This is such a great story and well worth spreading far and wide. I remember speaking with one of the volunteers working on this and just humbled by the use of simple 3D printed parts making a difference and creating so many smiles. Autodesk and Bay Area non-profit KIDmob held a 5 day event Superhero Cyborgs workshop where children with upper limb disabilities gathered at Autodesk’s Pier 9 along with professional designers and engineers to re-imagine prosthetics using their limitless imagination and energy paired with the kid friendly 3D design software Autodesk Tinkercad.
“In a program called “Superhero Cyborgs,” six kids with upper-limb disabilities—among the 1,500 born each year in the US—learned to tinker with the latest 3D-modeling and -printing tools during the January workshop. Their mission: To create the mighty prosthetic arm of their dreams.”
Project Ignite enables learners of all ages to gain practical hands-on experience with new software and hardware to build literacy in design, 3D, electronics, programming and more. Teach hands-on projects integrated with Tinkercad and Circuits, the Web’s most popular, easy-to-use online apps for makers.
Check out Project Ignite today and help prepare your students Imagine, Design, and Create a better world!
Also check out the Project Ignite Blog!
The start of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) 2016 was revealed Saturday with the new game challenge named STRONGHOLD by FIRST Founder Dean Kamem. This years revealed game field is one of the most challenging for the robotics competition of high school students according to the many experienced FIRST participants I have spoken with.
The team worked all weekend long and will be busy for the next 6 build weeks!
Autodesk is a Diamond sponsor of FIRST Robotics and many employees are personally involved in many ways including the Lake Oswego Oregon Office being very active in supporting all the local Pacific Northwest high school teams. Autodesk’s high school interns in the Autodesk Lake Oswego office led by Autodesk employee Andrew Sears developed the open-source BXD Synthesis that allows teams to export their Autodesk Inventor assemblies into a competition simulation environment complete with a physics engine. This allows teams to simulate their robot designs before committing to fabrication to determine how they will do on the course.
Looking forward to all the teams competing and their robots from around the world this year!
I am volunteering as a design and Autodesk Inventor mentor with local Portland Oregon high school FIRST Robotics (FRC) Team 1540 of Catlin Gabel. This weekend Our team hosted the 8th annual BunnyBot event where local teams are invited to compete with robots while preparing for the big FIRST Robotics competition seasons which starts January 9th, 2016. The Team 1540 Flaming Chickens are lead by Dale Yocum.
The competition goal was pretty simple and very fun. Teams were organized into three robots each side the Blue Alliance and Red Alliance and then worked to score points by the robots getting footballs from their end to the opposing alliances end. To make it more fun with team cooperation you got more points for passing the ball between robots. Also there are 3 stuffed bunnies in each alliance end zone and you get deducted points by having them in your zone so you needed to get them out and into the other alliances end zone. Team robots were scored by a high tech point system written by students and at the end of the day some robots had tapped out due to collisions or technical issues.
What an amazing event for young high school students to learn about design, programming, teamwork, and so many more things. It is also a great opportunity for the adult mentors to pass on knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime with the students. There are also leagues for younger students in the FIRST Lego Leagues.
What's the worst that could happen? More men and women engineers, roboticist, scientists, programmers, and makers in this world imagining, designing and creating a better world would be a good thing.
Congratulations to everyone that participated in this event and everyone involved in FIRST Robotics Competitions!
Here are some photos from this BunnyBot 2015 event.
Instructables was born in 2005 and is the leading DIY community on the Internet with instructables on how to make make, cook, or do about anything. I remember when Autodesk acquired this quirky cool team of Instructables DIYers in 2011. Back in 2011 the Instructables team was in a small 2nd floor location in SF and converted the bathroom into a kitchen lab.Some wondered aloud how would Autodesk and Instructables combine and what the common vision was. Now fast forward to today and see all the cool things this team is doing from Autodesk’s sweet Pier 9 location and it is very clear what the common vision was and it is now firing on all cylinders as it powers the creativity of the makers of the world which design and creativity is fundamental whether you are a 8 year old maker/tinkerer or a professional architect.
