Nikie Monteleone is a Portland based Senior Surfacing Artist at local animation studio HouseSpecial, and one of the best Maya users in the world in my opinion. Anyone that has ever 3D modelled an object or character then textures and lighted the scene can appreciate the attention to detail on this chameleon model and each and every scale was meticulously painted.
Here is the Autodesk Instagram post of her work
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In addition to other new features like the edit scenes live in VR, one of the coolest features is the new Open Shader Language shaders (OSL).
OSL training video also by Zap.
3ds Max 2019: Introduction to OSL
I have been really impressed with the new launched AutoCAD Web App that is included with the AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD LT 2019 subscription. I have been using it today on a bunch of drawings to kick the tires. There is nothing to download or install, just launch your web browser and go to https://web.autocad.com/ and log in.
but you can create new drawings using the same AutoCAD DNA as the desktop version. The AutoCAD Web App isn't full desktop AutoCAD on the cloud, but it is a definite step in that direction.
Today March 22, 2018 is the day, AutoCAD 2019 was announced and now available for subscribers.
While there were many updates including 200+ dialog boxes and other User Interface elements have been updated and other requested updates and fixes, the biggest theme is:
When you subscribe to AutoCAD 2019, you will gain access to the following toolsets:
Use specialized building design features and 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to speed architectural drawing and documentation. Automate floorplans, sections, elevations, and other drawings with our architectural toolset.
Use specialized mechanical design features and 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features and symbols to speed product design. Automate tasks, such as generating machine components and creating bills of material.
Use specialized electrical design features and 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to boost productivity for creating, modifying, and documenting electrical controls systems. Quickly design panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other drawings with our electrical toolset.
Use specialized MEP engineering features and 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects to draft, design, and document building systems. Easily design ductwork, electrical conduit, and circuiting for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical with our MEP toolset.
Use the specialized plant design and engineering toolset to efficiently produce P&IDs and then integrate them into a 3D plant design model. Quickly create schematic diagrams, plant layouts, and other drawings with our 3D plant toolset.
Incorporate GIS and CAD data to support planning, design, and data management. Access spatial data stored in files, databases and web services, and aggregate it with your AutoCAD design data. Easily manage your GIS data with standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, and Gas industries in our 3D mapping toolset.
Use raster to vector tools to help you edit scanned drawings and convert raster images into DWG objects. Quickly edit, cleanup and transform images, manipulate raster entities (images, lines, arcs, and circles), create vector shapes (lines and polylines), and more with our raster design toolset.
When you subscribe to AutoCAD 2019, you gain access to the new AutoCAD web and mobile apps. These apps provide fast, seamless access to DWG files wherever you are, from virtually any device. Files load quickly, and you can draft, edit, measure, and annotate with the core tools and technology of original AutoCAD. These powerful features make it possible to continue your CAD work with the most up-to-date files while on-the-go.
The new AutoCAD web app is included when you subscribe to AutoCAD 2019 including specialized toolsets.
For the first time, you can access original AutoCAD directly in your web browser. With the AutoCAD web app, edit, create, and view your CAD drawings in a simplified web interface from any laptop. There’s nothing to download — just type in web.autocad.com and login with your Autodesk account.
Here is the very latest official Autodesk Show Reel 2018. This show reel shows amazing examples of some of our Autodesk customers in multiple industries from architecture to special fx and games to manufacturing and robotics. This is the show reel I play to show what Autodesk customers design create and make using our software and technologies.
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.
Revisit any presentations you may have missed, or want to re-review! The recorded discussions cover the APIs for Forge, Revit AutoCAD Civil3D, BIM 360, InfraWorks, Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Fusion 360, and AutoCAD.
Autodesk Screencast is not your ordinary screen recording tool, its purpose built for Autodesk products and FREE.
Go Record, Edit & Share!
You can also just watch some Screencasts to learn something new and follow along with every click, pick, and command they use.
An amazing surprise as I walked into the office this morning, Kevin Schneider presented me with the historical original nozzle used in many sample files and demos of AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor over the past 34 years.
AutoCAD 2.6 included a sample drawing of a nozzle that has been one of the iconic sample drawings in AutoCAD release history, known affectionately as “the nozzle.” The creator of the drawing Don Strimbu designed the nozzle in 1983 using a primitive featured AutoCAD running on floppy disks and a slow 8086 computer.
Here is the 2D drawing opened in AutoCAD 2.18.
The same nozzle was used by Mike Geyer to create a 3D assembly in Autodesk Inventor, and was a very popular demo dataset.
I couldn't wait until Throwback Thursday to share the news of the original nozzle being on my desk. As the unofficial historian of Autodesk, I hope to put this on display for all to see.
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.
It’s super easy to get signed up as a candidate, simply tell us about your Autodesk product usage at http://feedback.autodesk.com
If you have been a beta tester in the past, please make sure to keep your profile and contact information up to date.
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.
If you are on a FIRST FRC Team, you really should go download Autodesk Synthesis. Hopefully you are also using Autodesk Inventor or Autodesk Fusion as they are completely free to students at the Autodesk Education website.
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!
Lets POWER UP!
