During this year’s Fleet Week in San Francisco, the US Navy will commission its latest warship, the USS America (LHA 6). Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) used various Autodesk software products along with a tightly integrated shipbuilding application from SSI called ShipConstructor to ensure more efficient and effective construction.
Read more about this ships design and purpose via inthefold.autodesk.com
I am truly honored to not only visit and tour this new ship USS America LHA 6, but to also be invited to participate in this ship's official commissioning and meet its crew of fine Marines and Seamen during Fleet Week in San Francisco.
The only downside is I must wear a formal dress suit and tie much of the time.
Hooray! I have been anxiously awaiting this for years. Effective today, Autodesk provides FREE access to our software to students, teachers and schools around the world.
If you are an engineering school or teach CAD drafting or design classes, or a computer lab facing tight budgets, you can now get the software free without limitations. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions on use in school.
In the past we at Autodesk have provided software free to students, but not the schools but this has been slowly evolving first here in the US with the US ConnectED program with US President Obama where Autodesk committed $250 million, and now this effort and free access to Autodesk software is being rolled out worldwide for all students, teachers, and schools.
I invite everyone to help us spread the word to your families, alma mater, friends, students, schools, and educational connections. Let them know that Autodesk now provides students, teachers and schools with free access to Autodesk software: 3-year licenses of 80 titles of the exact same software that our commercial customers use.
Students, teachers and schools can download the software FREE at students.autodesk.com.
No catch, watermarks, or fine print.
Students are the future. It's the Right Thing to Do!
Autodesk is going to be running a free web based session on Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT about the new Autodesk ReCap release. Autodesk ReCap is Autodesk's super-fast point cloud processing product for registering laser scans.
Register Now: http://bit.ly/1pqqEwh
Some of the new additions to ReCap Pro include:
Target-based Accuracy Reporting
Autodesk Remote is a PC to PC or iPad to PC remoting solution available with the purchase of a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription or a Desktop Subscription for any Autodesk product.
For more information about Autodesk Remote visit: http://www.autodesk.com/products/remote/overview
"Use your camera to capture people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D models. Capture friends, sculptures, buildings or anything else you can photograph. Automatically transform them into interactive 3D models that can be shared with friends, family, and an ever growing community of 3D photographers.
If you want a more higher resolution professional model try Autodesk Recap Photo, but the professional photogrammetry is not free.
Autodesk's Pixlr photo editor arrives on the desktop for Mac and Windows.
Read Full Release
This a good alternative for Photo editing software like Photoshop & FREE or you can subscribe to a low priced Pro version at only $1.99 a month.
Pixlr-o-Matic and this Desktop Pixlr contain the "Shaan" filter named after me put in Pixlr-O-matic. It a cool aged sepia treatment located in the filter set "too old."
This photo in Pixlr Desktop was taken during my hike in Utah at Stewart Falls this weekend.
"Pixlr has been a favorite online photo editor and mobile app for years. Now, you can get the same Pixlr experience with even more fun and powerful tools on your Mac or Windows computer."
Get ready for going back to school with free Autodesk software.
Autodesk’s Design the Future program helps bring free access to Autodesk software and some curriculum to secondary schools in the U.K., U.S. Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Free access to Autodesk software to secondary schools in the U.K. www.autodesk.com/campaigns/design-the-future-uk
Free access to Autodesk software to secondary schools in the U.S.
Free access to Autodesk software to secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand
Free access to Autodesk software to secondary schools in Canada www.autodesk.com/campaigns/design-the-future-ca
In this YouTube recording of a 50+ minute session, Autodesk technical evangelist Chris Murray will demonstrate new scene workflows, layout and render tools along with other powerful new additions in 3ds Max 2015.
Also check out the just released 3ds Max 2015 Extension 1!
3ds Max 2015 customers on Subscription can now download Extension 1. http://autode.sk/1mlUzUI
Do you want a glimpse and to try a future version of Autodesk Revit?
"The Release Preview provides a sneak peek into potential future enhancements for architects and MEP and structural engineers. With more than 35 features and enhancements to try, the preview includes Solon integration for more personalized building performance analysis, sequencing for power circuits, and enhanced rebar tools."
Autodesk Screencast provides a whole new way to share knowledge in short video recordings and provide training with in-depth contextual meta data from Autodesk products like AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor and Revit you see the commands, dialogs, and menu items on the timeline.
