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
Thanks to the Daylight Savings Time change here where I live, I now need to remember or Google the sometimes complex steps on how to change the time on all my gadgets, appliances, and even my car radio. My Jeep's radio clock is the most complicated to change the time.
If I don't comply with the Daylight Savings Time like many procrastinators or lucky exempt states or nations, I would have to minus an hour from the display time on a clock until I finally gave up and learn how to change the time on the clock. In effect it's like having multiple times zones in your own home.
Wikipedia Map of DST
I am still allowing my microwave to be fully rebellious at 3 hours and 46 minutes off the real time, and my oven to blink 12:00 AM. It seems the only things set correctly today are my phone, computer, and cable box.
Are you affected by Daylight Savings Time, does it annoy you, are you a frustrated person today? How many months typically does it take you to give in and have all clocks correct?
Personally I wish we would just cease this non-sense.
Below is a quick video of the vie capturing photos of the USS Arizona and USS Utah as well as me albeit a little tired and exhausted unscripted during the project explaining how we at Autodesk were using photogrammetry using Autodesk ReCap Photo and 3D Printing as well as SONAR and LiDAR technologies to capture the iconic ships in 3D to use in education, preservation, and research.
It was truly a humbling honor to participate in this amazing and historic 3D survey project with the U.S. National Park Service and several amazing partners on this pro-bono project. I still cannot believe I played a small part in the first survey in 30 years of these solemn U.S. national landmark. I will be back there for the December memorial events.
Video by Brett Cote U.S. Navy Combat Camera
The 3D prints shown of the USS Arizona 3D captured artifacts that remain on the deck of the USS Arizona the 1941 Coke bottle and cooking pot were printed by Whiteclouds.com.
Read more about the project and a television report on the project:
USS Arizona and USS Utah 3D Survey Project
USS Arizona in 3D
3D Prints of USS Arizona Artifacts
USS Arizona in 3D Project Behind the Scenes
If you are a student, teacher, or school, you can now get Autodesk software free and without limitations or watermarks. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions or tricks on use in school just the treat of free Autodesk software.
I invite everyone to help spread the word to your families, alma mater, friends, students, schools, and educational connections. Let them know that Autodesk now provides students, teachers and schools with free access to Autodesk software: 3-year licenses of 80 titles of the exact same software that our commercial customers use.
Students, teachers and schools worldwide can download the software FREE at students.autodesk.com.
No trick, just the treats!
Happy Halloween everyone!
AU2014 almost here. Presenters, you better have your materials and sessions done and rehearsed as thousands are counting on you.
The annual Blogger Social event will be held again this year, but bigger & better, and on Wednesday night. More details to be posted on this blog on how you as an active blogger or social media community member covering Autodesk products can get one of the limited golden invites.
I hope to meet you at AU 2014!
Each year AUGI collects ideas from members like you, we then allow your fellow members to rank the wish based on its own merits. Once that is completed we then conduct a vote of the top 30 wishes for each product we cover. And the final report, the annual AUGI Top Ten Wish List, is presented to Autodesk at the annual AUGI General Meeting held in conjunction with Autodesk University.
Autodesk Products Included in the AUGI Wish List:
Get involved and let AUGI and AUGI members know what you want in future versions of the products. If you don't already have an AUGI account you will need to create one to participate.
AUGI Wish List http://www.augi.com/wishlist
Your Wish is our Command!
Just returned from another special project SCUBA diving and scanning the USS Arizona BB-39 and USS Utah BB-31 in Pearl Harbor Hawaii to gather more 3D data for the first comprehensive survey in over 30 years. We at Autodesk have many great partners involved in this pro-bono project last week we had the US National Park Service, US Navy, Deep Ocean Engineering, R2Sonic, and Gilbane Building Company.
I was underwater a great deal of time or without Internet which explains the rare silence on the blog. I have been working on this project for a year and many dives, many amazing photos, incredible data sets, and lifelong memories. It is truly an honor to be involved in this project and also even more of an honor knowing I have a relative on the USS Arizona.
We should have all the data needed now to finalize the 3D digital model of the the USS Arizona and provide an accurate digital model to be used for preservation, education, study/research, and create a 3D print.
Advanced scanning equipment used to map USS Utah http://bit.ly/1w8vIvH
Sonar mapping shines new light on USS Utah
Being interviewed by a photographer from the US Navy while still in my wetsuit after just having SCUBA dived the USS Utah.
