The new AutoCAD 2016 website and full download of AutoCAD 2016 is now available.
Go read about it and give the new AutoCAD 2016 a spin.
AutoCAD 2016 Official Press Announcement was just published and the website, marketing materials, and full trial downloads are being made available.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced the availability of AutoCAD 2016, the latest release of one of the world’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) applications.
The 2016 release includes scores of new features that accelerate the 2D and 3D design, documentation and collaboration process while enriching the on-screen experience of creating almost any shape imaginable. In addition, users can confidently share their work with others using TrustedDWG™ technology, the original and most accurate way to store and exchange design data.
“AutoCAD 2016 makes detailing and documentation work faster, while stunning visual enhancements bring a new level of clarity and depth to every aspect of a design,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products, Autodesk. “Our customers will also appreciate productivity boosts like enhanced PDF output and tighter coordination with Building Information Modeling (BIM).”
“The enhancements brought this product to another level,” said senior architect, Dr. Santi Maggio Savasta, M.Arch, Ph.D., with Santi Maggio Savasta Architect. “The improvements brought to dimensioning and text editing, not to mention the whole section related to the drawing aids, allow you to be more effective and quick, giving you a real-time preview of what you are doing, while you are doing it.”
An Enhanced Visual CAD Experience
Improvements to the drawing canvas in AutoCAD 2016 dramatically improve the visual accuracy seen on screen. Enhanced readability and detail means smooth curves and arcs replace jagged line segments. AutoCAD now takes full advantage of the latest graphics hardware to deliver a richer, yet faster, visual experience. Users can predict more results and minimize the need to “undo” a command with expanded Command Preview. Other enhancements include:
- AutoCAD 2016 also outputs enhanced PDFs that are significantly smaller, while retaining visual fidelity. PDFs are now fully searchable, maintain all hyperlinks and can be attached to drawings faster.
- Improved Smart Dimensioning automatically creates appropriate measurements based on the type of objects selected, making it easier to accurately calculate measurements based on the drawing context.
Together with new features for reality computing and BIM coordination, the tools in AutoCAD 2016 help users significantly increase efficiency and maximize productivity—clearing the way to faster, more precise design and documentation.
AutoCAD 2016 products are available immediately, and availability varies by country. Additionally, several purchase options are available. Users can choose a perpetual license with or without Maintenance Subscription, or a Desktop Subscription with pay-as-you-go monthly, quarterly, and annual options. In addition to flexible licensing, Desktop Subscription gives users access to the latest updates and releases, one-on-one technical support, and priority support in the forums.
Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.
Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, AutoCAD, and TrustedDWG are registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
© 2015 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016:
1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color
Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.
Installation 6.0 GB
Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
.NET Framework Version 4.5
Additional Requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
8 GB RAM or greater
6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
1600x1050 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.
64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets, Point Clouds and 3D Modeling.
A series of 11 videos in a showing the new features in the just released AutoCAD 2016 are now posted to YouTube as a playlist. If you are an Autodesk subscription customer you can download your AutoCAD 2016 today and kick the tires.
If you are a customer on subscription you can go download it now and kick the tires of the new release. Those wishing to download the free trail download or educational will have to wait a few more days when all the press release and official AutoCAD 2016 website goes live.
If you were an AutoCAD 2016 aka Project Maestro beta participant: Please make sure to read the release notes and properly uninstall the beta and reboot before installing this shipping release.
Tomorrow is the official First Customer Ship (FCS) of the new AutoCAD 2016 (codename Maestro) and based products from Autodesk (AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical.) We have released the thousands of awesome beta testers this morning to discuss the new release of AutoCAD. Please note that other big Autodesk 2016 products are still under NDA for now such as Autodesk Revit and Inventor. There are several enhancements in AutoCAD 2016 and more detailed information in an official press release,online product centers, and trial downloads will go live in the coming days.
Some of the AutoCAD 2016 highlights from the AutoCAD 2016 Preview Guide:
Geometric Center object snap
Isometric line grid
Selection highlighting color
Plot dialog box
BIM 360 add-in for AutoCAD enhancements
System Variable Monitor
Single service pack
Thank You to our beta testers for being part of our team in making a better AutoCAD!
Last week I was invited by NASA to visit the remote Orbital ATK facility at Promontory Utah to witness the test firing of a new SLS rocket motor DM-1 Static Test. The DM-1 rocket is one of the two solid fueled rockets that will lift the Space Launch System (SLS) to near Earth asteroids and a possible manned mission to Mars. This test was important and was a demonstration test to certify the design and record more performance characteristics.
