Open call! Submit proposals for the Autodesk Urban Prototyping project as part of San Francisco Market Street Revival. Proposals due by September 2nd.
Space exploration is one of those topics that grabs the imagination of both the young and old. So many young children dream of reaching the moon and stars as an astronaut, I know I did. I don't know why but space has always been a favorite of mine and one of the highlights of my life was attending as a VIP the launch of the final Space Shuttle Discovery and meeting several current astronauts and Apollo era astronauts and launch personnel all gathered to say their goodbyes top the retiring space shuttle program.
In addition to the food and drink included with their ticket to the Design Night event attendees experienced a special Design Night with the space theme and the number of speakers. Speakers included the famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who this time was not singing Major Tom from the Space Station and also a special message from the legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
The program for the evening:
Jonathan Knowles Autodesk Director, Strategic Initiatives was the organizer of this Design Night giving a presentation and introducing the esteemed speakers.
Chris Hadfield Canadian Astronaut
Bob Richards CEO of Moon Express
Mike Chen Made in Space
Yvonne Cagle NASA Astronaut
About the Design Night Found in Space:
Discussions of space with astronauts and modern day space pioneers combined with great exhibits and activities, good food and drink, all in an amazing location. No better way to spend an evening.
Next Month May 2014 Autodesk "Design Night: Make your own way" will be held May 1, 2014 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.
Get your tickets early before they sell out, and they will.
After Janet Echelman's TED presentation three years ago "Taking Imagination Seriously", between sessions she met Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski. Janet mentioned she had reached the limits of what she could design due to software limitations on scale and assuring the sculpture design could actually be fabricated and withstand the loads. Carl and Jeff said they knew a few things about digital design and simulation and could take on the challenge of the scale limitations that Janet was hitting.
Installed in celebration of TED’s 30th anniversary, Janet Echelman’s "Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is suspended 700 feet complimenting the beauty of the Vancouver British Columbia waterfront, and welcoming TED Conference attendees. This is the largest sculpture piece by Echelman. Autodesk was the principal sponsor of the sculpture and dedicated software development and consulting expertise to create the tool that Janet Echelman needed to model and test design feasibility, structural integrity, and wind loads at the scale of the city.
Janet said she could not have designed and built to this scale without the custom software Autodesk developed.
Jon Pittman, Autodesk VP of Corporate Strategy also a trained architect described the sculpture when he seen it in person at TED:
"An urban sculpture that fills a void and defines and punctuates a public space"
There are many great articles about the beautiful sculpture and how people appreciate the visual and interactive art, but I wanted to provide a look at Autodesk's custom digital design assistance and add some nice engineering stats.
Jonathan Knowles Director, Strategic Initiatives, for the Office of the CTO led the Autodesk effort and coordinated everything on our side as well as working with the artist Janet Echelman, and TED. Jonathan brought together a team to discuss how we could break through the design scale limits Janet had discussed with Carl and Jeff at TED. In an early meeting (I know as I was on that initial call) Matt Jezyk Sr. Product Line Manager started looking at the problem and researching a software solution. Matt enlisted Peter Boyer Sr. Software Engineer and Michael Dewberry Sr. Principal Engineer.
Peter Boyer shouldered the majority of the development work. He designed and developed a custom Maya plugin that allowed the designers to play with the initial geometry and generate the net. It created this procedural net while running a very-fast but accurate simulation to find the form and calculate the structural forces. It also maintained embedded information about the fabrication logic as the design evolved. Once the designers settled on the right shape, the design data was able to be sent to the engineers and fabricators.
Peter Boyer was trained as an architect, structural engineer, and computer scientist and is now a Software Engineer at Autodesk. Peter has been working closely with everyone in Janet’s studio over two years building the software.
"The sculptures are actually quite complicated, there are specific limitations with what the net weaving machines can make and we have an assorted set of terminology (e.g. “bar lengths”, “panels”, “cinch ropes”, “top nets”) and that kind of knowledge had to be embedded in the software. So, we really had to work together to make sure that the software was making stuff that could actually be fabricated."
We call the tool JNet.
"JNet is different from your usual 3D modeling tool because you don’t know what you’re modeling until the simulation has completed. Hence, you have to “work with the simulation” quite directly in order to design. The simulation engine was carefully made to help with this. The simulation engine can be tuned to provide immediate feedback or slower, more accurate results. The simulation tool also allows them to accurately simulate the movement of the wind through the net.
