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The Autodesk Foundation is focused on investing in design-driven organizations delivering scalable solutions with a measurable impact and in designer's solving the epic challenges using the power of design.
"We can 3-D print myriad plastic goods, fabric for apparel, burritos, candy, and perhaps in the not-so-distant future, human organs. Metal--the material that forms the skeleton of any city, building, or car--has been less accessible. Now, a collaboration between Dutch designer Joris Laarman and software company Autodesk has yielded something groundbreaking: an affordable technique for printing large metal structures, called MX3D-Metal." FastCompany
Check out the following two great articles on this fascinating new technique. 3D Printing has been in the news heavily in recent years but now it is getting more interesting with freeform 3D printing metals with the aid of robotics.Dutch designer Joris Laarman developed this new technique that is more cost effective and scalable than current SLM methods allowing for the possibilities of using it in metal structures from art, architecture, and structural to automotive and space. The technique was a collaboration with Autodesk and an amazingly creative team member of mine, Maurice Conti. Technology like 3D printing is truly amazing and new additive manufacturing techniques, breakthroughs, and real world products are occurring faster and faster. This is an exciting time.
"We've figured out how to 3-D print plastics, fabrics, and even candy. But so far, we haven't had a method for printing large metal objects at an affordable price."
"Joris Laarman's MX3D-Metal method combines a robotic arm typically used in car manufacturing with a welding machine to melt and then deposit metal, to create lines that can be printed horizontally, vertically, or in curves without the need for support structures."
Autodesk has just started placing product help, support, training, and community forums under Creative Commons at http://knowledge.autodesk.com
Check it out and share the knowledge!
This is big news for US schools both teachers and students as well as future architects, designers, digital artists, engineers, makers, and many more.
Autodesk Commits $250 Million in Software & Services to American Middle & High Schools
Expansion of Autodesk Design the Future Program to Help Prepare Students for Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
San Francisco & Washington DC, Feb. 4, 2014 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is joining with President Barack Obama and other leading technology and telecom companies to help prepare American high school students for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) careers. The company will expand its Design the Future program, and make available $250 million of 3D design software, project-based curricula, training and certification to every middle and high school in the United States in 2014.
“Our customers have unfilled, high-paying positions due to the lack of qualified U.S. high school and university graduates,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and chief executive officer. “As part of our ongoing commitment to training and equipping the next generation of designers, engineers, architects and digital artists, we are proud to respond to the call from President Obama. Today we are committing to making our Design the Future program available to every secondary school in the United States over the next year.”
The Design the Future program provides secondary school teachers everything they need to teach students critical problem-solving skills and to prepare them for careers in STEAM fields such as engineering and architecture. First launched as a pilot in California in 2013 and expanded to Texas in 2014, the program empowers educators to help students develop a lifelong love for STEAM subjects by providing free access to current versions of Autodesk 3D design software (including more than 14 key products for architecture, engineering and entertainment), project-based curricula assigned to Common Core and ISTE standards, training and certification. In the first six months of the program, more than 350 California schools have enrolled. With today’s commitment, Autodesk will make its software available for free to educators at more than 27,000 U.S. secondary schools. If all schools take advantage of the offer, the total value of Autodesk’s offering will exceed $250 million. For more information on Design the Future, visit http://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/design-the-future-us/home. For more information on Autodesk’s free offerings for students and educators, visit http://students.autodesk.com.
For those in the UK Autodesk's Noah Cole pointed out a Design The Future for K-12 program for the UK:
We tried to solve the problem of the grumpy school lunch lady, but we are a software company after all and instead focused on making a difference in education with our software tools and investing in the future.
This is a great investment for the future.
On this day January 30th, 1982, 32 years ago a small group of people held an initial meeting in Marin County California to organize what became Autodesk. They risked it all including all the money they could scrape together and it paid off for millions of people from employees, customers, partners, and investors.
A sincere thank you to John Walker and all the ‘deskers’ that followed in the founders and pioneers footsteps to this day as you literally changed the world, and still continue to 32 years later.
Thank you everyone!
