Some fresh newly released eye candy for a Thursday. See what some of our amazing customers in the gaming industry create using our tools.
“Three top local startup champions have launched an ambitious program that looks to foster new product startups and help entrepreneurs overcome challenges tied to making physical objects
Portland design and product agency Uncorked Studios, 3D software maker Autodesk Inc. and the accelerator Portland Incubator Experiment introduced PIE Shop, which will guide startups through the prototyping and manufacturing phases. The program will be housed in Autodesk's new office in the renovated Towne Storage Building.”
“Autodesk’s role in the residency program is to provide the space, technology, and expertise that complements PIE and Uncorked Studios’ visions for a diverse, connected network of local start-ups," the company said in a statement.”
Are you aware if you are a student, teacher, or school you can download all Autodesk software for free for three years?
“We believe that learning is the key to your college and career success - that’s why we're proud to support students, teachers, and academic institutions worldwide with free access to Autodesk software and learning resources.”
There is no need to find a potentially compromised bootleg or a malware-carrying key generator, just go to http://students.autodesk.com register in minutes and then immediately download or get a subscription of everything from AutoCAD to VRED, 3ds Max to Vault, Maya to Revit. We even provide cloud credits for rendering your designs as well as cloud storage space.
The reason is well-intentioned. I once heard a CEO respond, and I am paraphrasing, but when asked are you giving students free software to get them as customers? he responded, “sure that's a nice thing, but is it a bad thing to have more architects, artists, engineers, and designers in the world regardless of the software tool they use?”. How can we not Imagine, Design, and Make a World without investing in the future generations.
Free Fusion 360 for students, teachers, and hobbyist or startups.
If you are under $100k revenue, you can use and renew each year for free.
How to activate Start-up, Student or Educational licensing for Fusion 360
What are you waiting for, go get free Autodesk software or tell others that can benefit from the best in design software.
Have you recently completed or worked on some amazing AEC and BIM projects that you would like to share with a large audience? Every year Autodesk produces show reels to show off all the amazing things our customers and partners do with our software and technology and your projects could be featured but only if you submit your submission this year, and soon.
Here are the 2016 and 2017 AEC Show Reels.
We also provide a more general show reel showing AEC, Manufacturing, and Media & Entertainment.
Go ahead, submit your entry for consideration!
36 years later Autodesk is a rare technology company that is still around, innovating, evolving, and helping our customers imagine, design, and create a better world.
Autodesk Flying Founders
”Autodesk Founders. They didn't walk on water, but they could fly pretty well.”
Other big Autodesk dates:
Autodesk incorporates on April 26,1982
AutoCAD is shown at COMDEX November 24th, 1982
On this day a much younger version of me left a design seat as an Autodesk customer and started with Autodesk in San Rafael California.
Here is my first Autodesk employee badge as well as a photo of me in my san Rafael office.
Autodesk was hovering around $6.50 a share price and now is over $110 per share although I cant really claim any credit for the increased valuation. In 1998 I moved from Portland Oregon to the Bay Area where I joined AutoCAD Product Management with Eric Stover and Jeff Allen and a couple others awesome deskers on the Autodesk Beta Team. I joined during AutoCAD R14 development and on the heels of R13 when Autodesk needed some more customer focus and connection to prevent problematic releases from impacting customers.
I have been involved in beta of most Autodesk products at some point over the past 20 years and connecting Autodesk customers and our product teams to improve the products our customers use, its a win-win and great relationship as our beta testers are vital members of our extended product team. In 2001 we were still sending out CD and floppy disks of beta products and waiting weeks for faxed in bug reports to come in meanwhile development was still progressing. I had the crazy idea to just post the software online allowing for immediate downloads and web based bug reports to allow defects to be immediate communicated to the team and also allow a private forum for everyone to discuss the testing feedback.It changed beta making it more timely and connected and eliminated the cost and delays for creating and shipping CDs around the world. That was a game changer and innovation for feedback and closer customer connection.
A couple other memorable highlights:
Developing the first comprehensive command map for AutoCAD.
