If you are in beautiful sunny Portland Oregon this week, enjoy seeing cutting edge AEC, and networking then this event is for you.
The Future of Making and Digital Construction in Portland.
If you are in beautiful sunny Portland Oregon this week, enjoy seeing cutting edge AEC, and networking then this event is for you.
The Future of Making and Digital Construction in Portland.
Today is Autodesk Answer Day at the Autodesk Community! It snuck up on me right after Autodesk’s Week of Rest last week and the holiday the week prior. If you have any burning questions regarding AutoCAD, now is the time to ask the AutoCAD team and get their answers and insight. Its free to participate.
Get your questions answered: http://autode.sk/apac-answer-day
This has to be one of my favorite days of the year at the office, and I remember my grown children attending back in the San Rafael HQ office many years ago. Our employees bring their children in and each office organizes a series of activities. In our Lake Oswego, Oregon office (Portland), we held our Kids at Autodesk Day last Friday.
The kids from young to older teenagers signed in and got their own Autodesk badges and then a welcome orientation on the day. Parents didn't drop their offspring off to be entertained but they actively participated together in the activities.
The assortment of activities were designed for different age groups and included design and program a design/program a FIRST Lego Robot, VR exhibit, Makey Makey where you could create and play a banana piano and more, you solved some puzzles with some small robots that changed colors of lights and follower marker writing, some hands on tutorials with Autodesk’s Sketchbook Tinkercad and Maya, pizza eating, and design and assemble a fidget spinner using Fusion 360 and then machine it.
Some parents apparently tried to get the children to get the adults work done.
View of kids in our 5th floor lobby, from the UAV. Good luck trying to escape, kids.
Some kids played on the bean bags, just like us adults.
Autodesk and our employees are participating in Pride events in Boston, Portland, Toronto, and San Francisco. In Portland, we are a sponsor and have employee volunteers staffing a booth. Autodesk believes strongly in inclusion not only in our workplace, but also our community and world.
If you are attending Portland Pride 2017 Saturday and Sunday, stop by booth D6 & D12. I will be volunteering and supporting the booth from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.
Photos from our Autodesk local office Pride kickoff celebration complete with pride cupcakes, root beer floats, and I grabbed a rainbow llama piñata that has been hanging around the kitchen to join in.
Will this be the year you run Autodesk University?
AU5k plans for Autodesk University 2017 coming soon. After popular demand and 4 years of fun runs, the morning runs will now be an AU event and on the Autodesk University schedule for Monday & Tuesday at 5:45am. It started a couple year ago when I wanted to get in a run before the long AU conference day began, so I invited others and it grew from there. It has a side benefit of giving you motivation to not stay out too late and be more focused in classes and presentations. Last year on one morning we had over 50 smiling runners and walkers participate!
There will be two courses a long and short for all levels and abilities. This is not a race, but a great way to take in some fresh air, see a great sunrise, and meet new people before a busy day of classes and presentations. After the run you are refreshed, alert, and ready to take on AU.
Highly self-accredited scientists have determined that exercising before Autodesk University wards off PowerPoint Overload Syndrome (PPOS) and makes you smarter and better looking.
Spread the word an get more Autodesk University attendees to join in the early more fun!
See you at AU!
Mind blowing visual experience in San Francisco!
What: 3D + art + music + tech = one night of jaw-dropping visuals. 3D Web Fest showcases top 3D web creations with live performances by their creators. All proceeds benefit CODAME (ART+TECH projects and nonprofit events, to inspire through experience.)
When: Friday, June 30th, 6pm
Where: Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco
Why: Be inspired, amazed, and maybe disturbed and raise money for CODAME.
There is a new Product Innovation Platform Design/Make/Use Track being planned for Autodesk University by Autodesk’s Garin Gardiner and your votes are critical to making this a loud reality. This track contains 5 classes that will take you through the complete Design/Make/Use process and as a bonus, you get a wicked custom portable USB speaker, that you designed and made.
You will start in Autodesk Eagle for the design of the electronics PCB board, then solder and test the completed circuit board, Using Autodesk Fusion 360 you will design the enclosure including drawings and renderings and then generate the machine toolpaths. At the end of the 5 classes, you will have new skills and knowledge and have your custom wood speaker enclosure machined on site that you can assemble and test.
