Just over a week ago I hosted a Bad Poetry Slam at Autodesk’s Lake Oswego Oregon office during the Fusion 360 Teams Beer Bust for some fun. We had several last minute entries and all bad bad bad. Several employees submitted poetry as well as one external submission from a reader of this blog. Some were listed as anonymous submissions while others took full responsibility for their literary creations.
While all submitted poetry was bad, one clearly sank to the bad poetry bottom which is a winner for this fun contest.It took a considerable amount of effort and 5 pages of poetry, but people were wincing and groaning especially at the end with its clever ending. In fact the winning poet said he could have gone on for 5 more paragraphs of painful poetry, thankfully he did not.
Warning:: Bad Poetry Below…
The winning poem by Andy “Not Shakespeare” Sears
It starts off like any other
I'm having fun, enjoying no slumber
it is late and I understand what needs to happen
I understand the direction
I need to get cracken
in that direction lies the path
along the ground lies its wrath
horror it sounds worse than it is
concerned, I will tell you this
the entryway was blocked
I make my way through
I am reminded of Dr. Seuss
Of Horton Hears a Who
Horton had a journey
Horton had a goal
Horton had a burden
of where he had to go
similar fear of where I need to go
Forward anyway towards the final show
the entryway behind me
I move forward with guarded haste
realize this is a dangerous place
but my end goal is forward based
known and unknown what could be in front
Finding the way is always the brunt
the silence is all around the darkness is redundant
I know the Perils of moving through this gauntlet
what I don't understand is what it will get
uncomfortable and scared, simple little brick
that is the feeling when the blanket is gone
my path is not clear with a struggle for dawn
in the end only I will know success
only I find the true duress
it is unclear whether success will be granted
to know my failures will cause unrest
my Journey Begins with one step of the foot
journey will end with a successful output
solution only I can be the judge
of this success and failure navigating the fields of grudge
only I will know if I have have won
My journey is afoot the perils have been known
I still don't see them but you know they are home
I wonder now that I've begun
can I turn back is it too late
the place looked warm and safe
now I must move forward
although the brick is waiting.
I trudged along and find myself falling
lifting myself up keep on pressing
keep on moving I've made it this far
I can't turn back not even for the star
I know what is in front
I know it is in back
there is another piece that I have to find
I saw it earlier but now it skipped my mind
I know it is around I know it is waiting
it is lurking in the dark, like a tree that is hating
in the shadows just baiting me to fall
round the corner, hit like a ball
I feel the pain, the pain is searing
From the bottoms of my legs
My moan is really screaming
I knew it was there
was there all along
it told me earlier, I have your song
I heard it's call and I did not listen
only thing I know now is it is bad to hasten
standing up and move to cover
I know my journey is almost over
In the last I find a stair
to take me out of there
this stair was steep but I find it none the less
hands and feet made it to the crest
I finally make it, I finally collapse
tomorrow the pain will not lapse
nothing yet for their day as not awaken
I know soon they will be ready to bacon
their eyes will open
come out with a smile
the first thing I will tell them
is my journey felt like a million miles
I will try to explain what it is that they have done
the pain that they have caused
the damage that they could have done
but the damage is overrated and exaggerated
their fun was worth it even for a few minutes
smiles can be a dangerous business
being happy is underrated
I know they mean no harm
nonetheless the message is clear
pick up your damn Legos!
I am hosting another fun Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office event as a follow up to the fun PowerPoint Karaoke we held a couple months ago. This time it is a Bad Poetry Slam August 24th at our Autodesk Lake Oswego Beer Bust event hosted by the Fusion 360 Team.
We all know how easy good poetry is to write (am I right), but we want the more difficult and rare bad poetry to shine, celebrated, and toasted with fine Oregon beers. I have challenged employees to come up with some bad poetry to share or have them read as anonymous art to entertain and inspire attendees. The only rules are keep it fun and PG-13 with suggested topics of Autodesk Life and products.
The winner chosen by peers will get the proud privilege to see their poetry on a big poster in our office.
I am opening this up to everyone, not just the Autodeskers and product teams, but our customers.
Now is the time to register and save a few bucks and get pick of the sessions for the biggest Autodesk event of the year – Autodesk University. AU is only 90 days away on November 15-17, 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada. Not only has the time of the year changed but the night of the party and more.
I hope to see you at AU and stay tuned for some special events, surprises, announcements, and AU information as we get closer. AU has been said to be the best event in the galaxy.