It's that time of the year when a new version of the Mac Operating System OS X "Yosemite" is nearing release and we at Autodesk release a new AutoCAD for Mac version 2015 codename Lightsaber. Rather than being released with Windows product release typically in the Spring, the AutoCAD for Mac relies on many key enhancements of the Mac OS X so it makes perfect sense to release closer OS X when possible. I have been busy with some special projects and the amazing US Navy ship USS America commissioning, but read the AutoCAD Insider blog post and some highlights of the official press release.
I have to take this opportunity to brag and show the Lightsaber found on a coworkers desk this last weekend. I could use one to cut short meeting time and have some fun at AU 2014. I wish Lightsabers were company issued.
New Functionality Helps Mac and Windows Users Work Together More Efficiently
Key new enhancements include:
- Dynamic Blocks. Mac users gain the ability to create and edit Dynamic Blocks—a capability previously limited to Windows users. This feature enables them to insert one block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of inserting several static blocks.
- Layer States. Mac users can also now save their layer settings as Layer States, which store information like color, linetype, and information about whether a layer is turned off, frozen, or locked. Prior to the 2015 releases, Mac users were unable to view any of the layer states information their Windows colleagues had embedded within a drawing.
- Data Linking. Users who need to link a table to data in a Microsoft Excel file can use the new Data Linking feature, and their table will automatically update as external changes are made. This feature is especially helpful when managing large amounts of information about things like materials or fixtures.
- Quick Select. The Quick Select tool allows users to quickly select objects based on query criteria, enabling users to easily select exactly what they need in their drawing. The Quick Select tool also includes a “preview” option so that users can see what they’re about to select before they commit to the selection.
“AutoCAD for Mac 2015 is a fantastic release with a surprising number of significant new features,” said Graham Merritt, intern architect at FRANCL Architecture. “We’re very pleased with where this product is going.”
“With the newest release and its added functionality, I can finally leave Windows behind and use AutoCAD LT for Mac as my drafting and design software of choice,” said Kendra Swartz, lead designer, Liederbach and Graham Architects.
More enhancements like reverse mouse direction, faster graphics, lasso selection, toggle between Paperspace and Modelspace, Command Preview,Tolerance Object Enhancements,Dimension Enhancements, Cursor Enhancements, Model Space Viewports, MTEXT Enhancements, Text Alignment, Polyline Enhancements.
Additional details about the software, including pricing and availability, are available here.
Two of my amazingly talented Autodesk Office of the CTO colleagues Evan Atherton & Heather Kerrick presented a 3D printed creative memorial plaque to the US Navy & Marines crew and Captain Robert A Hall. Jr. of the USS America LHA 6 last night in the Autodesk Gallery. The plaque had a 3D print of the starboard side of the ship mounted on a walnut wood base with custom metal standoffs mounting glass etched with text and 2D wireframe drawing of the new ship. The USS America is officially being commissioned tomorrow in San Francisco. The USS America was designed using Autodesk's AutoCAD and SSI's ShipConstructor software technology.
I too had the honor to meet the crew and Captain Hall last night.
General Peter Pace and his wife Lynn Pace who is the official sponsor of the USS America LHA-6 and some active duty Marines and an honored guest.
During this year’s Fleet Week in San Francisco, the US Navy will commission its latest warship, the USS America (LHA 6). Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) used various Autodesk software products along with a tightly integrated shipbuilding application from SSI called ShipConstructor to ensure more efficient and effective construction.
Read more about this ships design and purpose via inthefold.autodesk.com
I am truly honored to not only visit and tour this new ship USS America LHA 6, but to also be invited to participate in this ship's official commissioning and meet its crew of fine Marines and Seamen during Fleet Week in San Francisco.
The only downside is I must wear a formal dress suit and tie much of the time.
Hooray! I have been anxiously awaiting this for years. Effective today, Autodesk provides FREE access to our software to students, teachers and schools around the world.
If you are an engineering school or teach CAD drafting or design classes, or a computer lab facing tight budgets, you can now get the software free without limitations. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions on use in school.
In the past we at Autodesk have provided software free to students, but not the schools but this has been slowly evolving first here in the US with the US ConnectED program with US President Obama where Autodesk committed $250 million, and now this effort and free access to Autodesk software is being rolled out worldwide for all students, teachers, and schools.