Started this blog, then a series of other Autodesk blogs. Thank you to all the readers of Between the Lines!
Started Autodesk Labs. We had so many cool technologies inside Autodesk but no mechanism to let customers test them and tell us if we should invest in making them actual products. Some were Google Earth in AutoCAD, DGN Import for AutoCAD, and Autodesk Fusion all started in the Autodesk Labs as did hundreds of others including Rendering in the Cloud.
Met the founder of Autodesk John Walker at his home in Switzerland.
I joined the Autodesk Office of the CTO aka OCTO on the Corporate Strategy Team as Technologist in the Office of the CTO. Also started flying drones commercially for research project in reality capture. Diary of a Drone Pilot
Traveled to remote Northern Kenya with my good friend and colleague Gonzalo Martinez and joined Louise Leakey to map fossils in 3D and also fly drones to experiment in mapping fossils.
Capturing Ancient Remains in Kenya with a Remote Octo-Copter
Moved back to Portland Oregon in the local Autodesk office. We move to our new downtown building in April 2018. First Year Back in Oregon
Mapped the USS Arizona in 3D and coral in Kalaupapa Molokai with the US National Park Service and Autodesk’s Pete Kelsey.
Creating 3D Models of the USS Arizona and USS Utah Using Underwater Photogrammetry
Using LiDAR and Aerial LiDAR mapping in 3d of amazing sustainable bamboo architecture in Bali for a chapter in the Autodesk Book Future of Making.
The Future of Making
My unofficial morning AU5k runs became an official AU event! We had over 200 running at AU early in the morning.
Autodesk University 2017 Day 1
There have been so many good memories over the years including water fights in Civic Center offices and the weekly beer busts to get employees together and collaborate and learn something as well enjoy beer and pizza. Those on the AutoCAD Team early days will re,member my weekly internal reports communicating beta feedback and also encouraging people to read the reports by doing bad Photoshop fun on colleagues.
I have made so many life long friends from colleagues, partners, and customers in the past 20 years, thank you. Autodesk has been more than a job or an adventure – it has been my family. If you are ever in Portland or I'm at an event near you, please come say “hello.”
If you haven't yet attended an Autodesk Design Night event in San Francisco or locations around the world, you are definitely missing out. For the low ticket cost to attend these fast sell out events you get great food and drinks, music, exhibits, hands on activities, and top industry speakers all for around $25.
Eat! Drink! Make! Learn!
Last evening in the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco there was Design Night – Material World held. There was great Learn and Make activities including making your own silly putty and jewelry.
”How materials are influencing design
In today's world, designers and engineers have more options than ever before when it comes to choosing materials to make anything, from buildings to products, food to fashion. Whether it's mushroom-based styrofoam or titanium foam, materials impact how things are made and how we interact with them. Join us as we explore how one designer is applying material engineering to fashion and architecture to explore human interaction.
Speaker Behnaz Farahi, interaction designer and architect, and recipient of Fast Company's Innovation Design Award”
The Autodesk Lake Oswego office held our annual Halloween lunch put on by the 5 member Ministry of Mischief of which I am a proud loud member. We had food, candy, beverages, and costume and pumpkin contests. We all had a great time for the final Halloween spent in our Lake Oswego office as we move downtown Portland in the spring.
We had great prizes for the contests including 3 Amazon Echo Dots, sweet custom socks, Icelandic black death licorice alcohol, chocolate, star wars gear, a 5 pound gummy bear, and free diabetes with all the candy people were eating.
Thank you Autodesk Lake Oswego employees for holding a fun Halloween party!
Happy Halloween! Just a treat, no trick today.
If you are interested where all this talk of the Forge platform is going then you shouldn't miss the keynote events at AU in the Forge DevCon event.
Forge pumpkin was created by Autodesk Portland colleague Michelle Stone as an entry to our office pumpkin contest.
Being 14th among companies around the world is nothing dismiss, especially when the ranking is for being among the most innovative, caring, and inclusive workplaces.
