The Autodesk Fusion 360 Team is looking for feedback and interviews with Fusion 360 users.
We want to speak with all kinds of Fusion 360 customers to learn more about how you design and test your product. Sessions will be over the phone and 30 minutes long. You'll receive a $25 Amazon gift card as thanks for your participation.
The FAA has enacted new regulations that went into effect on August 31st, 2016 for US based small unmanned aircraft systems UAS/UAV/drones over .55 pounds but under 55 pounds after what felt like a wild wild west of unclear rules awhile drones became very popular for both hobbyist and commercial companies including Autodesk for construction and reality capture technologies.
Both hobbyist and commercial pilots must be aware and follow all the new regulations for a much safer regulated US airspace. FAA Get Started Page
The new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations – Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (PDF 624 pages) – covers a broad spectrum of commercial uses for UAS. The regulations require certain restrictions on controlling the UAS and also certification of the pilot.
Remote Pilot Certification information
I Passed my Part 107 Exam!
After studying over 1230 pages of the newly required FAA Part 107, Knowledge Test Study Guide, and the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge I have passed my FAA commercial unmanned pilots exam last week and am now a FAA licensed commercial unmanned pilot. I wont have to take the exam again for two years. It felt as if many of the same knowledge questions in the two hour FAA exam came from the manned aircraft pilot exam and covered maps, aeronautics, weather, radio, par 107t regulations, safety, and crew management.
Unmanned aircraft usage has skyrocketed literally in our airspace in recent years and expected to grow further now that the regulations to support the safe unmanned UAS in our US airspace and many look at mapping, 3D modeling, deliveries. The sky is the limit.
Fly safe and legal.
Just over a week ago I drew a Friday 8am reservation for the new iPhone and upgraded as I do for the camera and increased storage alone. The new Apple reservation process was easy as I was in and out with the new phone in 5 minutes and had the first Apple 7 Plus Black matte for the Portland store I was at. After having used the phone for just over a week I have a few personal observations.
The positives for me:
The negatives for me:
Bottom line personal opinion:
This is a great phone and while I have used many mobile platforms over the years including Blackberry, Android, and WinCE, the iPhone is still my choice until the next big thing comes along. If you re an iPhone user with a 6S you might wait for next year but if you have a iPhone 6 or older then the 7 offers enough of an improvement to upgrade.
Max Moruzzi is the senior principal research scientist in our Autodesk Research and has authored an article for Techcrunch on how smart materials will change and reshape the world for better through design. This is another remarkable glimpse at the Future of Making Things.
“The IoT may well be The Next Big Thing, but maybe the attention around sensors is misplaced…
What if we didn’t even need embedded sensors to allow things to gather data about their surrounding environment? What if material could be a sensor in and of itself?
Sentient materials might sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but it’s quickly becoming a reality. A new generation of materials is being developed that can sense temperature, pressure, impact and other variables — completely removing the need for sensors.
Not only can these materials capture and relay data to the cloud, they also can reconfigure themselves on-the-fly to react to changing environmental conditions. It’s as if materials are becoming not just smart, but “alive” — and it will change the way things are designed and used in startling ways.”
It’s as if materials are becoming not just smart, but “alive.”
The article also mentions the Hack Rod project
“The Hack Rod project — which brings technology partners together with a team of automotive enthusiasts in Southern California — is out to design the first car in history built with smart materials and engineered using artificial intelligence.”
Autodesk has just released SketchBook Motion on the Apple App Store which was formerly available as as pre-release Project Draco from Autodesk Research. Now you can easily create compelling web based animations for illustrations or art using your Apple iPad.
Read More about SketchBook Motion:
Today, we’re happy to introduce a new app called SketchBook Motion. As its name suggests, it’s all about creating movement, but it’s a little different than your typical animation app. It’s about adding specific elements of motion to otherwise static drawings. It works best as a companion app for SketchBook Pro members, but even if you’re not a regular member we encourage you to download it, try it out, and expand what you normally draw. You can download SketchBook Motion for iPad and get started right now.