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 188.8.131.52 is now available.
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.
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.
Go get some new skills, for free!
At Autodesk University, a group of attendees participated in a Product Innovation Platform track organized and designed by Autodesk’s Garin Gardiner. Participants designed the speaker starting from the speaker body in Autodesk Fusion 360 and the circuits in Autodesk Eagle as well as generating the CNC G-code to machine the parts. Those that were not enrolled in the special track could line up in the exhibit hall to use Fusion 360 Production on a tablet and gather components such as Pocket NC making the wood speaker bodies and assemble their own speaker. As you can imagine, these speakers were very popular and the wait in line could be up to 2 hours before you secured a position to make your own speaker. The purpose was to show beginning to end process of design and making. Some participants assembling their speaker said they had not seen some of the equipment and processes used before and it was nice to see and participate in person.
Yesterday I finally got my parts and some time to assemble my speaker.
I decided to sand mine and then apply a sealant to show off the walnut grain.
How sweet is this for something you got to make at AU?
For those wanting to make your own speaker, Garin told me they are considering other opportunities for people to assemble and make their own speakers such as Design Nights or other events as well plans are to post the entire files and instructions on Instructables.com.
Autodesk University always has the best speakers in the industry- both human speakers and customer audio speakers.
Normally at Autodesk University you attend to see and learn from great speakers, but in this case you get to make an awesome custom speaker. In the Product Innovation Platform track you will get to go through each step from the beginning electrical design in Autodesk Eagle to the product design and machining in Fusion 360 and at the end of the track you will get to assemble and take your custom CNC machined wood enclosure speaker.
Here is a photo of the latest speaker prototype by Garin Gardiner complete with a Fusion 360 logo speaker grill. The intension is these speakers will go to 11, not 1-10.
For instructions on how to sign up for this special Product Innovation Track track, download and follow this PDF.Download Steps for Enrolling in the Product Innovation Platform Session Track at AU 2017.pdf (191.8K)
ReCap Photo model generated from 279 photos of a building being renovated. I split the screen capture to show the textured as well as the mesh display.
Screen capture showing the location of photos. We have an active FAA waiver to fly in this class c airspace location.
279/279 shots successfully stitched
Number of 3D points: 61842
Number of manual points: 0
Export an Ortho corrected TIFF & DEM file.
Combining both a LiDAR and photogrammetry makes for the best reality capture model.
Learn more about Autodesk ReCap Photo.
Tutorial: 3ds Max Fluids Part 1 - Basic Setup
New Arnold release:
Subscribers can download Update 3: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/3ds-max/downloads
Not only is this year 2017 the 35th year of Autodesk and AutoCAD, but Navisworks is celebrating 20 big years of coordinating AEC construction model and design data.
The Navisworks team will be celebrating their 20th year at Design Night in Sheffield England on October 24th. I will be in attending the Design Night and be announcing a meetup in both Sheffield and Manchester to talk all things Autodesk over a pint or coffee.
Stay tuned for more details and I hope those of you in the UK can come visit Sheffield and celebrate Navisworks as well as experience an Autodesk Design Night.
Read the blog post by Lee Mullin on Navisworks 20th and Design Night Sheffield:
Happy 20th Birthday Navisworks – Announcing the launch of Design Night Sheffield!
Autodesk ReMake is evolving to Autodesk ReCap Photo. Autodesk ReCap Photo will be part of ReCap Pro for both your LiDAR scan data and photogrammetry data. In addition to the great 3D mesh editing that was in the former ReMake, there are new features added like raising the limit of photos to 1000 photos and for creating 3D models and geolocated orthographic views from drone (UAS) imagery.
All for a very low monthly subscription and well below other comparable solutions.
Read More: http://autode.sk/2wZytrc
This building is the Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office. It was captured using a DJI Mavic Pro. The flight was less than 12 minutes and 45 photos that generated this model in less than an hour. I am a licensed FAA Part 107 Commercial UAS pilot and anyone performing any aerial work in the U.S. should be as well.
Do you want to get together and talk Autodesk, reality capture, drones, design, or at Autodesk University in about 60 days, let me know.
Hello AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, Inventor, and Revit users in Asia!
We have another Autodesk Answer Day (Asia Pacific Series) on September 21st, 2017 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm Singapore time.
We will have team members answering your questions in our AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, Inventor, and Revit English forums. There’s no limit on how many questions you can ask. Bring the product issues that haven't found a solution to as the experts will be on hand to tackle the challenge. Additionally, we’ll also be answering questions in the Chinese forums.
English Event Details:
Answer Day will be occurring in the following English Forums:
Chinese Event Details:
Answer Day will also be occurring in the following Chinese Forums:
Tinkercad just added a cool new mode in yesterdays 3.2 update. For those unaware, Tinkercad is the awesome free web based 3D modeling tool for everyone 4-400 years old. There is now the is the new brick workspace. If you create or open a model and then select the new brick workspace, it will convert the Tinkercad model to a brick style model reminiscent of those Danish plastic bricks that hurt when you step on them.
After being bricked.
I love Tinkercad!
Go give bricks a try or point it out to your kids and students as they will absolutely love it.