Everyone needs an inspiring and feel good story to start off their work week, and this is a great one about an amazing young boy and technology. Kieran was born with a birth defect of Amniotic Band Syndrome and has no fingers on his right hand. As Kieran states in the video it has been difficult to deal with until he received a 3D printed prosthetic hand. Modern prosthetics are very expensive costing tens of thousands of dollars, and even more difficult for a growing child that would need multiple sizes as he grows. 3D printing is bringing the costs down in a lightweight mechanical prosthetic to under one hundred dollars and allowing people to design and make their own customized solutions. I personally have seen the prosthetic as well as prosthetics with a mounted squirt gun perfect for a young boy to enjoy his childhood.
Watch the video from Autodesk’s Pier 9 and hear more about Kieran in his own words and learn about the challenge and the amazing people with e-NABLE that design made this prosthetic within reach of so many people using the latest in 3D printing and design tools.
At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference today, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft vice president of developer and platform evangelism, announced new 3D printing features in Windows 10. More specifically, Autodesk Spark is being integrated into Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system. –VentureBeat
I received my shiny new Apple Watch Friday and spent the weekend getting used to it and seeing if I was going to keep it, return it, or sell it. For the record I did not get the expensive edition of the watch. I am also a person that normally wore a regular watch as well as my FitBit on my wrist but now I can get rid of those and rely on just the one Apple Watch.
Here are a few of my initial thoughts and impressions of this smart watch.
Could I live without this new gadget//watch – yes, but it is nice to see not only the time and temp at an fast easy glance on the wrist but also easily see many of the same notifications and data I always had to pull my phone out to check.
Am I keeping this watch, yes I am.
Evan Atherton of the Office of the CTO (OCTO) and a teammate of mine has made a fun great movie. Evan is probably one of the most ardent Star Wars loving fans I know. Evan has created a movie about Star War's loveable droid R2-D2 called "Artoo in Love" using much of the technology we use in the OCTO group. From using high end video cameras like the RED to custom built R2-D2, UAV, and a robotic arm that has been taught to draw. The film is not only told a story of using technology, but a technology love story.
While I don't want to lose Evan to film directing and making it is apparent he has the talent in the film and production. Look out Spielberg and Lucas, a Mechanical Engineer is making great movies and on your heels.
Gizmodo published a great article on the project film as well:
Would you like to win a airborne UAV or a underwater OpenROV submersible robot to go exploring with? You have the chance to with a recent Explore Science contest being held by Instructables and OpenExplorer.
"Scientific breakthroughs make the world a better place. After all, where would we be without penicillin or play-doh? Oceanographer and marine biologist Edith Widder once said: “Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.” We’re pleased to announce the Explore Science contest in partnership with OpenExplorer — a digital journal where folks can share photos, findings, and other interesting ways to document their field research. For this contest we’d like to see how you conduct your experiments, document your research, and search for scientific solutions to everyday problems.
Discoveries happen when you explore, and the winners of this contest will be awarded tools and gadgets that make exploration a lot more accessible and exciting! Enter your science-related Instructables for a chance to win a Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, OpenROV v2.7 underwater exploration kit, and more.
Go enter to win now and start exploring!
I wish I were eligible I want an OpenROV to go exploring with on my dives.
The past two days almost a thousand have attended the REAL 2015 event here in San Francisco California at the historic Fort Mason. The conference covered everything dealing with Capture Compute and Create.
There was everything from laser scanning systems, structured light scanners, infrared, photogrammetry, software like point cloud and geometry tools, CNC mills, 3D printers,VR and augmented reality viewers, underwater and maritime technologies like unmanned boats and ROVs, Makers, and so much more. I had a great time meeting old and new friends and discussing many projects and ideas on solving current workflow and technology challenges.
Things got REAL good, REAL interesting, REAL fast.
He started with a photo of himself making stuff 40 years ago. He showed some of his projects as well as the statement "Computer Aided Design, but when has the computer ever really aided in the design?" He then showed how the computer will actually be aiding design.
Great idea to have various top food trucks cater and give vouchers attendees could use to pick a paid meal. I stayed with one favorite truck "Bacon Bacon" um yes yes.
I got to see the well designed packaging with a reveal like experience when opening. I cant wait to get my Ember unit in the next two weeks.
(I am on this OCTO Team within Autodesk as diver) Our equipment and technologies were shown as well as a track of speakers. We also gave some rides in our boat out to the Golden Gate for some epic fun breaks and a sea shower.
I absolutely running San Francisco as it is an adventure.
A reminder was projected at night on Coit Tower that the 50th Super bowl game will be held in the Bay Area.
