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Evan Atherton of the Office of the CTO (OCTO) and a teammate of mine has made a fun great movie. Evan is probably one of the most ardent Star Wars loving fans I know. Evan has created a movie about Star War's loveable droid R2-D2 called "Artoo in Love" using much of the technology we use in the OCTO group. From using high end video cameras like the RED to custom built R2-D2, UAV, and a robotic arm that has been taught to draw. The film is not only told a story of using technology, but a technology love story.
While I don't want to lose Evan to film directing and making it is apparent he has the talent in the film and production. Look out Spielberg and Lucas, a Mechanical Engineer is making great movies and on your heels.
Gizmodo published a great article on the project film as well:
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I am now working from the Autodesk Lake Oswego office and in the "fun" process of moving here. I am doing my same job and on the same San Francisco Office of the CTO team, but I am no longer working remote from Utah.
I am extremely excited to be returning to Oregon after having been here when I originally accepted a position at Autodesk in the SF Bay Area -17 years ago. My team and manager and everyone in the Lake Oswego office has been awesome and I am all moved into my office space. Now I just need to move all household goods from Utah to my house in Oregon. I am going to miss all my Utah friends but I will be back to visit.
Some of the recent Oregon Instagram photos of mine are located at: @ShaanHurley
Our good friend and a smart innovative marine scientist Sly Lee of The HYDROUS had a nice online piece covering his work in Wetpixel.com. Sly uses Autodesk Memento to generate 3D textured models of coral from photos he and teams take underwater in coral reef locations around the world.
The ability to document a coral in 3D with textures is far more rich than 2D underwater sketching or 2D photos. The 3D models in addition to looking amazing and artistic generates a rich amount of accurate geometric and volumetric data so you can track growth or unfortunately the deterioration of coral colonies due to several environmental factors in our oceans. This is one of those practical applications of photogrammetry where creating 3D models or scans protects and help preserve and better understand the ocean and coral.
I had the pleasure of joining him photographing coral specimens in the waters off Kalaupapa Molokai Hawaii last year. Our team spent many hours SCUBA diving upside down taking thousands of photos of coral dodging moray eels, sharks, and jellyfish in the interest of research. I hope to join Sly underwater again someday even willing to take a few more jelly fish and sponge stings in the interest of science and pushing the envelope of Autodesk technologies.
When you have the 3D models you can also 3D print the coral which are amazing to see in person and are like an abstract art than anything. We printed this acropora genus of coral model from Palau on an Objet printer in SF a couple weeks ago for the REAL2015 conference. Who knows, perhaps these amazing pieces of natures fractal art could help crowd fund the study of the coral reefs and their preservation.
We at Autodesk always say imagine, design, and create a better world and in this case it is to help preserve and leave a better world and ocean. Keep up the great work studying and preserving our coral reefs and oceans Sly!
(Fun Between the Lines Fact: This is my 1st blog post from my new office in Portland Oregon)
AutoCAD 2016 Official Press Announcement was just published and the website, marketing materials, and full trial downloads are being made available.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced the availability of AutoCAD 2016, the latest release of one of the world’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) applications.
The 2016 release includes scores of new features that accelerate the 2D and 3D design, documentation and collaboration process while enriching the on-screen experience of creating almost any shape imaginable. In addition, users can confidently share their work with others using TrustedDWG™ technology, the original and most accurate way to store and exchange design data.
“AutoCAD 2016 makes detailing and documentation work faster, while stunning visual enhancements bring a new level of clarity and depth to every aspect of a design,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products, Autodesk. “Our customers will also appreciate productivity boosts like enhanced PDF output and tighter coordination with Building Information Modeling (BIM).”
“The enhancements brought this product to another level,” said senior architect, Dr. Santi Maggio Savasta, M.Arch, Ph.D., with Santi Maggio Savasta Architect. “The improvements brought to dimensioning and text editing, not to mention the whole section related to the drawing aids, allow you to be more effective and quick, giving you a real-time preview of what you are doing, while you are doing it.”
An Enhanced Visual CAD Experience
Improvements to the drawing canvas in AutoCAD 2016 dramatically improve the visual accuracy seen on screen. Enhanced readability and detail means smooth curves and arcs replace jagged line segments. AutoCAD now takes full advantage of the latest graphics hardware to deliver a richer, yet faster, visual experience. Users can predict more results and minimize the need to “undo” a command with expanded Command Preview. Other enhancements include:
- AutoCAD 2016 also outputs enhanced PDFs that are significantly smaller, while retaining visual fidelity. PDFs are now fully searchable, maintain all hyperlinks and can be attached to drawings faster.
- Improved Smart Dimensioning automatically creates appropriate measurements based on the type of objects selected, making it easier to accurately calculate measurements based on the drawing context.
Together with new features for reality computing and BIM coordination, the tools in AutoCAD 2016 help users significantly increase efficiency and maximize productivity—clearing the way to faster, more precise design and documentation.
AutoCAD 2016 products are available immediately, and availability varies by country. Additionally, several purchase options are available. Users can choose a perpetual license with or without Maintenance Subscription, or a Desktop Subscription with pay-as-you-go monthly, quarterly, and annual options. In addition to flexible licensing, Desktop Subscription gives users access to the latest updates and releases, one-on-one technical support, and priority support in the forums.
Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.
Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, AutoCAD, and TrustedDWG are registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
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Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016:
1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color
Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.
Installation 6.0 GB
Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
.NET Framework Version 4.5
Additional Requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
8 GB RAM or greater
6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
1600x1050 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.
64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets, Point Clouds and 3D Modeling.
A series of 11 videos in a showing the new features in the just released AutoCAD 2016 are now posted to YouTube as a playlist. If you are an Autodesk subscription customer you can download your AutoCAD 2016 today and kick the tires.
If you are a customer on subscription you can go download it now and kick the tires of the new release. Those wishing to download the free trail download or educational will have to wait a few more days when all the press release and official AutoCAD 2016 website goes live.
If you were an AutoCAD 2016 aka Project Maestro beta participant: Please make sure to read the release notes and properly uninstall the beta and reboot before installing this shipping release.
Tomorrow is the official First Customer Ship (FCS) of the new AutoCAD 2016 (codename Maestro) and based products from Autodesk (AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical.) We have released the thousands of awesome beta testers this morning to discuss the new release of AutoCAD. Please note that other big Autodesk 2016 products are still under NDA for now such as Autodesk Revit and Inventor. There are several enhancements in AutoCAD 2016 and more detailed information in an official press release,online product centers, and trial downloads will go live in the coming days.
Some of the AutoCAD 2016 highlights from the AutoCAD 2016 Preview Guide:
Geometric Center object snap
Isometric line grid
Selection highlighting color
Plot dialog box
BIM 360 add-in for AutoCAD enhancements
System Variable Monitor
Single service pack
Thank You to our beta testers for being part of our team in making a better AutoCAD!
Last week I was invited by NASA to visit the remote Orbital ATK facility at Promontory Utah to witness the test firing of a new SLS rocket motor DM-1 Static Test. The DM-1 rocket is one of the two solid fueled rockets that will lift the Space Launch System (SLS) to near Earth asteroids and a possible manned mission to Mars. This test was important and was a demonstration test to certify the design and record more performance characteristics.
I was invited to attend with some social media attendees and had a great time with questions and answers with NASA officials and current NASA Astronaut Stanley G. Love. We sat in the press conference by the project mission leaders for NASA and Orbital ATK and even made appearances on NASA TV. We got a VIP tour of several facilities used to make the solid rocket propellant but sadly were unable to take photos in the facilities but we received a group photo in front of a propellant mixing bowl.
The worlds largest solid fueled rocket generates 3.6 million pounds of thrust for almost 2 minutes.
The rocket test was amazing from 1 mile away. You seen the flash, feel the heat, then the rumbling sound about 5 seconds later hits you.
After the rocket was cooled down with the assistance of carbon dioxide and water quenching we visited it at the test harness., It was amazing to see the soil after the intense heat from the motor. I did not find any rocket glass this test but instead pieces of plug material. What is fascinating is the mechanical design to restrain the rockets 3.6 million pounds of thrust from launching it into orbit and all the hundreds of load and scientific sensors.
One of the attendees let me borrow and play with his Google Glass. They were cool but weird to have to look up to the right to see the little screen display. I can't wait for future augmented reality or smart display glasses.
Another attendee had their GoPro camera a wee bit too close to the rocket test...