Power to the 3D artists!
Power to the 3D artists!
A few tasty highlights:
If you don’t know what Autodesk Memento is but works with 3D models, or want to create or repair or modify 3D models - you need to check it out as a free beta version.
Memento is nominated for 2015 CG awards in the category of New applications.
Please vote for us!
Last evening myself and Autodesk colleague George Hudetz met up at a park while I flew a UAV/UAS to practice flying skills as well as capture some photos and video of the landscape from an aerial perspective. The location was just South of Portland Oregon and just to the West of Wilsonville Oregon at Graham Oaks Nature Park. Looking at a tall Douglas Fir forest from above at low 200-300 feet altitude is always amazingly to me and thought as we start this weekend I would share.
It may look like a garden view of small fractal plants but these are large 200 feet tall trees.
Some video flying over.
Things are changing in many of the Autodesk Beta programs as many transition to new development cycles and technologies to continually improve the product and participant experience and move to year around customer feedback cycles. Last week I sat in on an call with several customer bloggers while Autodesk’s Allison Keller who manages the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Betas and Customer Council and Autodesk PR Lori Telles presented the changes and benefits as well as took questions.
Here are some highlights of the changes from the presentation “Transforming the AutoCAD Beta into a Year-Round Feedback Community. “
Why is customer feedback important?
Why do customers participate?
Another reason that makes customer feedback more important than every is Agile development. As you may know, the AutoCAD team and others at Autodesk moved from waterfall to Agile a few years ago. The goals for becoming agile are to enable us to discover and address customer problems, not our problems etc.
The Agile Development Cycles
Within each Agile iteration, we are trying to get even leaner, and do things more frequently.
So now instead of a busy beta season of a couple months it transforms to a year round Customer Council with deeper connection and engagement and more opportunity for you to influence the product you use.
To join the AutoCAD Feedback Community or to get more information about the program, send an email to:
Come experience the future of design and engineering at the Autodesk Gallery Pop-up in Tokyo. Explore workshops and exhibits on architecture, film, manufacturing, fashion, art, and more. Admission is free for all events and exhibits.
Autodesk Gallery Pop-up Tokyo は、デザイン・設計とエンジニアリングの未来を体験できるイベントです。この機会に、ぜひ最新テクノロジを体験してください。建築、映像、製造、ファッション、アートなど、さまざまなテーマのワークショップや企画展示を用意して皆さんをお迎えします。イベントへの参加や入場はすべて無料です。
I have two of these rare shirts and am going to giveaway one of the shirts (size large) to a good home. I am just trying to figure our a fun way to do this. Over on Twitter @ShaanHurley) a couple of my followers suggested guessing a number which I rejected as we need something more fun.
I will come up with a fun and fair way to give this shirt away soon, but feel free to provide some suggested ideas and competitions in the comments on how to get this shirt a new home.
If you are looking for a fun way to learn the basics of AutoCAD, then this free online document is perfect for you. Learning any professional CAD application can be challenging so Autodesk has created a great deal of learning resources including this guide developed in the past 2 years. The title was based on the popular science fiction novel by Douglas Adams “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”' but you journey through most of the core basics of AutoCAD.
Thank you Dieter Schlaepfer!
Start your journey
The Hitchhikers Guide to AutoCAD Basics
Autodesk caused a great deal of excitement and options this week by announcing Autodesk Stingray a game engine that in addition to working close with Autodesk 3ds max and Autodesk Maya also allows for AEC walkthroughs. Now there is another option and choice on the market for studios to use to get their game, virtual reality experience, or architectural walk through onto multiple platforms including mobile without needing to be a hardcore programmer. You get product integration as well ass world class shaders, effects, and physics. Stingray will be $30 per month subscription starting later this month and will later be included with Autodesk Maya LT.
I might give this a try when I have some time and use it for an upcoming special project and make some mind and retina blowing oculus rift content for a virtual experience of walking through or flying over something.
To view a design file such as a DWG, RVT, or IPT and over 50 other design file formats all you need to do is drag and drop to Autodesk cloud based A360 Viewer with nothing to install. After viewing you can share your file for viewing to another person with nothing for them to install.