Go vote for these classes and then plan to attend Autodesk University 2017 Las Vegas and make a custom speaker from concept to final real working portable USB speaker that you can take home.
Copy the class number then vote for each of the 4 current classes submitted in this Design/Make/Use track.
Class 1: CP125697-L Design PCB in Eagle and milled out with on factory floor
Part of a Design/Make/Use track where we will walk through designing a portable USB speaker. Start with this class to design a PCB circuit board with Eagle and a lucky few will get mill out their board after class.
Class 2: Class TBD Solder & Test board
Class 3: CP125706-L Design Enclosure
In this class we will design an enclosure for a portable USM speaker to house a speaker and circuit board that was designed in Eagle.
Class 4: CP125728-L Drawings & Rendering
In this class we will create 2D documentation and photoreal rendering from an existing portable USB speaker. In the final class we will create toolpath so on speaker enclosure.
Class 5: CP125492-L Add Toolpaths and see it milled out on factory floor.
This live class will be a hands-on demonstration of woodworking methodology for CNC routers. The class will cover a multitude of aspects of CNC routing from limiting your step downs based on your cutter diameter, to using tabs to hold down your work piece, to more advanced methods of 3D contouring and CNC joinery. Design intent and process are a key element of CNC router fabrication and attendees will leave with an understanding of both. During this class, attendees will see the complete process of product fabrication for CNC from Fusion 360 CAM techniques, all the way to cutting and assembling of an actual product.
I'm thinking my speaker will go to 11, just like Nigel’s guitar amps in the classic rock mockumentary Spinal Tap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xgx4k83zzc
The Future of Making Things is awesome, loud, and goes to 11.
Go vote and I hope to see you at AU 2017!
Project Impossible aired a sneak peek last evening on History Channel. The series will show amazing projects and Autodesk customers. The ten part series will begin airing in late summer/early fall. I had the pleasure of working on one of the projects to be featured this Fall, and was there during the filming.
Last evenings episode “S1E1 Super Structures” featured two Autodesk customers: The Wilshire Grand skyscraper in California, the tallest building west of the Mississippi and Georgia’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with a retractable roof that opens like a camera lens, based on a 2000-year-old Roman temple.
“Project Impossible is an original series that follows a new generation of epic engineering projects that were considered unthinkable just a few years ago. Each episode of Project Impossible features multiple stories that illustrate man-made projects that are crucial to our future.”
Want to learn about the technologies and trends shaping the future of making things? Don’t miss Autodesk’s co-CEO and chief product officer, Amar Hanspal’s keynote session at AU 2017 London. Get your ticket to attend, here http://autode.sk/2orS3Uy
Want to give your career a boost?
At AU London, we’ll be running free certification exams across construction, manufacturing and media & entertainment disciplines, including Autodesk Revit, Inventor and 3ds Max. There’s also a whole host of hands-on sessions & industry talks too.
It’s not too late to get your ticket, just register here: http://autode.sk/2orS3Uy
We are holding another popular Autodesk Answer Day on May 24 in our discussion forums for English, German, and Japanese languages. This series is focusing on AutoCAD and our Manufacturing products. Do you have product related questions that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come to the Autodesk Community to interact directly with the product teams responsible for the software you use.
Products by Languages for the Autodesk Answer Day.
May 24th from 6:00am to 6:00pm Pacific Time
May 24th from 10:00am to 5:00pm Central Europe Time
May 24th – from noon to 6 PM (JST)
How The Day will work:
Come to the Autodesk Community and post your product questions! Engage in real time conversation with the teams and experts that develop your favorite Autodesk products:
When you visit the Autodesk Answer Day on May 24th, product experts will be online and ready to tackle your tough questions. There’s no limit on how many questions you can ask; we’re up for the challenge!
Millions of customers come to the Autodesk Community every month; we hope that you’ll join us on this special event.
Es ist wieder soweit und der nächste Autodesk Answer Day steht vor der Tür. Der Termin: 24. Mai 2017 von 10-17Uhr.
