Fidget Spinners are all the rage, whether you love or don't care for them, they are here. A couple weeks ago at the Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office we held our annual Kids at Autodesk Day, where employees brought their children to work where we have several activities for them planned. One of those activities was designed and led by Garin Gardiner. Garin developed and led a class to walk the kids through the design of a fidget spinner and the machining of it in Fusion 360. This was the future of making the makers of the world type of class.
Here is Garin leading the teens. The kids had Fusion 360 running on a laptop and followed along step by step. For many this was their first ever exposure to design or Fusion 360. It was amazing to be a spectator in the class and hear the comments and questions.
Garin led them through developing the features with a sketch, patterning, and extruding.
The the cuts and insert of a purchased bearing and the pennies as weights. Here you can see the rendering in Fusion 360 making the part look real.
They then generated the machine paths and machined from blank stock material using a Othermill Pro. Why the subtractive rather than additive method? Machined spinner bodies are much better in the final results than most consumer 3D printers.
Here is what the machined blanks looked like.
You can view and download the source files (available in many formats) for the Fusion 360 Spinner project at: http://a360.co/2uGAAe0
Garin has a Future of Making Things track at Autodesk University 2017 where you design a speaker from beginning to end using Autodesk Fusion 360 including the circuitry using Autodesk Eagle. You get to take the cool working speaker home with you. Stay tuned for more details on this limited seating track at AU and a special offer in an upcoming blog post.
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.
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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.
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.
For almost two seasons I have have had the pleasure to work with an amazing and inspiring group of young high school students involved in the FIRST Robotics competitions at Catlin Gabel in Portland Oregon. The FIRST Robotics Team 1540 the Flaming Chickens are also looking for ways they can make the world a better place using technology and design. One recent example that has been the project they worked on with the Catlin Gabel InvenTeam to solve a local challenge to provide a power source for some local shelter pods housing formerly homeless people. The FIRST team had left over competition robot batteries that were no longer able to be used in competition but would provide a nice power storage for something else. The project was named the The JuiceBox Project and provided an eco friendly way to provide an energy source to some shelter pods in Portland.
Video of the JuiceBox Project which has also made the television news. https://youtu.be/amtRkygxOKY
What Is JuiceBox?
JuiceBox is an efficient and sustainable way to provide electricity for off-the-grid, portable pods for previously homeless people.
- The shelter "pods" are equipped with 100W solar panels that deliver power to the JuiceBox, mounted inside.
- The power of the sun is harnessed to charge an 18 AH 12V battery. Batteries are recycled from FIRST Robotics teams.
- This power can then be used to power devices that plug into a wall outlet (120V AC, 300W max) or 12V DC automotive accessory socket.
- The battery also powers a bright LED light bar mounted on the front of the JuiceBox, perfect for illuminating rooms at night, and extending the day of the user.
JuiceBox is a winner of The Lexus Eco Challenge First Round, where they won $10,000. All that prize money is being put back into making more Juice Boxes.
Some of the assembled JuiceBoxes ready to be delivered to the Hazelnut Grove site and installed for use by the residents in need of them.
Read more about Team 1540’s outreach as well as the upcoming plan to announce a new LEAP design competition (Linking Engineering and Philanthropy) sponsored by Autodesk where fellow FIRST Robotics teams will compete for prizes designing for local philanthropic projects in their community.
I cannot over emphasize or underscore how much these Catlin Gabel student inspire and humble me. They are absolutely amazing humans and I am so grateful to get to know them and witness them in action. Past Team 1540 students are currently attending Yale, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, and many other great schools and will no doubt make a positive difference in this world once they graduate. They embody a similar philosophy as Autodesk of Imagine Design, and Create a Better World and also get that being part of a FIRST Robotics team is about more than just robots.
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14 new languages plus English we now support 15 languages in Tinkercad to help more kids around the world make things in 3D! There is not much that sparks the imagination of a child more than their very own design being 3D printed into something real and physical. Tinkercad is not really just for kids as it can be fun for adults as well. Nothing to install as it is cloud based and it is free.