The tool works inside of Autodesk Maya – so that also allows the artist to work with an industry standard 3D animation pipeline. They were able to take their sculptures and really understand how they will work with light, in context, day and night. Aaron Koblin, who did the light display on the sculpture at TED 2014, could work directly with their model on the computer. This unexpectedly resulted in a whole new kind of collaboration –they were able to design the light display on the computer with the actual geometry of the sculpture."
More about JNet
The digital tools resulted in a great digitally rendered representation of what was installed as well as making sure the sculpture's structure was sufficient for the conditions and loads such as wind loads.
Photo credit @studioechelman
To complement the sculpture, artist and creative director at Google Creative Labs Aaron Koblin designed an interactive lighting experience using 160,000 lumens of light. Through a smartphone app sponsored by Google, viewers can control the lighting.
Jonathan Knowles - Autodesk, Artist Janet Echelman, and the Mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson.
The sculpture will be on display through March 22, 2014.
"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."
If you have experience in the design or fabrication of pH meters, or know of someone who may be interested please email me for more details.
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.
At Autodesk University last week the winning team of the Autodesk Design & Make contest was selected by the audience as Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski couldn't reach a consensus on the winning team. The Design & Make contest was Autodesk employees using our Autodesk 360 product internally to collaborate and using Autodesk products to design and build a project in a short time.
The contest started on September 4th, 2013 when we made a call to the entire company to join the Autodesk 360 Design and Make Contest. We asked employees to create teams of 4-6 to design and make something to be displayed at the Autodesk Gallery for all to see. The contestants were able to use any tools, all Autodesk products, their only requirement was to use Autodesk 360 to collaborate and report back on it's usability.
By October 1st, the first milestone, 14 teams from around the world had joined the contest and were busy brainstorming and collaborating on Autodesk 360 to create a design.
On October 15, our design and make committee had met with all the teams, and advised that all the teams that they would be allocated $1000 to build their designs. Our teams started getting busy ordering parts and materials, taking classes at Pier 9 and TechShop and learning how to use 3D printers.
We filmed the final reveal of all the designs on November 20th, where all the teams presented their final designs, excited and ready to send their designs to AU.
After much deliberation with our committees and advice from our SVP Amar Hanspal, we choose our top 4 finalist to head to AU.
The finalists were shown all week at Autodesk University.
There were some great projects; a digital thespian trout puppet controlled by a hand rig using Autodesk Motionbuilder, an Autodesk logo 3D printed puzzle designed using Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile, Autodesk Fusion 360 and even use 360 analysis, 3D print a fountain captured using photographs and laser scanning, and a robot mostly 3D printed that would draw pictures on an iPad running Autodesk Sketchbook for the iPad.
Team All 360 – The Autodesk Logo Puzzle
Michael Oakley, Abishek Trivedi, Jeff Higgins, Matthew Sawhill
Team Robot Talent – The Drawing Robot
David Thomasson, Stephane Bersot, Oytun Akman, Evan Atherton, Arthur Harsuvanakit
Team Digital Muppetry - The Thespian Trout
Brandon Bittner, Antonio Licon, Ian Volkwein, Alex Smedberg, Nicolas McClay
Team GCSO-GS Project Neuchatel Fountain aka “The Swiss Team” - The Neuchatel Fountain
Aurelia Fabbri, Nabil Nougha, Laurent Pallares, Giacarlo Molo, Cedric Pignat, Francesco Tonioni
The final judging at Autodesk University!
disclaimer: I remained neutral when asked who I thought would win as I had fellow team members on one of the teams.
The winning team was Team Robot Talent!
Each of the members of the winning team will be receiving an iPad Mini. The winning robot is also going to be on display at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.
Video of the robot sketching a portrait of me, ok maybe not me.
This is just another proof point robots are taking over Autodesk University. I had an Autodesk ReCap laser scanning robot come to my Blogger & Social Meetup, the Bot & Dolly dancing robot with a disco ball named IRIS blew minds at the opening session, an autonomous flying drone, and then this cute little blue sketching robot won the hearts of the crowd to win. I was afraid of what would have happened if the robot would not have won, would all the robots come out and cause mayhem in protest? That could have been an ugly scene with robots taking over AU and chasing around 9400 geeks...#AURobotRiot
Be sure to attend an Innovation Forum at Autodesk University. The Innovation Forums have been a real hit in past years and this year it is no exception. If you are unable to attend due to a class conflict or you are not attending at least watch the online recording of the Innovation Forums.
The first one yesterday was amazing but you can watch the recorded session. Autodesk Fellow and I am honored to say my colleague and team mate Tom Wujec led the Innovation Forum.
