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.”
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.
Back in May of this year I had the pleasure to be in the hot and beautiful Southern California desert at Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley with a group of engineers, scientist, champion Baja 1000 champion race drivers, car builders, mechanics, designers, cinematographers, technologists, and more for a historic off road race car project test for a generative designed car, the Hackrod. The Hackrod was designed by Autodesk Dreamcatcher using design input and performance data from many types of sensors on a test vehicle also known as the mule.
Ashlee Vance and his camera crew joined us to capture the Hackrod mule testing for Bloomberg. Check out the Bloomberg Hello World Episode 5 with other great stories and the Hackrod at 21:12 in the episode.
I captured the Trona Pinnacles unique terrain in 3D using laser scanners and photogrammetry using a aerial UAS/UAV. We will be able to use the data in a computer simulation of the Hackrod chassis on the terrain as well as analyze more vehicle response data from the sensors in relation to the terrain.
Aerial 3D Terrain Mapping with a Drone
There is so much more on the Hackrod to come as the story is just beginning and so very exciting in what it means to the transformation of the design process.
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
Coral reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea. They occupy less than 0.1 percent of the ocean floor but provide a habitat for 25 percent of the world’s marine species. And like rain forests, coral reefs are at severe risk due to a range of human activity—from destructive fishing practices and careless tourists to pollution and (most significantly) climate change.
A critical component of addressing threats to coral reefs is understanding the scope of the damage. But traditional methods of monitoring reefs are based on extremely inefficient and error-prone manual measurements of corals using tape measures.
Bring on Reality Capture & Computing
The Hydrous, a not-for-profit organization involved in coral reef science and research, is using Reality Computing to create very detailed 3D models of coral reefs. The team uses an underwater digital camera and Autodesk photogrammetry software to digitally capture portions of coral reefs and create 3D models that can be used to accurately measure and monitor the reefs over time.
Studies on the coral reef in 3D from underwater images http://autode.sk/1plzXnt
This may be news to many if not most people, but Autodesk’s expertise and impact extends far beyond the traditional realm of design and into the life sciences research on computational & synthetic biology. The Bio/Nanotechnology Team has performed a great deal of research, and in the past year released a technology preview of the Autodesk Research Molecule Viewer. This cloud based 3D viewing tool is intended for scientist and researchers to use and extend to assist in the development of treatments and therapies. Just hours after a paper was published in Science on the Zika virus “The 3.8 Å Resolution Cryo-EM Structure of Zika Virus”, the Zika virus model was available for viewing, exploding, and sectioning in the Molecule Viewer. The Zika virus has been causing a great deal of human impact and spreading concern in recent months. You can view the Zika virus in the Molecule Viewer on most platforms with a web browser, even your smartphone device.
Learn more about the Molecule Viewer from Autodesk Research
This is pretty amazing!
March 22nd, 2016 launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station of the Orbital Cygnus cargo ship with the Made In Space Additive Manufacturing Facility on board. Photo by NASA.
Autodesk colleague Jonathan Knowles (@jonathanknowles) is like Mr. Science + Mr. Technology, and a great person. Jonathan recently participated in the launch of the next generation of additive manufacturing and wrote the following to explain why this is a big deal in manufacturing and how Autodesk’s technology has launched into orbit.
Made In Space is developing manufacturing technologies that are enabling people to live and work in space. The Made In Space Additive Manufacturing Facility was launched on March 22nd, 2016 and arrived at the International Space Station on March 26th, 2016. This is a first step toward putting manufacturing systems on the Moon, Mars, and on deep space missions.
The AMF is a permanent manufacturing facility on the ISS, providing hardware manufacturing services to both NASA and the U.S. National Laboratory onboard. Designed to last the entire lifetime of the ISS, AMF will be able to manufacture complex objects, with fine precision, and with various extrudable materials including flexible polymers and aerospace grade composites. Made In Space owns the AMF while NASA and other customers will pay to use it. Using replaceable subassemblies, the AMF was designed so that it could easily be upgraded to add new functionality and manufacturing methods in the future.