Autodesk Screencast also records non-Autodesk products but doesn't have the ability to capture the rich commands and menu items selected like the tight integration with Autodesk products.
Get started sharing your knowledge today!
Back at the end of March 2012, Autodesk launched Inventor 2013. With that release came a more unified materials and appearance experience with other products in the Autodesk stable. At first it struggled, there were lots of bugs and it was a controversial change with many users. I personally loved the direction, but disliked the reliability and it was just clunky.
With Inventor 2014 came a large number of refinements, they were very welcome indeed and resulted in a reasonably we refined tool. BUT, users missed the ability to window select faces and edges to assign color overrides. This has frustrated a lot of users and I’ve seen a number of users asking for the Inventor development team to add the ability to do so… however, you CAN window select faces already, it’s just not immediately obvious.
Thanks to Shaan Hurley, in association with Design & Motion, I’m pleased to have the opportunity to share a video I’ve created showing you how to window select faces to apply appearance overrides en masse.
As a final note, I wouldn’t have even known about this tip if I wasn’t participating actively in the Inventor beta program. It’s thanks to Chris Mitchell, that myself and the others who read the tip in that forum, have learnt about this approach to batch applying appearances. So become a better Inventor user and contribute to the direction of your most important design tool by signing up to the Autodesk beta program at beta.autodesk.com.
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Scott Moyse, writes on Design & Motion, and MFG Technical Specialist at CADPRO Systems, is a CAD engineer specializing in manufacturing design processes, software and team management. With more than ten years of professional design experience, Scott works in a number of disciplines, including 3D CAD, PDM and PLM, CAM programming, CNC machine operation and research and development.
Thanks Scott and Design & Motion!
It has always been a pleasure to publish a guest post from someone in the Autodesk community. It helps the guest author get more visibility among peers as well as shares some valuable knowledge with the readers of this Between the Lines blog, a true win – win for everyone.
If you would like to submit an Autodesk related guest post please Email Me for details and consideration.
Do you need to learn how to install or deploy AutoCAD easily onto computers? Don't go installing one by one on multiple machines wasting your time and others, do it fast and easily whether standalone or network licensed using the deployment feature.
We published a video that goes through the entire process of the creation of an administrative deployment image, understanding the deployment options, and how to use deployments to install Autodesk software on your local and network computers.
Detailed narrated tutorial using AutoCAD 2011 http://youtu.be/OmsbKctNnpMYouTube
An update in Apple iTunes was published today for the free & awesome AutoCAD 360 for iOS returning the GPS feature that allows you to orient yourself in the drawing based on the iOS device GPS. This feature was released in AutoCAD 360 awhile back but a couple weeks ago in the last update it had to be temporarily removed, but it is now back in version 3.0.2.
While capturing 3D geometry with a standard digital camera is challenging and takes advanced technology, capturing 3D geometry underwater can be even more difficult. Difficult because of the optical changes and physical demand to operate in subsurface environment while trying to take photos. Over the past few months I have been involved in some of these projects that made use of not only photogrammetry but recently underwater Lidar (yes underwater laser, not mounted on a shark) and handheld sonar generating 3D point clouds which I will talk about later once the special project is revealed publicly.
This post is about photogrammetry being used by the US National Park Service and marine researchers and how technology like Autodesk Recap Photo can convert photographs using mathematical algorithms to textured 3D geometry. ReCap Photo is an Autodesk 360 service designed to create high resolution 3D data from photos to enable users to visualize and share 3D data. One great object of interest to scientist is coral and what is occurring on coral reefs around the world where colonies are dying due to many potential causes.
Despite their crucial role, coral reef research and education are still in their infancy. One major challenge that has plagued coral reef scientists for decades is the inability to accurately measure the surface area of corals, which represents the living portion. The ability to quantitatively track the growth of a coral colony is an extremely basic and essential parameter for understanding the health of a coral reef ecosystem. Current methods are incredibly imprecise and rely on simplistic two-dimensional (2D measurement.
Further, humans rely heavily upon visualization for comprehension, and corals are difficult to see first-hand. Most corals are inaccessible to anyone who does not SCUBA dive, especially children. Until now, the only way to visualize corals has been to view static pictures or non-interactive films. As a result, public understanding and interest of the complexities of coral reefs pales in comparison to other charismatic megafauna such as sharks, whales and dolphins.
This project aims to utilize Autodesk Reality Capture to generate incredibly detailed 3D models of corals for a novel scientific study and produce revolutionary educational tools.
