The very popular mobile app Autodesk SketchBook has made a bunch of updates including new membership levels including 15 day trial, brushes like glow and inking, performance improvements, and so much more.
If you are a SketchBook member user go update if not a user go give the trial a try. Email Me a SketchBook creation you make and I will share them to get you potential fame.
Get the SketchBook app!
There will be half day in-person events featuring Autodesk leaders speaking on manufacturing trends in the Future of Making Things complete with free food and refreshments. The events will include strategies and solutions for taking advantage of trends to drive innovation, efficiency and competitive advantage within manufacturing.
Learn how Autodesk is committed to delivering the most advanced design tools for the future of making things.
July 16, 2015
Warrenville, IL (outside of Chicago)
Ray Savona Autodesk VP, Manufacturing Sales is presenting.
July 21, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Anagnost Ph.D. Sr. SVP Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk is presenting.
July 28, 2015
Sarah Krasley Sustainable Manufacturing Lead at Autodesk are presenting.
August 11, 2015
St. Louis MO
Jack O'Connor Director, Americas Sales at Autodesk is a presenter.
August 13, 2015
Rob Cohee Technical Lead and Evangelist of Autodesk is a presenter.
Starting tomorrow there are some in-person and online events to learn Autodesk Fusion 360 for mechanical and industrial design. I will be attending the Portland Oregon event so attend and bring your laptop and say “Hi” and enjoy some food and drinks.
July 8th, 2015 Welcome to Fusion 360 - Portland, Oregon
July 9th, 2015 Welcome to Fusion 360 - Live Training Boston
July 14th, 2015 Organic Modeling with T-Splines live online webinar
Also remember that students and hobbyist (makers) get this powerful design software for FREE!
We have the most awesome, creative, innovative customers in the world!
“How do you fuse two Cadillac bodies together, install two huge engines, and actually make the thing not only drive, but serve as one of the main vehicles in a film that’s essentially one long car chase? This was one of the many challenges facing Jacinta Leong, art director on Mad Max: Fury Road,”
The oldest stone tools known to man were found in remote Northern Kenya. The tools date back 3.3 million years. My friend Dr. Louise Leakey documented the excavation and tools using Autodesk technology to share the discovery with the world.
These historical findings are detailed in an article published last week in Nature Magazine (May 20, 2015). Now, through the power of Autodesk technology, people all around the world will have the chance to share in this major scientific discovery.
Dr. Louise Leakey, in collaboration with Autodesk, used Memento technology to create high quality 3D digital replicas of the stone tool artifacts, for preservation, education and further research. Memento is Autodesk’s cutting-edge free software that enables users to convert photos or scans into 3D models to be optimized for the web or mobile viewing, or 3D printing.
Read more on the In the Fold blog about this incredible discovery.
Autodesk announced this week at the AIA show the new Dynamo Studio and FormIt 360 Pro releases of new products. For more on these conceptual Architectural design tools check out the announcement posted on the Autodesk PR blog In the Fold.
Availability and More Information
Check out this series of podcasts with Angi Izzi, Industry Strategy Manager, Autodesk and Matt Jezyk, Senior Product Line Manager, AEC Conceptual Design Products, Autodesk to learn more:
What’s new with FormIt 360 Pro? [3 minutes, 42 seconds].
What’s new with Dynamo Studio? [3 minutes, 57 seconds].
How Dynamo Studio addresses today’s needs [2 minutes, 23 seconds].
At the recent SPAR Conference Autodesk announced the new release of ReCap and the Reality Computing workflows that solve customer problems in various industries. Here are the highlights from that announcement.
The new ReCap portfolio includes:
- ReCap, a free application for laser scan preparation: import of scans, viewing, cleaning, clipping, sectioning, basic measurements and indexing of registered scan data. ReCap is the must-have companion to the Autodesk portfolio to convert Reality Data in RCP/RCS files, and to upload Real Views to A360. It is part of all Autodesk Suites and can be downloaded for free from our web site (recap.autodesk.com).
- ReCap 360 is a must-have for anyone dealing with a point cloud. ReCap 360 provides several desktop features and web services and is available under subscription at only $500 / year. Included are: 25 GB of storage space, a host of new measurement, markup and collaboration tools, ., and access to our photo-to-3D service in full resolution mode,.
- ReCap 360 Ultimate adds more to ReCap 360 and is the must-have solution for anyone with a laser scanner. Featuring a new automatic scan-to-scan, target-less registration engine, together with data quality check and target-based accuracy reports, ReCap 360 Ultimate provides trust to your Reality Data. It is available at $2.000 / year and includes 100 GB of storage space.