The AMF was designed entirely using Autodesk tools Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360. Autodesk’s Memento reality capture technology is built into the AMF. Autodesk has been a part of Made In Space since the beginning. [Ed. Autodesk's Jonathan Knowles, has served as an advisor to the team since the company was founded.] Made In Space has collaborated with Marshall Space Flight Center’s In-Space Manufacturing Group and NASA Advanced Exploration Systems in the development of the emerging in-space manufacturing industry. Lowe’s Innovation Labs is partnering with Made In Space on developing space-optimized tools making the AMF the first hardware store in space.
In addition to the AMF, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate has selected Made In Space for the NASA funded project, designated Archinaut™, which is designed to develop the necessary technologies to enable the first additive manufacturing, aggregation, and assembly of large and complex systems in space without astronaut extravehicular activity. Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems will work as subcontractors to Made In Space to create the first system for 3D printing and assembling large structures in space, without direct, manual intervention on the part of an astronaut.
Archinaut is a game changer. Designing items intended to be deployed in space has traditionally been constrained by launch container size and environment survivability requirements. Add to that lift capacity limits and the high risk of launch, limited number of launch delivery options, and limited availability of astronauts for EVA, creating large space-based structures such as space stations has been a once-in-a-generation endeavor. Archinaut minimizes or removes these and other design limitations.
As we continue to explore our future off world and begin to set up the first human habitats on the moon and Mars, there will be no need to use rockets to send everything needed. We’ll have robots build build what we need using local resources.
The Atlas V launch vehicle lifts off from Cape Canaveral. Credit: NASA
Congratulations to NASA, Orbital ATK, and Made in Space for launching the new 3D Printer Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) into orbit last night. It will soon arrive and be installed on the International Space Station and provide an upgraded 3D printing capability for use by the astronauts - and possibly you. Contained within the AMF is Autodesk Memento software. I have always thought our Autodesk products were out of this world, but they are literally now operating in space!
Stay tuned for more news about this exciting project.
Autodesk partner, friends, and Fusion 360 users Made in Space sent the first 3D printer designed for space 2011 is again sending a new updated 3D printer up to the International Space Station this Tuesday, March 22nd at 11:05 pm EST. Keeping with the long tradition of crazy NASA acronyms the 3D printer is named the “AMF” for Additive Manufacturing Facility.
Made in Space is the cutting edge on additive manufacturing in space and it opens up many possibilities to provide an object like a tool to astronauts in orbit when sending something form earth can be expensive and take a lot of time. With additive manufacturing of 3D printing the object can be designed on earth then simply transferred digitally to the International Space Station and 3D printed. Autodesk will be using the AMF to 3D print an astronaut fitness device.
Made in Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility AMF - Image courtesy of Made in Space
”AMF will print with a wide range of polymers, is designed to last the entire lifetime of the space station, and will be commercially available for any customers on Earth who wish to get select hardware to space faster, safer, and more affordably than traditional launch methods.”
Except from NASA AMF mission page:
“The Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the International Space Station (ISS) for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF that is installed into an Express Rack locker location. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.
The Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) is a permanent manufacturing facility on the ISS, providing hardware manufacturing services. AMF is twice the size of it’s predecessor 3D printer. The ability to manufacture on the ISS enables on-demand repair and production capability, as well as essential research for manufacturing on long-term missions. AMF allows for immediate repair of essential components, upgrades of existing hardware, installation of new hardware that is manufactured, and the manufacturing capability to support commercial interests on the ISS.
Additive manufacturing is the process of building a part layer-by-layer, with an efficient use of the material. The process leads to a reduction in cost, mass, labor and production time. The ISS crew would be able to utilize the AMF to perform station maintenance, build tools, and repair sections of the station in case of an emergency. The AMF uses an extrusion-based "3D printing" method, which Made in Space has already tested in zero-gravity with successful results. The AMF is capable of producing components from a variety of space-rated composites. This versatility allows for a variety of components and devices to be manufactured, enabling the mentioned uses to be applicable as well as unforeseen uses to be developed.
Using replaceable subassemblies, the AMF is designed so that it could easily be upgraded to add new functionality and manufacturing methods in the future. The AMF is designed to last the entire lifetime of the ISS. The AMF printer is designed to work with a wide range of various extrudable materials including flexible polymers and aerospace grade composites. Designed to operate in an EXPRESS Rack middeck locker, once installed the printer will be easily accessible by crew at all times.”