Recently I replicated a silver necklace pendant of a very sentimental pinecone using Autodesk Memento which converted standard photos into a 3D model. I then 3D printed the model on an Autodesk Ember 3D printer and plan to then cast in pewter or silver an exact replicae.
The pinecone pendant on a necklace was originally created as a silver casting from the real pinecone given to a mother by her oldest son. It was a really heart warming story why and I wanted to see if I could digitally capture and preserve it in 3D and then we could create something equally special for her son.
I took about 50 photos using my iPhone and then using using Autodesk Memento generated a textured 3D mesh. I then filled any holes and then exported a STL to 3D print on the Autodesk Ember 3D printer.
Now we have a digital 3D model to replicate her necklace in multiple materials and more importantly to digitally preserve the keepsake forever.
Here is the original silver necklace pendant. I placed the clasp of the pendant in a small ball of clay to hold it up while I photographed it.
The 3D pinecone prints from the Autodesk Ember 3D printer.
The goal is to soon create an exact copy of the original pendant for Amy’s son in silver as a special keepsake. They also get the model of the original kept safe for essentially forever digitally to create others.
Creating digital copies of existing objects whether sentimental or complicated is extremely easy with photogrammetry.
In the past 24 hours Autodesk has launched a new Memento Gallery where you can publish your Autodesk Memento 3D models for others to view or even download. I published models up there to test it and it works very well.
How to publish tot the gallery:
Create or load a model in the free beta of Autodesk Memento for Windows (Mac version in testing now)
I loaded a model of a Sea Cockroach I created from a series of photos I took at a marine research station in Puerto Morelos Mexico in June 2015.
With the most recent Memento beta build 220.127.116.11 from yesterday you get an option in the side menu to
After publishing you can view and can view and if the author can edit the details. https://memento.autodesk.com/projects/sea-cockroach
You can follow gallery users and I am https://memento.autodesk.com/users/shaan-hurley
Give the new gallery a try to share your 3D models, free currently.This is perfect for artist, museums, engineers, archeologists, really anyone creating 3D content for viewing and preserving. I am not sure of the file size or storage limits at this time.
Maybe you have been under a rock today or maybe you just don’t read the news or social media so let me tell you an amazing story that may anger you but make you smile when you realize people will not tolerate this and the incredible amount of support for this inspiring kid.
Ahmed is a 14 year old kid in the ninth grade who created his very own own alarm clock to show his teacher at school because he was proud of what he made. Ahmed is a young maker which should be celebrated instead of just settling for purchasing a manufactured plastic alarm clock from the big brick store like thousands of others settle for. In making something he learns and explores what makes things work, and how you make things. This making of things which is a big movement gaining steam each year and supported fully by Autodesk with many technologies free for kids to explore and learn to be Makers and should be celebrated but unfortunately some for whatever poor choice and reason had this young kid arrested and they had this young kid placed in handcuffs knowing this was not a bomb but a homemade alarm clock.
Irving ninth-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school
From Gizmodo story:
“Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed is a kid who loves to tinker, and was excited to show teachers at his Irving, Texas High school his latest invention: a clock with “a digital display, built into a metal case with a circuit board.” For this offense he was handcuffed and arrested, while bullying cops persisted in pointing out that the contraption “looks like a movie bomb to me.””
”Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.”
Our own Chief Maker and Autodesk President and CEO Carl Bass said:
“Ahmed, don’t let this stop your creativity. Come hang out at Autodesk and we’ll make something new together.
This was sad, depressing, and poor choices by many adults and should have been handled better and I only hope it changes some people and caused a “teachable moment” for all.
If a kid makes a clock
It works like a clock
It is most likely a clock..
Ahmed, the Makers of Autodesk stand with you.
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.
For those of us in the Northern hemisphere I hate to break the news but we are half way through Summer and heading towards Fall and Winter again. Have you ever wanted to know how to make something or do something? Check out Autodesk’s Instructables community to learn to do and make almost anything. It never ceases to amaze me how wide the spectrum is on topics of Instructables from learning to weld, programming computer controlled LED lighting, dancing, making clothes and costumes for a dog, or just cooking a crab.
Check out Instructables free at www.instructables.com
Building a Campfire by Pi526
Of course if you catch some yummy crabs you will want to know how to cook them
How to Cook and Clean a Fresh Dungeness Crab by my friend and user Canida
For my vegan readers some Vegan Bacon by user frenzy
More Summer Fun! http://www.instructables.com/howto/Summer/
Tips and tricks for a perfect road trip
How to Weld - MIG Welding
Hand-Crank Ice Cream for Cranks by seedlingproject
Build a water mortar
Southern-style Sweet Tea for Summertime
Summer Wedding Pranks
How To Make the Perfect Summer Cocktail: the Kentucky Mule
Enjoy the rest of the Summer!
I noticed an experiment yesterday in a Portland area park located atop a dormant volcano where an adult and a child had drawn their designs for a future home. Mind you this is in no way scientific, but does match other examples I have heard. Dr. Saul Griffith in DC last year mentioned a young girls idea for an invention for a mechanical cow to eat and then proceed to wash her laundry and spit it out the “end” folded.
I was flying a UAS (unmanned aerial system aka drone) in Portland’s beautiful Mt Tabor park and noticed the chalk drawings on the surface I was using as a launch site. One was by a child who proudly put her name on it and the other obviously an adult and I will hopefully show how I deduced that.
Aerial of the concrete surface aka drawing surface and drone landing pad that is possibly an underwater storage tank.
Here is the child's design for a house complete with a jungle gym play structure and wings so that it could fly and apparently a quick disconnect driveway named Skydrive. Hopefully Microsoft doesn’t initiate legal action against the young child for copyright issues on the term “skydrive.” Apparently this child is both smart and organized even adding a storage area in their design.
The house wing design seems like it has structural consideration in the design but no hint of the type of propulsion system to keep the house flying, but it’s a child's design and could simply fly on magical power sources or a herd of unicorns - Its Portland after all.
Ok now the unveiling of the adults design….<insert drum roll and bad bagpipe playing here>
The design is complete with fishing pond and an escalator to a giant bottle of alcohol. Nice ability to draw perspective, but no hint of flying and then there was the creepy huge spider inhabiting this jaded adult’s design for a house.
I do admit I like the escalator to a big cold beer and fishing hole, but wish my house could fly.
Imagination is part of being creative and the fact is children don’t yet have limits and bias to limit their imagination. I am always amazing when discussing engineering and design with kids and the solutions they suggest.
The young are the future and more engineers, artists, and architects are a great thing to have in this world and needed and exactly why Autodesk gives all their software away with design curriculum to students and faculty worldwide at http://students.autodesk.com/ in addition to having 123D consumer software specifically designed for kids. I will admit I usually try to get the kids attention with examples of rocket engine tests as that almost always gets their attention then you can steer discussions on design and more importantly listen and discuss with the m but don’t easily dismiss their ideas no matter ho9w wild they may seem. Remember their imagination has no bounds and they may bee just thinking outside a box we place ourselves into as we get older.One of the best experiences I had recently at Autodesk was being paired up on a design and build project with a young engineer on my team Evan Atherton. I think both Evan and I both learned something from of our perspectives.
If you have a user group or students wanting to discussion making things, design, rockets, or mechanical cows I am always happy to participate.
Check out Pier 9's Spring 2015 Artist in Residence Reel Video, it’s truly amazing!
If you are a creative maker and/or artist you too can apply for a resident artist position at Pier 9 and have one of the most creative offices with the best view in all of San Francisco.
Where can you find out how to fabricate a trojan horse, 3D print moth deterrent, create a whiskey still, make skittles vodka, make a unicorn, bake ghost sugar cookies, make a worm hotel, or learn how to weld?
InstructablesInstructables is Autodesk and not only have the coolest creative office space in Autodesk at Pier 9 but also published thousands of instructables covering most anything you could ever consider making and they reward those that share their own knowledge with a HUGE community.
My fellow Autodesk (OCTO) team member Evan Atherton recently produced a great Star Wars fan movie around the loveable droid R2 D2 titled “Artoo in Love” that went viral around the world on the biggest of online news clamoring to cover the movie. The beauty of this fun well done science fiction love story is that there are no words and so it works in every corner of the world and the fact that most of the hardware was built in Autodesk’s Pier 9 shop adds a new fascinating maker facet to the story.
If you have not already seen the movie check it out as it is short, fun, and FREE. You can also brighten the day of your friends that are Star Wars fans by sharing the link with them.
May the Force Be with You!
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
We have the coolest conference table in my team's new Autodesk San Francisco Pier 9 Advanced Research Lab! The conference table was constructed with 3D prints and addressable LEDs designed by Lumigeek and Autodesk employees. The wood table was created using locally sourced book-matched Bay Laurel, that was harvested from a fallen tree in California. The darker spot seen on the slabs is visual remnant of what caused the tree to die. The physical pattern for the 3D printed crystals was designed in Autodesk's 3ds Max by colleagues Evan Atherton and then Heather Kerrick took the design into Autodesk Fusion 360 to finish it off.
If it looks eerily familiar it might be as it was the same wizardry used in the Coolest 3D Printed Speakers in the World, The speakers that patterned the light from the music they played. Imagine the conference table LEDs programmed to make animated balls of fire to react to audio received by microphones in the table to indicate who was speaking during a meeting. The possibilities are endless, and the results are phenomenal uses of technology and true conversation starters.
Autodesk Team Members "Whiz Kids"
Evan Atherton - Design Engineer, Strategic Innovation (yes the guy behind "Artoo in Love" short movie)
Heather Kerrick - Design Engineer, Strategic Innovation
Quick clip of the conference table LED in action.
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.
MegaBots is finally on their way to San Francisco to start working on their next project, a new Humanoid Robot! You can get involved and win both Makerfaire Fame and some fortune by submitting a winning design for this challenge.
The challenge started February 1, 2015 and will run until February 28, 2015 so get busy and submit your entry. The winners will be announced March 7, 2015.
Prizes, Design Guidelines, and Contest Rules
Sample Design file: http://a360.co/1D9d1ZZ
What are you waiting for, Get Busy! http://autodesk360.com/megabot/
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
If you are now looking for some great Halloween costume and project ideas I have the perfect solution for year-around creativity and awesome sauce filled projects, Instructables.
Instructables is from Autodesk and has tens of thousands of creative projects including great instructions and an amazing community of people. Even Autodesk's own Maker CEO Carl Bass has posted Instructables projects.
Here are some fun Halloween type Instructables:
Every desk needs a homemade shrunken head, am I right?
Maybe you need some working animatronic ears for your costume to add that extra one up and bragging rights at the costume party.
Or go animatronic crazy and freak the entire neighborhood out and impress your maker friends with this cute, cuddly fire belching pony project. Don't forget to have a fire extinguisher and a sober person to call 911 on hand. This is not Burning Man, this is in your front yard! By Louisville Hacker Space LVL1 http://www.lvl1.org/about/
Fire Breathing Animatronic Pony
So go browse for some great Halloween projects, maybe some delectable Thanksgiving recipes like shooting the rainbow with Skittles Vodka, or projects to make some holiday gifts. You can win some cool prizes and bragging rights in the Instructables contests. I am sure you will find something that interests you or perhaps sparks the inner crazy creative type in you that wants to share the your mind blowing maker creation with the world so they can make one too.
Go Make Something!
"Use your camera to capture people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D models. Capture friends, sculptures, buildings or anything else you can photograph. Automatically transform them into interactive 3D models that can be shared with friends, family, and an ever growing community of 3D photographers.
If you want a more higher resolution professional model try Autodesk Recap Photo, but the professional photogrammetry is not free.