Made In Space recently installed and setup up the AMF Zero-G 3D printer with NASA MSFC on the International Space Station (ISS), and you can get the rare opportunity to print on the same printer and see the one that is currently on Earth.
Autodesk has had a long partnership with Made In Space including Autodesk's Director, Strategic Initiatives and a serious space science expert Jonathan Knowles who also serves as an advisor to Made In Space.
Made In Space and the Zero-G 3D Printer will be special guests at the Autodesk University 2014 Blogger & Social Media Meetup event the evening of Wednesday December 3rd, 2014. You too can attend the event by winning this competition or completing the Autodesk University 2014 Scavenger Hunt detailed in your AU badge materials or soon at http://autode.sk/auscavenger.
More Info about Zero-G Printer:
The Zero-G 3D Printer which has been installed Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) on the ISS, the printer will returning to Earth for detailed ground analyses. This first set of prints will serve to verify the printer and extrusion process in the microgravity environment.
“Testing of the 3D printer in microgravity is part of the “3D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration” project, a joint venture made possible by a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award between Made In Space, Inc. and NASA’s MSFC.
This experiment is intended to validate the use of Additive Manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D Printing, in space. This will be the first manufacturing device designed for off-planet use and is an essential technology required for future exploration endeavors.“
The Zero-G 3D Printer was also designed using Autodesk tools.
What we are looking for in this 3D print design:
Design each part under 4” x 2" X 2" inches in ABS material without the need for support material. Think about something practical with a purpose for the astronauts who live and work for long durations on the International Space Station and what they might need and not have access to, but could be 3D printed. Some of the challenges astronauts have are losing things or small tools. Think about material optimization in the design and be very creative and perhaps NASA might like your idea enough to print it up in space!
Deadline and Judging:
Please provide a Zip file with a text document about your design such as the purpose and inspiration as well as the source .ipt or .f3d file to me using Autodesk 360, Dropbox, or email me and I will provide you a Dropbox folder to upload your Zip file entry by Monday December 1st at 5PM Pacific.
Jonathan Knowles and myself of Autodesk and the Made In Space team will make the final decision on the winner on Tuesday December 2nd.
Made In Space will have the Earth based Zero-G 3D printer at the Blogger and Social Meetup event and printing the winner of the a 3D design competition's. The winner will also get a front row seat for the closing keynote, and a seat on the next launch to the International Space Station – just kidding on the space ride.
We look forward to your submissions!
Huge thanks to the Autodesk intern and also Autodesk Social Media maestro Dan Zucker for showing me the cube when they placed it in the Autodesk Gallery on October 16, 2014.
Description of the Project Social Lights Cube:
This cube of 500 pulsating LED lights depicts live-streaming online interactions:
social media mentions of Autodesk generate visual sparks. The resulting data- driven rhythms exemplify the Internet of Things - Information sent through the Internet, on billions of devices, triggering physical actions. Each mention of Autodesk and our products stimulates a pulsing blink of the cube's lights in various colors. Through hashtag commands, you can choreograph unique patterns.
The description reminds me of my mind blowing powerhouse colleague Mickey McManus who is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Autodesk Office of the CTO. Yes, we are lucky to have him for some time.
Send a Tweet that includes mention Autodesk or Autodesk products or generate patterns using the hashtag #AutodeskGallery and #Cube plus a combo of one pattern and one color keyword listed below:
Here is one of my tweets that generated a cool effect
Go Light Up Our Life with a Light Show in the Autodesk Gallery!
Shaan @ShaanHurley on Twitter
I love hiking and climbing the rugged, beautiful and high mountains of Utah and I also love research and fun with drones also known as UAV quad rotor copters. So last Thursday I decided to combine both for an epic sunset flight.
<Queue the music Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller>
I flew my UAV a DJI Phantom Vision 2+ from the top of a 11,000+ foot mountain summit of Sunset Peak located up Little Cottonwood Canyon and several world class ski resorts like Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Park City, Solitude, and many more where you can see both Cottonwood Canyons. There was some high wind gusts that concerned me when I reached the summit but I waited until it died down enough to fly. I flew within the FAA legal guidelines and common sense to assure everyone's safety so I did not interfere with commercial air traffic that do fly over the Wasatch Mountain range. I found the air is a little thin and harder to control the UAV at that elevation, but it was epic views and truly felt looking through the FPV goggles that I was an eagle soaring around in the 30 mph wind gusts.
I ran into only one other human on the summit and he was an AutoCAD user, and I was wearing my Autodesk shirt. Small world.
