Autodesk Announces Unverferth as Inventor of the Month for April 2008

Company Uses Digital Prototyping to Develop Agricultural Equipment That

Treads Lightly on the Earth

Apr 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today announced that Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
 (Unverferth), a leading provider of agricultural equipment and machinery,
 has been named as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for April 2008. By
 using Autodesk Inventor mechanical design software and Digital Prototyping
 technology, Unverferth has been able to virtually design, explore and
 interact with a pioneering series of soil tillers before its agricultural
 tools are built.
     The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design
 and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk
 Inventor software -- the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital
 Prototyping. Inventor has helped Unverferth to readily expand its product
 line to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the
 atmosphere by farm operations -- meeting a new market need while lessening
 the overall environmental impact of farming.
     Inventor has also enabled the company to adapt its products to the soil
 conditions of different geographic regions with minimal time and cost,
 thanks to the efficiencies that Digital Prototyping enables. Engineers were
 able to design specific tillage components, specify their ranges of motion,
 and use the kinematics built into Inventor to simulate components in
 action. By checking for interferences, engineers have been able to
 immediately detect a problem, and again modify designs and animate models
 to reflect the investment associated with building, and rebuilding,
 multiple physical prototypes.
     Supporting Low Impact Farming Practices
     Tillage is the process of digging up soil to prepare it for
 agricultural purposes, such as planting crops. Disturbing the soil in this
 manner releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to
 environmental issues such as global warming. Unverferth has been able to
 support the growth of the more environmentally friendly "conservation
 tillage" movement by delivering innovative farm equipment that tills soil
 with minimal surface soil disruption, which reduces carbon dioxide
     "Using Inventor to create a single 3D digital model that can be
 leveraged throughout the entire product development lifecycle has been
 extremely beneficial for us," said Steve Hilvers, a project engineer at
 Unverferth. "We can use digital prototypes to virtually explore a new
 product or customize an existing product, without having to expend time and
 money on physical prototypes. As a result, we're making better, more
 complex products than ever -- products we'd never have dreamed of designing
 a few years ago, that will have a positive impact on the future of
     This increase in innovation has allowed Unverferth to increase the
 number of new designs brought to the market by 50 percent while lowering
 the number of physical prototypes it needs to build by 75 percent, helping
 ensure that a steady supply of cutting-edge agricultural machines are
 available to maintain the momentum of the conservation tillage movement.
     "Manufacturers of every type are looking for ways to create a more
 sustainable world, and harnessing Autodesk technology allows them to tackle
 this challenge without wasting time or resources," said Robert "Buzz"
 Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. "We
 applaud Unverferth's role in creating a greener future and are pleased to
 name them as April's Inventor of the Month."
     About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program
     Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the more
 than 700,000 users of Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for
 Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and
 groundbreaking innovation. For more information on Autodesk Inventor of the
 Month, contact us at
     About Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
     Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a leading, family-owned
 manufacturer of tillage implements, grain, hay and manure handling
 equipment as well as agricultural dual and specialty changeover wheels. The
 company has been serving America's farm operations since 1948. For
 additional information about Unverferth, visit
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
 manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its
 introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
 broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to
 help customers experience their ideas before they are built. Fortune 1000
 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze
 real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money,
 enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about
 Autodesk, visit
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