Design and Construction—Transformed
Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together. The rise of reality capture, cloud computing, gamification, and social and mobile platforms as well as building information modeling is dramatically extending how the AEC industry creates value.
The next Innovation Forum is today.
Wednesday, December 4
10:00-11:30 a.m., Pacific time
Manufacturing matters. Today, advances in technology are transforming the way we make things. Promising new technologies, such as additive 3D printing and advanced robotic automation, have the potential to change how objects are fabricated and assembled.
New open and crowdsource platforms are transforming the tools and workflows of manufacturing. Intelligent materials will enable manufacturers to create products with fantastic new properties.
The New Industrial Revolution Innovation Forum brings together trailblazing innovators who are changing the way we manufacture. They distill the real practices from the public-relations hype, show what is immediately available and what is over the horizon, and describe how businesses, both large and small, can take advantage of the emerging revolution.
CEO of Quirky
Vegas Tech Fund
<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/
A free online guide to CNC is available from Autodesk's HSMWorks group who develop CAM solutions for both Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks. If you ever wanted to better understand the process machining and milling using CNC this would be a great resource.
CNC Handbook http://www.hsmworks.com/docs/cncbook/en/
My super creative Autodesk colleague Chris Cheung is organizing a special event the day prior to Autodesk University starting. Chris wanted to encourage you to attend this event as well as explain what the CAVE Conference is.
What is this CAVE Conference about at AU, and 'should I go?'
The CAVE Conference is a 1 day, intense program and celebration of creativity and will be bringing together artists, designers and storytellers from virtually every industry. The keynotes and session presenters, all expert creators in their respective fields, will share a blend of inspiration, thought-leadership, practical knowledge, tips on problem solving, personal insight on their and behind-the-scenes of their work & industries.
These days, unique content creation and story-telling are becoming key drivers in every business. It is a no-brainer that CAVE is a treasure trove for anyone who participates in the creative process or pipeline, whether in Architecture, Product, Transportation, or other building & manufacturing space. CAVE is a wealth of knowledge and insight into ideas, creation, and communication. This new program brings the right-brain to the forefront, taking AU to the next level.
Skylar Tibbits, architect and designer, is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out! Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing" - YouTube
Maria Konnikova is the writer behind the New York Times best seller 'Mastermind. With a Ph.D. In Psychology and an impressive resume of articles and publications, she gets teaches methods to that literally can train your mind to 'think like Sherlock Holmes' and apply those methods to sharpen perception, solve difficult problems and enhance creativity.
Scott Robertson is renowned for his designs and contribution to education. His experience and depth in visual communication techniques and Creative Process are invaluable for any creative artist and also for businesses that depend on driving innovation.
Jay Shuster is a production designer at Pixar Animation Studios. He's designed some of the most recognized characters, vehicles, and environments from Star Wars, Wall-E and CARS, but what Jay teaches is the essential problem solving skills needed to get the job done.
Syd Mead, legendary concept designer, has had a profound impact on multiple industries in his careers. He has influenced product design , architecture, and motion pictures in a way like no other… not to mention inspiring generations of creative talent.
John Cleese, yes, the writer/actor and director, has spent an entire career having to be constantly innovate and find new ways to entertain people. Mr. Cleese won't be at CAVE as an entertainer, rather as an expert on the creativity touching on both his life-experiences and the psychology behind it.
John Cleese is no stranger to Autodesk University as he entertained thousands of us back in 2003. He was delighted to hear thousands of coconuts clapping in the audience while we were watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail. One funny personal John Cleese story was when I was seated with him, and his martini a lady came up and asked for his autograph. John gave this puzzled look then signed his name and dated it 1970. He is always messing with people with his humor and no matter the topic of conversation will have a funny perspective you will not forget.
There are just a few of the speakers that attendees will find at CAVE… endless opportunities for new insight from some of the most imaginative minds on the planet.
Monday can be the perfect day to inspire and get anyone's creative juices fired up for an incredible week of learning at AU!
Attend the Cave Conference http://bit.ly/17dW4Nj
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.
Autodesk has offices all around the world, but the crown jewel is the One Market office in San Francisco with it's beautiful view of the Ferry Terminal, Embarcadero as well as the Bay Bridge. For 5 years and at a cost of around 6.5 billion US dollars the new span has just been completed to replace the aged old span that was prone to potential failures during earthquakes, something the Bay Area is known to experience.