Autodesk Flying founders
From left to right:
Rudolf Künzli, Mike Ford, Dan Drake, Mauri Laitinen, Greg Lutz, David Kalish, Lars Moureau, Richard Handyside,Kern Sibbald, Hal Royaltey, Duff Kurland, John Walker, Keith Marcelius
John Walker’s quote.
“We should shoot for having the company in operation by mid-March. We cannot dawdle, but we also are going to do it right this time. We're just going to do it fast! “
Onward and Upward!
Autodesk’s 4087 employee hired in 1998 and unofficial historian.
Have you heard of Autodesk's preview technology named Project Chronicle? If not, Project Chronicle is a quick and easy way to record detailed steps automatically of what you are doing in AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit a swell as other things. Project Chronicle is not meant for highly polished presentations but instead goes much deeper than a standard training video as you can see the detailed commands and steps being used in the Autodesk product. For more info check out the recent post Training Reimagined - Autodesk Project Chronicle.
Next Monday January 27th, 2014 at 2:30pm PST Live from the Autodesk San Francisco office I will be joined by Project Chronicle product manager Eric Stover to talk about Project Chronicle and take your questions and comments live on the Google Hangout.
If you will be in San Francisco on February 6th, 2014 and love design and movies like me, then you better grab a ticket to one of the hottest monthly events in the city, Autodesk Design Night. The tickets go really fast for Autodesk's Design Night events.
The February 2014 Design Night theme is Making Movie Magic. Expect to learn about all wicked cool magic that is used behind the scenes with guest speakers like Rich McBride, VFX supervisor on the movie Gravity.
Get your tickets now before they vanish! http://autode.sk/movies
Lights, Camera, VFX (and popcorn)!
I will be there and hope to see you there.
Beta is pre-release testing where you signup to participate and test the early version products before they are released and report your feedback so we can improve them before the final release to customers.
It only takes a couple minutes to sign up and tell us about you which will determine what betas you could be recruited to participate in when the product teams go searching for more beta testers. When accepted, you will have to agree to a NDA testing agreement not tell other people about the new beta product or its features until the end of the beta. Yes it can be hard to keep the secret of the cool new features, but keep it you must.
This is one of the best ways to work with the actual products teams and let them know what you like or help us find the rough spots of the products by testing and reporting defects.
Please join the 70,000 members of the Feedback Community for beta testing and Autodesk Labs projects (which do not require a NDA):
The main goal is active feedback and participation with a result of better products for our customers.
If you can't attend Autodesk University 2013 in person next week in Las Vegas, please join us online for live streaming of the opening and closing keynotes, innovation forums, and selected classes.
Be part of the conversation during the event by following @AutodeskU on Twitter, and using the #AU2013 hashtag.
See the streaming schedule: http://autode.sk/AU-Stream
My friend and Autodesk Colleague Tatjana Dzambazova, Technology Whisperer & Senior Product Manager IPG - Reality Capture sent me a great article she had written. It is great to see the www.africafossils.org evolved with more functionality and more comprehensive information. –Shaan
For six decades and three generations, the Leakey family has dedicated themselves to uncovering, understanding and promoting the story of our origins. They have been systematically discovering evidence of our ancestry in East Africa. The Leakey team have collected thousands of fossils of human ancestors and other animals, as well as stone tools and other artifacts that are stored permanently in the National Museums of Kenya and at the Turkana Basin Institute (www.turkanabasin.org).
Aware of the general inaccessibility of these national treasures in their current locations, Dr. Louise Leakey, a third generation of the ‘fossil hunter’ family, took it upon herself to find a way to make them globally accessible for educators, kids, and science enthusiasts. Inspired by the possibilities presented by new capture and digitization technologies, about two years ago Dr. Louise Leakey began a fruitful collaboration with Autodesk (www.autodesk.com). Together, the team captured 3D digital models of the most significant fossils, and built a beautiful, interactive web site to host them.
The dedicated web site www.africafossils.org hosts the collection of fossil models in a virtual laboratory, and allows for an interactive 3D viewing experience of the individual fossils (currently leveraging www.sketchfab.com).
