Autodesk has introduced a new licensing model called "Flex Tokens." Interestingly enough, it is not a new concept in some computing areas. Any of you with a simulation background may remember "renting time" on high-end simulation packages. The same was true with Cray computers. The concept is to offer a lower-cost alternative to purchasing a costly software, or in the case of a Cray, an extremely expensive piece of hardware with a maintenance budget well outside most budgets.
Who would have thought that AutoCAD Electrical is a “family” of sorts? Part of the power of AutoCAD Electrical is the ability to tie together various symbols that represent one component. Think of a relay. You have the coil and associated contacts shown on multiple pages of your schematic package. That is a perfect example of parent/child symbols.
AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor – Working Together
Anyone working in the automation industry knows that one of the biggest design bottlenecks is the communication between mechanical engineers and controls engineers. Late design changes that affect the build and test of equipment, the owner of the BoM, and the fit of electrical and fluid power components and cables into the actual assembly are all common issues that arise.