See how Stanley Black & Decker’s Breakthrough Innovation Group used generative design and additive manufacturing technologies in a pilot project to lightweight its crimping tool attachment part.
The Power of Generative Design is coming to Autodesk Netfabb 2018
“The resulting generative design may look a bit unusual to some, but it reduced the hydraulic crimping attachment weight by just over 3lbs, or 60%. The simulations that were run concurrently showed that the tool maintained the strength characteristics of the original tool and, because the generative design service is available for Netfabb users, it also allowed them to create an additive manufacturing strategy to fabricate the new attachment.”
Networking at AU
It was great news to learn about as I remember a one hour casual discussion at Autodesk University 2016 at an event with a young engineer from the Black & Decker Innovation team. We had just randomly sat down to eat some catered diner, introduced ourselves, and began to chat. It is important to note, the meeting of new people and making contacts and networking at Autodesk University is a really big benefit to attending the event. We talked about the changing tools of design such as Fusion 360 and generative design and the possibility of changing their power tools which shaving some weight would be great for their customers holding and using the power tools for long hours and also the potential for material savings, heat dissipation, and other potential benefits.
So fast forward a few months, and now seeing what Black & Decker is doing with generative design and researching the benefits. I don't think my casual chat started this development, but it was nice to discuss and hear what they were looking for at AU and hopefully I helped get them to the right people.
This has to be one of my favorite days of the year at the office, and I remember my grown children attending back in the San Rafael HQ office many years ago. Our employees bring their children in and each office organizes a series of activities. In our Lake Oswego, Oregon office (Portland), we held our Kids at Autodesk Day last Friday.
The kids from young to older teenagers signed in and got their own Autodesk badges and then a welcome orientation on the day. Parents didn't drop their offspring off to be entertained but they actively participated together in the activities.
The assortment of activities were designed for different age groups and included design and program a design/program a FIRST Lego Robot, VR exhibit, Makey Makey where you could create and play a banana piano and more, you solved some puzzles with some small robots that changed colors of lights and follower marker writing, some hands on tutorials with Autodesk’s Sketchbook Tinkercad and Maya, pizza eating, and design and assemble a fidget spinner using Fusion 360 and then machine it.
Some parents apparently tried to get the children to get the adults work done.
View of kids in our 5th floor lobby, from the UAV. Good luck trying to escape, kids.
Some kids played on the bean bags, just like us adults.
In the future we see design taking in the employee and organizational preferences in the office neighborhoods. Make sure those that work frequently together are located in close proximity, employees that like the sunny exposure are seated in sunny portions of the office, and the employees that prefer a quiet space are in planned quiet area neighborhoods of the office. Think of it like the design of a campus or neighborhood community applied to inside the walls of an office to seating in neighborhoods and resources.
Imagine, Design, Create a Better World – and Office environment.
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Cars, buildings, consumer products, luxury goods, clothing & airplanes are being reinvented.
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Learn more about one of the stories in the book Modeling Paradise, where Autodesk employee Brett Casson and myself were in Bali working with IBUKU capturing amazing sustainable designed bamboo architecture in 3D. In addition to traditional LiDAR we had some prototype a LiDAR carrying drone and a handheld LIDAR from CSIRO. I will share some of the imagery and stories of how we did it and behind the scenes after the book is released later this month.
One thing is certain to me, point cloud data of this amazing bespoke bamboo architecture is amazingly beautiful and an art unto itself.
Project Impossible aired a sneak peek last evening on History Channel. The series will show amazing projects and Autodesk customers. The ten part series will begin airing in late summer/early fall. I had the pleasure of working on one of the projects to be featured this Fall, and was there during the filming.
Last evenings episode “S1E1 Super Structures” featured two Autodesk customers: The Wilshire Grand skyscraper in California, the tallest building west of the Mississippi and Georgia’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with a retractable roof that opens like a camera lens, based on a 2000-year-old Roman temple.
“Project Impossible is an original series that follows a new generation of epic engineering projects that were considered unthinkable just a few years ago. Each episode of Project Impossible features multiple stories that illustrate man-made projects that are crucial to our future.”
We are holding another popular Autodesk Answer Day tomorrow May 24 in our discussion forums for English, German, and Japanese languages. This series is focusing on AutoCAD and our Manufacturing products. Do you have product related questions that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come to the Autodesk Community to interact directly with the product teams responsible for the software you use.
Products by Languages for the Autodesk Answer Day.