I invite everyone to help us spread the word to your families, alma mater, friends, students, schools, and educational connections. Let them know that Autodesk now provides students, teachers and schools with free access to Autodesk software: 3-year licenses of 80 titles of the exact same software that our commercial customers use.
Students, teachers and schools can download the software FREE at students.autodesk.com.
No catch, watermarks, or fine print.
Students are the future. It's the Right Thing to Do!
You can work more efficiently within AutoCAD by knowing the keyboard shortcuts and be one step closer to being a power user or CAD Ninja.
Whether it is the one key shortcuts or multiple key toggles it is just plain more efficient and faster to work.
Autodesk has published in addition to the Help documentation a nice web page showing all the shortcuts for AutoCAD. Don't forget you can create your own shortcuts in AutoCAD but I will save that tip for another post.
AutoCAD Shortcut Guide http://autode.sk/shortcuts
I have started playing the game the "Goat Simulator" game by Coffee Stain Studios. How is this somehow related to Autodesk, well the Goat Simulator is using Autodesk Gameware's Scaleform technology to propel the super twisted fun gameplay. My son Jake showed it to me and told me it was fun and addicting, so naturally I just had to buy it and try it even though I am not really a gamer type of person.
Goat Simulator is almost like the game Grand Theft Auto but with goats and no drugs or crime. The game is available on desktop and mobiles everywhere although I play it on my iPhone.
Goat Simulator is Baaaaad to the bone with head butting action to take your stress and frustration from the day away.
I give it a custom rating of 4 hooves up!
I prefer to not have my shaving cream in a tube, let me explain...
This morning when waking up I did my normal routine of going to brush my teeth while still half asleep. I grabbed my trusty toothbrush, then a tube and squirted the contents onto said toothbrush and then started brushing my teeth. Ooooh yuck that tastes bad and no minty fresh flavor...WAIT that's my new shaving cream from Harry's Razor and not my minty Crest toothpaste.
And so this is how I started my Friday morning. So while I am used to shaving cream in a can the tube design is easy and I am sure more economical but has unintended accidental use written all over it for those of us who's brain starts slower in the morning.Hopefully I don't leave the bottle of Listerine and Drano on the counter.
Here are the two tubes in monochrome as I am half asleep and I don't think my eyes don't see color for the first 10 minutes after waking up.Hey, I'm just lucky to see at all when waking up so early.
I am sure this is how odd warning end up on products like "for external use only."This whole mix-up reminds me of the mismatched dress shoe incident at Autodesk University 2013.
Autodesk is going to be running a free web based session on Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT about the new Autodesk ReCap release. Autodesk ReCap is Autodesk's super-fast point cloud processing product for registering laser scans.
Register Now: http://bit.ly/1pqqEwh
Some of the new additions to ReCap Pro include:
Target-based Accuracy Reporting
Can animation be made as easy as drawing? Well Autodesk Research is not letting challenges like this or letting dragons lie. Kitty is a Drawing Tool for Interaction Authoring.
From the awesome Autodesk Research team:
"Hopefully you're familiar with Project Draco, our answer to the question: Can animation be made as easy as drawing?
We've discussed Draco here on the blog and have a video overview of what we were showing at this year's SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver to catch you up."
"We've set up the scene as you would in Draco with steam and splashing particles coming from the pot. In the following image you can see that we have a simple node graph that gets overlaid on the picture. This helps reduce UI while keeping the events and relationships in context."
Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski Reveals Details of Their Spark 3D Printing Platform & Printer.
Great article by 3DPrint.com. http://3dprint.com/16422/autodesk-spark-3d-printing/
Jeff will be keynoting at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Santa Clara
I can now say I have seen a real physical Autodesk Spark 3D Printer in person at Autodesk Pier 9 office. The Spark 3D printer is one of the top things on the Christmas list to replace my older ABS extruding 3D printer.
I can't wait to print an accurate 3D print of the world famous Delicate Arch structure on it as it is a real test of not only reality capture and computing but 3D printing due to the complexity of geometry.
How did I get a 100% accurate 3D model of the Delicate Arch?
To Capture Delicate Arch in 3D
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?
There are several updates and the addition of more features based on customer feedback including the ability to control and report the accuracy of the laser scan projects.
Some of the new additions to ReCap Pro include:
Target-based Accuracy Reporting
Come to the gallery and see the future of how things are made, with exhibits spanning architecture, film, manufacturing, automotive, fashion, art, and more.
Découvrez la conception et l'ingénierie de demain dans la galerie éphémère Autodesk, à Paris.