I was invited to attend with some social media attendees and had a great time with questions and answers with NASA officials and current NASA Astronaut Stanley G. Love. We sat in the press conference by the project mission leaders for NASA and Orbital ATK and even made appearances on NASA TV. We got a VIP tour of several facilities used to make the solid rocket propellant but sadly were unable to take photos in the facilities but we received a group photo in front of a propellant mixing bowl.
The worlds largest solid fueled rocket generates 3.6 million pounds of thrust for almost 2 minutes.
The rocket test was amazing from 1 mile away. You seen the flash, feel the heat, then the rumbling sound about 5 seconds later hits you.
After the rocket was cooled down with the assistance of carbon dioxide and water quenching we visited it at the test harness., It was amazing to see the soil after the intense heat from the motor. I did not find any rocket glass this test but instead pieces of plug material. What is fascinating is the mechanical design to restrain the rockets 3.6 million pounds of thrust from launching it into orbit and all the hundreds of load and scientific sensors.
One of the attendees let me borrow and play with his Google Glass. They were cool but weird to have to look up to the right to see the little screen display. I can't wait for future augmented reality or smart display glasses.
Another attendee had their GoPro camera a wee bit too close to the rocket test...
My good friend (and brother from another mother) Hawaii based Marine Scientist Sly Lee has been featured in the Wired UK online and soon to be in the Wired print edition. Sly uses Autodesk Memento to build accurate 3D models to help track the heath and growth or destruction of a coral reef in 3D as opposed to 2D X Y grids which are difficult for most to understand. In addition to being amazing to look at like art especially when 3D printed but they valuable have 3D volumetric and comprehensive data.
It is so amazing to use the Autodesk software tool Memento to generate accurate and beautiful 3D models from only photographs, but even more impactful when the models serve a good purpose like science of the disappearing coral reefs. I want scientist like Sly to study the better data and find the cause and a solution to save the reefs not just capture a digital record of what the reefs once were and the only record my great grandchildren may ever know.
Marine ecologist builds 3D models of corals open to all (Wired UK)
"Ultimately, Lee plans to build a comprehensive Wikipedia of 3D corals that anyone can populate and explore. "Humans don't make decisions based on data alone," he says. "This is so visual, so immersive, that you can actually have an underwater experience."
Autodesk is not only selling the Ember 3D printer and releasing the plans to build your own Ember as open source, but also the 3D printing resin recipe. This week we at Autodesk released the Standard Clear Prototyping resin formula named affectionately as PR48.
In an effort to accelerate open for innovation the development of photosensitive resins for 3D printing. PR48’s formula has been published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The Ember 3D printer is demonstration hardware for our vision for a common 3D printing using the Spark platform.
Eric Wilhelm, the founder of Instructables.com and head of Autodesk’s hardware group:
Ember's Resin is Now Open-Source
"We’re open sourcing our resin for a couple of reasons: We have an open approach, and encourage the use of 3rd-party materials in our printer. We include 3rd-party materials in the defaults for Ember’s online model preparation and slicer, and are adding more as we optimize their settings for Ember: you can check them out at emberprinter.com. (You don’t actually need an Ember to use the site.) This Instructable describes how to test new resins. Autodesk is thinking differently about 3D printing, and sharing under an license reflects our commitment.
Open sourcing our resin formulation is only the first step in the journey of opening our 3D printer and our Spark 3D printing platform."
Autodesk Standard Clear Prototyping Resin (all percentages are wt/wt) This is not for making in your basement or kitchen so please read all warnings and documentation.
As we’ve learned from Arduino, many RepRap start-ups, and other open source companies, publishing the source files for a product does not prevent it from being profitable. So, while anyone could make their own PR48 at home, Autodesk will also be selling it online in the near future. For those who would rather not dabble in chemical concocting, purchasing it from the company (or any enterprise that mixes some up and sells it for cheaper) may be the easiest way to get their hands on some. And opening up PR48’s recipe to the public will drive those with the skills to remix the material to improve PR48, develop new varieties, and so on.
Speaking of the Ember 3D Printer, I received mine last week but have been traveling and unable to open it and get it fired up and printing. I hope to open the boxes today.
Check out this great time lapse video of the Autodesk Ember 3D printer in action:
Each year Autodesk produces a few videos showcasing the many amazing things our customers do with our software tools and technologies. From AEC to mechanical and industrial design engineering, animation to Hollywood special effects, 3D printing to Hoverboards, making, machining, and so much more.
We have the most creative and amazing customers on the planet!
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 invention of flight by man was one of this biggest changes to the last century as it changed the time people and goods took to get to distant places. Airliners have become indispensible in today's business and of course to get to our vacations on nice warm beaches (sounds really good right about now.)