May 24th from 6:00am to 6:00pm Pacific Time
May 24th from 10:00am to 5:00pm Central Europe Time
May 24th – from noon to 6 PM (JST)
How The Day will work:
Come to the Autodesk Community and post your product questions! Engage in real time conversation with the teams and experts that develop your favorite Autodesk products:
When you visit the Autodesk Answer Day on May 24th, product experts will be online and ready to tackle your tough questions. There’s no limit on how many questions you can ask; we’re up for the challenge!
Es ist wieder soweit und der nächste Autodesk Answer Day steht vor der Tür. Der Termin: 24. Mai 2017 von 10-17Uhr.
Während dieser Zeit werden wir die Herausforderung annehmen und I'm deutschsprachigen AutoCAD-, EAGLE-, Inventor- sowie I'm Fusion 360-Forum versuchen, all eure Fragen zu beantworten! Das besondere ist diesmal, dass auch Vault Fragen I'm Inventor-Forum gestellt werden können.
Was mich besonders freut: Durch das Produktportfolio ist es diesmal der größte deutschsprachige Answer Day! - den solltet ihr daher definitiv nicht verpassen.
Mehr Informationen findet ihr in diesem Thema I'm Forum für Community Diskussionen. Ich freue mich auf eure Teilnahme am kommenden Autodesk Answer Day in unserer Autodesk Community und natürlich auf all eure Fragen!
Natürlich dürft ihr auch gerne euren Freunden von diesem Event berichten!
It’s easy. It’s free. It’s Answer Day.
The news is breaking publicly that Autodesk is relocating the Lake Oswego office in the Portland area to downtown SE Portland just off of Burnside at 17 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214.
The old 1916 Towne Storage building is being renovated to its historic brick and amazing wood beam beauty. Instead of crumbing into pieces due to disrepair and the elements, it has become the largest renovation of a historic building in Portland.
The Autodesk Lake Oswego office has been the location for most manufacturing core product teams such as Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360 as well as several other product and division employees working here. Autodesk has been in the Portland Oregon area for over 20 years and soon we will be more central and visible. I have been working in and around the building capturing the building’s structure in 3D using laser scanning and Autodesk products ReCap, InfraWorks, Revit, and Revit Live.
The building is next to the Salt & Straw future headquarters and tasting room and a block from Olympia Provisions but luckily there is a beautiful jogging trail on the esplanade around the river to work off the good local food and ice cream.
View of the new Autodesk office in Autodesk InfraWorks in 3D with all of Portland downtown in the model. I wish I could publish this directly to VR to view in an HTC VIVE. The building in Revit was relatively easy to get to VR using Autodesk’s Revit Live.
Early render of the restoration plans for the Towne Storage building.
Laser scan results of the exterior in Autodesk ReCap
Lots of work to be done before we move after the new year.
Stay tuned for more photos, design, and plans for Autodesk in Portland as they are made public.
I have been in the Lake Oswego office just over two years now and excited to relocate to the historic Towne Storage building.
“We’re very clear at the beginning of every meeting whether it’s one person’s decision, or whether it’s more of a discussion to reach consensus,” he said. “I think it’s a really valuable thing to understand because otherwise people can feel frustrated that they gave out their opinions but they don’t understand the broader context for the final decision.”
Fun meeting photo I took when Jonathan Knowles and myself surprised Carl with Storm Troopers at Autodesk University 2015.
Last evening we held the 1st Autodesk Design Night Portland and one of many I hope to be held in Portland in the future on various technology themes. This Design Nights theme was “Virtual World: Seeing Beyond Reality” and the event was completely packed and sold out. It was held at the stylish downtown Portland office of local creative agency INDUSTRY. Autodesk does have a Portland area office currently in Lake Oswego with almost 200 employees, but stay tuned for more details on our future move to Portland in 2018. We love Portland and can’t wait to do more in our community and with local companies and peers.
Autodesk’s Greg Fallon, Vice President, DLS Simulation Product Line Group open the Design Night.
David Weinstein, Director Enterprise VR, NVIDIA gave a presentation on VR in construction.
VR Demo Experiences:
1. USS Arizona Experience hosted by me (Shaan Hurley)
2. Porsche Macan using Autodesk VRED hosted by Brandon Godfrey of Autodesk
3. NVIDIA’s “Drone Flyover” hosted by NVIDIA’s Sean Wagstaff
For over 4 hours we led experiences with attendees and at times the lines were long. I didn't take a single break giving the USS Arizona VR experience explaining the WWII ship in its pre December 7th, 1941 glory to how it looks today, Pearl Harbor then and now, and how we as Autodesk worked with the National Park Service, US Navy, HDR, and other partners using our technology to create an accurate 3D model of the USS Arizona underwater. USS Arizona in 3D Project Behind the Scenes The VR experience in Autodesk Stingray was created by Dave Tyner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DnWZMrnfg8
So many awesome people and excitement from the common “holy sh^t!” response when first experiencing VR to the jumping up and down excitement of a young 6 year old girls first VR experience. All ages and technical abilities loved it.
