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Autodesk Vault Review
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What is Autodesk Vault
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What is Autodesk Vault?
Autodesk Vault is a CAD data management tool. It is meant to help design teams track work progress and collaborate in a multi-user environment. Autodesk Vault integrates with other Autodesk products. It can integrate with Inventor Professional, AutoCAD Electrical and Mechanical, and other Civil 3D products among many. It has been used by professionals working in different industries like construction, engineering, architecture, and manufacturing. It comes in three versions: Vault Office, Vault Workgroup, and Vault Professional. All come with separate licenses.
The core of the Autodesk Vault suite is the Vault or the ‘work-in-progress’ (WIP) data management. It is simple to use WIP data management application that helps users track where they are in their workflows and schedules. This is included in Vault Office. The Vault Workgroup version includes features such as revision management and security. It also allows further personalization. The Vault Professional includes a multi-site replication function. Furthermore, it can integrate with enterprise-level business systems. However small or large your operations are, Autodesk Vault is scalable according to your needs.
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Autodesk Vault features
Main features of Autodesk Vault are:
Active Directory authentication
Automated engineering change orders
Batch plotting for automated tasks
Central location for project data
Cloud connection with Buzzsaw
Direct CAD injection
Administration and configuration
Enhanced data security
Fast data searching
Projects and reporting
Streamlined PDM workflows
Support for AnyCAD
Support for raw material workflow
Unified item and file lifecycle engine
Vault Office Web
Visual data management
Autodesk Vault Benefits
The main benefits of Autodesk Vault are providing better work transparency, empowering design processes, and improving work monitoring.
Autodesk Vault is a great tool for design teams to monitor and control their work. They can track the entire product development cycle and make constructive revisions as they go along. With all the information handy, errors can be minimized. Furthermore, Autodesk offers a cloud-hosting service through subscription or one-time licensing with maintenance fees.
Vault Professional offers users unique logins. This prioritizes transparency through tracking changes in file histories accurately. This comes with an excellent search function that uses file content indexing. This allows users to search inside documents of different file types like DGWs and Microsoft files. For inventors, this is very handy. This is because all parts contain links and their assemblies are getting updated through every change. Autodesk Vault’s history tracking is very extensive and accurate. All changes made to files are saved in the file history. Team members can thus double check or triple check the changes. This is also useful when users want to revisit past versions for future reference.
Autodesk Vault makes the Bill of Materials (BOM) accessible through a feature called the Item Manager. Items, apart from CAD files, can be entered in the BOM. These could include grease, fuel, miscellaneous expenses, lunch, maintenance, labor, and just about whatever your project required.
Collaboration and communication are made easier using Autodesk Vault. Users required to respond to change orders are automatically notified by the system. But this is not all. The CAD files pertinent to the change order are also automatically forwarded. Just like any thoughtful collaborative platform, users can also leave comments in files to better guide colleagues or post questions and answers.
Furthermore, Vault Professional offers three levels of security. The first is the users’ logins. The second is a layer over files and folders. Thirdly, it provides lifecycle security that thwarts various security threats.
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Autodesk Vault Integrations
The following Autodesk Vault integrations are currently offered by the vendor:
Factory Design Suite
Autodesk Vault pricing is available in the following plans: