At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference today, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft vice president of developer and platform evangelism, announced new 3D printing features in Windows 10. More specifically, Autodesk Spark is being integrated into Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system. –VentureBeat
One of the largest recorded earthquakes just occurred in Nepal at 7.8 and thousands have died, many missing and millions are in need of the world’s assistance. If you have the ability to help Nepal recover, please do. To my fellow Autodesk employees, please check the matching donations by Autodesk to double your assistance.
Below is a great list of reputable charities and assistance organizations for the devastating Nepal natural disaster to help before it becomes a much worse humanitarian disaster.
Emergency Funds – Nepal Helping Earthquake Victims in Nepal
In response to the tragedy inflicted by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on communities across Nepal, we have assembled a list of recommended organizations that are providing relief to residents of the region. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue identifying the most effective and efficient organizations providing disaster relief and recovery to the affected areas.
American Nepal Medical Foundation promotes the advancement of medical training and practice in Nepal Promote and facilitates continuing medical education in Nepal Strengthen research capability of Nepali health professionals and foster collaboration with North American research institutions.
The American Red Cross has been working with The Nepal Red Cross (NRCS) since 1999, with its first long term project, focused on earthquake preparedness in Kathmandu, dates back to 2001. NRCS is headquartered in Kathmandu and has branches in all 75 districts, more than 1,300 sub-branches, 1.1 million members, and 100,000 active volunteers.
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has seven decades of experience delivering emergency aid during times of crisis. Our emergency responses focus on the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly girls and women. Last year CARE worked in 90 countries and reached more than 72 million people around the world.
Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Direct Relief can work with healthcare professionals and organizations on the ground and equip them with the essential medical supplies and equipment that they need to help people recover from a disaster.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Give2Asia works with community-based organizations throughout Asia, connecting them to corporations, foundations, and individual donors to charitable causes, coordinating comprehensive programs that address the region’s greatest needs; currently conducting initial assessments with local partners in Nepal to develop long-term rehabilitation initiatives in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake.
Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.
Real Medicine Foundation is aligned with governments and international agencies in eighteen countries on four continents around the world; we partner with and empower local populations, co-creating long-term solutions that are self-sustainable. RMF believes that real medicine focuses on the whole person, reaching beyond medical and physical care to include economic, social, and emotional support as well.
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.
Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.
Search Dog Foundation (legal name National Disaster Search Dog Foundation) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Their mission is to strengthen disaster preparedness in America by partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The teams are provided at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies throughout the country. Six SDF search teams have already been deployed to Nepal.
Seva Foundation has been a leading innovator since 1978 in the delivery of vital eye care services to the world's most vulnerable including women, children, and indigenous peoples. Seva is headquartered in Berkeley, California, with regional offices in Nepal, Tibet and Cambodia and partner offices in 11 countries. Seva's Sight Program works to restore eyesight and prevent blindness in over 20 countries around the globe.
Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
UNICEF works to ensure that every child has a safe and healthy childhood is on the ground in Nepal aiding children and families. You can donate to UNICEF's efforts online. In addition, you can automatically donate $10 by texting "Nepal" to 864233 (UNICEF).
World Vision is a Christian organization that helps bring children out of poverty, and tries to build communities with its relief work. The organization already has a presence in Nepal. Donate to support World Vision's relief efforts in Nepal, here.
Stay Strong Nepal
I received my shiny new Apple Watch Friday and spent the weekend getting used to it and seeing if I was going to keep it, return it, or sell it. For the record I did not get the expensive edition of the watch. I am also a person that normally wore a regular watch as well as my FitBit on my wrist but now I can get rid of those and rely on just the one Apple Watch.
Here are a few of my initial thoughts and impressions of this smart watch.
Could I live without this new gadget//watch – yes, but it is nice to see not only the time and temp at an fast easy glance on the wrist but also easily see many of the same notifications and data I always had to pull my phone out to check.
Am I keeping this watch, yes I am.
The Autodesk Answer Days series will start with members of the AutoCAD team and is free. Join the first AutoCAD Answer Day online event on Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Come to the Autodesk Community and post your AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT questions to the teams and experts that develop and support AutoCAD.
When you visit the AutoCAD Answer Day on May 7th the "CREATE NEW POST" button will be available for posting questions.
If you’re looking for more instructional information, check out our free AutoCAD Help Webinars.
For further details or info on the event tweet us @AutodeskHelp.
Be creative. Be bold. Be unique and be at AU 2015!
Be a part of the best and brightest when Autodesk University returns for its 23nd year on December 1–3, 2015 in Las Vegas. We’re now accepting class proposals from now until May 26.