Back in May of this year I had the pleasure to be in the hot and beautiful Southern California desert at Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley with a group of engineers, scientist, champion Baja 1000 champion race drivers, car builders, mechanics, designers, cinematographers, technologists, and more for a historic off road race car project test for a generative designed car, the Hackrod. The Hackrod was designed by Autodesk Dreamcatcher using design input and performance data from many types of sensors on a test vehicle also known as the mule.
Ashlee Vance and his camera crew joined us to capture the Hackrod mule testing for Bloomberg. Check out the Bloomberg Hello World Episode 5 with other great stories and the Hackrod at 21:12 in the episode.
I captured the Trona Pinnacles unique terrain in 3D using laser scanners and photogrammetry using a aerial UAS/UAV. We will be able to use the data in a computer simulation of the Hackrod chassis on the terrain as well as analyze more vehicle response data from the sensors in relation to the terrain.
Aerial 3D Terrain Mapping with a Drone
There is so much more on the Hackrod to come as the story is just beginning and so very exciting in what it means to the transformation of the design process.
More on Generative Design from Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski
What if instead of using the computer to draw what you already know, you could tell the computer what you want to accomplish? Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski discusses the astonishing results driven by generative design. https://youtu.be/E2SxqUvtpIk
Learn more about Generative Design: http://autode.sk/GenerativeDesign
Yesterday many big hearted employees in the Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office took time to assemble 3D printed Phoenix prosthetic hands designed using Autodesk’s own Fusion 360 in the e-NABLE Buildathon. The hands are destined with a personal card for children in war torn Syria by e-NABLE. Autodesk employees around the world donate their personal time year around and Autodesk whole heartily supports this and matches the time and donations and also has a philanthropic foundation with the Autodesk Foundation to further show the commitment and commitment to Imagine, Design, and Create a Better World. During the month of June Autodesk has focused on a Global Month of Impact and organized several volunteer projects in offices.
e-NABLE Community Foundation is an Autodesk Foundation Grantee. They are a dedicated international network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing technology to design, deliver, and distribute free upper-limb prosthetics to children and underserved populations around the world.
Photos by Autodesker Quentin Contreras.
On the heels of last year’s wildly successful TV reboot of BattleBots, the world’s premier robot sporting event, bots and humans alike will assemble to watch the show’s Season 2 premiere.
Come join us at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco—the birthplace of robot combat—to watch the BattleBots rumble while enjoying food, drinks, robo-swag and fun activities.
You can look forward to:
Special edition t-shirts for the first 100 to arrive
Q&A with Lisa Winter and Zander Rose & Reason Bradley, builders of Mega Tento and Bronco
Special guest appearances by the creators of BattleBots, Greg Munson and Trey Roski.
Robot “petting zoo”
Red carpet photo opp with the competition bots
Drinks (open bar for big bots and juice/soda for little bots)
Build a bristlebot and race against your friends
Be prepared for some special *exclusive* content!
If you were unable to attend the Autodesk Forge Conference this week, you can still watch the keynote on YouTube. Forge is powerful set of cloud services, APIs, and resources for developers to quickly create the data-centric apps, experiences, and services that power the future of making things.
There is a free online virtual event next week that will help manufacturers and product designers capitalize on the disruptive trends impacting manufacturing. This event will feature great content and keynotes by some amazing speakers.
When: Friday, June 17, 11:00AM Eastern, 8:00AM Pacific time
Registration Page & View Full Agenda: http://bit.ly/25MKuvQ
Autodesk colleague Maurice Conti the Director of Strategic Innovation recently visited my special Pacific Wonderland of Portland Oregon to speak at the TEDx Portland event on “The Future of Human Augmentation.” Maurice explains how design and interaction with computational systems and AI will greatly impact all of us. Maurice is an awesome teammate as well as a very creative person that doesn’t just think out side the box, but he lights the box on fire with rocket fuel and whisky and then steps into his teleporter to visit the future.
“Welcome to the Augmented Age where your natural human capabilities will be augmented by computational systems will help you think, robotics systems that help you make,and a digital nervous system that connects you far beyond your natural senses.”
The video of Maurice's TEDx presentation is now posted for everyone to experience and provoke thought. I heard comments from friends that attended like “I had no idea Autodesk was so cool.”