Here are two photos from the drone looking at Sunset Peak to the East and also a look straight down.
Here is an unedited video of a small portion of this crazy fun flight. You can see the spherical lens distortion which once edited will be corrected. Link to Video
More photos from the hike and also posted to my Instagram ShaanHurley. I am not sure if it is just me but a good Squatters Full Suspension Ale beer tastes even better on the summit of the 11,000 foot mountain summit. I ended up hiking down in the dark with my headlamp. I cant wait to get back up there.
Here is a photo from my drone/ UAV taken at the beautiful Kalaupapa Molokai the same location the movie Jurassic Park III opening sequence was filed. I will be editing and posting some video from these amazing flights.
I may put together a Flight Fest in the Nevada desert during or after Autodesk University 2014 for people to come out and play and learn about them. Imagine a meetup away from Autodesk University in the Red Rock desert at a local RC airpark getting fresh air and having aerial fun. Are you interested as a drone manufacturer,expert, or interested party just post a comment to this blog post or email me?
It is always amazing to stumble across computers from the distant past. I have two old vintage computers that I found while was cleaning out of my storage. They both actually boot up and run.
It is amazing to think my smartphone is perhaps 1000 times more powerful and better looking than these early personal computers.
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
The Office of the CTO is trending all over the web and social media this week due to one announcement! Tuesday we made a joint announcement with Amazon, Mozilla and Otoy about Autodesk desktop applications running through the browser.
Autodesk Provides 3D Design in a Browser, an Industry First
I get to take it for a test drive!
Today and late into tonight I was delighted to be able to get my hands on this technology preview and run the four Autodesk applications over the web with nothing but HTML5 in a web browser. The Amazon instance is running Windows 2008 server edition with the four Autodesk trial software pre-installed.
Look ma, nothing to download, install, or plugins required!
That's' right there was no catch and nothing to download or install as stated I just fire up my web browser like Firefox and Chrome with HTML5 compatibility and ran full versions of Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Maya, and Revit.
So how is this different from other remote access applications out there?
This technology allows hardware GPU acceleration and also since these Windows 2008 server machine instances are on the Amazon Web Servers along with modified Kepler Grid GPUs from Nvidia, I have one hell of a powerhouse machine that I can access anytime from almost any device. I can use Autodesk 3ds Max or Inventor from a MacBook Air. This my friends is what many with graphics hungry applications have been searching for, a scalable cloud GPU. The cloud based CPU cores have been around awhile now but those involved with graphics are more interested in GPUs and being able to use them in a cloud infrastructure where you can scale fast in a burst as needed unlike your local machine. I can just grab a new machine or device and fire up a HTML5 browser like Firefox and get to my desktop and run powerful applications without downloading or installing anything but a browser and also not sacrificing performance due to the local device hardware. I also wonder aloud if this will reduce the need for native platform applications if you can access them from most devices. For example I can run Revit on a Mac now without sacrificing performance.
I have noticed just testing today that the performance is about 30fps but the absolutely amazing part is the remote instance itself and how responsive it is in graphical operations like rendering and working with huge files.The remote machine instance actually renders frames in a test animation I ran about 4 times faster than my beefy local machine can.
Here are screen shots of Autodesk 3ds Max and Revit in my Firefox browser.
Here are Autodesk Inventor and Maya running in Firefox
Mozilla's blog post on the announcement:
I will also have this technology to show at Autodesk University along with my fellow Autodesk colleague John Schmier who was involved in making this happen.
Keep in mind this is an early technology preview but if you want to try this it does take some knowledge of EC2 and you could run an Amazon instance with Autodesk trial applications http://aws.otoy.com/docs/OTOY-EC2-AMI.pdf
Explore 3D scenes with your hands using the new LeapMotion hardware and the free Autodesk Maya 2014 plugin. https://airspace.leapmotion.com/apps/plug-in-for-autodesk-maya-2014/windows
I just read that those who were originally Google blessed with a pair of Google Glasses in the Google Glass Explorer program might have received a special email to allow you to invite another person to spend $1500 on a pair of uber geek glasses. Google Opens Invites To Google Glass Explorer Program
I wanted to make a case (beg & plea) for you contacting me with that one special invitation to share. I would really love to use these to explore ways to share experiences with other such as exploring ways they could be used in construction and design technologies and take all my readers with me on all the trails I hike every week, those crazy travel experiences like the time I got my butt kicked by a kangaroo, and also share the Autodesk University behind the scenes. Google Glass would also be awesome when you meet as many people as I do and help you remember all their names. Wearable computing devices are only get more and more prevalent and advanced and open many new exciting possibilities.
