The Autodesk Fusion 360 Team is looking for feedback and interviews with Fusion 360 users.
We want to speak with all kinds of Fusion 360 customers to learn more about how you design and test your product. Sessions will be over the phone and 30 minutes long. You'll receive a $25 Amazon gift card as thanks for your participation.
The FAA has enacted new regulations that went into effect on August 31st, 2016 for US based small unmanned aircraft systems UAS/UAV/drones over .55 pounds but under 55 pounds after what felt like a wild wild west of unclear rules awhile drones became very popular for both hobbyist and commercial companies including Autodesk for construction and reality capture technologies.
Both hobbyist and commercial pilots must be aware and follow all the new regulations for a much safer regulated US airspace. FAA Get Started Page
The new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations – Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (PDF 624 pages) – covers a broad spectrum of commercial uses for UAS. The regulations require certain restrictions on controlling the UAS and also certification of the pilot.
Remote Pilot Certification information
I Passed my Part 107 Exam!
After studying over 1230 pages of the newly required FAA Part 107, Knowledge Test Study Guide, and the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge I have passed my FAA commercial unmanned pilots exam last week and am now a FAA licensed commercial unmanned pilot. I wont have to take the exam again for two years. It felt as if many of the same knowledge questions in the two hour FAA exam came from the manned aircraft pilot exam and covered maps, aeronautics, weather, radio, par 107t regulations, safety, and crew management.
Unmanned aircraft usage has skyrocketed literally in our airspace in recent years and expected to grow further now that the regulations to support the safe unmanned UAS in our US airspace and many look at mapping, 3D modeling, deliveries. The sky is the limit.
Fly safe and legal.
Just over a week ago I drew a Friday 8am reservation for the new iPhone and upgraded as I do for the camera and increased storage alone. The new Apple reservation process was easy as I was in and out with the new phone in 5 minutes and had the first Apple 7 Plus Black matte for the Portland store I was at. After having used the phone for just over a week I have a few personal observations.
The positives for me:
The negatives for me:
Bottom line personal opinion:
This is a great phone and while I have used many mobile platforms over the years including Blackberry, Android, and WinCE, the iPhone is still my choice until the next big thing comes along. If you re an iPhone user with a 6S you might wait for next year but if you have a iPhone 6 or older then the 7 offers enough of an improvement to upgrade.
Max Moruzzi is the senior principal research scientist in our Autodesk Research and has authored an article for Techcrunch on how smart materials will change and reshape the world for better through design. This is another remarkable glimpse at the Future of Making Things.
“The IoT may well be The Next Big Thing, but maybe the attention around sensors is misplaced…
What if we didn’t even need embedded sensors to allow things to gather data about their surrounding environment? What if material could be a sensor in and of itself?
Sentient materials might sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but it’s quickly becoming a reality. A new generation of materials is being developed that can sense temperature, pressure, impact and other variables — completely removing the need for sensors.
Not only can these materials capture and relay data to the cloud, they also can reconfigure themselves on-the-fly to react to changing environmental conditions. It’s as if materials are becoming not just smart, but “alive” — and it will change the way things are designed and used in startling ways.”
It’s as if materials are becoming not just smart, but “alive.”
The article also mentions the Hack Rod project
“The Hack Rod project — which brings technology partners together with a team of automotive enthusiasts in Southern California — is out to design the first car in history built with smart materials and engineered using artificial intelligence.”
Autodesk has just released SketchBook Motion on the Apple App Store which was formerly available as as pre-release Project Draco from Autodesk Research. Now you can easily create compelling web based animations for illustrations or art using your Apple iPad.
Read More about SketchBook Motion:
Today, we’re happy to introduce a new app called SketchBook Motion. As its name suggests, it’s all about creating movement, but it’s a little different than your typical animation app. It’s about adding specific elements of motion to otherwise static drawings. It works best as a companion app for SketchBook Pro members, but even if you’re not a regular member we encourage you to download it, try it out, and expand what you normally draw. You can download SketchBook Motion for iPad and get started right now.
See what people have created using the pre-release version of Sketchbook Motion:
Subway Emergency Ventilation System by David Thorp
“Abby Normal” by David Thorp
Survey Says, Be at Autodesk University for: DING!
Great classes, networking, seeing what the future holds, and fun!
Please join Heidi Hewett, Lynn Allen and me at the AutoCAD Family Feud Tuesday 1:00pm at Autodesk University.