PowerPoint Karaoke is where a person volunteers (or volunteered) to get in front of a group of people to speak for 3-5 minutes to 10 PowerPoint slides they have never seen before. Sounds fun for the audience right? Believe it or not It is even more fun for the presenter.
The slides are created to be funny and stump the person making the result entertaining and a challenge to try to speak a compelling and consistent themed presentation. I first saw PowerPoint Karaoke a few years ago at an Ignite event and it was amazing and so much fun. Our Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office will be holding a PowerPoint Karaoke next Monday afternoon and you can contribute to the hilarity with suggesting slides or images for us to use and ambush presenters.
The presenter shall NOT see the presentation slides in advance.
The presenter delivers each slide in succession without skipping slides or going back.
The presentation time shall be limited to 3 minutes and ~10 slides.
Weaving positive Autodesk topics into the presentation will get you bonus points.
The speech must be related to the PowerPoint slides. General nonsense and comedic mayhem is not allowed.
The jury shall have a sense of humor.
Games will judged by a panel or by popular vote.
Content and Credibility
Poise and Gestures
Flow (minimal pauses and stammering)
Getting through all the slides!
Some fun ideas of slide content that might just explain daily life here at Autodesk.
Do you have some funny images to suggest using in the PowerPoint Karaoke? Email me images or links,but they must not be copyright and also G-rated.
No more Death by PowerPoint, instead it will be Laughs by PowerPoint. This might be something really fun to try sometime at Autodesk University where PowerPoint can be overwhelming after a few days.
Join Autodesk CEO and Chief Maker extraordinaire Carl Bass for a live Instructable session on how to build an autonomous go-kart at the Maker Faire Bay Area. Carl, his son and some friends have rigged their electric go-kart with the guts of a drone, and now it can be driven remotely.
Last week on May 3rd, 2016, Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski presented at the re:publica 2016 conference in Berlin Germany.
“We humans co-evolve with our tools. This is an ongoing dynamic with key inflection points throughout history, such as the move to agriculture, and the Industrial Revolution. We’re in another major inflection point now, focused on how one of our most powerful tools, the digital world, is expanding into a new realm, the physical world. While until only recently “the real world” and “the cloud” seemed to be so different, we’re now seeing that there’s a merging of the two, and it will only increase in future.
As digital technology transform the processes of design and creation, how does that impact the designers and users?
Are these technologies also changing the way humans approach and answer questions about the best way to design or build something?
What does this change mean for living, working and designing in the modern era?
Jeff will explore some ideas about the future, and posit what our future state(s) will be, sharing his viewpoint on the shape of things to come.
Watch the 58 minute presentation by Jeff to better understand where design and manufacturing may be going and things for you to think about as technology and design is transforming.
This is the unofficial fun holiday May the 4th. This is the day you find out all the Star Wars movie fans and others make every Star Wars related pun or reference they can like the famous Star wars line “May the Force Be With You” as “May the 4th Be With You.”
I wanted to share with you the work of the top Star Wars fan on my team Evan Atherton who created an award winning short video about R2D2 the loveable little robot “droid” from Start Wars. The much of the movie props were built in the Autodesk Pier 9 space including a cute pink female Artoo seen in the movie Artoo in Love. Evan makes a cameo going to the mailbox in the movie short that tells a funny love story of Artoo falling in love with a mailbox with San Francisco as the backdrop.
Please enjoy and share this movie as there is no language required to enjoy this movie short.
May the Fourth Be With You,
This weekend over 600 teams of high school students competed in St Louis Missouri for the FIRST Robotics 2016 world championship.
FIRST 2016 Winning Teams:
Congratulations to all FIRST participants, students, mentors, schools, teachers, volunteers, parents and sponsors. See you next competition season!
It’s free. It’s easy. It’s Autodesk Answer Day. Join us online May 18th, 2016 for the next big event.
I have been honored to be working with an absolutely amazing group of high school students FIRST Robotics this year. Team 1540 Flaming Chickens is from Catlin Gabel here in Portland Oregon and they are competing this week in the FIRST Robotics world championships in St. Louis Missouri with ~600 teams from around the world. Their robot Zuko was designed using Autodesk Inventor in a full digital design before building anything physical. Teams have competed in several regional competitions to reach this world completion with their robots running in alliance teams on a field scoring points (FIRST Field Tour Video) and always showing gracious professionalism. The competition will really start heating up later today and tomorrow as the qualification matches end and the finals begin for the championship.