I know chances are better to hit the lottery as there is such a small number of Google Glass Explorers, but I had to at least ask. I would offer my first born child but he is now 22 years old and can be a bit cranky at times. So if you have one of those special Google Glass invites, lets talk.
Equally as important to many with gigabytes and terabytes of data, documents, design files, photo memories and basically our digital lives is to take the time and make sure you are backing your data up regularly, reliably and of course securely. Backup methods fail sometimes faster than a Vegas wedding, so double and triple check your backup methods and I possible don’t rely on just one method. whether it is external drives, physical media, cloud solutions, offsite media chiseled into stone whatever it is make sure it works and you can get your data back safely and securely. I once had my main hard drive go out and then I checked my back up solution and murphy struck and that too failed and I lost photos and documents I can never get back.
You should be doing these things more than twice a year with the time change but twice a year is better than never as both can cause memories to go up in flames.
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.
I read an online articles headline stating blueprints were dead. I would love that, but in reality I find that proclamation of blueprints being dead as a headline hard to believe at this time. This topic also started a flurry of tweets discussing if paper blueprints were really dead and discussing if hardware could survive some work environments.
First in order to avoid confusion or misunderstanding I want to clearly indicate I prefer mobile digital solutions like using AutoCAD WS, Buzzsaw or Autodesk 360 at the office or at the jobsite to review and/or markup drawings. With mobile there are also many ways to make sure that you have the latest approved drawings and information such as from a Vault server or Autodesk PLM 360. In the design workflows I think paper is all but dead as not many are designing using paper other than perhaps sketching concepts or draft planning but in the use of the design data for assembly, construction, and fabrication drawings the paper still is alive and well in certain rough environments that eat electronics like soft chewy candy.
I hear it frequently when I speak about 3D Printing “Shaan I don’t have a 3D printer”, but they were not aware there are many printing services available locally and on the web. I think that is the business model 3D printing will be for awhile where the design shops and ultra hobbyists may have a 3D printer, but others designing in 3D can still pay for someone else to create the 3D print for them. I don’t think in the near future every home will have a 3D printer, but I believe they will all have access to one. We are starting to see companies like Staples dabbling in a local 3D print services but I want to see a day where the manufacturers of consumer goods provide free or a for a small fee replacement parts or custom modifications that you can purchase online and then pickup at your local FedEx Kinkos which are located about everywhere. That would save time, energy, warehousing, transportation costs and be better for the environment.
A good option is my friends like Duann at Shapeways.com that have some 25+ materials from plastics, ceramics, to metals they can 3D print in and also you can even market and sell your designs on their marketplace. There is also Ponoko, Scultpteo, i.materialize, and many more including if you are a member of 123D you can get 3D prints.
Soon I will have use of a real professional quality 3D printer the Mojo from Stratasys (acquired Objet). I am running to my door each time I hear a UPS truck drive by. Of course even with the Mojo I will still be limited in the number of materials unlike Shapeways and other 3D printing services which have several types of 3D printer types so if I want something other than a plastic I will use my Shapeways buddies.
3D Printing is growing exponentially in use and applications and now including printing living human tissue and organs like the recent announcement of Autodesk and Organovo.
So if you have 3D software from free like the 123D Design & Meshmixer to AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Revit, Maya, Inventor Fusion, Autodesk Inventor, and others chances are you can export a STL file to be printed by a 3D printer and have options to print it. Your not going to be printing your replacement liver or hear, but 3D print your creation in plastics, ceramic, metal, and glass prints are currently possible by everyone.
Happy 3D Printing!
While the ability to print yourself a new liver after a tough New Years Eve party may not be possible this year, the research and technology is definitely headed towards the ability to 3D print print real functioning human tissue and organs in the future will be reality.
Read more in the Wired.com article:
”Autodesk Developing CAD Software to Design, 3-D Print Living Tissue”
Take it easy on your body this holiday season as you cannot 3D print replacement parts, yet…
The largest 3D printed wrench by the new Stratasys Objet1000 printer. It is an example of the new wide format 3D printers ability to create larger objects in ABS plastic. The build size for this 3D printer is a whopping 1000 x 800 x 500 mm.
The one thing I think of when seeing this wrench, where is the scary big King Kong like guy that can use this 1.2 meter wrench.
Maybe you have already heard in the last day or two about the innovative Magic Finger research. The Magic Finger turns any surface into a touch interface. Magic Finger is a research project from Autodesk Research in collaboration with the University of Toronto and University of Alberta.