Recently I visited Colleen Flanigan an artist working to save the Mesoamerican reef and some marine biologists at the UNAM University in Puerto Morelos Mexico. While there I saw a skeleton of what was called a “sea cockroach” or “sea roach” which appeared similar to a slipper lobster and was about 8 inches in length. I was there training scientists on how to capture objects like corals as 3D models for study using only a camera. I photographed the sea roach exterior shell with my regular DSLR Canon camera and used Autodesk Memento to auto-magically generate the 3D textured models of the sea roach. The shell was a perfect example of something that would be time consuming to model in 3D from scratch but where photogrammetry would shine and shine it did.
Screenshots in Autodesk Memento
The textured model with the mesh displayed.
The surface model view
The cool x-ray visual style of the model.
Close up images.
Nature is an amazing designer..
So give the currently free Autodesk Memento a try to capture models in 3D for fun, inspiration, digital prop, 3D printing, making things, or for memories.
Autodesk played a vital role in the newly released Windows 10 embedded 3D Printing functionality.
To make 3D printing more accessible to Windows users worldwide, the Spark 3D printing platform will provide an optimized 3D printing experience directly within Windows 10. This helps streamline the additive manufacturing process from design to fabrication. Autodesk will also make the free* Spark APIs available to the Microsoft developer community, further extending the reach and growth of the 3D printing industry.
"There's a crucial need to align software and 3D printing hardware to support the needs of modern 3D printing for our global community of users and developers," said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist for Microsoft. "Teaming up with Autodesk will help fully unlock the capabilities of 3D printing, streamlining the end-to-end process."
"Autodesk is dedicated to improving the 3D printing industry in a collaborative way, making the technology easier and more accessible to businesses and individuals alike," said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D Printing, Autodesk. "By optimizing the Spark 3D printing platform for Windows 10, we are empowering both Windows users and Microsoft developers to tap the potential of additive manufacturing."
This will surely brighten anyone's day!
Some of us take our love of Autodesk products to the extreme in fact I have seen wedding proposals and invitations made in AutoCAD. It was great to see my friend Donnie Gladfelter (aka The CADGeek) become a new parent along with his lovely wife Helen. His awesome employer CADD Microsystems gave the new Jackson Gladfelter a new outfit outfit that says “Latest Autodesk Product.”
I would say Donnie and Helen have an 18 year subscription term product, and well worth it and so very cute.
I wish all the joys and frustrations of parenting to Donnie and Helen Gladfelter (she did all the hard work.) The Facebook comments to the photo of baby Jackson Gladfelter are priceless and filled with AutoCAD related puns in good fun. I think this is a perfect product launch and no service pack required but look out for using the DIVIDE or COPY command again so soon.
Congratulations Jackson, you didn’t pick Donnie as a dad but must put up with him legally for at least a little over 17 years more.
Here is a very handy change to AutoCAD 2016 made after customers requested the functionality to change properties of Layers in an AutoCAD XREF.
When the AutoCAD System Variable XREFOVERRIDE is set to 1, you can change the Color, Linetype, Linewidth, Transparency and Plot Style of objects in the XREF drawing or nested blocks by changing its original layer property in layer palette, in spite of the legacy ByBlock rule.
Thanks to AutoCAD team member Tao Zheng for the heads up tip on this new addition to AutoCAD 2016.
A good question was posted in the comments and so I am adding the response from AutoCAD UX Team member Karen Mason.
How is XREFOVERRIDE different than the function of VISRETAIN?
“XREFOVERRIDE works in conjunction with VISRETAIN. XREFOVERRIDE is only necessary if you want to change the xref layer's properties, AND the xref drawing has some objects where their properties are not set to BYLAYER. If previous releases, if the xref has objects with specific colors/linetypes/etc. (vs. BYLAYER), changing the xref's layer properties had NO effect on those objects. Now, you can set XREFOVERRIDE to 1 and AutoCAD behaves as if those xref's objects had their properties set to BYLAYER.
XREFOVERRIDE Help- http://help.autodesk.com/cloud...”
On May 7th, 2015 a small team of us descended on the city of Atlanta Georgia to perform some research comparing terrestrial laser scanning of the exterior of a building to the results of photogrammetry using UAV and ReCap 360 and then the combined model from both processes. Comparisons of the data looked at the accuracy and tolerances in both methods as well as the combined results which as you can guess is twice as good and neither was uniquely superior in all respects as they actually compliment each other very well..
Trenton D. Turk Bradley Cash
Mike Gemmell Shaan Hurley Dennis Martin Dominique Pouliquen
On June 12, 2015 the results were presented in a webinar that was recorded and posted to YouTube. The webinar covers some of the equipment and methods we used to generate the 3D dataset of the building as well as answers some key questions and some best practices..