Watch the competition live at: http://www.thebluealliance.com/gameday
Follow the live match updates on Team 1540 http://www.thebluealliance.com/team/1540/2016
Way to go Flaming Chickens and all of the other teams , mentors, volunteers, parents, and sponsors!
Come meet with a host of maker-entrepreneurs who use Autodesk® Fusion 360™ 3D design software and/or 3D printing to prototype or produce their innovative products.
When: Monday, May 9, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (open house format)
Where: Autodesk Gallery at One Market - One Market, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA 94105
Who should attend?
Autodesk sponsored the recent Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics Championship for high school students held from Thursday to Saturday last week at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in sunny and unseasonably warm Portland Oregon. There were 64 high school teams participating from the Pacific Northwest states of Alaska, Oregon, and Washington that had won local district competitions to compete in this event. In addition to the students, parents, mentors, judges, there were many Autodesk employees volunteering at the event. What an amazing and inspiring event to see the robots competing on the field that the student teams designed, built and programmed. Many of the robots even successfully operated autonomously shooting and scoring which is no small accomplishment and involved sophisticated algorithms, logic, and computer vision software code developed by the teens. So humbling and inspiring to be a part of this.
Autodesk’s own recently retired SVP Robert “Buzz” Kross spoke in Saturday’s opening ceremony. Buzz was honored with recognition of his support and participation over the years in FIRTST Robotics. Buzz talked about the benefits of FIRST, how cool it is to work at Autodesk and encouraged the students to apply as interns and as future employees, and some good advice to accomplish your life goals.
Buzz's solid advice to the students:
”Your Next Steps
1. Figure out what you love.
2. Study as long as it is practical for you.
3. Find the companies that do it.”
Autodesk had a student area complete with a castle, computers with Autodesk products for a design contest and learning, BXD Synthesis demos, 3D printers, VR demos with Oculus Rift and Avegant Glyph, a bean bag area for students to relax in, a mentors lounge with the most awesome massage chair I have ever sat and melted into, and so much more. Thank you to all the Autodesk employees that volunteered at the event and especially Andy Sears and Jamie Graham for the student area and activities.
There was a competition to design a castle out of boxes using Autodesk tools and the winners were announced. Congratulations to all entries from teams that participated. It was a great deal of fun.
1st place Team 4980
2nd Team 1983
3rd Team 2910
Here is first place castle design from Team 4980.
The boxes constructed into the castle design and then they were set free to demolish it.
The team I have been working with Team 1540 Catlin Gabel “The Flaming Chickens” placed 3rd in the PNW Championship event with their robot Zuko. They also won the highly Chairman’s Award and will be going to compete in the FIRST World Championship at the end of the month in St. Louis Missouri. What an amazing group of young talented adults.They used Autodesk Inventor to design their robot.
Here is a fine example of Autodesk love shown by high school students wearing custom made Autodesk suits. The students are Bradley and Macks from Team 2046 Bear Metal from Maple Valley Washington that were competing in the PNW FIRST Robotics Competition.
We love your creativity, style of wardrobe, and your fine robot designed using Autodesk Inventor.
A sincere and truly grateful thank you to all the students, mentors, volunteers, parents, sponsors, and anyone that helped. The FIRST Robotics changes lives and will positively impact the world we live in.
This past weekend the FIRST Robotics PNW district 8 playoffs were held in Oregon City, Oregon. The alliance of teams 1540 Flaming Chickens, 2471 Team Mean Machine, and 5468 Retro-bots won the event. Congratulations teams!
There were so many amazing teams and their robots in the event and supporting parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, and FRC volunteers making the event a big success and great time for everyone.
Here is a slow motion video of a successful shot at the tower by Team 1540’s robot: Watch the Video
I have been working with team 1540 Flaming Chickens of the Portland school Catlin Gabel for a few months now. Not only have I been honored to get to know this amazing group of teens, but I have been humbled by their knowledge and teamwork. The team designed their robot named Zuko using Autodesk Inventor which prepared them for design and build issues to be found early in the design phase, rather than found during build, testing or competition field. I am the one having learned a great deal from team 1540 and their lead mentors Dale Yocum and Andrew Merrill. Next up for this well oiled team is the Autodesk PNW Championship in Portland this week where the winners of this event will being go to the FIRST Robotics World Championship later this month.
Join all of us in rooting for all FRC Teams!