We need your responses for the Feud at this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q25PT65. It only takes a minute or two.
Details on the social media reception coming soon for those that actively participate in social media throughout the year covering Autodesk products and technologies.There will also be once again this year some early morning runs after it being very popular and a great way to start the day with some fresh air. So much Autodesk University news coming as we get closer.
Did you know it is the 35th anniversary of AutoCAD next year? We might have a few fun flash back surprises in store for you at AU.
Think Autodesk University is not worth the effort and cost?
See you at AU,
Andrew if you have not met him, is a very unique and brilliant researcher in his field and here at Autodesk working on big issues that truly impact our world like finding technology processes to cure cancer, disease,and other big challenges faces us as a species. He refers to the brain as nothing more than a “meat computer.” He works within an amazing group doing bio/nano research that people might not normally associate with Autodesk but in reality it is a perfect fit. As Andrew said in the AMA “Better software tools and AI is a GIANT part of the reason why I work with Autodesk and not a traditional biotech company.”
The link to the AMA questions and answers since the AMA is over: https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/51ryoy/hi_my_name_is_andrew_hessel_im_a_futurist_and/
About me: I’m a distinguished researcher at Autodesk, where I’m exploring the future of biotechnology. My background is cell biology and genetics, bioinformatics. Very future oriented -- what's edgy today, where are things going in 5, 10, 20 years. I helped kick off HGP-Write, an international effort to write large genomes like the human genome with synthetic biology. Other projects include customized synthetic viruses for cancer (and other applications), next-gen DNA synthesis technology, startups, etc. I also co-chaired Singularity University's Biotech and Bioinformatics Track between 2009 and 2012. I founded the Pink Army Cooperative to explore open source biotech. Plus, I worked for Amgen for 7 years. I believe biotech is poised to follow in the footsteps of computing tech, bringing game-changing new tools, products, etc. that touch every facet of our lives.
Interesting and thought provoking quotes from Andrew in the AMA:
What do you think about the current approaches of understanding genetic code? Could machine learning play a significant role in figuring out what code does what?
andrewhessel Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group
Machine learning is CRUCIAL. The features in genetic code are very difficult for people to examine "by eye". The application of ML and AI to genomics is one of the most exciting areas of comp bio to emerge in recent years -- and it's just getting started. Better software tools and AI is a GIANT part of the reason why I work with Autodesk and not a traditional biotech company btw.
Hi, I just saw your conference at COFES 2016 this morning and I saw how you talked about how you were working on creating a synthetic virus to eliminate cancer in dogs. Could a synthetic virus be created to eliminate or treat some viruses like HIV? Would designing a virus to help T-cells detect the HIV virus similarly to how you are designing your virus to help cells eliminate Cancer cells work?
andrewhessel Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group
Hi! I think synthetic viruses are going to be the next software industry. Viruses are basically USB sticks for biology, able to load new programs into specific cells with high efficiency. So, yes, I think it will be possible to treat HIV with synthetic viruses that target the same T cells but load in antivirus programs. Plus much more... vaccines, gene therapies, antibiotics. We've just started to explore the possibilities here.
What are your thoughts on having a massive anonymous open access genetic database for researchers? (similar to thePrecision Medicine Initiative supported by President Obama)
Recent article discussing the privatization of genetic data: Why you should worry about the privatization of genetic data
andrewhessel Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group
Short answer: it's a good thing! Absolutely. I have long supported Open Source for genetics, biotechnology, etc. In general, all scientific data, tools, papers, etc. needs to be in the public domain. I support the Personal Genome Project and even Autodesk's bio/nano group is choosing to open source the tools they are making. The only tricky part is being anonymous. Your genome is a barcode. Once it's published, it's virtually impossible to not be identified. Lots of issues and challenges here that still need to be sorted out. Many of the same issues are being dealt with in computer/social so I think we'll figure it out.
Andrew is doing amazing things with his team at Autodesk that will benefit us all.
The Oregon 2016 Tech Exec Auction just started and we have a high flying option to bid on with Autodesk Vice President Simulation, Greg Fallon. Not to be content with just another wine or brewery experience package in an auction event, Greg felt it would be unique and fun to actually involve a STEM experience and discussions with flying sUAS/UAV friendly drones and dinner. We can even capture 3D models of the terrain using Autodesk’s technology in addition to giving you some amazing photos and video of our memorable afternoon of flights even a aerial drone selfie.