Experience the over 42,000 hours of construction of the 2.2 mile span in under four minutes. http://youtu.be/GDUIYZKlknk
In many cases architecture, engineering, design, and construction are art!
Check out more examples including a behind the scenes exhibit on the Bay Bridge at Autodesk Gallery at One Market (http://usa.autodesk.com/gallery/) that is open to the public every Wednesday and Friday.
Workers just placed the last beam on the second tallest building on Earth the Shanghai Tower. The Shanghai Tower is over 121 stories and will 2,073 feet tall when complete. It is designed to be a self-contained city with open air parks and gardens designed by the architecture firm Gensler.
The free and awesome 3D home and room designing app and website Autodesk Homestyler Mobile is now available as a native Android app in addition to iOS Apple and the Autodesk Homestyler web based version. Now you can design and re-design your current home or a dream home from your Android device.
Autodesk Homestyler Mobile (free) on the Google Play Store
“Get inspired with stunning interior design projects, tips and trends. Then watch your own home design ideas come to life by experimenting with real products and colors. Take the guesswork out of home remodeling with Autodesk Homestyler.
Snap a picture of a room to create your own 3D home design playground.
• Place high-quality 3D models of real furniture products in your rooms
• Hang light fixtures from your ceiling
• Visualize different colors and texture combinations
• See how realistic models of actual branded rugs, paintings, mirrors and more look in your space
Get inspired, get advice, get feedback
• Browse the Design Stream for pics, articles, how-to’s and more
• Share your designs with friends and family through FB and email.
• Comment on and “Heart” designs within the Design Gallery
Connect with a professional
• Browse Portfolio Pages of professional designers in your area
• Find designers who have the style and expertise you need
• Get answers to your specific product and design questions or get help on a bigger project.“
Autodesk Homestyler Web http://www.homestyler.com/
When we originally announced Autodesk FormIt for the iPad last December, the Android question came up. I responded telling people that this product was designed for a tablet so logically one would start on the largest tablet market device then move out from their based on customer feedback. The Android tablet request was one of the top (if not the top) request, and the team will satisfy that Android tablet request as I mentioned they would.
“Before the Android tablet users fire up my comments section asking where is the Android version, the team is looking towards an Android tablet version sometime in the future.”
The FormIt Team is moving at a lightning pace with going from Release 1 to 4 in just 7 month. Now there is an Android Tablet version of Autodesk FormIt confirmed, working, and to be released hopefully soon. Those with an Android tablet will have fun creating conceptual models that also automatically create a Autodesk Revit .rvt file in Autodesk 360.
Check out the blog post by the team and a video of FormIt running on the Nexus.
Back in June the team also mentioned a web based version would also be coming, so look for that in the future in addition to the Android tablet version.
Autodesk Fusion 360 went live today as an official Autodesk product after a great deal of evolution based on customer feedback and research. Autodesk Fusion 360 started in Autodesk Labs as a Technology Preview of a desktop product, then it evolved into a Cloud Assisted Desktop1 application for Mac and Windows on the Autodesk Feedback Community where betas are run.
Now the Beta product sticker has been removed and it is ready for primetime production use by designers and engineers free for the first 90 days and around the small price of $25 a month. The powerful product combines industrial design sculpting of T-Splines to the power of a 3D modeling tool along with cloud based collaboration, versioning, file translation and more. It is not only powerful, but fun to use and design in as I have been using it personally for quite sometime now.
I am currently on a flight (37,100 feet) heading back from the Lake Oswego (Portland) Oregon Autodesk office where there was a great deal of excitement.about the new product. I just happened to be in the Lake Oswego office for another unrelated meeting.
From the official Autodesk press release:
The Next Generation of Design and Engineering Software Has Arrived
Autodesk, Inc. today delivered the world’s first cloud-based software created specifically for people looking to fuse stunning aesthetic design with great product engineering. Autodesk Fusion 360 brings together capabilities typically found in separate mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools into one, easy to use cloud-based service.
What People Are Saying About Fusion 360
"Gone are the days of patching together specialized design and engineering tools that were either too complex or not sophisticated enough to address all needs of the product development process. With Fusion 360, we finally have a single, dynamic tool that allows us to execute on any idea in a very efficient way." - Jason Martin, Co-founder, Carbon Audio
"The beauty of Fusion 360 is to be able to iterate through many concepts very quickly and make small adjustments that may have a huge impact on the look and feel of a design. With Fusion 360's flexible design, engineering and visualization capabilities, our customers are empowered to make their own design decisions." -- Matthew Harris, Orphanage Guitars
Autodesk Fusion 360 brings together mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools into one, easy to use cloud-based service. http://autode.sk/11CfE6A
Autodesk’s free conceptual tool for the ipad, Autodesk FormIt was just updated as version 4. FormIt is the 1st Architectural Form Modeler for the iPad. In addition to new features, there is a web based version of FormIt coming so that you will be able to use it from many more platforms. Before the Android tablet users fire up my comments section asking where is the Android version, the team is looking towards an Android tablet version sometime in the future.