It is going to be a great competition with an interesting and challenging game this year including team members on the field.
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There are many age levels for kids to participate from LEGO Robotics to the First Robotics Challenge and each one is such an amazing experience for not only the kids, but the adults from the teachers, mentors, parents, and volunteers.
Get involved in FIRST Robotics!
The very first Fusion 360 CNC full day hands on training will be held at Autodesk University for AU attendees to register to take. The training will be led by by John Saunders from NYC CNC. Learn how to create your custom CAM toolpath in Fusion 360 followed by hands on machining using the Tormach 440 machine.
Not registered for AU yet?
You can register for a day pass at AU for as little as $150 and still get access to the Fusion 360 Meetup, VIP event, CNC hands-on training, the AU keynotes, and the exhibit hall.
This past Saturday local school Catlin Gabel hosted a robotics competition for PNW regional FIRST Robotics teams where only girls would be the robotics challenge team drivers and pit staff. Teams used their robots and a competition field from last seasons Stonghold competition. Despite the big storm outside, the gymnasium was packed with hundreds of team members, parents, and teachers, volunteer mentors, and FIRST Robotics regional personnel.
What an awesome and inspiring event for not just girls, but everyone that attended seeing technology, smart fun kids, amazing sportsmanship and gracious professionalism. My Team 1540 was not only the host but had a team competing. In the end the blue alliance of teams 955, 1425, and 1471.
Congratulations to everyone that attended and participated! My highlight moment was seeing a young girl perhaps 5 point to a girls team and tell the adult with her “I want to be like that girl!”
The events are starting for FIRST Robotics teams here in Oregon with a great event "Girls Generation” just over a week away on October 15th. My Catlin Gabel Team 1540 Flaming Chickens are hosting this event at their campus in Portland www.catlin.edu/map. Only girl team members may drive the robots and be in the pits.Teams will be playing using last years competition robots from Stronghold. I hope you will join us at the event and see how much fun it is when engineering, making, programming, and high school kids get together with great results and a lot of fun.
Girls Generation Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
I would encourage everyone interested in becoming involved in FIRST Robotics teams or seeing great teams to attend and see what it is all about and how seriously awesome it is. This is one of those things that I love as both boys and girls get involved learning engineering, programming, teamwork and more. There are other events coming up from Oregon FIRST Robotics including a mentor event and another robot competition with the annual Catlin Gabel hosted BunnyBots.
BunyBots Event Details Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
As you may or may not be aware, Autodesk is a enthusiastic sponsor of many teams with grants, employee volunteers, free Autodesk software and training, and sponsoring events including the big PNW championships as it is such a powerfully positive life changing activity for kids to be involved in. I am encouraging and challenging more Autodesk employees to get involved as it wont only change a kids life but yours as well. I cant tell you how much it has meant to me to be a mentor to a group of amazing kids.
Not in Oregon, don’t worry FIRST Robotics teams and events are global and probably at a school near you. Checkout the FIRST website.
Are your children too young? Most likely not.There are LEGO leagues available so your kids can be involved in FIRST from kindergarten to 12th grade.
This years big FIRST Competition season game will be revealed January 7th, 2017 and a teaser has revealed it will be Steampunk themed game.
Unite Your Crew.
Ready Your Contraption.
Prepare to take flight!
Check out this free article on FIRST Robotics!
#ScienceWorldMag's #STEM story about FIRST Robotics Competition http://bit.ly/2cRkFC6
No more excuses just get out and attend an event or volunteer with your local teams. These amazing young adults are our future generation. To get a little meta on you, this is the future of making the future so get involved.
Have you ever wanted your own 3D skull or other unique object? Now you can make any 3D model you create or find on the web into a real physical 3D object of cardboard or clay without a 3D printer. Check out this tutorial created by David of Make Something using the free and fun Autodesk 123D Make to create a full size 3D skull. You can create some really cool abstract sculptures from cardboard as well. You could use Autodesk 123D Catch or Autodesk ReMake formerly known as Autodesk Memento to generate a 3D model from photos then create the cardboard or clay version in real life. Great for education and also great for Halloween props.
A few years back I created some replicas of some human (hominid) fossil skulls from Northern Kenya from http://africanfossils.org which are great teaching tool to allow any classroom to study fossil specimens for little cost. I always intended to create a tutorial on how we created the cardboard skulls but never got around to it.
Thank you David for creating the tutorial.
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!
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.
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!
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
Yesterday was the fist of two days for the REAL 2016 conference in it’s second year. Being held at scenic Fort Mason there are about 900 attendees networking, attending presentations, and looking at exhibits and vendors.Autodesk was periscoping several of the presentations yesterday (https://www.periscope.tv/autodesk) and I was tweeting @shaanhurley and posting to Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shaanhurley/ live from the event. The night ended late with my good friends the Laser Cowboys of the Smithsonian Institution at a local In n Out Burger.
Highlights of Tuesday at REAL 2016 in photos:
The scenic location of Fort Mason located on the San Francisco Bay.
The REAL 2016 opening with Autodesk’s Elmer Bol and Andrew Wheeler.
Autodesk CEO and Chief Maker Carl Bass.Carl showed many things from the Apollo 11 command module data, generative design, and an electric go cart designed by his son. Carl even showed one thing rare to see highlighted in a presentation and that was one of the failures of the project when Chris Anderson rigged the go cart for driverless operation. Most people show only the successes but he showed when the experiment failed and the go cart ran into a fence getting lost due to electrical interference.
3D Robotics announced their Autodesk partnership 3D ROBOTICS & Autodesk FORGE New Frontier and also showed their new 20 megapixel Sony camera that will be available soon.
Great exhibits in the hall including Autodesk Memento, Augmented Reality, and Robots..
The Smithsonian Institutions “Laser Cowboys” Adam Metallo and Vincent Rossi presented on their epic challenge to 3D digitize over 139-150 million objects in the collection. They recently worked with Autodesk on capturing in sub millimeter detail the historic Apollo 11 Command Module. Their next challenge is capturing the Space Shuttle Discovery which is near and dear to my heart after having seen it lpersonally aunch for its final flight a few years ago.
Aram Gogonian President of Predator Cycle showed how he used T-splines in Fusion 360 to design and manufacturer a racing bicycle.
Andrew Hessel an Autodesk Research Scientist and super smart and nice guy discussed how he sees the changing science of the bio research Autodesk is doing and why it matters and will change our lives in the not too distant future including kicking cancer’s butt and improving our lives.time I have a private chat with Andrew my brain is expanded and blown.
Kaitlyn Hova was an inspiring and energetic presenter. She along with her husband Matt have designed using Autodesk Fusion 360 a 3D printed open source released violin named the Hovalin..Now anyone with access to a 3D printer can print and make their own Hovalin violin for under $70 and it sounds great if you can actually play a violin like Kaitlin who is an amazing concert violinist. I will cover the Hovalin Fusion 360 story soon on a Fusion Friday as it is a great story of learning to design and the process and changes in course until the Hovalin 1.0 was released to the world to allow many to create music that might not otherwise had the opportunity if they had to get a violin closer to the price of a car. Spread the music through 3D printers around the world.
Cosmo Wenman blew minds with his presentation on how he is using Autodesk Memento to capture and release 3D models of the worlds top museum art for others to remix and enjoy. https://cosmowenman.wordpress.com/
Team 1540 Reveal Video 2016 - Zuko
The official Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens 2016 robot reveal video for FIRST Stronghold.
Zuko was designed by the students using Autodesk Inventor and built in their lab.
The next competition for Zuko is coming up March 10th to the 12th at Wilsonville High School in the Autodesk sponsored Pacific Northwest FIRST Competitions. http://pnwfirst.org/events/schedule/2016-pnw-dist-3/
Here are some photos from the plan, design, build and program phase. I am so very proud and impressed by these students as they collaborate and involve every team member in the decisions and tasks better than engineering any design firm of adults I have known. These young adults and their instructor Dale Yocum completely humble me.
These young adults will definitely make a positive impact in the world.