Während dieser Zeit werden wir die Herausforderung annehmen und I'm deutschsprachigen AutoCAD-, EAGLE-, Inventor- sowie I'm Fusion 360-Forum versuchen, all eure Fragen zu beantworten! Das besondere ist diesmal, dass auch Vault Fragen I'm Inventor-Forum gestellt werden können.
Was mich besonders freut: Durch das Produktportfolio ist es diesmal der größte deutschsprachige Answer Day! - den solltet ihr daher definitiv nicht verpassen.
Mehr Informationen findet ihr in diesem Thema I'm Forum für Community Diskussionen. Ich freue mich auf eure Teilnahme am kommenden Autodesk Answer Day in unserer Autodesk Community und natürlich auf all eure Fragen!
Natürlich dürft ihr auch gerne euren Freunden von diesem Event berichten!
It’s easy. It’s free. It’s Answer Day.
The FIRST 2017 robotics season is now over for the high school teams from around the world. The two winning alliances from the two part championships held in Houston, Texas and St Louis, Missouri the past two weeks will meet again at the FIRST Festival of Champions, a new event scheduled for July 28–29 in New Hampshire.
Congratulations to all the teams this year as well as the many sponsors, volunteers, schools, teachers, mentors, parents, fans, and the inspired younger kids that will now want to get involved in future seasons.
The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition season went out with a bang! This year, the FIRST Championship was so large that two separate venues were required. More than 800 high school robotics teams came to the Championship to compete, learn, and interact with inspiring leaders in the STEM community.
On April 19–22, the FIRST Championship launched in Houston. Following hundreds of qualifying matches on six subdivision fields, the best alliances faced off on a stage constructed over the baseball diamond in Minute Maid Park.
12,000 fans cheered on the winners of the deciding match:
Team 973 Greybots from Atascadero, CA
Team 1011 CRUSH from Tucson, AZ
Team 2928 Viking Robotics from Seattle, WA
Team 5499 Bay Orangutans from Berkeley, CA
On April 26–29, the FIRST Championship landed in St. Louis. As before, qualification matches took place simultaneously in six subdivisions, with the two best alliances competing under the bright lights of the Einstein Field.
15,000 screaming students went nuts for the winners:
Team 2767 Stryke Force from Kalamazoo, MI
Team 254 The Cheesy Poofs from San Jose, CA
Team 862 Lightning Robotics from Canton, MI
Team 1676 The Pascack PI-oneers from Montvale, NJ
Several Autodesk employees volunteered this year as team mentors, judges, referees, and more. In addition to Autodesk support in FRC teams and events, we had participation with FTC teams including Team 8176 Steelhead of Hood River, Oregon who did awesome! I can attest to the amazing experience having been a mentor for the past 2 seasons here in Portland and hope more readers and colleagues get involved in one of the FIRST robotics leagues. The team I mentored was Team 1540 Flaming Chickens of Catlin Gabel. The Flaming Chickens designed their robot Hen Solo completely digitally in Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360 before cutting a part and won 3 Chairmen's awards, 1 Innovation in Controls award, and the Engineering Inspiration award at the World Championships in Houston for the Hopper-Turing division. Team 1540 are an amazing group of inspiring young humans to work with.
Last evening we held the 1st Autodesk Design Night Portland and one of many I hope to be held in Portland in the future on various technology themes. This Design Nights theme was “Virtual World: Seeing Beyond Reality” and the event was completely packed and sold out. It was held at the stylish downtown Portland office of local creative agency INDUSTRY. Autodesk does have a Portland area office currently in Lake Oswego with almost 200 employees, but stay tuned for more details on our future move to Portland in 2018. We love Portland and can’t wait to do more in our community and with local companies and peers.
Autodesk’s Greg Fallon, Vice President, DLS Simulation Product Line Group open the Design Night.
David Weinstein, Director Enterprise VR, NVIDIA gave a presentation on VR in construction.
