Check out the video just released from the Field Test
Check out the video just released from the Field Test
Autodesk’s FormIt 360 is taking this kind of 3D digital sketch one step further by connecting conceptual design to Building Information Modeling (BIM). Available for free via web browser or app for iPad and Android FormIt 360 is a lightweight tool designed to capture ideas quickly and easily.
In the past 24 hours Autodesk has launched a new Memento Gallery where you can publish your Autodesk Memento 3D models for others to view or even download. I published models up there to test it and it works very well.
How to publish tot the gallery:
Create or load a model in the free beta of Autodesk Memento for Windows (Mac version in testing now)
I loaded a model of a Sea Cockroach I created from a series of photos I took at a marine research station in Puerto Morelos Mexico in June 2015.
With the most recent Memento beta build 220.127.116.11 from yesterday you get an option in the side menu to
After publishing you can view and can view and if the author can edit the details. https://memento.autodesk.com/projects/sea-cockroach
You can follow gallery users and I am https://memento.autodesk.com/users/shaan-hurley
Give the new gallery a try to share your 3D models, free currently.This is perfect for artist, museums, engineers, archeologists, really anyone creating 3D content for viewing and preserving. I am not sure of the file size or storage limits at this time.
When opening the online help on a topic in the product you receive a page:
“You do not have access to this resource.
You can contact the Autodesk Feedback Community Team through the page on https://beta.autodesk.com or email email@example.com if you believe you have received this message in error.”
The most common reason is because your web browsers cache is out of date and you had a beta version of the Autodesk product on your computer previously. You can fix this by clearing the browser cache.
IE8 & IE9
This how to will give you the steps to delete all or individual sets of files.
To reduce some potential caching issues, it's best to have Internet Explorer set to request the latest version of the page rather than relying on a cached copy. To do this:
Over the past two years a team from Autodesk, the U.S. National Park Service, and multiple partners worked in Pearl Harbor Hawaii at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and USS Arizona Memorial to undertake the first comprehensive survey of the ship in the latest technologies of reality capture. We used many methods to capture and digitally preserve and study the USS Arizona above and below the water including LiDAR above and below the water, photogrammetry, and multiple SONAR technologies. The data collected in point clouds and mesh models has been very complex but we have brought all the data together to assemble a complete and accurate 3D mesh model which will soon begin a complicated scaled 3D print.
Stay tuned for more details on this amazing historical project.
See our AR/VR exhibit and Tatjana at the Future of StoryTelling conference next month Oct 7 & 8th in New York City.
Check out this well told story illustrating how reality capture and photogrammetry changes the game and removes barriers of cost and technology allowing more to not just manually interpret and recreate 3D geometry of reality, but accurately capture it for many uses. You can also see some of the work of our good friends Dr. Louise Leakey of TBI and Sly Lee of the Hydrous in this short film and at the conference.
Please like this film on Vimeo which was by Mishka Kornai and Drew Heskett.
I will never forget many years ago flying into Portland International Airport and seeing the iconic and sometimes visually loud carpet. Over the past 20 some odd years flying into the airport I always felt fairly nostalgic when seeing it and actually looked at carpets in airports around the world and nothing compared it.
This last Spring I remember flying into PDX and doing the ceremonial photo of my feet on the carpet. It was that very day I knew I had to be back in my PDX home again after being away for 18 years. It happened and now I am happily back in my Portland Oregon but they have started to replace the old carpet with a new design. Change is never easy and I have a long attachment to the old design and prefer its color and quirky shapes.
View and download the PDX Carpet Design DWG file. http://a360.co/1MeTxsx
My friends at Rogue even made a PDX Carpet India Pale Ale.
PDX Carpet story on the always amazing 99% Invisible Podcast published on Feb 24, 2014 by Roman Mars.
Episode 154: PDX Carpet http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/pdx-carpet/
Portland aka Portlandia prides itself in being unique, creative, outside the box, weird, our free range unicorn herds, world’s best beer and coffee, and loving our retro design carpet in our PDX top ranked airport.
Don't judge us.
Shaan a Portlandian.
Maybe you have been under a rock today or maybe you just don’t read the news or social media so let me tell you an amazing story that may anger you but make you smile when you realize people will not tolerate this and the incredible amount of support for this inspiring kid.