The virtual lab allows the user to explore and pick up the displayed artifacts interactively
Additionally, one can search for specific specimens by categories such as species or age and compare them
Search by category, specimen or age
The 3D fossil can be interactively manipulated in browser, allowing for ‘digital touch’
Interactive comparison of modern human skull and early hominid skull in 3D
MAKING PHYSICAL REPLICAS OF THE OLD FOSSILS
The visitors can download the 3D digital models of the fossil,s for the purpose of making physical replicas under a creative commons license.
Downloads include 3D digitized models for 3D printing, as well as cardboard patterns (generated with Autodesk’s 123D MAKE http://www.123dapp.com/make) for recreating low cost physical replicas of the fossils using laser cutting or simple printer and scissors.
Digital 3D models and Cardboard patterns can be downloaded for creating physical replicas at home or at school
Cardboard assembly of a skull made from the downloadable cardboard patterns created with 123D Make
The 3D digitized fossils can be downloaded for 3D printing
In addition, the site is linked to social networks and has an inbuilt community forum where users can comment and share their creations and experiences.
The currently displayed 3D models have been digitized using Autodesk software (Autodesk’s ReCap Photo http://recap.autodesk.com and 123D Catch http://www.123dapp.com/catch ) The team is now complementing that capture with laser and structured light scanning.
www.africanfossils.org is under continuous development but it already hosts 3D digitized replicas of over 50 fossils. More fossils will be regularly added, as well as other planned improvements to the site.
Science can be accessible and fun, and thanks to the vision of Dr. Leakey with the support of Autodesk and the National Museums of Kenya, we now have a fantastic new way learning about our origins!
Autodesk has been working with the Smithsonian for over a year to bring some of the collection to more people by digitizing the objects in 3D and placing on the web to explore since only about 1% of the entire collection of over 130 million objects are ever on public display. The digital will compliment the museum and original objects and are not meant to be a replacement.
Today the Smithsonian's Secretary Wayne Clough announced the new Smithsonian x3D Explorer as a beta. Many technology partners worked with the Smithsonian to capture and present the first objects of the collection including many iconic objects. The Smithsonian x3D Explorer allows users in a web browser (WebGL based) to interact with the objects like the Wright Flyer, US President Lincoln life mask, Amelia Earhart's flight suit, Whale Fossils from the desert in Chile Cosmic Buddha, and ranging in scale from an Embreea Orchid to the CasA Supernova Remnant and even 3D print some of them. The objects were laboriously digitized in 3D by the Smithsonian using many different technologies like laser scanning, micro-ct, and photogrammetry.
No more "don't touch" warning signs or wondering what the object looks like on the other side or on closer inspection. This is an exciting new compliment to the physical exhibit collections in museums allowing people all over the world to explore and learn or even 3D print your own copy for yourself or classroom.
I hope you will have a look at the amazing objects in 3D set free from their exhibits and glass cases for you to enjoy and explore. Try the functionality in the Smithsonian x3D Explorer powerful features like the ability analyze the objects with different surface colors, surface contours, take measurements, share your objects, and learn about the fascinating stories from the museums curators about the object. Not only can you interact with the objects but you can take guided tours of key areas in the Smithsonian x3D
What the press said:
Gizmodo - The Smithsonian Is Uploading Its Lost Treasures to the Internet
Engadget - Newly launched Smithsonian X 3D Collection offers historical models you can print at home
Dexigner - Smithsonian X 3D Explorer
Washington Post - Smithsonian makes 3D imaging push
readwrite - Now You Can 3D Print Priceless Smithsonian Artifacts
TheVerge - The Smithsonian is now sharing 3D scans of artifacts with the public
quick Photos from the first day of the event:
Smithsonian x 3D Videos:
For the Autodesk portion although I was involved in the very beginning of this amazing project, the heavy lifting of the vision and hard work for the Smithsonian x3D Explorer goes to Tatjana Dzambazova, Sr. Product Manager, IPG-Reality Computing and Brian Mathews, Vice President and Group CTO, Reality Computing, Ralph Wiedemeier, and definitely to the late Tony Peach who was mentioned during the x 3D conference opening.
The Smithsonian X 3D Event is this week in Washington DC. Autodesk is a very proud sponsor of this special event that will amaze and change the way you may experience museums and research in the future.