Visit the Speaker Resource Center to learn more about how you can share your expertise with the Autodesk community. autode.sk/CFPAU2015
This year we are looking for classes that explore trending topics, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D Printing, Cloud Services, Reality Computing, and Advanced Manufacturing Techniques. We’re also looking for classes that focus on Autodesk software including Fusion 360, Revit, BIM 360, 3ds Max, Maya, AutoCAD products, and other Autodesk products that support the following industries:
Speaking of creative and unique: Being in Portland Oregon we just announced our new local baseball team <drum roll> The Portland Pickles. #KeepPortlandWeird
I hope to see you at AU 2015!
I have used 3ds Max since release 1 and Autodesk/Kinetix 3D Studio for DOS prior to that and the new release has just been released and shown at NAB 2015. The new Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 release has many new great features - and no doubt the best release yet.
To see a description of many of the new features checkout this blog post on The Area blog The Max Makers by Eddie Perlberg.
There is a free 30 day full product trial available.
If you are a school, teacher, or student you can get this and many other Autodesk products for 3 years.
The Living Arizona
I have had the pleasure of SCUBA diving on the USS Arizona in a 3D survey project, but not many get to experience the amazing historical ship and final resting place, but now you can live over the web. You will see that nature is thriving with corals and diverse marine life including weird alien like sea cucumbers everywhere.
Once a site of human devastation, now a haven for marine life. Resting on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial has now become a place of healing and reconciliation. Join us for a special event, brought to you by the ParkED and the National Park Service Dive Team. We will be share rare glimpses of the USS Arizona as she rests today. View the event live in our Visitor Center Theater and online. This event will be recorded, so even if you can't attend the live stream you can always watch the recording.
When: Thursday 23 April 2015, 03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-10:00) Hawaii
To register for this event, please go to the following link:
We have the coolest conference table in my team's new Autodesk San Francisco Pier 9 Advanced Research Lab! The conference table was constructed with 3D prints and addressable LEDs designed by Lumigeek and Autodesk employees. The wood table was created using locally sourced book-matched Bay Laurel, that was harvested from a fallen tree in California. The darker spot seen on the slabs is visual remnant of what caused the tree to die. The physical pattern for the 3D printed crystals was designed in Autodesk's 3ds Max by colleagues Evan Atherton and then Heather Kerrick took the design into Autodesk Fusion 360 to finish it off.
If it looks eerily familiar it might be as it was the same wizardry used in the Coolest 3D Printed Speakers in the World, The speakers that patterned the light from the music they played. Imagine the conference table LEDs programmed to make animated balls of fire to react to audio received by microphones in the table to indicate who was speaking during a meeting. The possibilities are endless, and the results are phenomenal uses of technology and true conversation starters.
Autodesk Team Members "Whiz Kids"
Evan Atherton - Design Engineer, Strategic Innovation (yes the guy behind "Artoo in Love" short movie)
Heather Kerrick - Design Engineer, Strategic Innovation
Quick clip of the conference table LED in action.
Autodesk 2016 Design & Creation Suites Now Announced
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced the release of the new Autodesk 2016 Design Suites that offer more control than ever over all aspects of the design-to-make process through a connected desktop and cloud user experience.
Autodesk design and creation suites provide customers with expanded toolsets, unique interoperability and a consistent user experience.
“Our customers are pushing the boundaries on how products are designed and made, how buildings are built, and how entertainment is created,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president at Autodesk. “Autodesk Suites address the entire workflow: from capturing reality and iterating on a design, to physically making that design through 3D printing or other forms of fabrication.”
Each design suite includes AutoCAD 2016, ReCap and 3ds Max. AutoCAD 2016, the most advanced AutoCAD yet, delivers faster, more precise detailed design and documentation with rich visual accuracy. Autodesk’s ReCap technology, also included in every suite, continues to bring Reality Computing to a new level of accessibility and affordability across the Suites with the additions of more native laser scan formats, smart measurement tools, advanced annotation and sync capabilities and more. Autodesk 3ds Max provides customers with the 3D tools they need to create inspirational experiences no matter what their industry demands.
Introducing 3ds Max 2016 :
Introducing AutoCAD 2016: http://autocadinsider.autodesk.com/my_weblog/2015/03/introducingautocad2016.html
The Autodesk user community looks forward to spring and the annual release of new versions of Autodesk software, and this year is no exception. AUGIWorld authors have been hard at work slicing and dicing the new releases to bring you the highlights of 2016 versions of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, and Inventor.
