its accuracy of design and deliver products more quickly to the major automotive, two-wheeler and industrial companies with assembly plants in developing nations.
February 2013: Autodesk recognized BioLite for using Autodesk software to create wood-burning, power charging stoves that burn 90 percent cleaner than conventional wood-burning stoves or open fires. The portable BioLite CampStove and the larger BioLite HomeStove convert waste heat into electricity that can be used to charge small electronic devices such as cell phones, GPS units and LED lights.
March 2013: Chinese company CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. was selected for using Autodesk Inventor software to design curved, stainless steel railway passenger seats that are more attractive, comfortable and stable than existing solutions on subways, high speed trains and other urban railways.
April 2013: Two 2013 FIRST Robotics teams — Team 6002, The Basilisks from Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, Calif., and Team 4488, Shockwave from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore. — were recognized for their use of Autodesk Inventor software to design their award-winning robots and successfully advance to the world championship.
May 2013: Autodesk selected Plastics Research Corporation for successfully designing a factory with Autodesk Factory Design Suite that can make multiple millions of composite pallets a year — a volume unmatched by any other composite pallet manufacturing facility in the world.
June 2013: Chemring Group PLC, a global manufacturer of defense and security products was chosen for its use of Autodesk Product Design Suite to address its entire product design workflow — including Autodesk Vault to ensure employees and partners can quickly and easily find all the design data they need to make better decisions and work more efficiently.
July 2013: EnviroGuard, an industry leader in spill containment and facility safety, was recognized because the company has been able to win several large projects both domestically and internationally by leveraging the many features and capabilities within Autodesk Product Design Suite.
August 2013: Autodesk selected Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMW), a provider of assembly line conveyor systems to all the major automotive manufacturers in North America, for using Autodesk Factory Design Suite software to better create turnkey conveyor solutions for its clients.
September 2013: Harbin Electric Group, one of China’s largest manufacturers of power devices, was selected for using Autodesk Product Design Suite to digitally prototype and accelerate the design of innovative nuclear power devices that can help China meet energy-related goals.
October 2013: Carducci Dual Sport founder and president Jim Carducci leveraged Autodesk Product Design Suite to develop a dream and convert a Harley-Davidson Sportster into an on-road/off-road motorcycle. Carducci’s conversion kit keeps passionate Harley fans from having to choose between a street-legal bike and an off-road bike.
November 2013: Autodesk chose Karcher North America, a leading provider of consumer, commercial and industrial cleaning equipment, for using Autodesk Product Design Suite to design the LANDA ECOS: a mobile “wash and reclaim” system.
December 2013: Asius Technologies and founder Stephen Ambrose were recognized for developing the Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens (ADEL): a new type of earpiece that solves the problem of hearing loss resulting from repeated earbud use. This pioneering creation was designed with the use of Autodesk Product Design Suite software.