The Smithsonian X 3D event is now sold out to attending in person but there will be a live webcast at http://3d.si.edu/ as well as the event archived for later viewing. Autodesk's very own Tatjana Dzambazova, Sr. Product Manager, IPG-Reality Capture and Brian Mathews, Vice President and Group CTO, Reality Capture will be speaking at this event.
Event Agenda: http://3d.si.edu/agenda.html
I will be attending and tweeting at this event from @ShaanHurley as well as blogging when I can from this event, so please join me in experiencing this event live on the webcast November 13 and during the the week for more behind the scenes information. I will also have a special meeting with Smithsonian's 3D capturing experts the "Laser Cowboys" Adam Metallo and Vince Rossi, 3D Program Officers, Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office.
Follow the Smithsonian 3D Twitter account @3D_Digi_SI and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/3d.si.edu for more information and a look at the amazing projects and technologies they are involved with preserving iconic and historic objects in the Smithsonian collection.
The Office of the CTO is trending all over the web and social media this week due to one announcement! Tuesday we made a joint announcement with Amazon, Mozilla and Otoy about Autodesk desktop applications running through the browser.
Autodesk Provides 3D Design in a Browser, an Industry First
I get to take it for a test drive!
Today and late into tonight I was delighted to be able to get my hands on this technology preview and run the four Autodesk applications over the web with nothing but HTML5 in a web browser. The Amazon instance is running Windows 2008 server edition with the four Autodesk trial software pre-installed.
Look ma, nothing to download, install, or plugins required!
That's' right there was no catch and nothing to download or install as stated I just fire up my web browser like Firefox and Chrome with HTML5 compatibility and ran full versions of Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Maya, and Revit.
So how is this different from other remote access applications out there?
This technology allows hardware GPU acceleration and also since these Windows 2008 server machine instances are on the Amazon Web Servers along with modified Kepler Grid GPUs from Nvidia, I have one hell of a powerhouse machine that I can access anytime from almost any device. I can use Autodesk 3ds Max or Inventor from a MacBook Air. This my friends is what many with graphics hungry applications have been searching for, a scalable cloud GPU. The cloud based CPU cores have been around awhile now but those involved with graphics are more interested in GPUs and being able to use them in a cloud infrastructure where you can scale fast in a burst as needed unlike your local machine. I can just grab a new machine or device and fire up a HTML5 browser like Firefox and get to my desktop and run powerful applications without downloading or installing anything but a browser and also not sacrificing performance due to the local device hardware. I also wonder aloud if this will reduce the need for native platform applications if you can access them from most devices. For example I can run Revit on a Mac now without sacrificing performance.
I have noticed just testing today that the performance is about 30fps but the absolutely amazing part is the remote instance itself and how responsive it is in graphical operations like rendering and working with huge files.The remote machine instance actually renders frames in a test animation I ran about 4 times faster than my beefy local machine can.
Here are screen shots of Autodesk 3ds Max and Revit in my Firefox browser.
Here are Autodesk Inventor and Maya running in Firefox
Mozilla's blog post on the announcement:
I will also have this technology to show at Autodesk University along with my fellow Autodesk colleague John Schmier who was involved in making this happen.
Keep in mind this is an early technology preview but if you want to try this it does take some knowledge of EC2 and you could run an Amazon instance with Autodesk trial applications http://aws.otoy.com/docs/OTOY-EC2-AMI.pdf
<update> The live asking of questions is over but you can see the discussion: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1q1yep/dr_jordan_brandt_here_tech_futurist_hyperloopster/
We are blasting at the future using laser & light beams at Autodesk to capture our physical world in 3D for many innovative uses. Here is the great article by ReadWrite features Dr. Aaron Morris of Autodesk and the future possibilities of lidar.
Seven ways 3D Lidar is transforming our physical world: autode.sk/16aKQ14
"Even if you’ve never heard of lidar, you’ve heard about the things it can do. The technology has been harnessed for everything from the Makerbot 3D printer to Google’s potential self-driving car. Existing in some form since the ‘60s, lidar a light-based radar that senses and analyzes reflected light in order to make an exact 3D copy of any shape or environment.