What are the new features introduced with ReCap 360?
- New native laser scan imports
- ReCap is a scanning device-agnostic platform, and we added the native import of various new raw files to our long list of supported scan formats.
- Advanced Measurement
- Measurement is now a snap with smart measurement tools, to easily measure diameters and distances between cylinders and planes with automatic shape fitting.
- Fast and true clearances can be obtained with a single mouse click.
- Advanced Annotation & Sync
- The value of point cloud project can now be enhanced with tags, notes, pictures and hyperlinks. These annotations are automatically synced between the desktop app and the cloud.
- They can also be shared and synced with project collaborators, which empowers a team to markup a project together.
- Marked objects, assets, saved views and project tools can now be quickly found with advanced search utilities.
- Automatic Registration (a ReCap 360 Ultimate feature only)
- Combining laser scans has never been easier with our new target-less automatic registration.
- Quickly, effortlessly and accurately register scans is now possible with little to no user interaction.
What is Autodesk Memento Beta?
- Memento is an end-to-end solution for converting any reality capture input (such as photos or scans) into high quality 3D models. The computed 3D photo-textured mesh can be cleaned up, fixed, healed, compared over time and optimized for further digital use, for physical fabrication methods like 3D printing and for 3D interactive experiences on the Web.
- It is an all-in-one single app made from scratch specifically for new Reality Computing workflows, particularly in arts, sciences, museums, media & entertainment.
- The beta version can be downloaded from: http://memento.autodesk.com/about
What about Autodesk photo-to-3D service?
- Autodesk continues to improve its photo-to-3D service each year, the cloud-based photogrammetry engine behind 123D Catch for consumers, ReCap 360 for professionals in Autodesk industries (Civil, AEC, Factories…), and Memento for artists and new digital creators.
- Recent enhancements include: support of the GoPro Hero 4 camera, processing of GPS information to automatically scale and geolocate photo-scenes, and creation of 2D orthoimages. All these new features are available via ReCap 360 for users processing aerial photos from UAVs.
I am a huge user of ReCap and was in Atlanta last week testing aerial UAV and laser capture of data and processing it all in ReCap and ReCap 360.
The Autodesk Answer Days series will start with members of the AutoCAD team and is free. Join the first AutoCAD Answer Day online event on Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Come to the Autodesk Community and post your AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT questions to the teams and experts that develop and support AutoCAD.
When you visit the AutoCAD Answer Day on May 7th the "CREATE NEW POST" button will be available for posting questions.
If you’re looking for more instructional information, check out our free AutoCAD Help Webinars.
For further details or info on the event tweet us @AutodeskHelp.
Autodesk 2016 Design & Creation Suites Now Announced
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced the release of the new Autodesk 2016 Design Suites that offer more control than ever over all aspects of the design-to-make process through a connected desktop and cloud user experience.
Autodesk design and creation suites provide customers with expanded toolsets, unique interoperability and a consistent user experience.
“Our customers are pushing the boundaries on how products are designed and made, how buildings are built, and how entertainment is created,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president at Autodesk. “Autodesk Suites address the entire workflow: from capturing reality and iterating on a design, to physically making that design through 3D printing or other forms of fabrication.”
Each design suite includes AutoCAD 2016, ReCap and 3ds Max. AutoCAD 2016, the most advanced AutoCAD yet, delivers faster, more precise detailed design and documentation with rich visual accuracy. Autodesk’s ReCap technology, also included in every suite, continues to bring Reality Computing to a new level of accessibility and affordability across the Suites with the additions of more native laser scan formats, smart measurement tools, advanced annotation and sync capabilities and more. Autodesk 3ds Max provides customers with the 3D tools they need to create inspirational experiences no matter what their industry demands.
Introducing 3ds Max 2016 :
Introducing AutoCAD 2016: http://autocadinsider.autodesk.com/my_weblog/2015/03/introducingautocad2016.html
The Autodesk user community looks forward to spring and the annual release of new versions of Autodesk software, and this year is no exception. AUGIWorld authors have been hard at work slicing and dicing the new releases to bring you the highlights of 2016 versions of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, and Inventor.
There is a new Autodesk 360 Viewer "A360." The new drag & drop web based viewer allows you to view and share designs without any install, sign ups, or plugins and over 50 2D and 3D file types are supported.
Check out the new viewer! http://360.autodesk.com/viewer
Read here for a blog post from the A360 Team which shows more of the features that will be added in the future currently being worked on in the lab.
Is AutoCAD LT your go-to product for creating or reviewing 2D designs?