Yesterday was the fist of two days for the REAL 2016 conference in it’s second year. Being held at scenic Fort Mason there are about 900 attendees networking, attending presentations, and looking at exhibits and vendors.Autodesk was periscoping several of the presentations yesterday (https://www.periscope.tv/autodesk) and I was tweeting @shaanhurley and posting to Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shaanhurley/ live from the event. The night ended late with my good friends the Laser Cowboys of the Smithsonian Institution at a local In n Out Burger.
Highlights of Tuesday at REAL 2016 in photos:
The scenic location of Fort Mason located on the San Francisco Bay.
The REAL 2016 opening with Autodesk’s Elmer Bol and Andrew Wheeler.
Autodesk CEO and Chief Maker Carl Bass.Carl showed many things from the Apollo 11 command module data, generative design, and an electric go cart designed by his son. Carl even showed one thing rare to see highlighted in a presentation and that was one of the failures of the project when Chris Anderson rigged the go cart for driverless operation. Most people show only the successes but he showed when the experiment failed and the go cart ran into a fence getting lost due to electrical interference.
3D Robotics announced their Autodesk partnership 3D ROBOTICS & Autodesk FORGE New Frontier and also showed their new 20 megapixel Sony camera that will be available soon.
Great exhibits in the hall including Autodesk Memento, Augmented Reality, and Robots..
The Smithsonian Institutions “Laser Cowboys” Adam Metallo and Vincent Rossi presented on their epic challenge to 3D digitize over 139-150 million objects in the collection. They recently worked with Autodesk on capturing in sub millimeter detail the historic Apollo 11 Command Module. Their next challenge is capturing the Space Shuttle Discovery which is near and dear to my heart after having seen it lpersonally aunch for its final flight a few years ago.
Aram Gogonian President of Predator Cycle showed how he used T-splines in Fusion 360 to design and manufacturer a racing bicycle.
Andrew Hessel an Autodesk Research Scientist and super smart and nice guy discussed how he sees the changing science of the bio research Autodesk is doing and why it matters and will change our lives in the not too distant future including kicking cancer’s butt and improving our lives.time I have a private chat with Andrew my brain is expanded and blown.
Kaitlyn Hova was an inspiring and energetic presenter. She along with her husband Matt have designed using Autodesk Fusion 360 a 3D printed open source released violin named the Hovalin..Now anyone with access to a 3D printer can print and make their own Hovalin violin for under $70 and it sounds great if you can actually play a violin like Kaitlin who is an amazing concert violinist. I will cover the Hovalin Fusion 360 story soon on a Fusion Friday as it is a great story of learning to design and the process and changes in course until the Hovalin 1.0 was released to the world to allow many to create music that might not otherwise had the opportunity if they had to get a violin closer to the price of a car. Spread the music through 3D printers around the world.
Cosmo Wenman blew minds with his presentation on how he is using Autodesk Memento to capture and release 3D models of the worlds top museum art for others to remix and enjoy. https://cosmowenman.wordpress.com/
(The National Geographic ship M/V Orion at anchor in Lissenung, Papua New Guinea during the TED Mission Blue II expedition. Photo taken by a DJI Inspire drone.)
Maurice Conti “MC” a team mate of mine here at Autodesk in the Office of the CTO wrote a great article that was just published online. The article tells a great story on the importance of the ocean and how Autodesk is helping find ways to preserve and conserve this amazing and valuable resource.
“It was an incredible experience that is shaping Autodesk’s thinking around the future of the ocean and the impact it will have on designers and engineers, particularly in architecture and infrastructure industries.
The ocean’s health is easy to ignore, especially for busy professionals whose work seemingly doesn’t have any direct connection to this vast blue expanse. Yet the very existence of humans on the planet is inextricably linked to the ocean’s health. Without a healthy ocean, people can’t breathe. That’s because half of the Earth’s oxygen comes from plankton.”
Read the entire article: http://lineshapespace.com/ocean-conservation/
Such a visually stunning story with a very important educational angle about the ocean by Sly Lee and the 501 (c)3 non-profit organization The Hydrous. The Hydrous do what they proclaim by “communicating science beautifully.” They were recently in the Maldives in December 2015 and generated highly detailed 3D textured models of corals using Autodesk Memento to study changes occurring in our oceans.