Now with design technology advancing at a fast pace it is somewhat ironic that the cloud is playing a role in the design of modern airliners.
Autodesk’s Futurist Jordan Brandt Decodes the Design Processes behind the Airbus Aircraft of Tomorrow http://autode.sk/1Ameyx5.
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.
The Engineers Guide to Drinks drawing was really just a test plot drawing was originally created by someone to test pen plotters back in 1972. This drawing has gone crazy viral ending up in online magazine, named a top infographic of 2014, and even as a physical print in a museum in a prohibition exhibit. The next logical evolution of this was from 2D to 3D.
Just over a month ago I asked if people wanted to help in that effort building out the 3D version of the iconic drawing in AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Fusion, 3ds Max and some stepped up.
Engineers Guide to Drinks Lives On and Will Move to 3D
One person Robert Lupo was a rock star and has essentially recreated the Engineers Guide to Drinks in 3D in AutoCAD. Robert is a Piping Engineer and Designer and created an accurate 3D version of the iconic 1970s 3D test plot drawing that has been so very popular in recent history.
Here is a sneak peek at the 3D version.
I am still looking to get other versions created. Would you like to collaborate and bring the famous drawing into todays technology such as 3D in Max, Revit, and Inventor? Email Me to participate in this project.
Live Long and Prosper Engineers Guide to Drinks!
In 30 some odd years Autodesk has had literally hundreds of products, and currently just over 100 active products. In those years we have seen many a creative name for a product. So for some fun, which product name/s were not actually a released Autodesk product?
The trouble is, experimenting with different ways of achieving the same task with AutoCAD can be time consuming and disruptive.
In this post I want to pass on five simple tips that will help you to produce your AutoCAD drawings quicker, without having to invest a lot of time up front.
Any grizzled AutoCAD Veteran will tell you that the command line is the fastest way to input commands into AutoCAD.
Don't be put off by trying to learn all 800+ AutoCAD commands in one go! Take the simple list below, write them on a sticky note that you can stick near your screen and commit them to muscle memory.
Don't forget that hitting SPACEBAR is the same as hitting ENTER. It's quicker, and you can do it with your thumb (the 'Thwack' of the space bar is the sound of a productive CAD office!).
L = Line
T = Mtext
M = Move
X = Explode
C = Circle
F = Fillet
S = Stretch
B = Block
REC = Rectangle
J = Join
SC = Scale
G = Group
A = Arc
O = Offset
H = Hatch
I = Insert Block
SPL = Spline
CP = Copy
E = Erase
LA = Layer Manager
Bonus tip: Keep a note of which commands you use regularly and add them to the list. You'll soon be rattling those keys with the best of them.
Now you have one hand firmly anchored to the keyboard - let's keep it there. There are plenty of commands that you can trigger in AutoCAD via the keyboard without even having to go to the command line.
Here's the essential list.
CTRL+S = Save
CTRL + C = Copy
CTRL+P = Plot
CTRL + V = Paste
CTRL+H = Toggle group selection
CTRL+TAB = Switch to next open DWG file
CTRL+0 = Clean screen
CTRL+PAGEUP = Switch to next layout tab
CTRL+N = New drawing
F1 = Help
CTRL+O = Open Drawing
ESC = Cancel command
Bonus tip: Rest your pinkie on the CTRL key. Now rest your forefinger on the S Key. Make this the default position for your keyboard hand at rest.
Whenever you complete a sequence of commands, let your fingers find their way back to this position and hit CTRL+S to save your work. Don't rely on AutoCAD's autosave to do this for you! Get into the habit of saving your work whenever you pause to think.
The Layers quick tools can be found in the Home tab > Layers panel.
AutoCAD 2015 has a few more layers tools up here than 2014. You can now turn layers on and off, freeze or thaw layers and Isolate or un-isolate layers simply by picking the tool and picking the layer that you want to work with.
This is super simple and intuitive, and incredibly helpful when you are working on complex drawings. My favorite is the Make Layer Current tool. This tool makes which ever layer you click on the current layer, and can save you having to scroll back and forth through all the layers in the layers drop down.
Bonus tip: Right click over the layers drop down and chose 'Add to QAT' to put a layers drop down in the Quick Access Toolbar.
The QAT is available to you whatever tab you are in, saving you having to click back to the Tab whenever you want to change layers.
The Layer Isolate command is a great tool for isolating all the geometry for a given layer, but what if you want to work with a small selection of geometry that is spread across multiple layers?
Did you know that there is right click option that lets you Isolate or Hide individual elements?
Bonus tip: Observe the shapes symbol in the status bar. If some of the shapes are blue you have hidden elements in your drawing. You can right click on the task bar to turn all the elements that you have hidden back on again.