VR Demo Experiences:
1. USS Arizona Experience hosted by me (Shaan Hurley)
2. Porsche Macan using Autodesk VRED hosted by Brandon Godfrey of Autodesk
3. NVIDIA’s “Drone Flyover” hosted by NVIDIA’s Sean Wagstaff
For over 4 hours we led experiences with attendees and at times the lines were long. I didn't take a single break giving the USS Arizona VR experience explaining the WWII ship in its pre December 7th, 1941 glory to how it looks today, Pearl Harbor then and now, and how we as Autodesk worked with the National Park Service, US Navy, HDR, and other partners using our technology to create an accurate 3D model of the USS Arizona underwater. USS Arizona in 3D Project Behind the Scenes The VR experience in Autodesk Stingray was created by Dave Tyner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DnWZMrnfg8
So many awesome people and excitement from the common “holy sh^t!” response when first experiencing VR to the jumping up and down excitement of a young 6 year old girls first VR experience. All ages and technical abilities loved it.
Thank you to all the partners like NVIDIA and my Autodesk colleagues that made the event happen such as Autodesk’s Lori Telles, Grace Hom, Pam Kilpatrick, Noah Cole, Lizzie Bennett, Liz Freuler, Brandon Godfrey, Alain Bolduc, Stacy Doyle, Roddy Wykes, Shelby Anderson, Ananda Arasu, Leisa Liebenow, Amy Jo Schuster and so many others. Hope to see you at a future Design Night Portland or other event.
Yesterday our local Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office held an early earth Day celebration since Earth Day is on Saturday April 22. We have a four person group of employee volunteers that plan and arrange fun activities in our office and we call this the Ministry of Mischief. I went and purchased some native plant seedlings from an amazing place here in the Portland area as well as native seeds. The native plant and seed were from Bosky Dell Natives and a great place to just visit. In our office we planted these native plants and wildflowers in peat moss containers to take home and place them in their yard and land.
We had a lot of fun doing this and the earth needs more native plants than all those flowers and plants from big box stores that may be only native to places 2000 miles away. Fellow Autodesk Lake Oswego colleague Ministry of Mischief member Quentin Contreras purchased various ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars for everyone to enjoy.
Here are some of the native plant seedlings containing Bleeding Hearts, Trillium, Sword Fens, Shooting Stars, and more.
Here are photos from my visit to Bosky Dell Natives to pick up seeds and plants. I even ran into an endangered species red leg frog.
I hope you do something for Earth Day whether it be a clean up project or doing something good for the Earth that we all share.
Technologies allowing us to interact with virtual objects have been around since the ‘70s, but in the last few years the technology has become more sophisticated and pervasive. Augmented reality and virtual reality—a wholly virtual world—are being used in almost any industry you can imagine, transforming the way we experience architecture, archaeology, history, education, medicine, visual arts, and more. Come unleash your imagination at Autodesk Design Night Portland and see how these technologies are fusing the digital world into our analog one. Price of admission includes open bar, food, activities and guest speaker David Weinstein, Director Enterprise VR | NVIDIA.
Learn more about AR and VR in our featured article by Brian Pene, Director of Emerging Technology for the Office of the CTO, Autodesk, Inc.
To try out VR for yourself, check out Virtual World: Seeing Beyond Reality. General admission tickets: $15. Students: $10. Admission includes open bar, food, VR demos, activities, music by DJ Rev. Shines and guest speaker David Weinstein, Director Enterprise VR, NVIDIA.
Visit the event page to register.
It is that time of the year again, time for veteran and newbie speakers to pitch their proposals for a class at Autodesk University in Las Vegas November 14-16th, 2017. The bar is high since so many proposals are submitted but if you are creative, have a great topic that many want, and the skills to present you should rise to the top and be a speaker this year.
The proposal is essentially an outline and later if selected you will have to write your course materials, handouts, and then practice practice, practice.
Are you ready to submit a class?
See you at AU 2017!
This weekend hundreds of teams from around the world will descend on Houston Texas for the FIRST Robotics World Finals. This year the finals will be split into two cities, Houston this weekend and St Louis next weekend. The team I have worked with for 2 seasons now that use Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360, Portland’s own Catlin Gabel high school Team 1540 Flaming Chickens will be there competing.
You can watch the video feeds over the web.
The FIRST Championship LIVE broadcast will air at the following times (PDT):
Wednesday April 19, 2017 4 PM – 6 PM
Thursday April 20, 2017 6 AM – 4 PM
Friday April 21, 2017 6 AM – 5 PM
Saturday April 22, 2017 6 AM – 10 AM
Check out https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires for links to the play-by-play and interviews.