ReCap Blog with news and future webinar info http://www.recapproduct.com/
ReCap YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/autodeskrecap
It was a great flying the project and meeting the partners involved..
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!
On this Throwback Thursday I share with you a scan I just did of one of the most important floppy disks in Autodesk’s over 30 years of history besides the original AutoCAD 1.0 floppy disks that I also have,
This floppy contains the demo drawing files shown at COMDEX 1984 where AutoCAD R2 took the industry by storm and became what it is today 31 years later. I will share images of the drawings at a later date. Remember these drawings and AutoCAD didn’t even have the ability to UNDO back then and less than 20 commands.
Read Autodesk founder John Walker’s writings about Comdex 1984. Shown in John’s photos are one of the infamous CAD/Camera products which I still have a complete package of, bonus points if you know what it did.
Just read a great article in the Harvard Business Review highlighting some of the Autodesk #3DRV tour last year by TJ McCue. The 3DRV spent almost a year on the road crisscrossing the United States meeting amazing people and seeing amazing companies and technologies. To TJ’s point I have had several discussions with people outside of the CAD world using 3D printing in their daily lives now for practical purposes and not just plastic thingamajigs and silly doohickeys.
Love the fact Monkey Likes Shin’'s Jeff Tiedeken is mentioned in the article as he is the machining worlds equivalent to a rock star so think of Jeff forever more as the Mick Jagger of Machining.
I am so thankful to have met TJ and his family traveling in the 3DRV in Moab Utah last year where we presented an accurate 3D print of the actual Delicate Arch to the US National Park Service to be used in educational outreach for thosse unable to make the hike to the arch. I even got to sleep in the 3DRV!
What a Day with TJ and the Autodesk 3DRV in Arches National Park Utah
Read more about the 3DRV on the Autodesk PR Blog In the Fold:
First-Ever 3D RV Explores the Future of How Things Are Designed and Made
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.
Some of my Autodesk colleagues sent me into a daytime nightmare feeling simply with a URL to a web page in my email. On the web page in Google Chrome of browser with WebGL you see a 3D shaded head model and as you move you curser the model updates. Slovakian 3D artist Lukáš Hajka developed the shaders and in my opinion a 3D model with this amount of realism is crossing the uncanny valley and truly convinces you it is a real person in the image when it may not actually be.http://alteredqualia.com/xg/examples/deferred_skin_eyes.html
Here is the interview with Lukas http://stories.chaosgroup.com/Lukas-Hajka/
The possibilities of webGL based shaders and 3D are mind blowing.
The very popular mobile app Autodesk SketchBook has made a bunch of updates including new membership levels including 15 day trial, brushes like glow and inking, performance improvements, and so much more.
If you are a SketchBook member user go update if not a user go give the trial a try. Email Me a SketchBook creation you make and I will share them to get you potential fame.
Get the SketchBook app!
Speaking with our customers is one of the most valuable feedback loops we can get actively involved in at Autodesk to improve our understanding and technology solutions.
To meet our customers face to face you can attend our customer events or just wear an Autodesk logo tee-shirt to a large crowded event almost anywhere in the world. I wore an Autodesk tee-shirt on July 4th at Seaside Oregon. I barely got to the beach when a person asked if I worked for Autodesk and that led to a good short conversation with this Seattle based Maya user and my giving them my card to talk further.
Get out there deskers, and meet and talk with our customers!
There will be half day in-person events featuring Autodesk leaders speaking on manufacturing trends in the Future of Making Things complete with free food and refreshments. The events will include strategies and solutions for taking advantage of trends to drive innovation, efficiency and competitive advantage within manufacturing.
Learn how Autodesk is committed to delivering the most advanced design tools for the future of making things.
July 16, 2015
Warrenville, IL (outside of Chicago)
Ray Savona Autodesk VP, Manufacturing Sales is presenting.
July 21, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Anagnost Ph.D. Sr. SVP Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk is presenting.
July 28, 2015
Sarah Krasley Sustainable Manufacturing Lead at Autodesk are presenting.
August 11, 2015
St. Louis MO
Jack O'Connor Director, Americas Sales at Autodesk is a presenter.
August 13, 2015
Rob Cohee Technical Lead and Evangelist of Autodesk is a presenter.