Sur le thème « Imaginer pour demain », les différents espaces exploreront l'architecture, le cinéma, l'industrie, l'automobile, la mode, l'art, et bien d'autres domaines.
La galerie est ouverte tous les jours du 9 au 23 octobre, de 11h à 17h30. Entrée libre.
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I personally know one of the amazing Made in Space team members Ashley Dara and it is exciting for her as well as a big accomplishment for everyone involved and for the advancement of 3D printing research. If you think about it any manufacturing or building on a space station or a planet will require some fast methods to make things and last I checked a UPS or FedEx cannot deliver ordered parts to a space station or planet. But 3D printing may be a fast viable solution people in remote locations to create objects or even build a remote space outpost building.
Congrats Made in Space!
To infinity 3D printing and beyond!
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!
Last week in a post I mentioned I was running in the obstacle course race the Tough Mudder on the weekend. I have received a few emails to see if I survived the long challenging course, and how it was.
I had an amazing experience running the 12 mile course with 20 obstacles ranging from mud pits, culvert crawling, barbed wire, climbing walls, monkey bars, ice baths and 10,000 volt shocks from hanging electrical wires with my oldest son and his two friends. My youngest son was an EMT for the first obstacle and my daughter was my official photographer and each did a fantastic job. At the end of the course you got a refreshing beer that probably tastes much better due to the long hot athletic event. I am now officially hooked on these obstacle course races that are more of a challenge than your standard 5k mud runs.
My son and I ran up the Everest obstacle unassisted and just for fun did it twice and took a bow to the crowd.
My son Jake was a volunteer EMT for Tough Mudder to take care of the injured who sprung leaks, tears, cuts, punctures, overheated, or broke parts of their bodies. He was very busy.
In the Electric Shock Therapy obstacle there were many wires with 10,000 volts and both me and my oldest son were captured being zapped in this photo by my daughter Katie. I call this photo "Father and Son BzzzzYOW!"
I am now considering running another Tough Mudder this time in Southern California near the end of October. If anyone has a spot on their team for that event or wants to do it with me and possibly my oldest son please let me know. I am also planning to run the Spartan Beast in 2015 so I am not going to stop my training. I plan to have a morning jog and gym workout every day at Autodesk University in December and invite those wanting to workout to please join me.
Onion Layer Image credit Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr
Layers are a very important component of working with AutoCAD. They control the properties and visibility of your objects. Since layers organize your drawings, using layers inefficiently is a time waster and negatively effects your productivity. Even with the layer automation found in many of the vertical “flavours” of AutoCAD, it is critical to understand layers and use all the tools within AutoCAD to your full advantage. With this deep dive look at AutoCAD layers, Design & Motion explores all avenues of not just using layers, but using them effectively.
The one constant thing about layers is they are constantly in a state of change and it’s very common to perform the same set of state changes on a group of layers. Part 1 of this 8 part series looks at an underutilized feature of layers; Layer Filters. Layer Filters do exactly as named; they provide a quick method to filter your layers, reducing the list of layers into a usable “chunk” and provide tools to work with the filter as a group. When you find yourself repeating this process of performing layer state changes to a group of layers, you need to look at using Layer States, which is covered in Part 2 of our series.
Nothing spurs more heated conversations than not following CAD Standards. Everyone knows they need them, nobody likes to use them, and everybody wants their own. Did you know that AutoCAD has CAD Standards tools to both steer people into using the right standards, and to double check that everything is correct. There are various methods to add layers to drawings, and creating new ones from scratch each time is not productive. Creating from scratch opens up the opportunity for mistakes in naming the layer incorrectly, picking the wrong colour, or setting properties incorrectly. Parts 3 through 5 explore creating standard layers, without creating them from scratch and explores the CAD Standards and Layer Translator tools.
What about the many features in the Layer Panel of the Ribbon? It looks innocent enough, not much different than any of the other panels around it. That is until you expand it and are overwhelmed with icons, options, and the many tools. The entire series dives into the many layer options, including exploring how to present Paper Space Layouts with the help of Layers.
Thanks Mike and Design & Motion!
It has always been a pleasure to publish a guest post from someone in the Autodesk community. It helps the guest author get more visibility among peers as well as shares some valuable knowledge with the readers of this Between the Lines blog, a true win – win for everyone.
If you would like to submit an Autodesk related guest post please Email Me for details and consideration.