Good luck to all the amazing teams competing this week and a huge thank you to all the volunteers, mentors, parents, teachers, sponsors, and the FIRST organization.
Te invitamos a participar en el evento de la Comunidad de Autodesk en Español: "Consulta al experto en Revit".
Que es este evento?
Es un día exclusivo en el foro de Revit, donde nuestros expertos estarán en línea conectados al foro, disponibles para responder a sus preguntas, sobre la funcionalidad del programa y las posibilidades de uso. Esto hará que usted pueda recibir una respuesta rápidamente ese día. Por ejemplo:
Donde y Como hacer las preguntas?
Para publicar su nueva pregunta o duda, usar siempre el botón de crear una nueva publicación, llamado "MENSAJE NUEVO". del Foro de Revit & BIM - Español.
Cuando es este evento?
El evento se realizará el día completo del Jueves 20 de Abril del 2017, tomando como referencia la hora de México. (CDMX)
Como es un día completo de 24 horas, dará oportunidad de que todos puedan pasar un minuto, una hora, un dia, etc.. durante el evento y publicar esas preguntas que tengas guardadas para ese dia!.
Attention Portland Oregon readers!
You may have heard about one of the top event tickets in San Francisco being Autodesk’s Design Night, but we are now branching out to several more cities including Portland later this month. If you want to learn about the latest in Virtual Reality VR and also get some food and drinks then please join Autodesk and me at out Design Night Portland event. Among the exhibits and activities I will be giving VR tours of the USS Arizona.
Spread the word!
Autodesk Design Night Portland
Thursday April 27, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
Seeing beyond reality
Technologies allowing us to interact with virtual objects have been around since the '70s, but in the last few years the technology has become more sophisticated and pervasive. Augmented reality and virtual reality—a wholly virtual world—are being used in almost any industry you can imagine, transforming the way we experience architecture, archaeology, history, education, medicine, visual arts, and more. Come unleash your imagination at Autodesk Design Night Portland and see how these technologies are fusing the digital world into our analog one.
In the spirit of historic tech facts and that Autodesk is turning 35 this year, did you know we were also a pioneer in early virtual reality? I remember the hardware and guess that dates me. We will have the very latest in VR at Design Night Portland and wont make you wear the helmet of doom and the weird gloves from 20+ years ago.
Read more by my colleague and god friend Kean Whalmsley.
I hope to see you at the Design Night Portland!
Autodesk colleague, Tom Wujec, gave a popular TED presentation in 2010 about team building and a Marshmallow Challenge that has received over 3.5 million views. The Marshmallow Challenge is a great team building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape, and a marshmallow. In the past few years, I have seen 20-30ish inch towers created and heard of towers a little higher (and some a little lower), but Tom received an email with a photo of an impressive tower that stands 55 inches. This is the largest tower ever seen with photographic evidence.Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team | TED Talk | TED.com
I followed up with Mike and asked him how long construction took, what allowed the team to build such an impressive tower, and could he provide some details on how they created it.
“I took us just over 16 minutes to fully assemble and erect the tower. We built it sideways in about 12 minutes, then used the strings to stabilize and center the mass in around 2 minutes, and then put the marshmallow on top and perform some little adjustments to the leg lengths in about another 2 minutes. (From past similar challenges, I know the importance of tweaking time and wanted to get it standing as soon as possible)”
“I built a mast and the rules say that the structure must be "freestanding" and/or a "tower". But I asked before the challenge started if we could use the string to support the structure by having it taped to the table and was told we could.
About the tower: We used Prince Spaghetti which is on the thin side. I later made some Barilla at home and noticed it was a bit thicker. And I think each piece was around 9" long. We used 3/4" masking tape.
I laid out the spaghetti flat on the table as a two dimensional, unrolled structure. One person cut the tape in to even 1/2" pieces. The other person took the string and unwound it into its fibers so that there were three 36" lengths of string.
The three sides of the tower have overlapping pieces of spaghetti with an overlap of around 1/2". The bottom three segments are full lengths. The fourth segment is two lengths. The tip of the tower is a single full length with a single leftover half-length where it connects to the fourth segment. (The first thing I did was to find out if a single length of spaghetti could support the marshmallow and found out that it could not. So it needed the half-length there)
The top and bottom middle supports are a single length cut in three (so each was 3"). The middle segment was two lengths cut in half (so around 4.5"). The extra half-length was added to the top as I mentioned earlier.
