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Autodesk Names Dynamic Structures as Inventor of the Year for 2009


Voting members of the Autodesk manufacturing community have chosen Canada based Dynamic Structures Ltd., provider of complex and motion based structures as the 2009 Inventor of the Year. The company which designs all types of complex structures from ski jumps and bridges to astronomical observatories was originally named Inventor of the Month in March 2009 for its work designing the enclosure that will house the world’s largest telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope. The company is also using Autodesk Inventor software to raise the bar on what consumers expect from theme parks by creating some of the world’s most technologically advanced amusement rides.

“Our company motto is ‘Anything you can dream, we can build, ’” said  Craig Breckenridge, senior designer at Dynamic Structures. “Inventor software has played a major role in helping us make good on that promise, we’re honored to have the innovative work that we do recognized with the Inventor of the Year award.”

Digital Prototyping Creates Next-Generation Thrills 

The Company has successfully been using Inventor software to expand the offerings of its entertainment division, which designs attractions for the multibillion-dollar international amusement ride industry. 

Notably, Dynamic Structures specializes in adding robotics to entertainment rides through its partnership with RoboCoaster Ltd. This takes the form of roller coasters that operate on articulated arms, so that riders can experience more unique and unexpected motion and positions than on a regular rollercoaster track; immersive motion theaters  whose seats have programmable pitch and heave, seem to take the  audiences inside the image they are viewing and feel the sensations in sympathy with the media ; and SNOX automatically guided vehicles technology that can navigate indoor and outdoor  attractions in a pre-programmed fashion with impressive motion dynamics, without requiring a track.

The dynamic and engineering analyses generated using Autodesk software helps the company identify turns that are too sharp or drops that are too steep long before the ride is built. The company can even check to see that it is not exceeding the acceptable G-force that a passenger is subjected to on a ride, helping to allow thrills and safety to go hand in hand.

“Dynamic Structures’ innovations are bringing a whole new level of entertainment to theme parks, and Inventor software is helping them design, visualize and simulate even the most audacious of ideas, ” said  Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.

About Dynamic Structures Ltd (DSL)

Internationally recognized for expertise in design, manufacture and construction of complex structures and motion based structures; DSL applies its experience and acquired knowledge to industry customers within the complex structures, government and entertainment arenas as well as academic institutions. Based in Vancouver, and part of the Toronto based Empire Industries, DSL employs over 80 skilled engineering, technical, manufacturing and administrative staff.

As a name already synonymous with the great astronomical projects and challenging bridging and architectural structures, DSL is now rapidly becoming best known within the amusement park community for its contribution to many of the World’s best known and most dramatic rides.

About Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is an American multinational corporation focusing on 2D and 3D design software for use in architecture, engineering, building construction, manufacturing,   media and entertainment.  Headquartered in San Rafael, California -Autodesk has become best-known for its flagship computer-aided design software AutoCAD. 

In addition to AutoCAD, Autodesk develops Digital Prototyping solutions and Building Information Modeling software. Autodesk also provides digital media creation and management software for film and television visual effects, color grading, and editing to animation, game development, and design visualization.

Autodesk Inventor is the latest Autodesk software application for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication initially released in late 1999, Inventor is rapidly filling the need for a CAD program specifically designed for ease of use, ease of learning, and communication of mechanical 3D design.

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