Autodesk University
Lecture    FB2514
Autodesk Fabrication: Under the Hood and Undocumented
Darren Young
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, Andy Robins
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Description

Many users can use Autodesk Fabrication products as well as set up and maintain their Autodesk Fabrication database. But do you know how to migrate from an old MAP (pre-Autodesk) installation to a new version? How do you migrate or load configurations from release to release? Can you deploy and manage your database across multiple locations? How do you tie in your new shop equipment to the database without bringing a consultant on-site? What is the difference between a profile and configuration? Can you keep spoolers from stepping on each other's toes? If you've ever wanted to understand more about how the database is structured and how it works, this is the perfect class for you.

Key Learnings

  • Determine the proper database structure for your needs
  • Assess new shop equipment requirements and figure out how to get your database to interface with it
  • Explain how all those files work together and what they all do
  • Determine which settings outside the database are user versus system in scope

Speakers

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A Midwestern transplant now based in Southern California, and a veteran Autodesk University speaker, Darren Young has held a variety of positions over the last 20 years, including CAD and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) engineer, CAD administrator, and CAD/CAM systems developer. Currently, Young is the Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications manager for Southland Industries, one of the largest mechanical engineering and construction companies in the United States. Young manages one of the largest installations of Fabrication software licenses in the world. Young's true interest is the automation of manufacturing systems, and his experience ranges from lean manufacturing to architecture. This has led him to projects varying in scope from dress patterns to gas turbine piping. He has founded a consulting and development business, and he has been a technical editor and publication author.
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Andy Robins is the software development manager for the Autodesk Fabrication products. Prior to the MAP Software acquisition Andy played a major role in the product development of the renowned CAD-Duct and CADmep+ (now Autodesk Fabrication CADmep) AutoCAD-based applications, taking its development from a '2D Lisp' based program to a full 3D c++ ObjectARX application.Beginning his tenure in 1990, Andy has over 20 years' experience in software development in the MEP sector, being heavily involved in the development of the whole MAP Software product line focused on fabrication from the onset and helping end users generate the greatest value out of their software packages.
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