Sylvester (Sly) Lee is a Marine Toxicologist and Science Communicator. He works at the Kalaupapa National Historical Park and is the founder of the non-profit, The Hydrous, which aims to communicate marine science through beautiful and intuitive visualizations. Interactive 3D coral models can be viewed at www.thehydro.us.
Blowing Bubbles in the name of Science and Technology, Dive Dive Dive!
As a technologist at Autodesk and advanced SCUBA diver it will be my absolute pleasure and honor to work with the Park Service on another project over the next few weeks capturing coral in 3D models for study and future studies on the isolated remote Kalaupapa National Historical Park located on the island of Molokai. I will also play the vital roles of not only safety diver, photographer, BBQ cook, comedian, but I am sure I will play the role of tiger shark bait or underwater rodeo clown to keep the other team members safe while capturing photos for creating 3D models. Autodesk's Pete Kelsey will also be a diver, photographer, and modeler on the project.
Who knows, maybe the team can even host a short Google Hangout from the remote project location and answer questions on coral and capturing underwater objects in 3D.
Another amazing example of the US Park Service using Autodesk Recap Photo Pro!
The video below of a 3D model was created by National Park Service Submerged Resources Center A/V Production Specialist / Deputy Chief Brett Seymour using Recap Photo Pro. Brett is one of the world's top professional underwater photography and videographers. It is really quite amazing to see how he operates with all the gear while SCUBA diving as he is a consummate professional and master. Just over a week ago I saw Brett diving with a large and expensive RED digital 4K cinema camera in an underwater housing and two big strobes which made it appear as if Brett was diving with the front of a small expensive car and maintained a fluid dive and controlled buoyancy throughout the dive.
Brett captured this WWII Corsair aircraft crash last week located just off Hawaii's Waikiki Beach in about 100 feet water depth.
Anyone that has attempted to create a 3D model of something on land and ran into challenges can appreciate how well both of these National Park Service professionals have mastered the process to get good results in such a challenging underwater environment.
Have you ever wanted to send some feedback to an Autodesk product team? Perhaps how you think something could and should be improved, something is broken, or you want to say how awesome a feature in the product is?
There is a online feedback form where you can enter your feedback and it is sent to the several internal product team members. Product teams love to hear your constructive feedback on what you like, would like, or perhaps do not like.
Having been on one of these product management teams I would like to make a personal suggestion for your feedback. Try to keep it clear and courteous as nobody likes getting a rant or what might feel like a personal attack after all we are human just like you and also if you say something negative try to also say something positive to balance it all out.
Not all feedback can get a personal reply nor is this a replacement for standard channels of support but know that all the feedback is read and many do get replies from the helpful team members.
Link to the Autodesk Product Feedback Form
With the 2015 products now having been released and beta season wrapping up it is a good time to review your user profile and update it for future any beta participation.
Here are some steps to making sure you are steps to take to get invited into the most popular betas:
2. If you get invited to a beta, make sure you have the time to commit to being an active beta participant and providing feedback.
3. If you get invited to a beta and accept the invitation to participate make sure that you are active and provide feedback.
4. Be active in the Autodesk discussion forums or on blogs helping others. If product teams notice you and your knowledge you are likely to be involved into early alpha and beta projects.
5. Get to know the product teams at events like Autodesk University. Knowing product team members can increase the likelihood of being invited to beta test.
While some product teams invite most everyone to a beta that applies and are eligible for testing that product, some teams may not. Some teams may recruit people from past participation looking for participants that were active and provided clear feedback.
We completely understand you might have times when you are unable to participate in a beta for various reasons, but if you do accept an invite to a product beta please make sure you can provide active participation, clear and concise feedback, answer surveys, and perform any required tasks as that will keep you as a top candidate for future beta programs.
A solid feature could really be thought of as an automatic way of creating a number of trimmed surfaces.
All of Inventor's solid feature tools have the option to create a surface instead - just look for the Transparent Orange Icon.
'Replace face' is a really handy surfacing tool that is hidden away with its good buddy the 'Extend face' surface tool right here under the 3D model tab > Surface panel
Tip: If you find yourself using these tools a lot, right click and choose 'Move to main panel' to make them easier to access.
Note: The 'Repair bodies' tool is used to fix up imported geometry.
Did you know that you can loft a profile directly to a single point? This is a great way of creating 'Domed' surfaces without have to create a lot of guide geometry.