Please place your bid now before the auction ends this Thursday at 5pm pacific http://bit.ly/2cL4QO5
See the other items up for auction: https://www.32auctions.com/2016TechExecAuction
This is the Technology Association of Oregon’s first annual Tech Exec Online Auction to benefit the work of STEM education programs Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program, iUrbanTeen, Portland Youth Builders, and Innovate Oregon.” This auction benefits our youth and their futures in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, experience, and careers. Let me not mince words here because helping kids benefits all of our future.
This online auction will provide members of the Oregon and Southwest Washington community (and beyond) a chance to meet some of the Silicon Forest’s incredible technology executives while supporting STEM education programs in our community. I hope you will join Greg and I for an amazing day of flying and seeing our world and technology in a new way and then dinner for great food and conversation.
Please do me a personal favor and spread this message far and wide. It is all of our our responsibility to help shape the future by helping the future generations. This is how we imagine design and create a better world.
If you have done a lot of 3D laser scanning or LiDAR you know how waiting to see if the scan is done can be sometimes a hide and seek game to not get caught in the scan and photo. On a recent project the FARO scanner caught me as evidenced by the point matching when merging scans in Autodesk ReCap Pro. Laser scanning systems take photos at the end of a laser scan so that it can bake the color of the pixels into the points in the point cloud. After doing a lot of scans I guess I was getting impatient, exhausted, or just guessing wrong if the scan was completed.
AutoCAD 2017 has added the ability to import a PDF as vector objects and not just as a raster PDF underlay added back in AutoCAD 2007. Customers have been asking for a longtime for this feature but there has been concerns since published data can have inherent inaccurate scales and a few other issues. Autodesk chose to look at the requests from customers in order to define the needs and took a couple years in development.
So now in AutoCAD 2017 you can import a PDF as an underlay object in your AutoCAD drawing.
PDF is on the standard Import file type list to import much like importing a DGN.
Click the Insert tabImport panelImport or use the command PDFIMPORT
After selecting the PDF file to import you get the Import PDF dialog. You have the ability to specify settings on Insertion point, rotation, and scale in addition to the setting how the geometry is imported like as a block or covert solid fills to hatches.
Importing a DWG will be far more accurate with native objects, but if you need to get geometry from a PDF you can do that with AutoCAD 2017.
For more details and suggestions on importing PDF files into AutoCAD 2017 read Autodesk’s Dieter Schlaepfer’s post: AutoCAD 2017 PDF Import: Guidance for Working with PDF and AutoCAD DWG Data
The robots are coming and they are not all evil but will help us make things and augment our capabilities at solving other challenges facing the world. Maurice Conti Director, Applied Research and Innovation, in the Autodesk Office of the CTO and colleague was interviewed by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for a nice article on robotics and the research Autodesk is doing in the Applied Research Lab.
Human Augmentation: the Next Phase in Robotics
Prominent, respected public figures including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have spoken about the dangers of the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics, which at the very least could threaten thousands of jobs and at the most could pose an existential threat to the very survival of the human race.
However, Maurice Conti, director of director of applied research and innovation at software company Autodesk, does not take such a dark view of our future relationship with technology. In fact, he believes that smart software and robotics can augment the work that humans undertake, freeing us up to develop ever more creative solutions to life’s problems.
The main Autodesk University in Las Vegas Nevada United States is still 63 days away, but did you know that International Autodesk University events have been held and several yet to come?
Tomorrow my many friends in Brazil will be attending AU in Brazil. Wish I could have been there this year.
Tem um incrível Autodesk University meus amigos!
We are very happy to offer Autodesk certification at each event this year.
“Everyone who registers early or pays full price receives 1 certification voucher, which can be used at the event or at an Autodesk Training Center (ATC). Certification is offered for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Inventor, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit MEP Mechanical, Revit MEP Electrical, 3ds Max, and Maya.
Autodesk University 2016 location and dates:
Bangkok - June 16
Australia- Sydney, August 18-19
South Korea - Seoul, August 23
South Africa - Cape Town, September 1
India - Mumbai, September 1
Japan - Tokyo, September 8
Brazil - São Paulo, September 13-14
Russia - Moscow, October 5-6
Turkey - Istanbul, October 6
Germany - Darmstadt, October 12-13
China - Shanghai, November 2-3
Mexico - Mexico City, November 10
Las Vegas - November 15-17 (I will see you there!)