One other thing that helped was to have loosely taped connections between segments so that you could adjust it easily when standing to make it all square up and adjust for where the marshmallow tilts over to.”
I wonder if you have ever thought about opening this challenge up to the world with unlimited time to see what the limit really is.”
I wonder if anyone has the physical properties for tensile and yield strength of spaghetti to properly model and simulate the tower. I’ll bet if I challenge the Autodesk Simulation Team, I will get something cool, and crazy showing spaghetti deforming under loading and a von Mises analysis. I will send the challenge to the SIM team and see what we get from the propeller heads.
I work with a disaster team FIT innovating in natural and human disasters where they used the Marshmallow Challenge in their training as well as therapy with some teenage refugees. It is amazing to see how many have used this activity that Tom developed. Tom is an amazing Autodesk collage and more importantly a great human.
Email me any of your Marshmallow Challenge results and team photos. I will see if I can wrangle up some fun rewards for entries.
Thank you Mike and Team for inspiring us and challenging us!
Last week Autodesk invited several customers and social media from around the world to the San Francisco office for more than some amazing Spring weather.
During the day we enjoyed a nice Autodesk Gallery tour by Autodesk's power Gallery Ambassador Scott Sheppard. Following the amazing tour by Scott the attendees were given some presentations and panels on AutoCAD now and the future led by Autodesk’s Lynn Allen, Heidi Hewett, Rob McGuire, Marielle Covington. Longtime AutoCAD team members Jon Page and Misha Belilovskiy were joined on an AutoCAD panel with Marcus O’Brien. Clay Helm and myself gave a tour of Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop. Following the busy one day event we went to a winery to hear from two AutoCAD customers who were doing landscape and mechanical design with AutoCAD on the only LEED Platinum and Living Building certified winery Silver Oaks.
AutoCAD Influencer Day Recap by customer attendee R.K. McSwain http://cadpanacea.com/wp/?p=1993
“We were greeted by a welcoming staff with wine samples and a chance to relax in the visitor area outdoors. The weather was perfect. From there, we went indoors to watch presentations from James Munden of Marta Fry Landscape Associates, and Andy Souza, P.E., from TEP Engineering. Each presented to the group their contributions to the Silver Oak Winery.”
The amazing benefit of the project being a winery was that we had a tour, dinner, and good wine afterwards.
You can pair AutoCAD with almost anything, even fine wine. Thank you for everyone that attended and Autodeskers that participated.
Congratulations to the 40 high school teams that participated Thursday to Sunday in the FIRST Robotics FRC PNW District 3 competition in Wilsonville Oregon. What an amazing event and gracious professionalism everywhere as well as really delicious homemade ice cream from middle school students jr Scoop to support local charities and schools by “Brain Freezes for Better Communities”. Thank you to all the volunteers, judges, referees, school, parents, sponsors, teachers, and so many more that make this all possible.
Congratulations to the event winning alliance of teams Team 2550, Team 2990, and Team 5198 and the district event finalist alliance of Team 3674, Team 955, and Team 1540.
List of event awards:
I have been working with Team 1540 Flaming Chickens of Catlin Gabel for two seasons and they use Autodesk CAD software Inventor and Fusion 360 to design and fabricate their award winning robots including this years “Hen Solo”. They are an amazing team and won the coveted Chairman's Award for this event as well as being on the finalist alliance.They presented to the judges on their community outreach. See their chairman's video: https://youtu.be/vq9c_l8mYHY
Team 1540 also announced their LEAP design competition (http://team1540.org/leap) that they are rolling out to FIRST Robotics teams to solve local challenges. Autodesk is sponsoring the prize money for this competition to be held this fall.
Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens truly believe that FIRST is more than robots - see why, and learn more about our outreach programs at team1540.org/outreach overview.
It is so fulfilling to witness high school students designing, fabricating, programming,testing, and competing together as a team in a true collaborative way. I am grateful that Autodesk sponsors and supports FIRST Robotics and also employees volunteering in their community and schools.