Ahmed is a 14 year old kid in the ninth grade who created his very own own alarm clock to show his teacher at school because he was proud of what he made. Ahmed is a young maker which should be celebrated instead of just settling for purchasing a manufactured plastic alarm clock from the big brick store like thousands of others settle for. In making something he learns and explores what makes things work, and how you make things. This making of things which is a big movement gaining steam each year and supported fully by Autodesk with many technologies free for kids to explore and learn to be Makers and should be celebrated but unfortunately some for whatever poor choice and reason had this young kid arrested and they had this young kid placed in handcuffs knowing this was not a bomb but a homemade alarm clock.
Irving ninth-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school
From Gizmodo story:
“Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed is a kid who loves to tinker, and was excited to show teachers at his Irving, Texas High school his latest invention: a clock with “a digital display, built into a metal case with a circuit board.” For this offense he was handcuffed and arrested, while bullying cops persisted in pointing out that the contraption “looks like a movie bomb to me.””
”Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.”
Our own Chief Maker and Autodesk President and CEO Carl Bass said:
“Ahmed, don’t let this stop your creativity. Come hang out at Autodesk and we’ll make something new together.
This was sad, depressing, and poor choices by many adults and should have been handled better and I only hope it changes some people and caused a “teachable moment” for all.
If a kid makes a clock
It works like a clock
It is most likely a clock..
Ahmed, the Makers of Autodesk stand with you.
I moved back to Oregon a couple months ago and the one thing I have noticed is people pronouncing it wrong.
It is not pronounced like “Ory Gone”
I fired up AutoCAD to visually explain how to pronounce my home state Oregon.
I asked fellow Autodesk and Portland office colleague Chris Mitchell who manages our very successful Autodesk Inventor pre-release beta programs like the alpha and beta programs for our DLS division a series of 11 questions about the beta. Why 11, because 10 is just so average. My questions are in bold.
Chris can you tell us a bit about your background, role, and how long you have been involved in beta management?
I'll start by going waaaaaaay back; I have a Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering & a Master Degree in Computer Aided Engineering, both from Nottingham Trent University in England. I am also a Charted Mechanical Engineer through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. I don't use them much, but I could add BEng (Hons), MEng, CEng, MIMechE after my name. Prior to working at Autodesk, I worked at SDRC/EDS/UGS for 10 years as a consultant on I-DEAS, Metaphase/Teamcenter PLM, & VisMockup. Before that I was a Mechanical Design Engineer at British Steel, designing/analyzing production equipment for the hot rolling process. That's where I first got a real taste of "all things CAD". I've been at Autodesk for 10 years now, initially as a lead Product Designer for Inventor, then the Product Design Manager & more recently a lead member of the Customer Engagement/QA team. I've been involved with "Beta" for all 10 years; initially we hosted the Inventor Design Review Forum (IDRF), which was an avenue to gather direct feedback on design specs from ~ 50 hand-picked Inventor experts. That process was really a pre-cursor to many of the User Experience/Usability/Beta activities which are still performed today. The IDRF gradually morphed to become a Customer-Centric feedback program, & then Beta & more recently the on-going Alpha/Beta program. An integral part of these activities were the face-to-face "Gunslinger" test events, and Autodesk Application Engineer Summits, which our team still leads today. So really I've been involved with "Beta" activities for 10 years, but really the "owner" for the Inventor Beta for last 6 years. I also acted as the overall DLS division Beta owner for the Mechanical Design products in a consulting role for the last 4 years.
Can you please tell us which Autodesk products you manage in your Autodesk DLS division in alpha and beta? As a follow up what the heck does DLS mean for those unaware?
My primary role by a considerable margin is to manage the Inventor product Alpha/Beta's; more recently I've actively contributed to the management of Beta's for all Design, Lifecycle & Simulation Lifecycle & Simulation (DLS), products, (Fusion 360, PLM 360, Factory & Product Design Suite, Alias, HSM, Simulation, Vault), as well as assisting with other Autodesk Beta's such as AutoCAD, Labs, etc.
Back in May Autodesk employees in teams of 7 started the competition in step counts internally among 406 teams and tens of thousands of other teams from other companies in the Global Corporate Challenge. This was the second year for me as team leader for the OCTO (Office of the CTO) Team and we did very well.