The Magic Finger will also be featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet show which airs at 7pm EST tonight.
Magic Finger inverts the typical relationship between the finger and an interactive surface: with Magic Finger, we instrument the user's finger itself, rather than the surface it is touching. Magic Finger senses touch through an optical mouse sensor, enabling any surface to act as a touch screen. Magic Finger also senses texture through a micro RGB camera, allowing contextual actions to be carried out based on the particular surface being touched. A technical evaluation shows that Magic Finger can accurately sense 22 textures with an accuracy of 98.9%. We explore the interaction design space enabled by Magic Finger, and implement a number of novel interaction techniques that leverage its unique capabilities.
Here are some of the latest articles about the Magic Finger research:
I thought a little deeper on another angle on the research topic with regards to our Autodesk design & visualization software users like Revit, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, 3ds Max, Maya, Sketchbook, etc.
How do you view using another innovative interface to interact and augment the use of the software? Imagine concept sketching using your finger on any surface or refining textures, materials, lighting or modifying a 3D model. I know there are many of us that people will have to pry the keyboards from our cold hands when we die, but many are also open to new methods and interactions as technology and innovation are always evolving to solve current problems.
I have personally always believed when I was designing that the lag causing the most problems for me was not the idea or concept but the translation from my brain to the computer using commands icons etc. <insert USB port in the head joke here>. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could take away much of the software and input interaction and allow you to free flow the design to the computer with greater speed?
So…what do you think, would you be open to new methods like the Magic Finger in addition to the old ways? Post your comments below.
Disclaimer: Autodesk Research is core part of the team I am on serving in the Office of the CTO here at Autodesk.
Randy Young is an Lead Engineer for Autodesk Hardware Certification and today he sent me some great information on the new Autodesk Recommended Hardware website. In the past we have provided test results and guidance on graphics cards or recommended system level requirements such as memory and CPU but never really to the model and manufacture of a computer system but that is changing.
Have you ever wondered what systems work with your Autodesk Product or Suite? Or better yet what has been tested and designed for use with your Autodesk product? Look no further than www.autodesk.com/hardware. Most Autodesk products test hardware but have not posted results for recommended hardware until now. Autodesk now has a unified hardware site which displays both recommended computer systems and the certified graphics support.
One of the most common customer frustrations is how to pick a system that will work best with your software. Choose incorrectly and product stability problems will arise. Since Autodesk products are highly hardware dependent and are commonly used in tandem to solve design problems it is important to choose the correct system before installing any software. This can be done by; visiting www.autodesk.com/hardware, selecting System hardware, selecting your product(s) or suite, year, operating system, and clicking the Find button.
Now you can see all the systems that have been tested with your selected products. This site also allows you to see all tested vendors and form factors (Laptop & Desktop) together in one list. Now if you click on a system name, for example Dell Precision M4500, it will show you the test results and give you a link to jump directly to dell.com to order the system. If your system is adequate but you need to update your driver you can click on the graphics card name to go directly to the latest tested driver for this card where it can then be downloaded and installed.
This updated site should help you choose a system for your current Autodesk product, pick a system when upgrading your product, and configure your existing system to work with your current product. By choosing the correct system and keeping your existing system up to date with the latest driver you will avoid productivity losses due to slow performance and instability.
Good luck on your next project,
Autodesk Lead Engineer
Autodesk Hardware Certification
<Thank you Randy>
The system requirements for AutoCAD 2013 are pretty much the same as the last two releases with the exception of no longer officially supporting Windows Vista (not blocked on install just not supported.) Remember system requirements are not a one size fits all as there are a number of factors that affect how much resources your system may require. The factors can be from the complexity of your drawings, 2D or 3D, visual styles. These requirements are also the lowest suggested system optimal requirements, so use it as a suggested baseline.
HP announced their new all-in-one PC desktop computer workstation the HP Z1 and Autodesk was there with HP in Las Vegas for the unveiling of this new workstation and demonstrated it with several Autodesk design and visualization software products. The HP Z1 looks like a really nice option to dump the standard box chassis workstation and its associated spaghetti of wires for a new sleek, compact, and nice looking pc workstation. For those concerned about an all-in-one computer preventing their breaking open the chassis to swap components or make repairs you can rest at ease as you can open this chassis. It has nice hardware components including the NVIDIA Quadro graphics card to cause the pixels to dance and squeal on the 27 inch LED display.
I am currently looking for a desktop PC workstation alternative to my laptop when in my office and need the horsepower or of a workstation and am really considering this new HP Z1.
The HP Z1 will begin shipping in April for more info see www.hp.com/z1