Autodesk Inventor gains momentum for furniture makers


Do you use Autodesk Inventor for Furniture design, Joinery, Cabinet making or Millwork? You do? Great!

Over the last few weeks a number of stories have caught my eye that might also interest you.

Ellis furniture – Inventor user of the year

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. This years ‘Inventor user of the year’ was won by a UK based furniture manufacturer – Ellis Furniture.

Ellis Furniture Autodesk Inventor User of the year

Ellis Furniture director, Tom Ellis, explains: “Ellis Furniture has a real focus on continual improvement, and having identified the tangible benefits to be had from streamlining the design and manufacturing process, we wanted to maximise our investment.

Whilst the integration of CAD and ERP systems is a relatively new initiative for companies of our size, we saw it as an opportunity to bring everything together, reaffirming our position at the forefront of our industry whilst reducing costs and improving our time to market with new products.

We are really excited about the true extent of the opportunities and benefits to our customers that this investment brings. From now on we will be able to launch more new products in a continual manner, ensuring we keep things fresh for our customers.”

It is quite unusual for a company outside the united states to win this coveted title. Well done to Ellis furniture and also to Symetri for thier support.

About Ellis Furniture

Established in 1891, Ellis Furniture is a privately owned family business, now in its fourth generation. The company produces a wide range of furniture from its modern 200,000 sq.ft. factory based in West Yorkshire, England. For additional information, visit Ellis Furniture – Inventor of the year

About Symetri

Ellis furniture were aided in their move to Inventor by Autodesk VAR Symetri. An Autodesk Platinum Partner, operating in the oil, gas, nuclear, transportation and manufacturing sectors, Symetri supply 2D and 3D CAD design software, as well as specific third-party software applications. For additional information, visit Symetri.

In other news…

Also announced this month, Autodesk training centre and consultant Studioworx have put together the first Autodesk Inventor training package aimed directly at the woodworking industries.

Studioworx is known for its Autodesk Product Design suite training, but because the applications can serve multiple industries, standard training courses may cover areas not relevant or useful to your job role, and miss out others which are.

Our Industry Specific courses are designed to train users in the areas most useful in their industry, and aren’t restricted to just one application either, meaning you get a well rounded course which helps you get the best of the tools at your disposal.

This course is aimed at new users to computer aided Joinery Design who want to gain a thorough understanding of 3D design, 2D Drawing creation and presentation techniques using Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Showcase.

For more information visit Studioworx

And finally…

Autodesk VAR Microconcepts recently announced that it has entered into agreement with UAB Čeli APS, an Autodesk Value Added Reseller and Autodesk Registered Developer to resell Tools4Inventor, comprising of Woodwork4Inventor and WoodworkCAM4Inventor.


Micro Concepts are continually looking at ways to help customers improve their time to market and retain innovation. Woodwork4Inventor and WoodworkCAM4Inventor can really speed up the process of generating bespoke and custom cabinet work, furniture and joinery” says Graham Mansfield, Business Development Manager at Micro Concepts Ltd.

It addresses many areas that an Autodesk Inventor designer would have to model on a daily basis. Edge banding, sheet material definition, adding ironmongery and hardware with holes, part and blank size calculation with full cutting list generation are all areas that can be shown to improve design time by 30 – 50%.

For More Information Visit Microconcepts

Inventor Gains momentum for woodworkers

It’s great to see the UK’s manufacturers, CAD Trainers and Autodesk VAR’s using and supporting Inventor for woodworking. Keep up the good work one and all!


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