In 2007 I met with Autodesk founder John Walker at his home in Switzerland for a discussion about the 25th anniversary of AutoCAD. We discussed a lot, mostly about early Autodesk and AutoCAD history. We got on the topic of comparing his days writing early AutoCAD code and the current AutoCAD development. John asked how large the source code in lines was in the current release of AutoCAD which was AutoCAD 2008 at the time. I answered John with “close to 12 million lines of code” and he had a look of disbelief and said “when he wrote code for AutoCAD it was only a few thousand lines” and “I can’t imagine working in that large of a codebase.” That was a funny moment, but made sense given it had been many years since John had wrote code and perhaps since the 1980s and many features and more had been added since. The early AutoCAD releases didn’t even have the UNDO command yet. Back in those days you had to exit the drawing without saving to UNDO your changes. The list of commands was so short you could memorize them all or almost count on your fingers and toes. I still run AutoCAD 2.18 on my laptop in a virtual machine for fun and nostalgia.
What do you remember or are curious about in the early days of AutoCAD?
The Autodesk Design Night last Thursday night was absolutely amazing, and sold out (as usual.) The evening's theme was the oceans and focused on using technology to better understand the oceans. My colleagues Jonathan Knowles and Maurice Conti put the evening's event and amazing list of speakers and exhibits together. Jonathan and Maurice lead the Autodesk Maritime Research and Development Team which is within the Office of the CTO and dedicated to focusing on all things ocean for Autodesk. Many activities in addition to some very special guest speakers filled the evening and got the attendees thinking about what goes on, lives in, and is changing under the surface of the ocean.
While it was not planned, it was amazing and many noticed at the 3 guest speakers all being women. I wish my 13 year old daughter could have attended and been inspired by these amazing women involved in science and exploration of the ocean. What an honor it was to meet and hear these speakers and watch them educate us all on the ocean's current challenges.
"The Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stone." - Dr. Lesley Ewing
"Most of life on Earth lives in the dark all of the time." – Dr. Sylvia Earle
"This is pretty exciting. Like walking into traffic with teeth." - Dr. Sylvia Earle on diving with sharks
"Exploration is the physical evidence that science rules." – Erika Bergman
"The ocean is alive and many colors, not just blue." – Erika Bergman
"Girl power!" – Erika Bergman
There were several great activities and exhibits from Aquarium of the Bay exhibit on sharks and seals to myself and teammates talking about our maritime research gear and projects to dissecting squid or making saltwater taffy which were lucky located a safe distance apart.
3D printed coral one from an Autodesk Ember and one from a Objet. The coral model was created by Marine Ecologist Sly Lee of the Hydrous using photos to create a 3D model using Autodesk Project Memento.
Jason Medal-Katz playing in the large plastic mold for the submersible dome by DOER Marine.
Jonathan Knowles showing live Prochlorococcus which lives in the ocean and may be responsible for more than 50% of earth's oxygen.
The video recordings of the speakers should be available in the near future.
The next Design Night "Made to Order" covering 3D printing and making things was just announced and perhaps sold out by the time you read this.
Thank you everyone that made this such an amazing event!
There is a new Autodesk 360 Viewer "A360." The new drag & drop web based viewer allows you to view and share designs without any install, sign ups, or plugins and over 50 2D and 3D file types are supported.
Check out the new viewer! http://360.autodesk.com/viewer
Read here for a blog post from the A360 Team which shows more of the features that will be added in the future currently being worked on in the lab.
Autodesk acquired REALVIZ in 2008 and several of the team based in France. This team went on to deliver the photogrammetry technology (turning photos into 3D models) for Autodesk. This technology started as ImageModeler and then Project Photofly which went on to become 123D Catch, ReCap 360 and some of the technology within Autodesk Memento.
A few weeks ago many attended the REAL2015 event. While there at REAL2015 I realized there was a reunion of sorts with many of the former REALVIZ team attending and took some photos of the group.
Here is the REALVIZ Reunion from REAL2015:
Dominique Pouliquen, Luc Robert, Stephane Nullans, Stephane Negri, Emmanuel Gallo
This acquisition of this technology and the new Autodesk employees back in 2008 in my opinion changed some of the technology landscape and strategy of Autodesk. It was a core of the Reality Computing technologies, projects, and services that we seen so prominently and showcased at REAL2015.
Klingon language is now supported in the Autodesk Knowledge Network “Translate This Page” feature. Designers, engineers, creators, and makers can exist wherever there is imagination–here on Earth and beyond. Klingon is our first step in supporting our intergalactic customers.