Do have a strong point of view and appreciate when your voice is heard? Or do you like to give constructive feedback after thoughtful reflection?
If so, you may be just what we are looking for.
We are currently incubating a product and seeking AutoCAD LT to user join a feedback community and partner with us to ensure our ideas are relevant to you. By joining the community you’ll have opportunities to preview and give feedback on features under development. You’ll also be able to join in the conversation with Autodesk employees to share your opinion on topics we are debating via forums and surveys.
If you have interest in actively providing feedback and partnering with Autodesk, please apply to join the Autodesk Feedback Community here. If you do not already have an Autodesk Feedback Community login, select Create Account, otherwise Sign In. Please allow 1-2 days for us to review your application. If you have any questions please reach out to us at email@example.com.
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Our good friend and a smart innovative marine scientist Sly Lee of The HYDROUS had a nice online piece covering his work in Wetpixel.com. Sly uses Autodesk Memento to generate 3D textured models of coral from photos he and teams take underwater in coral reef locations around the world.
The ability to document a coral in 3D with textures is far more rich than 2D underwater sketching or 2D photos. The 3D models in addition to looking amazing and artistic generates a rich amount of accurate geometric and volumetric data so you can track growth or unfortunately the deterioration of coral colonies due to several environmental factors in our oceans. This is one of those practical applications of photogrammetry where creating 3D models or scans protects and help preserve and better understand the ocean and coral.
I had the pleasure of joining him photographing coral specimens in the waters off Kalaupapa Molokai Hawaii last year. Our team spent many hours SCUBA diving upside down taking thousands of photos of coral dodging moray eels, sharks, and jellyfish in the interest of research. I hope to join Sly underwater again someday even willing to take a few more jelly fish and sponge stings in the interest of science and pushing the envelope of Autodesk technologies.
When you have the 3D models you can also 3D print the coral which are amazing to see in person and are like an abstract art than anything. We printed this acropora genus of coral model from Palau on an Objet printer in SF a couple weeks ago for the REAL2015 conference. Who knows, perhaps these amazing pieces of natures fractal art could help crowd fund the study of the coral reefs and their preservation.
We at Autodesk always say imagine, design, and create a better world and in this case it is to help preserve and leave a better world and ocean. Keep up the great work studying and preserving our coral reefs and oceans Sly!
(Fun Between the Lines Fact: This is my 1st blog post from my new office in Portland Oregon)
Tomorrow is the official First Customer Ship (FCS) of the new AutoCAD 2016 (codename Maestro) and based products from Autodesk (AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical.) We have released the thousands of awesome beta testers this morning to discuss the new release of AutoCAD. Please note that other big Autodesk 2016 products are still under NDA for now such as Autodesk Revit and Inventor. There are several enhancements in AutoCAD 2016 and more detailed information in an official press release,online product centers, and trial downloads will go live in the coming days.
Some of the AutoCAD 2016 highlights from the AutoCAD 2016 Preview Guide:
Geometric Center object snap
Isometric line grid
Selection highlighting color
Plot dialog box
BIM 360 add-in for AutoCAD enhancements
System Variable Monitor
Single service pack
Thank You to our beta testers for being part of our team in making a better AutoCAD!
I wanted to share an amazing project by Autodesk colleague Craig Barr recent created using a series of Autodesk 3D products, a 3D printer, and above all his mad creative skills. He brought a wild digital creature to the physical world and thankfully not really to life to feast on the flesh of slow running coworkers.
The workflow is fairly specific, but the 3D Printer is an ABS extruding type and could be one one of many brands out there now. The result is a crazy scary physical creature all without having a color 3D printer.
Craig's explanation of the Process and a video:
"The craze that is 3D Printing has opened up an entirely new world for 3D Artists, Designers, and just about any creative-type. In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself explaining the amazing, yet odd, feeling that happens when you bring something from the “virtual” to the “physical” world. I’ve been doing a lot of work lately with everything from creature design, to reality-capture data processing, to modeling/sculpting/painting, all things very cool and interesting, but not anywhere near quite as fun as holding your design in your hands. To me, the ability to hold something in your hands that only previously existed on the screen (workstation or otherwise) has really brought the creative process full-circle. As a lot of people have expressed interest in such a workflow, I decided it was time to put together an overview of the creative process from taking a concept through Maya, Mudbox and into MeshMixer for some prep work before bringing the creature “to life” via 3D Printing. I also show some hand-finishing, with some tips on coating the ABS material with an adhesion promoter to allow proper bonding of paint."