We’ve been named #14 on the World’s Best Workplaces. http://autode.sk/2xretdW
Tuesday evening I participated in Sheffield’s first Design Night held at Sheffield Institute of Arts. The evening was kicked off by Lee Mullin, Construction Technical Specialist at Autodesk. Design Night Sheffield was also a great occasion to acknowledge the 20 year anniversary of Navisworks which Autodesk acquired 10 years ago. The Sheffield Autodesk office is the main location for Navisworks and BIM 360.
The main speaker for Design Night Sheffield was Elliott Crossley who is a Technologist in the Building Information Modeling, Generative Design field. Elliot has worked on iconic projects like Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. His presentation was fascinating as I can’t do his talk justice in a summary and will post the entire talk soon.
We had Sheffield themed drinks, lots of local beer and wine, as well as great local foods like canapies and a another new one to me, the “:toad in a hole”.
There were excellent activities like the making of a custom laser cut key chain using Fusion 360 led by our own Maestro of Making, Paul Sohi.
The crazy creative Pimoroni crew had some fun little robots dueling a balloon death death as well as several of their other Raspberry Pi kits and creations.I have challenged Megabot on Twitter looking at a UK robotic duel, with balloons.
Our friends at FARO had the first ever 3D scan capture booth at Design Night. The FARO 3D Capture booth utilized multiple FARO Focus LiDAR scanners capturing attendees as they stood still for about 2 minutes for the scan. Stay tuned for photos of all the attendees that were scanned in 3D and placed into a 3D scene using Autodesk ReCap and Navisworks.
At the end of the evening we enjoyed something new to me and that was algorithm rave music by Dan Hett and Alex McLean driven purely by live programming in C++ and Python language live with dynamic driven graphics on the screen.
I met a great deal of creative and smart people as well learned more about Sheffield’s history and contributions to the world from steel to sports. An amazing city with great people during this extremely busy week filled with meetings, events, and lots and lots of robots. I am left leaving this city but cant help but think how much Sheffield UK and Portland Oregon have so much in common besides both having offices of Autodesk.
Thank you everyone!
There are several new buildings and upcoming designs that challenge the self imposed low key style of Portland Oregon, but that appears to be changing. Several of the designs being built on the Central Eastside push the architectural design and creative envelope.
The building in this photo is named the Fair-Haired Dumbbell and was a crowd funded project by Gorilla Development. The location was once planned to be a Home Depot, but the 2008 recession changed those plans. Now the neighborhood is seeing changes almost daily. http://guerrilladev.co/the-fair-haired-dumbbell/
There are several other new projects coming that are changing the look of the old former industrial area known as the Central Eastside Industrial District and transforming it into a bright vibrant new go-to revitalized area in Portland and part of the new Portland Innovation Quadrant.
About he new Portland Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) from the 2035 vision statement.
“‘The Central Eastside Industrial District is a unique and rare example of a historic and active industrial district preserved within the heart of a major city. While the district is primarily zoned for industrial use and has been classified by the city as an “industrial sanctuary”, there are retail and commercial corridors that thread through the CEID to create a balance of uses, attractions and amenities. The district has the capacity for incubating new businesses, pioneering innovations and creating employment opportunities for a growing population.”
“New Industries & Expanded Industrial Classifications in the Central Eastside Much gets made of the “new industry versus old industry” or “creative versus industrial” uses in the CEID. In actuality, creative and newer businesses are attracted to the industrial character of the district and in most cases compliment, rather than conflict with the traditional uses. In fact, manufacturers are among the most creative of industries located in the CEID and have much in common with software developers, food production, film & video production and services, brewers and distilleries, and other newer uses in the district. They invest substantially in product design, process design, and custom equipment. They invent products and processes for which there are no blueprints and they access new technologies to drive efficiencies in a competitive global landscape. While the definition of Industrial production has broadened over the past 20 years and new clusters are finding the CEID a good fit, the firms that are attracted to the CEID tend to compliment more traditional industrial and wholesale uses in the district. In fact, there can be synergy.”