Middle East - Dubai, December 14
Back in AutoCAD R12, R13, and R14 there was a bug that was not bad, a bug with benefits. The bug allowed you to speed up the plot regen by over 200 percent faster making the plot preview and plotting much faster. All you had to do what hit the keyboard spacebar while the plot was regenerating and BAM it sped up to light speed. Several years back when I was on the AutoCAD Team I discussed this good old bug with a veteran AutoCAD developer and why it might have occurred and got into a fascinatingly long geek discussion about evaluating fiber switching etc.
Today you no longer plot regen or have the ability to speed up plotting by hitting the space bar but things are faster these days and technology has changed dramatically but I will never forget walking up to a coworker when they were sitting there at the plot regen dialog and hitting their space bar and the regen speeding up and their look of amazement.
So not all bugs are bad as some have nice hidden side effects.
Just over a week ago I hosted a Bad Poetry Slam at Autodesk’s Lake Oswego Oregon office during the Fusion 360 Teams Beer Bust for some fun. We had several last minute entries and all bad bad bad. Several employees submitted poetry as well as one external submission from a reader of this blog. Some were listed as anonymous submissions while others took full responsibility for their literary creations.
While all submitted poetry was bad, one clearly sank to the bad poetry bottom which is a winner for this fun contest.It took a considerable amount of effort and 5 pages of poetry, but people were wincing and groaning especially at the end with its clever ending. In fact the winning poet said he could have gone on for 5 more paragraphs of painful poetry, thankfully he did not.
Warning:: Bad Poetry Below…
The winning poem by Andy “Not Shakespeare” Sears
It starts off like any other
I'm having fun, enjoying no slumber
it is late and I understand what needs to happen
I understand the direction
I need to get cracken
in that direction lies the path
along the ground lies its wrath
horror it sounds worse than it is
concerned, I will tell you this
the entryway was blocked
I make my way through
I am reminded of Dr. Seuss
Of Horton Hears a Who
Horton had a journey
Horton had a goal
Horton had a burden
of where he had to go
similar fear of where I need to go
Forward anyway towards the final show
the entryway behind me
I move forward with guarded haste
realize this is a dangerous place
but my end goal is forward based
known and unknown what could be in front
Finding the way is always the brunt
the silence is all around the darkness is redundant
I know the Perils of moving through this gauntlet
what I don't understand is what it will get
uncomfortable and scared, simple little brick
that is the feeling when the blanket is gone
my path is not clear with a struggle for dawn
in the end only I will know success
only I find the true duress
it is unclear whether success will be granted
to know my failures will cause unrest
my Journey Begins with one step of the foot
journey will end with a successful output
solution only I can be the judge
of this success and failure navigating the fields of grudge
only I will know if I have have won
My journey is afoot the perils have been known
I still don't see them but you know they are home
I wonder now that I've begun
can I turn back is it too late
the place looked warm and safe
now I must move forward
although the brick is waiting.
I trudged along and find myself falling
lifting myself up keep on pressing
keep on moving I've made it this far
I can't turn back not even for the star
I know what is in front
I know it is in back
there is another piece that I have to find
I saw it earlier but now it skipped my mind
I know it is around I know it is waiting
it is lurking in the dark, like a tree that is hating
in the shadows just baiting me to fall
round the corner, hit like a ball
I feel the pain, the pain is searing
From the bottoms of my legs
My moan is really screaming
I knew it was there
was there all along
it told me earlier, I have your song
I heard it's call and I did not listen
only thing I know now is it is bad to hasten
standing up and move to cover
I know my journey is almost over
In the last I find a stair
to take me out of there
this stair was steep but I find it none the less
hands and feet made it to the crest
I finally make it, I finally collapse
tomorrow the pain will not lapse
nothing yet for their day as not awaken
I know soon they will be ready to bacon
their eyes will open
come out with a smile
the first thing I will tell them
is my journey felt like a million miles
I will try to explain what it is that they have done
the pain that they have caused
the damage that they could have done
but the damage is overrated and exaggerated
their fun was worth it even for a few minutes
smiles can be a dangerous business
being happy is underrated
I know they mean no harm
nonetheless the message is clear
pick up your damn Legos!
