Next week I will celebrate and reflect on 20 years working at Autodesk, or 140 in dog years due to our dog loving culture at Autodesk. I am going to gather up some of my fondest memories and accomplishments for a blog post next week. Autodesk has been a job that I only intended to do for two years then go back into a design seat, but I am still here for several reasons and my colleagues are like extended family.
If you have any photos or stories of me over the past 20 years as a desker, please Email Me.
If you know a kid, then you should also know Tinkercad. Tinkercad is free and browser based with nothing to install.
Tinkercad is the perfect exploration and fun tool to create things easily in 3D and even 3D print them into physical creations. It has been amazing to see what kids (adults too) create by using Tinkercad. It provides an easy way to understand spatial relationships almost like using the modern tinker toys or playdough. You don't need to teach the kid CAD or complex instructions, just sit them down and let them have fun and encourage them to design big ideas they have and share with you. Kids can also design their objects to use for the game of Minecraft. Many designs already created by fellow tinkerers can be downloaded and tinkered with as well.
Its fun, its easy, its educational, its free. Tinkercad
One of the ways to improve the Autodesk products you use is by getting actively involved in Autodesk beta testing in the Autodesk Feedback Community. Beta testing involves the early testing and providing feedback on unreleased versions of the software and is critical to improving the features and stability of Autodesk products.
If you are interested in working with the Autodesk product teams and providing your detailed feedback on potential new releases, all you need to do is sign up. Once an opportunity or need for new participants you will receive an email to join and in most cases a NDA (non disclosure agreement) so that while beta testing you keep the new software and features confidential until end of the beta and you are released to tell the world.
We love when you report and help us squash bugs and provide your feedback to improve the products. You are a vital extended member of our product team.
This Saturday January 6th 2018, the new FIRST FRC 2018 season game and field will be revealed which will then set thousands of high school teams and they will begin work on their robot designs followed by the competitions. The only thing we know right now from FIRST in their public hints and teaser video, is that the game and field is themed “8-bit” and the game is named “POWER UP”.
Autodesk will be at the reveal event here in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Portland. The Autodesk high school interns will be showing the latest Autodesk Synthesis release which is available free to all FIRST FRC teams including the new 2018 field on Saturday Synthesis allows FRC team to insert their robots 3D design model into the game field with a physics engine and simulate their performance on the field as well as provides their drivers to critical practice time practice long before their robot has been built or controls and coding complete. Having the team drivers experienced with the field long before the competitions is a big advantage for teams. Imagine getting to drive a robot on the new field the day the game is announced! If you are attending at University of Portland launch, please stop by say “hi” and test rive the new field.
Here are some of our high school interns involved in Autodesk Synthesis.
After the reveal event I will be heading to be with my Team 1540 Flaming Chickens as they start their design and strategy sprints. Team 1540 has gotten to world finals the past couple years and use Autodesk design products like Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Fusion 360 to completely digital design their robot before cutting a single part. It allows them to spot potential mistakes and make assumptions digitally instead of finding mistakes in the physical parts causing delays and more material costs.
An exciting season of competition and sportsmanship are soon to commence, and I can’t wait. Thank you to the students, teachers, mentors, parents, sponsors, and FIRST for making this all happen!
Forge is the future platform for Autodesk where all applications and services can use a common cloud based platform to view and extract your design data – and more. Several Autodesk and 3rd party applications have already made use of the benefits of this platform, but do you want to know more about Forge and what it offers?
Scott Sheppard wrote a nice overview with a diagram as well that explains the APIs and benefits of Forge.
I have just returned from the holidays and all rested and refreshed and ready for this fresh new year.I spent the past 2 weeks hiking, snowshoeing, shoveling snow and ice, playing with my dog, and relaxing.
I hope you had a great holiday and new year. I want to sincerely thank you for reading Between the Lines blog. Without you there is no reason for the blog. If there is any feedback and suggestions for Autodesk and technology related topics please feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some photos of my holiday week of rest:
Snowshoeing on Mt. Hood.
Spending time away from it all on the sunny and beautiful Oregon Coast at Manzanita and Oswald West State Park.
The final sunset of 2017 as seen at Manzanita Beach Oregon. No editing of the colors as they were simply this awesome and stunning.
I hope you have the best year ever and it is filled with happiness and health.
This is my 19th year of the Autodesk annual week of rest and planning to be offline until after the new year. I will also spend much of it on trails in the snow and the coast of Oregon this year. Next month I also celebrate 20 years at Autodesk (140 years in dog years). I want to sincerely thank all the readers of this blog, social media, my awesome colleagues, friends and family for an amazing 2017, and planning for an even better 2018.
I hope everyone celebrates the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 with hope, excitement and an open heart. I'm not really into new years resolutions but if you need a good one for your health it would be to stop eating sugar, you will thank me for this and have a better healthier longer life.
If you are using the former Autodesk ReMake updated with new abilities and UAV support, you will be interested in the updated version released just this week. ReCap Photo is included with your ReCap Pro subscription.
Autodesk ReCap Photo update version 184.108.40.206 is now available. Read Here
Here is a recent project of mine with a textured 3D mesh of a building created solely from photos taken in a 15 minute UAV flight.
I realized how much my 5-1/2 month old puppy had grown this weekend. Just 4 months ago you could carry the little furball in one hand at only 6 pounds. Cooper is a unique Golden Retriever that is slender build long skinny head, and has a deep reddish copper wavy fur.
Here is Cooper this weekend while we went hiking at Elk Island along the Willamette River in Portland. Look at his big smile.
Here are a couple other photos from the hike and one of my favorites that capture his playful personality of attacking me like a little werewolf.
And here is the mini werewolf attacking me on the trail captured right before I was hit with muddy paws and slobber.
Pretty amazing how fast they grow just like kids, but faster. He is about 48 pounds now and will grow to around 65-70 pounds like his parents. Love this little furbaby even when he chews things up or causes logistical challenges to go places. Cooper even has his own Instagram account, but I manage it as he cant type with his paws and has a short attention span. https://www.instagram.com/coopersjourney/ I am fortunate to work in an Autodesk office that allows dogs and can bring Cooper in occasionally while he learns appropriate office friendly behavior. My daughter used to call Autodesk “DoggyDesk” because of all the dogs in the office. Dogs in the office at Autodesk has been part of our culture since the early days and a real benefit.
In addition to all the free great classes and keynotes from Autodesk University (Autodesk University 2017 Classes Posted), LinkedIn is providing 40 courses for free covering Autodesk product training and certification preparation, construction management, technology like artificial intelligence, and business. In addition to English some courses are available in French, German, Japanese, and in Spanish.