Another vibrant change to the Central Eastside Industrial District is the newly renovated historic Towne Storage Building. Without the largest renovation and structural retrofit of a historic building in Portland, last winters snow would have finished off the old building as there was a large running vertical up the Northside of the building. With the restoration and major structural retrofit now completed, Towne Storage is ready to face another century looking across the river at downtown Portland waterfront. The historic details were preserved which gives this building such a nice feel from the character made of of old wood, brick, concrete and steel in a unique industrial Portland style. Autodesk will be relocating our Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office to this Central Eastside Industrial District building next Spring after the interiors of the building are completed.
There are many changes and adjustments for everyone when we move downtown to the Central Eastside Industrial District, but we are excited. I am really looking forward to riding my bike into work in the Spring as I live about 8 miles to the South and there is a dedicated bike corridor the entire distance.
Having lived in Portland on and off over the past 26 years, it is amazing to see some of the changes. I cant wait until we are in our new neighborhood and building.
Shaan: What innovations in technology are you most excited about today?
John Walker: Notwithstanding all of the hype and over-promising, I believe the promise of additive manufacturing is still greater than many people
appreciate. I think we're at about the 1982 personal computer level
of impact of this technology: it's finding serious applications in
large companies with deep pockets, but the mass market is still
largely closed to the hobbyist level. In the longer term, its
ultimate destiny is atomically precise manufacturing, which will
allow making anything which can be modeled.
I talk a lot these days about "extravagant computing". When you can
buy three terabytes of storage for a hundred bucks and gigaflops of
processing power by the minute in the cloud, we're at the threshold
of a revolution like the PC era which helped Autodesk succeed. The
difference is that in 1982 we could, and did, look for mainframe
applications which would become practical on the PC platform as the
technology continued to grow exponentially. Now we must look for things
which have never been possible before which will become feasible simply by
"brute-forcing" the problem with massive compute power and storage.
The next decade, when these technologies will become mainstream, is
what I have been calling "The Roaring Twenties".
It is fascinating to hear the perspective of a tech pioneer that was there in the beginning of the PC era and the company he founded still around and successful today 35 years later unlike the many that litter the alley of forgotten tech history. Although John has been away from Autodesk for 20 years, he still keeps up on the latest technology and trends as well as pitfalls.
I completely agree with John about Additive Manufacturing being in its early days and the large impact it will have on manufacturing and design in the future. John’s “Extravagant Computing” or as we call it “infinite computing” and “cloud computing” is also something Autodesk believes in as computing cores are getting cheaper and cheaper each year to process more data providing more computation and hyper accurate simulation including “Generative Design” where computers can optimize or design products.
I enjoy being the self-appointed historian at Autodesk and looking at all the history, memorabilia, progress, and change over the years. You can’t go forward without knowing where you came from, what you learned, and how you got here. It will be very interesting to look back in 35 years on where we are now.
Happy 35th Birthday Autodesk!
The future of making is here. New technology is radically changing what’s possible, disrupting every industry. From architecture and construction, to manufacturing and media, individuals and small teams now compete on a global playing field.
Sheffield is a city known for innovation, and ideas that travel the world: from stainless steel to streets in the sky, synth pop to Sean Bean. Today, Sheffield is at the forefront of advanced manufacturing. It’s where global engineering and aerospace firms make their home, and product design startups conquer the world.
Twenty years ago, an idea for 3D software called Navisworks was born in Sheffield that revolutionized the way buildings are made. Ten years ago, it became a key part of an international brand. Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of making, in all its forms.
Ticket price includes access to activities, keynote speech, canapés, and a free drink on entry.
The new Autodesk MaRS office in Toronto just won an Innovation by Design award from FastCo for the use of Generative Design in laying out the office space. The Generative Design took into account employee neighborhoods and collaboration, lighting and sound preferences, and more.
Autodesk Toronto Office
An office designed with generative software to cater to employees' different needs.
Have you heard people talking about Autodesk Forge? Perhaps you wondered what it really was and why it will be a big deal.
Jim Quanci Senior Director, Autodesk Developer Network recorded a recent YouTube video that might help you better understand What is Forge and show you some live examples for customers and developers.
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.
Find out more, and pre-order your hard copy of the Future of Making: http://autode.sk/2rxtknH
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.”