See what people have created using the pre-release version of Sketchbook Motion:
Subway Emergency Ventilation System by David Thorp
“Abby Normal” by David Thorp
Survey Says, Be at Autodesk University for: DING!
Great classes, networking, seeing what the future holds, and fun!
Please join Heidi Hewett, Lynn Allen and me at the AutoCAD Family Feud Tuesday 1:00pm at Autodesk University.
We need your responses for the Feud at this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q25PT65. It only takes a minute or two.
Details on the social media reception coming soon for those that actively participate in social media throughout the year covering Autodesk products and technologies.There will also be once again this year some early morning runs after it being very popular and a great way to start the day with some fresh air. So much Autodesk University news coming as we get closer.
Did you know it is the 35th anniversary of AutoCAD next year? We might have a few fun flash back surprises in store for you at AU.
Think Autodesk University is not worth the effort and cost?
See you at AU,
Andrew if you have not met him, is a very unique and brilliant researcher in his field and here at Autodesk working on big issues that truly impact our world like finding technology processes to cure cancer, disease,and other big challenges faces us as a species. He refers to the brain as nothing more than a “meat computer.” He works within an amazing group doing bio/nano research that people might not normally associate with Autodesk but in reality it is a perfect fit. As Andrew said in the AMA “Better software tools and AI is a GIANT part of the reason why I work with Autodesk and not a traditional biotech company.”
The link to the AMA questions and answers since the AMA is over: https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/51ryoy/hi_my_name_is_andrew_hessel_im_a_futurist_and/
About me: I’m a distinguished researcher at Autodesk, where I’m exploring the future of biotechnology. My background is cell biology and genetics, bioinformatics. Very future oriented -- what's edgy today, where are things going in 5, 10, 20 years. I helped kick off HGP-Write, an international effort to write large genomes like the human genome with synthetic biology. Other projects include customized synthetic viruses for cancer (and other applications), next-gen DNA synthesis technology, startups, etc. I also co-chaired Singularity University's Biotech and Bioinformatics Track between 2009 and 2012. I founded the Pink Army Cooperative to explore open source biotech. Plus, I worked for Amgen for 7 years. I believe biotech is poised to follow in the footsteps of computing tech, bringing game-changing new tools, products, etc. that touch every facet of our lives.
Interesting and thought provoking quotes from Andrew in the AMA:
What do you think about the current approaches of understanding genetic code? Could machine learning play a significant role in figuring out what code does what?
andrewhessel Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group
Machine learning is CRUCIAL. The features in genetic code are very difficult for people to examine "by eye". The application of ML and AI to genomics is one of the most exciting areas of comp bio to emerge in recent years -- and it's just getting started. Better software tools and AI is a GIANT part of the reason why I work with Autodesk and not a traditional biotech company btw.
Hi, I just saw your conference at COFES 2016 this morning and I saw how you talked about how you were working on creating a synthetic virus to eliminate cancer in dogs. Could a synthetic virus be created to eliminate or treat some viruses like HIV? Would designing a virus to help T-cells detect the HIV virus similarly to how you are designing your virus to help cells eliminate Cancer cells work?
andrewhessel Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group
Hi! I think synthetic viruses are going to be the next software industry. Viruses are basically USB sticks for biology, able to load new programs into specific cells with high efficiency. So, yes, I think it will be possible to treat HIV with synthetic viruses that target the same T cells but load in antivirus programs. Plus much more... vaccines, gene therapies, antibiotics. We've just started to explore the possibilities here.
What are your thoughts on having a massive anonymous open access genetic database for researchers? (similar to thePrecision Medicine Initiative supported by President Obama)
Recent article discussing the privatization of genetic data: Why you should worry about the privatization of genetic data
andrewhessel Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group
Short answer: it's a good thing! Absolutely. I have long supported Open Source for genetics, biotechnology, etc. In general, all scientific data, tools, papers, etc. needs to be in the public domain. I support the Personal Genome Project and even Autodesk's bio/nano group is choosing to open source the tools they are making. The only tricky part is being anonymous. Your genome is a barcode. Once it's published, it's virtually impossible to not be identified. Lots of issues and challenges here that still need to be sorted out. Many of the same issues are being dealt with in computer/social so I think we'll figure it out.