A sincere thank you to FRC, volunteers, mentors, parents, schools, sponsors, and most importantly to all the kids involved in this amazing competition.
Friday April 1, 2016
10:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
10:45AM-1:00PM Qualification Matches
1:30PM-6:45PM Qualification Matches
Saturday April 2, 2016
8:30AM-9:00AM Opening Ceremonies
9:00AM-10:30AM Qualification Matches
10:30AM-11:00AM Alliance Selections
11:30AM 2:00PM Final Rounds
2:00PM-3:00PM Awards Ceremony
Mark your calendar now, the next Autodesk Answer Day is coming up on April 6th, 2016, from 6am to 6pm Pacific Time and will be on Autodesk Fusion 360. This is a live Questions & Answers online event where you can get all those burning questions answered by the teams that support and develop the product.
The fine folks over a DEVELOP3D have their annual conference coming up on March 31, 2016. They will be broadcasting live the main stage presentations including Autodesk’s own Scott Reese VP of Cloud Platform. Scott will present on the main stage as well as in a panel discussion where his focus will be the powerful cloud based future including the Forge platform and Fusion 360.
Register free for the US video feeds: http://develop3dlive.com/usa-video-feed/
Talk synopsis and titles: http://develop3dlive.com/conference-program/
Speaker bios: http://develop3dlive.com/speakers/
Autodesk partner, friends, and Fusion 360 users Made in Space sent the first 3D printer designed for space 2011 is again sending a new updated 3D printer up to the International Space Station this Tuesday, March 22nd at 11:05 pm EST. Keeping with the long tradition of crazy NASA acronyms the 3D printer is named the “AMF” for Additive Manufacturing Facility.
Made in Space is the cutting edge on additive manufacturing in space and it opens up many possibilities to provide an object like a tool to astronauts in orbit when sending something form earth can be expensive and take a lot of time. With additive manufacturing of 3D printing the object can be designed on earth then simply transferred digitally to the International Space Station and 3D printed. Autodesk will be using the AMF to 3D print an astronaut fitness device.
Made in Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility AMF - Image courtesy of Made in Space
”AMF will print with a wide range of polymers, is designed to last the entire lifetime of the space station, and will be commercially available for any customers on Earth who wish to get select hardware to space faster, safer, and more affordably than traditional launch methods.”
Except from NASA AMF mission page:
“The Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the International Space Station (ISS) for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF that is installed into an Express Rack locker location. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.
The Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) is a permanent manufacturing facility on the ISS, providing hardware manufacturing services. AMF is twice the size of it’s predecessor 3D printer. The ability to manufacture on the ISS enables on-demand repair and production capability, as well as essential research for manufacturing on long-term missions. AMF allows for immediate repair of essential components, upgrades of existing hardware, installation of new hardware that is manufactured, and the manufacturing capability to support commercial interests on the ISS.
Additive manufacturing is the process of building a part layer-by-layer, with an efficient use of the material. The process leads to a reduction in cost, mass, labor and production time. The ISS crew would be able to utilize the AMF to perform station maintenance, build tools, and repair sections of the station in case of an emergency. The AMF uses an extrusion-based "3D printing" method, which Made in Space has already tested in zero-gravity with successful results. The AMF is capable of producing components from a variety of space-rated composites. This versatility allows for a variety of components and devices to be manufactured, enabling the mentioned uses to be applicable as well as unforeseen uses to be developed.
Using replaceable subassemblies, the AMF is designed so that it could easily be upgraded to add new functionality and manufacturing methods in the future. The AMF is designed to last the entire lifetime of the ISS. The AMF printer is designed to work with a wide range of various extrudable materials including flexible polymers and aerospace grade composites. Designed to operate in an EXPRESS Rack middeck locker, once installed the printer will be easily accessible by crew at all times.”
The high school FIRST Robotics team I have been working with this year participated in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) Wilsonville District competition this past weekend in Wilsonville Oregon. Team 1540 Catlin Gabel got into the later rounds with their robot Zuko (designed in 3D using Autodesk Inventor) making it to the elimination rounds and ultimately winning the 2016 Wilsonville District Chairman's Award.
Wilsonville District Competition Results
What a great event packed with energy and gracious professionalism. Congratulations to all the student teams including the winning alliance of 1425, 4488, and 3711, mentors, supports, and sponsors.
See everyone at the PNW Championships next month!