For those not aware of Autodesk FormIt, it is an extremely easy to use tool allowing you to explore forms and conceptual designs fast by directly manipulating the forms. You can start with a blank canvas or start with a satellite image location for your design as well as do a shadow study based on that location and a date and time.
Autodesk FormIt 4.0 Highlights:
One of the biggest strengths of FormIt besides drp dead simple ease of use is that FormIt allows you to take the conceptual to the design tool as it automatically generates a Autodesk Revit .rvt file in Autodesk 360. No need to work out a conceptual idea only to redraw it in a design tool wasting time when you move it to the design phase.
Generate and explore complex designs for Revit.
Autodesk’s Bill O’Connor created this nice short video on Innovation. This is very fitting since I have given two keynotes on innovation recently from an Autodesk perspective from taking CAD from the mainframe to the PC, BIM, digital prototyping, and cloud computing technologies.
The path to innovation is paved with seven questions. Bill O'Connor, Founder of the Innovation Genome Project, shows us how these questions have been used in innovations throughout history—from fire to flight, writing to recycling, and everything in between.
Autodesk Homestyler has been around since coming out of Autodesk Labs a couple years ago (August 2010) as Project Dragonfly. For those not aware of Autodesk Homestyler, it is a free web based 3D interior space design application to visualize the space before you jump into the project. You can pre-plan your dorm layout to the future layout of your home or future dream home or space. It is also perfect for couples and roommates to plan furniture changes so all parties are happy and can visualize the redesigned space. Trust me it is so much easier to move digital furniture up and down floors and around the room of a house on Homestyler than in real life multiple times to find just the right place. So many uses, and so darn easy to use that pretty much everyone in the house except your pet goldfish can use it. You can even export your design as a 3D Revit model.
Going to the small screen!
Autodesk Homestyler is available as a mobile app. The mobile app version allows some really unique features and workflow such as using the camera of your device to capture the room and it then approximates dimensions and allows you to adjust and fine tune. You can then place new furniture, electronics, décor, and more in your captured room to visualize a redesign of the room.
You can also browse the Design Stream and select other rooms for inspiration and even choose to redesign those.
I liked the gallery of Empty Rooms as a starting point. From the very basic to the nice big city loft space or cabin style.
I selected a big city high rise looking space and used it to re-design my big city office space.
And this is my finished space all done on my iPad. Not bad for only flicking my fingers, and no hernia or back problems from moving furniture.
Not sure you are an interior designer, there are links to real professionals you can use.
Go check out Autodesk Homestyler web or mobile!
A month ago I wrote about the wildly unique & creative 3D printed speakers and their built in LED lighting “The Coolest 3D Printed Speakers in the World”. Now a new video going behind the scenes on the inspiration, goals, design and creation of the 3D printed speaker enclosures has just been published on YouTube.
The team for this project was:
I am really honored that I am on the same team as these creative guys.
Autodesk just released the 3rd version of the iPad App Autodesk FormIt after launching it at Autodesk University just a couple months ago at Autodesk University 2012. The team has been rapidly adding features and addressing requests based on users feedback. FormIt is the easy to use 3D conceptual modeler for the Apple iPad Tablet. You can create shapes and forms, and then later refine them in the auto-magically created Revit .RVT file or in another application using the SAT file.
While FormIt is great for architectural design, there really are no limits and you can just as easily model a robot or any other 3D concept model. It is just plain fun, oh and it is also FREE.
What’s new in FormIt 3.0
• New visual styles that include sketchy lines, hidden lines, and line extensions
• Import and manage multiple images on the ground plane
• Multiple images translate to the Revit file created in the cloud
• Apply bitmap textures to faces and objects
• View your sketch from an orthographic plan view
• Synchronize all sketches to the cloud by pulling down on the Gallery page
• Toggle the ground plane grid display on and off
• New icon and branding
• Bug fixes and minor improvements
Join the next Autodesk Design Night event "Making It!". Tuesday evening May 2, 2013 located in the amazing Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Past Design Nights have been huge hits and the tickets sell out.