See everyone at the next district event!
FIRST Robotics FRC competition season has started with week 2 competitions happening this week. Here in the Portland Oregon the Pacific Northwest District 3 has have 40 teams competing from the Pacific Northwest including the team I volunteer with Team 1540 Flaming Chickens. Autodesk is a proud supporter and sponsor of the PNW District and the big regional PNW Championships in April in addition to every student and teacher worldwide gets free Autodesk software. Autodesk’s Greg Fallon Vice President, DLS Simulation Product Line Group will be speaking during the opening ceremony Saturday morning.
Team 1540 whom I have worked with has posted their reveal video of their Hen Solo robot competing this week. https://youtu.be/MgXsboRnHNs
A new design competition for PNW FIRST Robotics teams will be launching and is sponsored by Autodesk and OMSI and developed and run by Team 1540. Teams will be designing solutions to solve problems in the community to solve that challenge or need. Read more about LEAP.
LEAP (Linking Engineering and Philanthropy) is an event for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) & High School FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, generously supported by Autodesk. It is designed to get robotics teams out in the community and using their engineering skills to help non-profits. As FIRST likes to say, “It’s not about the robot.” A nice example: Designing More than Robots - The JuiceBox Project
Teams in the PNW can sign up at a website http://team1540.org/leap or see Team 1540 Catlin Gabel’s Flaming Chickens in the pit at the Wilsonville competition for more info on how teams can get involved and win some money.
I hope to see you in Wilsonville as these competitions are amazing see how smart and creative these high school teams are!
If you happen to be in beautiful Portland Oregon this week, want to meet some of the Fusion 360 team and see some cool things then sign up for the free meetup. Michael Aubry of Autodesk has organized this meetup and will be joined by others from Autodesk like Brian Ekins and Fusion’s Keqing Song. I will also be attending this meetup as I can’t get enough Fusion 360 info.
When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Important Details: Yes :”food” and “beverages” will be provided.
“Have you ever been to Hedron Makerspace? Oddly, the Fusion 360 meetup hasn't. Let’s change that! Let's meetup Thursday March 9th, 6:30 PM at Hedron Makerspace. To kick things off, Jesse with Hedron will be showing off the space. Hedron has a bunch of 3D printers, a router, and various shop materials. Come check the place out. Next, we’ll be featuring local fusion user (and Autodesk API guru) Brian Ekins and his super fun Fusion scripts that let you do interesting things in CAM that are otherwise difficult. Then, we’ve got Keqing Song with the Fusion product team on-deck to finish out the evening with a whole lot of what’s up and coming in Fusion.
Bring your laptop. Bring your appetite - we’ve got the food. Bring your curiosity. Whether you’re looking to explore the neighborhood, see an interesting Fusion project, or get glimpse of what’s coming in the future come join us Thursday March 9th at Hedron Makerspace!”
Not in Portland? Check out the other Fusion 360 Meetups or free online training events around the globe.
In the summer of 2016, Professor Andrew Saunders of the University of Pennsylvania and some of his students spent six weeks in Italy laser scanning and amassing an archive of some of the most important examples of Italian Baroque architecture. The resulting archive includes key works from Francesco Borromini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi, Pietro da Cortona, Guarino Guarini and Bernardo Vittone.
The motivations beyond archival and preservation purposes were to find better methods to explore and teach formally highly complex baroque architecture (Phase 1) with the idea to continue and using computational methods to reverse engineer the ‘algorithms’ behind the baroque architecture (Phase 2).
‘The era of “big data” has fostered the need for new approaches to analysis and representation in all fields of design. …The ability to capture, record and simulate increasingly larger sets of data coupled with remote access to cloud computing and increasingly more affordable additive fabrication technology provides new opportunities and methods for understanding and assessing complexity and representation in architecture....’
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/HPt4YF4xBcs
Baroque Topologies web site (See the churches in all their glory)
There is an interactive Baroque Topologies experience on Autodesk Project Play where you can see the interiors and x-ray style views. Due to the amount of data it may load slow but its beautiful and worth the wait.
The Baroque Topologies exhibit ran from February 7-20,2017 at the Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, Philadelphia.
Read more in the ReMake blog post with an interview with Prof. Saunders.