Many surfacing tools in Inventor now support tangency or G2 surface conditions. Remember to click on the drop down under 'conditions' to pick your preference.
Surfaces are bodies too! Don't forget that you can move surface bodies using the 'Move bodies' command to be found under 3D model > modify.
Once in the move command, click next to the 'free move' icon to reveal options to move your surface body along a ray or rotate it around an axis.
Autodesk Inventor's surfacing tools are powerful and user friendly, once you know where to look! Check them out today and let me know how you get on.
It is always a pleasure to publish a guest post from someone in the Autodesk community. It helps the guest author get more visibility among peers as well as shares some valuable knowledge with the readers of this Between the Lines blog, a win – win for everyone.
Paul Munford is the CAD/CAM manager for Halstock cabinet makers in the UK. IN his spare time he is a semi-professional Dodo catcher and skins rice puddings. He also writes the CAD Setter Out blog and talks about CAD a lot if you'll let him.
Thank you Paul!
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Sly Lee is a Marine Ecologist and Toxicologist that has been exploring the use of technology to document coral and the marine ecosystem. Currently Sly is using photos of corals to generate 3D models using Autodesk Recap Photo to document coral and examine changes over time.
Sly is currently based on the island of Molokai Hawaii but spending much of February in Guam, Saipan, and Palau. I will be doing some underwater research work with Sly in May and am really looking forward to it.
Sly Lee's video of the coral 3D capture project.
You can explore a couple of the coral models interactively.
The phrase eating our own dog food or dogfooding describes someone or a company using their own created tools to better understand them.
Autodesk Project Chronicle has evolved into a really powerful tool for communicating steps in Autodesk products AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor where you can see the exact steps and commands used in addition to the video of the screen. While a photo may tell a thousand words, and video tells much more, but Project Chronicle for Autodesk product users tells the whole complete story.
Beginning this week I am going through my 10 years of blogged AutoCAD tips on this blog and creating chronicles and then posting the chronicles here. Project Chronicle is free and can be used to post quick steps on how to do something or show a problem whether online as a URL, posted in response to a discussion forum questions, or as a mobile file as an attachment. It is not intended to be a polished video with transitions and such but just the facts fast and easily with deep Autodesk product integration. You can also record chronicles of other non-Autodesk products but you wont have the same deep product integration of commands and settings. No need to re-play a section of recorded training video over and over or looking for a clue to get the same results for a step someone did not document, with chronicles you can see all the commands used in the Autodesk product even if the trainer forgot to mention or document it.
I am really excited about Project Chronicle and hope people start sharing chronicles and challenge Autodesk University speakers to create chronicles of their classes.
If you are a individual student or faculty you can get most of the Autodesk products for free from the Autodesk Education Community. There is really no catch as these are the full Autodesk products and the software license is for 3 years. Included are AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Maya, Inventor, Revit and many many more. You will also receive 25Gb of Autodesk cloud storage.
Today is the big football game in the US where the Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos in an open stadium in the Winter cold of New Jersey. Fox Sports is using Autodesk Flow Design to determine where the winds will be blowing in the stadium in real-time. http://autode.sk/1bhu7q1
Who am I rooting to win the game? I am torn having lived in the Northwest and built projects in Seattle but also currently living in the Intermountain West closer to Denver. I think I will have to root for both teams and cities this year.
Speaking of cold Winter winds. It was Groundhog Day and that large well fed groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of Winter for us in the United States. Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil forecasts six more weeks of winter
Yesterday we held a live Google+ Hangout with Autodesk's Project Chronicle Product Manager Eric Stover and myself. It was a casual and fun time with Eric and I in the Office of the CTO brainstorm room complete with lawn chairs on fake grass, but there was one big issue. We had over 50 people wanting to attend but found Google+ Hangouts have a limit of ~10. We want to thank everyone that was able to attend from as far as New Zealand and interact and ask questions, but also those that tried to attend.
Some of the highlights of the Hangout:
Most of you trying to attend seen this ominous message that the Hangout was full.
We will hold another live event in the very near future but will use the On Air YouTube method which will allow everyone to attend without a limit and also give us a recorded version on YouTube for those to watch later. In the meantime please give Project Chronicle (https://chronicle.autodesk.com/) a try either watching some of the available Chronicles or making some and posting to your blog or email me your Chronicles on Autodesk products to publish in a blog post with credit.
I will begin planning to host several other Hangout sessions with various Autodesk teams.