Thank you to all the partners like NVIDIA and my Autodesk colleagues that made the event happen such as Autodesk’s Lori Telles, Grace Hom, Pam Kilpatrick, Noah Cole, Lizzie Bennett, Liz Freuler, Brandon Godfrey, Alain Bolduc, Stacy Doyle, Roddy Wykes, Shelby Anderson, Ananda Arasu, Leisa Liebenow, Amy Jo Schuster and so many others. Hope to see you at a future Design Night Portland or other event.
Attention Portland Oregon readers!
You may have heard about one of the top event tickets in San Francisco being Autodesk’s Design Night, but we are now branching out to several more cities including Portland later this month. If you want to learn about the latest in Virtual Reality VR and also get some food and drinks then please join Autodesk and me at out Design Night Portland event. Among the exhibits and activities I will be giving VR tours of the USS Arizona.
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Autodesk Design Night Portland
Thursday April 27, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
Seeing beyond reality
Technologies allowing us to interact with virtual objects have been around since the '70s, but in the last few years the technology has become more sophisticated and pervasive. Augmented reality and virtual reality—a wholly virtual world—are being used in almost any industry you can imagine, transforming the way we experience architecture, archaeology, history, education, medicine, visual arts, and more. Come unleash your imagination at Autodesk Design Night Portland and see how these technologies are fusing the digital world into our analog one.
In the spirit of historic tech facts and that Autodesk is turning 35 this year, did you know we were also a pioneer in early virtual reality? I remember the hardware and guess that dates me. We will have the very latest in VR at Design Night Portland and wont make you wear the helmet of doom and the weird gloves from 20+ years ago.
Read more by my colleague and god friend Kean Whalmsley.
I hope to see you at the Design Night Portland!
Autodesk colleague, Tom Wujec, gave a popular TED presentation in 2010 about team building and a Marshmallow Challenge that has received over 3.5 million views. The Marshmallow Challenge is a great team building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape, and a marshmallow. In the past few years, I have seen 20-30ish inch towers created and heard of towers a little higher (and some a little lower), but Tom received an email with a photo of an impressive tower that stands 55 inches. This is the largest tower ever seen with photographic evidence.Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team | TED Talk | TED.com
I followed up with Mike and asked him how long construction took, what allowed the team to build such an impressive tower, and could he provide some details on how they created it.
“I took us just over 16 minutes to fully assemble and erect the tower. We built it sideways in about 12 minutes, then used the strings to stabilize and center the mass in around 2 minutes, and then put the marshmallow on top and perform some little adjustments to the leg lengths in about another 2 minutes. (From past similar challenges, I know the importance of tweaking time and wanted to get it standing as soon as possible)”
“I built a mast and the rules say that the structure must be "freestanding" and/or a "tower". But I asked before the challenge started if we could use the string to support the structure by having it taped to the table and was told we could.
About the tower: We used Prince Spaghetti which is on the thin side. I later made some Barilla at home and noticed it was a bit thicker. And I think each piece was around 9" long. We used 3/4" masking tape.
I laid out the spaghetti flat on the table as a two dimensional, unrolled structure. One person cut the tape in to even 1/2" pieces. The other person took the string and unwound it into its fibers so that there were three 36" lengths of string.
The three sides of the tower have overlapping pieces of spaghetti with an overlap of around 1/2". The bottom three segments are full lengths. The fourth segment is two lengths. The tip of the tower is a single full length with a single leftover half-length where it connects to the fourth segment. (The first thing I did was to find out if a single length of spaghetti could support the marshmallow and found out that it could not. So it needed the half-length there)
The top and bottom middle supports are a single length cut in three (so each was 3"). The middle segment was two lengths cut in half (so around 4.5"). The extra half-length was added to the top as I mentioned earlier.
One other thing that helped was to have loosely taped connections between segments so that you could adjust it easily when standing to make it all square up and adjust for where the marshmallow tilts over to.”
I wonder if you have ever thought about opening this challenge up to the world with unlimited time to see what the limit really is.”
