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Five students from the CADLab were recognized by Autodesk with a $250 gift. These students created 3D CAD model designs using Autodesk fusion. Devin Shumway currently serves as the University ambassador for Autodesk. His design is displayed to the left.
Modern CAx tools permit only one user in a master assembly at a time. Changes to any component in an assembly or sub-assembly can propagate changes to other components. See the engine assemblies in the photo.
BYU researchers conducted an extensive review of multi-user and collaborative R&D that has occured over the last decade. The abstract of the published paper is shown to the right.
Current CAx applications will not allow more than one user into a complex finite element model like the one shown. Decomposition methods to allow multi-users to mesh regions simultaneously, or to correct mesh errors, would speed up the analysis many times.
Research is being conducted into the application of decomposition equations and constraint methods to divide complex models or assemblies between several multi-users.
The image shows Skype integrated directly into Siemens NX using the NX API. Imagine a world where many users are simultaneously editing the same part file or assembly.