Meet the Maker in You
It’s a brave new world, and everything is changing. The oily machines of manufacturing are being joined by squeaky-clean computers, 3D printers, and digital fabrication services. Creativity is rampant and people (like you and me) are saying “see ya” to mass-produced, no individuality goods. Turns out, making exactly what you want is something anyone can do. And maker types obviously learned their kindergarten lessons because they love to share. That means one idea spawns hundreds more and innovation is running amok.
So make your way over to Design Night and:
- Hear a talk from Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop
- Make your own creature (don’t worry, we’ll leave the lights on)
- Build a birdhouse (bird not included)
- Eat! Drink! Make! Learn!
Get Your Tickets Now
3D printing is now a viable technique for manufacturing highly customized, consumer-ready products. Designers can now go from concept to reality 100% digitally.
My Autodesk teammates Arthur Harsuvanakit and Evan Atherton are an amazing dynamic duo (3Duo) researching digital design, fabrication, and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some 3D printed speaker enclosures after Maurice Conti said “Hey, this would make a cool speaker” and then determined the project goals. The first speaker appeared on the cable channel Current TV with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass as well as featured in my Autodesk University 2012 session.
Now the 3Duo Arthur and Evan have taken the 3D printed speaker concept much further. They designed and 3D printed a new set of speakers in multiple materials using a Stratasys Objet Connex 500 printer and then incorporate LED lighting by startup LumiGeek. If you are going to have a one of a kind set of speakers, why not really challenge what can be done and make them really wild and not only play cool music but light up LED lights in patterns synchronized to the music.
YouTube video of the speaker pulsing to the beat of music. http://youtu.be/50TBPeu560U
The main goal was not about making something wicked cool, although it was a factor but more down to earth goals were established for this project.
How did digital design tools enable this project?
Note from Shaan:
Now that we are starting to beta test the upcoming Autodesk Fusion 360 product, this might be a great one place to design the entire project. With the freeform sculpting powered by the T-Splines technology and also a top notch parametric design mode. Its like the reeses peanut butter cup of industrial and mechanical design software combining the best of both worlds.
Here are two screenshots showing the larger speaker enclosure design in 3ds Max.
The completed speaker set in the Autodesk Gallery all ready to rock and put on a trance inducing LED light show.
Wired Article on the speakers:
Thanks to the mad speaker scientists Arthur & Evan for designing and creating the speakers, and Maurice for challenging and focusing them on this wicked cool project.
Here is the Instructable to create them from Evan:
I would like to challenge them to create the ultimate stereo enclosure to make this a complete uniquely styled and created music experience. I would love to bring the cool set to Autodesk University 2013 to show off what can be done with a complete digital design to manufacturing process.
The announcement was just made by MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis in speaking at SXSW 2013 and the Autodesk press release just went live announcing Autodesk and MakerBot will be partnering to provide 3D design software and 3D printing hardware to engineers, designers, architects, makers, creators, and artists.
Autodesk and MakerBot have been working together for awhile now on many projects including MakerBot’s Hackathon using Autodesk 123D Catch to capture models of the New York Metropolitan Museum exhibits and 3D print them. There was also the infamous horsehead captured and 3D printed and even larger Bay Bridge lights project. Beyond just capturing 3D geometry using 123D Catch there are many people that use Autodesk software to design in 3D and send their designs to a MakerBot 3D printer myself included.You can use everything from the Autodesk 123D family including 123D Catch, 123D Creature, 123D Design, and 123D Sculpt to the professional Autodesk design software to create 3D models and 3D print them on MakerBot 3D printers.
“Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, announced the partnership during his Opening Remarks for SXSW 2013, and the companies showcased creatures designed with Autodesk’s new 123D Creature iPad app, which were printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer at SXSW Create Presented by Autodesk.
“Software is key in showcasing the capabilities of 3D printing, and Autodesk’s 123D Creature iPad app is an awesome way to highlight how you can customize a design, make it your own, and print it in 3D on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “MakerBot prides itself on setting the standard in desktop 3D printing, and now in working with Autodesk, we are also together, setting the standard in providing the leading 3D design software that is optimized for printing on a MakerBot.“
“Our goal is to continue making 3D printing from our applications simpler and more straightforward, and optimizing the Autodesk 123D family to work with MakerBot printers delivers on this promise by enabling our community to print their creations with greater ease,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “Our collaboration will help accelerate the next industrial revolution, and we are excited to work with MakerBot to make this happen.”
This might be bigger than a Kardashian wedding, and certainly last longer and be more meaningful.