Andrew is doing amazing things with his team at Autodesk that will benefit us all.
The Oregon 2016 Tech Exec Auction just started and we have a high flying option to bid on with Autodesk Vice President Simulation, Greg Fallon. Not to be content with just another wine or brewery experience package in an auction event, Greg felt it would be unique and fun to actually involve a STEM experience and discussions with flying sUAS/UAV friendly drones and dinner. We can even capture 3D models of the terrain using Autodesk’s technology in addition to giving you some amazing photos and video of our memorable afternoon of flights even a aerial drone selfie.
Please place your bid now before the auction ends this Thursday at 5pm pacific http://bit.ly/2cL4QO5
See the other items up for auction: https://www.32auctions.com/2016TechExecAuction
This is the Technology Association of Oregon’s first annual Tech Exec Online Auction to benefit the work of STEM education programs Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program, iUrbanTeen, Portland Youth Builders, and Innovate Oregon.” This auction benefits our youth and their futures in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, experience, and careers. Let me not mince words here because helping kids benefits all of our future.
This online auction will provide members of the Oregon and Southwest Washington community (and beyond) a chance to meet some of the Silicon Forest’s incredible technology executives while supporting STEM education programs in our community. I hope you will join Greg and I for an amazing day of flying and seeing our world and technology in a new way and then dinner for great food and conversation.
Please do me a personal favor and spread this message far and wide. It is all of our our responsibility to help shape the future by helping the future generations. This is how we imagine design and create a better world.
If you have done a lot of 3D laser scanning or LiDAR you know how waiting to see if the scan is done can be sometimes a hide and seek game to not get caught in the scan and photo. On a recent project the FARO scanner caught me as evidenced by the point matching when merging scans in Autodesk ReCap Pro. Laser scanning systems take photos at the end of a laser scan so that it can bake the color of the pixels into the points in the point cloud. After doing a lot of scans I guess I was getting impatient, exhausted, or just guessing wrong if the scan was completed.
AutoCAD 2017 has added the ability to import a PDF as vector objects and not just as a raster PDF underlay added back in AutoCAD 2007. Customers have been asking for a longtime for this feature but there has been concerns since published data can have inherent inaccurate scales and a few other issues. Autodesk chose to look at the requests from customers in order to define the needs and took a couple years in development.
So now in AutoCAD 2017 you can import a PDF as an underlay object in your AutoCAD drawing.
PDF is on the standard Import file type list to import much like importing a DGN.
Click the Insert tabImport panelImport or use the command PDFIMPORT
After selecting the PDF file to import you get the Import PDF dialog. You have the ability to specify settings on Insertion point, rotation, and scale in addition to the setting how the geometry is imported like as a block or covert solid fills to hatches.
Importing a DWG will be far more accurate with native objects, but if you need to get geometry from a PDF you can do that with AutoCAD 2017.
For more details and suggestions on importing PDF files into AutoCAD 2017 read Autodesk’s Dieter Schlaepfer’s post: AutoCAD 2017 PDF Import: Guidance for Working with PDF and AutoCAD DWG Data
The robots are coming and they are not all evil but will help us make things and augment our capabilities at solving other challenges facing the world. Maurice Conti Director, Applied Research and Innovation, in the Autodesk Office of the CTO and colleague was interviewed by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for a nice article on robotics and the research Autodesk is doing in the Applied Research Lab.
Human Augmentation: the Next Phase in Robotics
Prominent, respected public figures including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have spoken about the dangers of the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics, which at the very least could threaten thousands of jobs and at the most could pose an existential threat to the very survival of the human race.
However, Maurice Conti, director of director of applied research and innovation at software company Autodesk, does not take such a dark view of our future relationship with technology. In fact, he believes that smart software and robotics can augment the work that humans undertake, freeing us up to develop ever more creative solutions to life’s problems.