Our “Team OCTO” of 7 covered 5105 miles in 100 days and placed 7th place in Autodesk and # 2016 overall among 42,498 corporate teams around the world.
Congratulations to my well motivated and successful team which were all colleagues in the Autodesk OCTO organization:
This was my 4th year participating, and each year improving my steps.
Congratulations to a crazy Autodesk team placing 72 overall and 1st at Autodesk with a staggering 8867 miles in 100 days by 7 team members. My guess is they lived on treadmills and bikes and hit a 31,994 daily step average..
Here are the top 10 Autodesk GCC 2015 Teams
1,824,892 (725.72 miles)
483,643 (1,001.74 miles)
12,245 (2,819 yards)
Thank you and congratulations to everyone that participated in the Global Corporate Challenge and the companies for supporting such a fun fitness challenge giving many extra motivation to keep moving!
My good friend Dr. Louise Leakey has launched a new site to allow you to join in the exploration of fossils and be part of the most important scientific discoveries. They have developed a site that crowd sources the review of all the photos.
It is simple and you don’t need to endure the 29 hours to fly there, 120 degree heat and cool 90 degree nights with no AC, deadly scorpions, friendly spitting cobras, or potential for malaria but you help science and expand the knowledge of Earths past hominid and animal life. The remote region of Kenya is becoming less remote due to man and our fossil record disappearing like grains of sand disappearing in the wind. Help accelerate the discoveries from the comfort of your computer.
Simply log onto www.fossilfinder.org to find fossils and other geological bits and pieces in the Turkana Basin of Northern Kenya.
While it is about as remote on Earth as you can get, and a difficult area it has the most history and beauty of any place on earth. The Turkana Basin has forever changed my life more than anyone will ever know, but me. I am truly thankful for the work The Turkana Basin Institute is doing and my time visiting a couple years ago. I am truly honored to have been a part of a small slice in the research of technology assisting science.
The world is moving to the Cloud. And mechanical design and manufacturing apps are going there too. Are you ready?
Autodesk is taking mechanical design to the Cloud with Fusion 360. Tens of thousands of engineers that are Cloud friendly early adopters and aggressive users of new technologies are using Fusion 360 every day today. As are tens of thousands of engineering students around the world. Cloud based design and engineering is a different world – from apps being sold through on-line App Stores to future development plans published on-line for users to comment and vote on. This transition from desktop to Cloud based design and engineering software is a once in a generation opportunity to leapfrog your competition – which is exactly what Autodesk is doing.
Will you join us? Want to get a quick start with a small investment?
Interested and want to learn more? Go to www.fusion360hackathon.com
A colleague in the Lake Oswego Oregon Autodesk office Ryan McMahon (Senior Product Manager for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Simulation) is experimenting with my Autodesk Ember 3D printer and some reverse engineering of consumer goods.
The original part is on the left and the part reverse engineered on the right designed in Autodesk Inventor and printed on the Ember.
Read more about the event being held September 8th, 2015.
"I Love DWG" meetup in Prague
Working with DWG files using third party libraries? Querying? Viewing? Editing?
Wrestling with how to expand your solutions to mobile and the web? And really want to avoid having to build different/new code bases to support desktop, mobile and web apps?
Join us at the upcoming “I Love DWG” MeetUp in Prague on Tuesday evening September 8th.
People purchasing hardware from some of Autodesk’s partners will be finding a very nice and shiny surprise benefit inside. Inside many packages, including Autodesk’s very own Ember 3D printer is a metal card good for free commercial subscription of Autodesk Fusion 360 of various lengths. I saw these classy metal cards in person yesterday with Justin Hoey who is the Fusion 360 Product Marketing Manager and located in the Autodesk Lake Oswego office.
It is now September and rapidly approaching Autumn/Fall which is the time of the year kids return to school. This is also the time pumpkin spiced everything is thrust upon us including the infamous pumpkin spice lattes that I believe started all this. This is a great time to mention the fact Autodesk gives almost all of its software free to students and faculty around the world.
To get free Autodesk software (minus pumpkin spice flavor) for Students or Faculty as well as some curriculum go to http://www.autodesk.com/
While we cant protect you from the onslaught of too many things with pumpkin spice we can make sure students and faculty have the very best in design software and technology at the best price of FREE for 3 years.