Dr. Aaron Morris, a roboticist and entrepreneur on the cutting edge of 3D lidar research, said that in laypersons’ terms, think of lidar as a kind of virtual tape measurer, “except instead of rolling out a physical tape measure, it’s a beam of light, and a sensor measures how long it takes for it to bounce back to its source.” Multiply that bouncing laser beam by the thousands, make the source a rotating mirror, put the whole thing on a moving rover and you’ve got millions of data points mapping out a 360 degree view of a 3D space."
If you program AutoCAD using the AutoLISP programming language, then this news should provide a valuable resource for you. Lee Ambrosius let me know that the AutoLISP documentation has been updated for the recently released AutoCAD 2014 for Mac but the documentation is also applicable to the Windows version of AutoCAD.
Let defun begin!
There is a term "dog fooding" which essentially means using your own software or products to have your internal team better understand the and find problems with the product or usability. This internal testing is in addition to having your customers testing your software or product in alpha and beta testing and you end up with a much better product as well as your team better understand what they built and the customer workflows.
Currently there is an internal Autodesk Design and Make contest where 14 teams comprised of over 60 employees are using a future cloud based collaboration competing by designing and building projects using Autodesk software. This new collaboration software allows the team to share ideas and resources during the entire process.
It is fun seeing the recent review of these teams projects and hearing what was working and what was not for the new collaboration tool that will be announced soon. The projects range from a puzzle, plants that their pots identify their need for watering, LEDs mounted all around a building that indicated energy use dynamically, digital puppetry, a robot that can sketch what it sees and a couple more projects.
The final four will be determined by a panel of judges on November 15th and then be on display at Autodesk University 2013 in Las Vegas December 2nd, 2013.
We will give you more detail on the 4 final projects that will be on display at AU 2013.
The Smithsonian X 3D Conference with limited free registration so if you intend to be there you had better hurry and register. There will be amazing agenda of presenters and presentations on how 3D will transform museums and research institutions around the world. The Smithsonian X 3D Conference will be held on November 13th and 14th, 2013 in Washington DC as well as a possible webcast.
Autodesk is a very proud sponsoring partner for this special event. I will be attending and also hold a meetup on the Friday November 15th for those that wish to join me for discussing 3D, Autodesk products and technologies as well as exploring the Smithsonian and some DC landmarks. Having visited several of the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC, I can tell you it is truly amazing to see in person and free admission. Perhaps I can encourage some of the members of the Smithsonian's laser cowboys and Autodesk Reality Capture Team to join us for a great discussion.
For the first time ever, state-of-the-art 3D scanning and image-based modeling technology paired with new Smithsonian tools will enable museum collections, scientific specimens, and entire research sites to be digitally recorded, studied, and shared in immersive detail.
- Researchers and conservators can use 3D capture to document and analyze a single artifact or an entire field site
- Curators and educators can use 3D imagery to explore complex ideas and share new discoveries
- Teachers, collaborators, and members of the public can interact with Smithsonian museum objects in new ways
Register Free autode.sk/19driWB
I hope to see you there,
It is that spooky time of the year where people dress up in costumes and you guess if they are in costume, or if that is how they really look. Not many things in the office more awkward than commenting "Nice Halloween costume Kurt" and Kurt responding "what, I am not wearing a costume."
To avoid the awkward situations, why not have some fun and also help your fellow Autodesk product users such as 123D products, 360 products, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, Inventor, Fusion 360, Maya, Navisworks, Recap Pro and Recap Photo, Revit, Smoke, or one of the many other Autodesk products with a tip or trick?
Provide your best Autodesk product trick to fool or torture someone or a treat to help their productivity with a helpful tip or show something really cool that you created. I will with my very own personal wealth (small sandwich bag partially full of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters hidden in my closet) purchase some fun yet inexpensive gifts to gift to some of the submitters with the best tip and the funniest and most creative submissions.
Guidelines are simple to follow as this is just for fun and not a contest or official competition.