I wonder if anyone has the physical properties for tensile and yield strength of spaghetti to properly model and simulate the tower. I’ll bet if I challenge the Autodesk Simulation Team, I will get something cool, and crazy showing spaghetti deforming under loading and a von Mises analysis. I will send the challenge to the SIM team and see what we get from the propeller heads.
I work with a disaster team FIT innovating in natural and human disasters where they used the Marshmallow Challenge in their training as well as therapy with some teenage refugees. It is amazing to see how many have used this activity that Tom developed. Tom is an amazing Autodesk collage and more importantly a great human.
Email me any of your Marshmallow Challenge results and team photos. I will see if I can wrangle up some fun rewards for entries.
Thank you Mike and Team for inspiring us and challenging us!
AVA is the Autodesk Virtual Agent that can assist with many issues and requests from downloads to licensing to product registrations. She is very helpful and never sleeps. I'm not even sure if the artificial intelligence is really male or female, but that doesn't really matter.
“The classic industrial robot is a deaf, dumb and blind arm deployed to carry out repetitive tasks reliably. Now, companies such as Autodesk Inc. are developing peripheral vision systems and software which allows robots to work closely with humans in factories and workshops. (video by Matt Gottschalk, David Nicholson) (Source: Bloomberg)” http://bloom.bg/2nf6XBb
AutoCAD 2018 (beta codename Omega):
Many changes under the hood including major performance improvements but some also required changes to the DWG file format. We had been trying to hold off on impact to file formats but over the past 5 years the time had come with all the queued up changes to change the file format. I can assure you the changes were due to software architecture.
Inventor 2018 (beta codename Elon):
In addition to performance under the hood there are a lot of enhancements including the following:
Please note that not all 2018 products are released from beta or non disclosure agreements. If you have questions and are in an active beta please ask your questions in the private beta forums.
A nice way to begin the first day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and also a Monday is with a cool video. Autodesk Design and Manufacturing show reel video showing what our design and manufacturing customers and researchers make using our technologies.
Now the count down to June 21st and the first day of Summer!!!!
Public tours are offered by appointment to Autodesk’s new Boston Build Space. See cutting edge architecture, engineering, and construction innovation in a collaborative environment with technology like robotics, CNC, and VR in use.
The next Autodesk Answer Days series is this Wednesday focusing on AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) products. Have questions that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come to the Autodesk Community to interact directly with the product teams responsible for the software you use.
English Event Details:
Answer Day will be occurring in the following English Forums:
Deutsch Event Details:
In addition to the English forums, Answer Day will also be occurring in the following German Forums.
Schon gewusst, dass der nächste Autodesk Answer Day vor der Tür steht und am 08. März 2017 von 10-17Uhr stattfindet?
Während dieser Zeit werden wir die Herausforderung annehmen und im deutschsprachigen AutoCAD- sowie im Revit-Forum versuchen, all eure Fragen zu beantworten!
Update 3/6/2017: New Link to the Re-released Autodesk 2017 Show Reel
Update 3/1/2017: Apparently the Autodesk 2017 Show Reel has been removed from YouTube. I will update everyone when I know more.
We have just published our annual and extremely popular official Autodesk Show Reel for 2017. This is pure inspiration and eye candy which showcases all the amazing things our customers do with our 3D design, building, engineering and entertainment software and technologies.
Some nice morning eye candy for everyone. Autodesk software and technologies are used everywhere around us from architecture, product design, automobiles, civil engineering, movies, special fx, and of course GAMES. This is the video showcasing many of our customers that produce award winning games from the small indies to the big names.
Learn more about our Autodesk tools for creating games: https://autode.sk/forgames
Yesterday Autodesk celebrated its 35th birthday and employees, partners, and customers joined in to mark the occasion. From Portland, San Francisco, Manchester, Boston, Toronto, Moscow, Neuchâtel, and many other locations and remote offices there were employees in old Autodesk memorabilia and cakes. It was a lot of fun seeing all the nostalgia and stories in Twitter, Facebook, and other social media as well as in person.
In the Lake Oswego Oregon office which is in a suburb of Portland, we had cake and I flew a drone outside the office to capture a photo from outside of the employees in their memorabilia on the inside. It was a lot of fun and I got to wear my AutoCAD R14 tee-shirt again.
To top it off even the New York financial powerhouse NASDAQ wished Autodesk a happy 35th anniversary.
Thank you everyone for participating. Without the outstanding customers, awesome employers, incredible partners, Autodesk would not be what it is today or perhaps even be here.
There will be other 35 year milestones throughout 2017 including the 35th birthday of AutoCAD in December. Stay tuned for more fun and nostalgia looking back and then looking forward to imagining, designing and creating a better world together.