Hidden elements will always be made visible again when you close and re-open a DWG file.
The properties palette is a great tool for finding out about a given entity within your drawing file. Did you know that you can also use the properties palette to manipulate AutoCAD objects?
Bonus tip: Did you know that you can filter selections in the properties palette using the drop down at the top? You did? Great!
Did you also know that you can trigger the quick select command to further drill down into your selection using the button at the top of the palette?
If I asked you to share the top AutoCAD tip that you could teach to someone else in less than five minutes, what would it be? Leave a comment with your answer.
Thanks very much to Shaan for allowing me to post on Between the lines. I really appreciate it. I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Paul Munford is the CAD Manager at Halstock cabinet makers in the sunny southwest of England. Paul was the recipient of the Autodesk Manufacturing Community Achievement award in 2011 and was made a founder member of the Autodesk Expert Elite for his Contributions to the Autodesk Community. In his spare time Paul writes the Cadsetterout blog, and is currently working on his first book - '101 AutoCAD Tips'. Please tweet Paul @cadsetterout.
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Thank you for the excellent post Paul!
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The Wave - Coyote Buttes North - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Below is a link to my custom more advanced route I hike to visit The Wave. Please note that you do need a BLM permit to enter.
I love love love this free utility to modify, repair, and and work with 3D scanned data and even create 3D models from photos and a new bug release has been posted. Go check out Scott's blog post on what is in this update and how to get it.
Autodesk U.S. is on holiday for the Presidents Day. Thursday begins our Chinese colleagues celebration of Chinese New Year.
It's Thursday (Throwback Thursday), the day after hump day when you show photos or info from history and the wayback machine. Today I proudly present you a screen capture I took from AutoCAD 2.18 circa 1985 showing all commands it supported. Now contrast that with the hundreds of commands today's AutoCAD has and realize how much functionality has been added in the past 30 years.
Did you notice there is no UNDO but there is an OOPS command?
Here is a great list of recently published AutoCAD solutions by some AutoCAD Team Members:
While not everyone was able to attend the creative art show at our amazing Autodesk Pier 9 office and workshop I am providing details on the packed and much talked about event. The Autodesk Artist in Residence (AiR) Exhibition was held at Pier 9 recently and included work by digital fabricators, fine artists, architects, furniture-makers, chefs, and many other creatives who have passed through the AiR program over the past year. While many in Pier 9 are Autodesk employees, we have many creative Artists in Residence working there and you too can apply to have the coolest office location in San Francisco on the Bay.
Learn more about the Artist in Residence program:
An amazing and mesmerizing example of an artist's work at Pier 9.
These 3-D printed sculptures, called blooms, are designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.
For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.
John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University.
To learn how blooms are made visit: instructables.com/id/Blooming-Zoetrope-Sculptures/
Autodesk Pier 9 Tour Video
I wanted to share an amazing project by Autodesk colleague Craig Barr recent created using a series of Autodesk 3D products, a 3D printer, and above all his mad creative skills. He brought a wild digital creature to the physical world and thankfully not really to life to feast on the flesh of slow running coworkers.
The workflow is fairly specific, but the 3D Printer is an ABS extruding type and could be one one of many brands out there now. The result is a crazy scary physical creature all without having a color 3D printer.
Craig's explanation of the Process and a video:
"The craze that is 3D Printing has opened up an entirely new world for 3D Artists, Designers, and just about any creative-type. In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself explaining the amazing, yet odd, feeling that happens when you bring something from the “virtual” to the “physical” world. I’ve been doing a lot of work lately with everything from creature design, to reality-capture data processing, to modeling/sculpting/painting, all things very cool and interesting, but not anywhere near quite as fun as holding your design in your hands. To me, the ability to hold something in your hands that only previously existed on the screen (workstation or otherwise) has really brought the creative process full-circle. As a lot of people have expressed interest in such a workflow, I decided it was time to put together an overview of the creative process from taking a concept through Maya, Mudbox and into MeshMixer for some prep work before bringing the creature “to life” via 3D Printing. I also show some hand-finishing, with some tips on coating the ABS material with an adhesion promoter to allow proper bonding of paint."
The YouTube video of Craig doing his magic:
Photos of the Project:
Here is the 3D creature like a zombie crossed with a lamprey named the "Viscerator" that Craig created using Autodesk Maya and Mudbox.
Craig used Meshmixer to prepare the creature to 3D Print. It looks pretty creepy on the 3D printer.
After the 3D print was completed the creature was then painted.
Thank you for sharing this creative project Craig, I seriously want one of these scary prints to chase away people from my office.