There is an article published by SolidSmack explaining Autodesk’s Generative Design technology named Dreamcatcher developed by Autodesk Research. The article discusses Autodesk Pier 9 Artist in Residence Che-Wei Wang using Dreamcatcher to design an optimized 3D printed metal bike stem. In Dreamcatcher the user is not just a modeler or CAD designer but sets the design constraints such as initial geometry, loads, and material properties and then the designer selects the best output design from a series of results that satisfy the requirements. Not surprisingly many of the results of our algorithms mimic natures structural designs as nature has optimized design through constant evolution. The computer or cloud can easily crunch far more design options in a short time and this is starting to change things and open a lot of possibilities in an evolution of the design process.
The Che-Wei also published the design process as an Instructable.
More on Generative Design from Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski
What if instead of using the computer to draw what you already know, you could tell the computer what you want to accomplish? Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski discusses the astonishing results driven by generative design. https://youtu.be/E2SxqUvtpIk
Learn more about Generative Design: http://autode.sk/GenerativeDesign
Learn more about Dreamcatcher: https://autodeskresearch.com/projects/Dreamcatcher
Over the Summer the Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon (Portland) had some smart and fun high school interns developing the next version of BXD. BXD was developed to test FIRST Robotics robots complete with a physics engine. Many new features are coming to BXD from their work this summer, but they also had some fun. The interns challenged a nearby office building to a game of hangman using post it notes. The funniest response from the other office building was the hangman game where the phrase was “What is an Auto Desk.” Office window hangman games, go try your own.
I have been working on a remote project for a week and very little access to the internet.
If you are celebrating Labor Day this weekend, please be safe.
Yes, back in the late 90s there was a creepy Dancing Baby “Baby Cha Cha” that seemed to be all the rage on the young growing Internet. Jon Bell a colleague here in the Autodesk Lake Oswego office has been involved with the Autodesk 3d Max /3D Studio teams since the early beginnings and was able to find the source file for me. I just had to render it in the new 3ds Max 2017 for nostalgic fun and I was also planning to use it in an internal video project.
The Dancing Baby history and its animating in 3ds Max r3 released Character Studio is complicated, but the credit for the early Internet meme fame was due to an animator at LucasArts and the Character Studio and 3ds Max Teams.
The Service Pack Update for AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD 2017 based products and a hotfix for an Exchange App autoloader issue are available. You can choose to install using the Autodesk Desktop App or from the Autodesk Knowledge Network link below.
Updated 8/24/16: The Exchange App autoloader Hotfix is not included with SP1. If you use Exchange Apps make sure to also download the Hotfix.
I am hosting another fun Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office event as a follow up to the fun PowerPoint Karaoke we held a couple months ago. This time it is a Bad Poetry Slam August 24th at our Autodesk Lake Oswego Beer Bust event hosted by the Fusion 360 Team.
We all know how easy good poetry is to write (am I right), but we want the more difficult and rare bad poetry to shine, celebrated, and toasted with fine Oregon beers. I have challenged employees to come up with some bad poetry to share or have them read as anonymous art to entertain and inspire attendees. The only rules are keep it fun and PG-13 with suggested topics of Autodesk Life and products.
The winner chosen by peers will get the proud privilege to see their poetry on a big poster in our office.
I am opening this up to everyone, not just the Autodeskers and product teams, but our customers.
With the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update the F keys used for many important keyboard functions have been broken. Our teams have logged the issue with Microsoft for a resolution. Product Support will advise once the solution is provided.
A possible workaround: Set the system variable TEMPOVERRIDES to 0.
There are other non Autodesk issues being published with the Windows 10 Anniversary update.
Windows 10 update is breaking millions of webcams - how to fix it
On this day 13 years ago, this Between the Lines blog was started as the first Autodesk employee blog and one of the first in the CAD industry. There have been thousands of posts and comments and millions of readers.
Thank you so very much for reading and if you ever have any suggestions, please feel free to email me.
Autodesk Remake formerly known as Autodesk Memento is currently being used on the International Space Station that is currently orbiting around Earth. Autodesk Remake is being used by the NASA and Made in Space “Additive Manufacturing Facility” (AMF) for 3D printing on the space station. The latest printer with Autodesk Remake was placed into orbit on March 23, 2016 AMF in Orbit, A New 3D Printer Heading to the International Space Station.
3D printing in space is a really important since astronauts cant get shipments from a FedEx truck or run over to the nearest store to pick up a wrench or get something specific to solve a problem or fill a need on the space station or perhaps a Mars outpost in the future.
Made in Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility AMF - Image courtesy of Made in Space