Show how to prank someone like setting their mouse wheel zoomspeed to warp factor increments. More examples were in a past blog post AutoCAD Pranks. But please make sure the tricks are non-destructive and in the spirit of fun. NO setting their UNDO command to UNDO 3 times and save the file thus making them lose work. How about code to make their computer beep when they do something like use UNDO.
Show how to do something ninja like in an Autodesk product saving time and creating nice things. Or how about a pixel treat showing something really amazing you created using an Autodesk product.
Make sure you try to keep the Trick or Treat short and simple but yet detailed enough that people will understand it. Screen captures, sample files, scripts and LISP are welcome.
Deadline: October 29th,2013
I will be the judge, jury, and executioner and all decisions made in pure fun and final.
Spread the word so we gets lots of tricks and treats to share in a series of blog posts on October 31st!
I am so happy to announce that Autodesk FormIt is now available for Android tablets in the Google Play store, and free. It was back on July 12th, 2013 when I let everyone who had been asking "when would Autodesk FormIt would be coming to the Android tablet platform" that the team was hard at work on it.
Autodesk FormIt for those that have been under a digital rock and never heard of it, is a simple tablet (iPad and Android now) based 3D modeling tool for you to conceptually model architectural designs (not limited to architecture you can do anything), building massing models, or a conceptual master plan. FormIt is a very intuitive 3D tool where you use your fingers to create the designs. When you have the conceptual design you want you can then move it to the accurate design phase by logging into your Autodesk 360 account to get the Revit .rvt file that is placed along with the Autodesk FormIt .axm file.
Autodesk FormIt allows you to start your BIM project from your tablet.
The Autodesk 123D Design Challenge has started and you have 50 days to submit your entry and gain fame and fortune, ok maybe just some 3D street cred or a cool 3D printer. You can see the entries as they are entered to get inspiration, or to cause you to amp up your entries awesomeness levels.
It is hard to believe but this blog has just turned ten years old. I want to simply say thank you for all the millions of unique readers reading 2377 posts so far, thousands of commenters, several guest authors, fellow bloggers, and Autodesk employees that contributed to this blogs success and reaching this rare blogging milestone.
I would especially like to thank Autodesk management for allowing and encouraging Autodesk employees to be engaged, transparent, and actively participate in social media like blogs (http://blogs.autodesk.com) and twitter. It takes a great deal of confidence for a company to place the trust in its employees to do the right thing and Autodesk has always has. I want to also thank the two Autodesk employees that opened my eyes to what a blog was and got me started back in 2003, thank you Bill Johnston and Eric Wright.
Thank you Bill Adams for the annual birthday cakes, cup cakes, and this years digital birthday wishes to Between the Lines.
Ten years…thank you!
We have been working this Summer on many updates and improvements to the Autodesk Feedback Community where most Autodesk product betas and future research goes on. I was placed in charge of this 65,000+ member community again this Spring and had a list of things to do from the fellow admins and the participants in the community. We have some major upgrades coming and making the community easier to login and participate in but the most visual will be to switch from a dark theme to a light and bright theme like other Autodesk communities switches to a recently in addition to the new logo.
In response to participant feedback we also moved the logout to the upper right and extended the community timeout to 90 minutes.
I will talk more about the exciting feature upgrades in the future, but here is a look at the new Autodesk Feedback Community Light theme mockup that goes live today at 1PM PST.
Here is the old dark theme login page we are kicking to the curb!
And now the new crisp, clean, and vibrant new light theme:
I showed this technology for the first time publicly in June when it was called Project Blink running Autodesk Inventor from an iPad but you can also use a PC to access another workstation. The one big benefit I noticed is the lower latency than any other remote solution I have used. So if you are an Autodesk Subscription customer go to the Autodesk Exchange and give Autodesk Remote a try. It is currently for North America only.
“Anyone that pays close attention to the Autodesk® Exchanges Apps may have noticed a new addition in the last week. This new application is called Autodesk® Remote, and is available to download as a subscription only benefit, and is aimed at users who need to access their workstation and associated applications from a remote location without the traditional interface performance issues associated with it. Click here to go to the Autodesk Exchange Apps store.”
Autodesk Remote in the Autodesk Exchange