The YouTube video of Craig doing his magic:
Photos of the Project:
Here is the 3D creature like a zombie crossed with a lamprey named the "Viscerator" that Craig created using Autodesk Maya and Mudbox.
Craig used Meshmixer to prepare the creature to 3D Print. It looks pretty creepy on the 3D printer.
After the 3D print was completed the creature was then painted.
Thank you for sharing this creative project Craig, I seriously want one of these scary prints to chase away people from my office.
Last week I was working on a project in Northern Arizona and found an exhibit of a sandstone that had actual dinosaur footprints on it on display outside the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center. In Utah and Arizona it is not unusual to find dinosaur footprints in rocks and sadly a recent amazing example located near Moab Utah was vandalized and lost forever. So how can we preserve these fossil records without purchasing expensive 3D scanning equipment? In this case I used my smartphone a iPhone 6 and its camera to capture a series of photos and then using the currently free Autodesk Project Memento and generated an accurate textured 3D model of the dinosaur's fossilized footprint.
|So here you see the series of 40 photos I took of the sandstone fossilized dinosaur footprints.|
So go install Autodesk Project Memento which is currently pre-release and free after a quick registration.
|Select to create a photo scene and upload and wait for it to alert you your model is done.|
Here is the resulting highly detailed and accurate 3D textured mesh of the dinosaur footprint and available for export to OBJ, STL, and many other formats and uses.
Now there is a digital record of this footprint to preserve it, 3D print it, study it, or display it online or use as a digital prop in a 3D game or animation. All it takes is a camera and you can generate highly detailed and accurate textured meshes of almost anything and in higher detail that the 123D Catch app.
In Project Memento you have many tools to study the mesh, retopo the mesh, and so much more. You can also export and modify the mesh in Autodesk Meshmixer.
What can you capture in 3D?
MegaBots is finally on their way to San Francisco to start working on their next project, a new Humanoid Robot! You can get involved and win both Makerfaire Fame and some fortune by submitting a winning design for this challenge.
The challenge started February 1, 2015 and will run until February 28, 2015 so get busy and submit your entry. The winners will be announced March 7, 2015.
Prizes, Design Guidelines, and Contest Rules
Sample Design file: http://a360.co/1D9d1ZZ
What are you waiting for, Get Busy! http://autodesk360.com/megabot/
Create anything from fighter jets to frogs by sculpting using the new Autodesk123D Sculpt+ for Android and iOS tablets. This is a great way to pass time, improve your creativity, or even give your kids something constructive on their tablets.
• Create or sculpt anything - creatures, spaceships, vehicles, props and more directly in full 3D.
• 3D texturing and painting lets you apply your own photos directly onto the surface of your model
• Easy to use yet extremely powerful skeleton builder makes creating 3D objects as easy as drawing a stick figure.
• In-app 3D print ordering allows you to turn your digital sculpture into a real physical object delivered to your door
• Export sculptures as OBJ files with textures for use in other 3D tools such as Autodesk Maya or 3ds Max.
• Browse the community to get inspired and remix sculptures made by other users, and share your own original creations.
It is FREE for non-commercial use or $10 membership.
The 3D Engineers Guide to Drinks collaboration project started this week with a handful of talented and energetic AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Fusion 360, and 3ds Max users. I will provide more details on the team and progress in the future. One team member has already started constructing all the glasses in 3D.
The goal is simple,bring the old 1970's era plot test 2D AutoCAD drawing into 3D in current Autodesk 3D products. I am sure we will have some exciting features specific to products such as Revit glasses done as buildings or massing elements, render test benchmark for materials in 3ds Max and some complicated assemblies and materials in Inventor but it will all be surprises along the way. We are using Autodesk 360 to collaborate and discuss the project.
Want to join the team or just have some ideas? Email Me
If you are a student, teacher, or school, you can now get Autodesk software free and without limitations or watermarks. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions or tricks on use in school just the treat of free Autodesk software.
I invite everyone to help 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 worldwide can download the software FREE at students.autodesk.com.
No trick, just the treats!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Each year AUGI collects ideas from members like you, we then allow your fellow members to rank the wish based on its own merits. Once that is completed we then conduct a vote of the top 30 wishes for each product we cover. And the final report, the annual AUGI Top Ten Wish List, is presented to Autodesk at the annual AUGI General Meeting held in conjunction with Autodesk University.
Autodesk Products Included in the AUGI Wish List:
Get involved and let AUGI and AUGI members know what you want in future versions of the products. If you don't already have an AUGI account you will need to create one to participate.
AUGI Wish List http://www.augi.com/wishlist
Your Wish is our Command!
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