Here is one of the 3D coral models generated from photos in Autodesk Memento.
Check out “The Hydrous Maldives 2015 Expedition ” by The Hydrous on Vimeo
“In December 2015, The Hydrous returned to the Maldives to conduct their follow up expedition after the 2015 El Niño. But this time, we invited technologists, scientists, photographers, engineers, designers, and local conservationists and citizen scientists to join.
In 10 days, participants learned about coral reefs, exponential technologies like 3D modeling, conducted wide scale fish surveys, 3D captured reefs, and brainstormed and developed an island ambassador program with local youth in just a few days!”
|Smithsonian and Autodesk employees conduct a 3-D scan of the spacecraft. (Matt McFarland/The Washington Post)|
Some of my Autodesk colleagues and the Smithsonian laser cowboys are capturing the Apollo 11 lunar module in 3D this week. Current Reality Capture and Computing technologies allow us to preserve and study the detail of an object from a small beetle to historic items such as the Apollo module or even the USS Arizona. Read more about this project in the Washington Post article.
The Smithsonian is 3D scanning Apollo 11 to share with the digital generation – The Washington Post
Incredible Fact: The Apollo11 computers had less processing power than today's cellphones, & they made it back to Earth.
Also check out the Smithsonian X3D project and models in the web viewer developed by Autodesk. You could 3D print your own artifact from the Smithsonian or just explore them. The goal is to capture in digital 3D the entire Smithsonian collection at over 137 million items for all to view.
Autodesk Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group Team member Aaron Berliner published an Instructable on how he and colleague Joseph Schaeffer created a 2D Autodesk logo from M13 Bacteriophage DNA. Having met Aaron and seeing him programming the DNA in our Pier 9 lab was absolutely fascinating. The team in the lab are doing important research like looking to end cancer Finding and Curing Cancer - Research at Autodesk among other important research.
Aaron is passionate about his research and you know someone is really into their work when this is their qoute in their bio:
“In his spare time, Aaron founded a Biotechnology Startup called Acheron in order to explore and characterize exotic biological phenomena such as radiation resistance, electrogenesis, and endosymbiosis.”
If you want to meet Aaron or more of the team and learn about why their research really matters as well as DNA Origami look for their booth at Autodesk University in the exhibit hall. I am hoping to also have Aaron as a special guest at the Blogger and Social Media Meetup.
DNA Origami, yes that’s a real thing and a great topic at a holiday party conversation.
”DNA origami is a method of using DNA as a construction material to create two- and three-dimensional structures at the nanoscale. This method involves taking a long single strand of DNA as a base material and using many smaller "staple" strands to fold the long strand in specific places. This technique was published in 2006 by Paul W.K. Rothemund at Caltech, and has since grown into a popular and easy to use method for building structures at the nanometer scale.”
Read about the Autodesk Logo Origami from DNA
One of the most surprising things people find when l;earning about Autodesk and some of the projects we are involved in are the Bio/Nano research projects. Most expect Autodesk to have the cutting edge design related technology and research, but science and research that could lead to a therapy to end cancer cure is completely unexpected. We have several health science related researchers at Autodesk and we have a research lab located in our Pier 9 space in San Francisco. It is pretty inspiring as an Autodesk employee to think that Autodesk researchers could help lead to therapies that could spell the end to something that really sucks and that is the evil cancer. I am pretty certain that if you ask every person around you they have a personal story how cancer has affected them or something they now and love.
Read: Finding and Curing Cancer on a Personal Basis http://www.examiner.com/article/finding-and-curing-cancer-on-a-personal-basis
“Gene level therapies developed for one type of cancer show potential to work in a totally different cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine released an article on Oct. 29, 2015 titled DNA-Repair Defects and Olaparib in Metastatic Prostate Cancer.” The gene therapy that was developed to treat an inherited version of ovarian cancer proved marginally successful in treating metastasized prostate cancer. There are many similar gene structures in breast, ovarian and prostate cancers despite the gender differences of the patients.
These new approaches that find cancer cells earlier and the development of specific drugs to inhibit cancer growth are very promising. A study is being conducted in animal trials that uses 3D printing of DNA to repair cells and inhibit adjacent cancers. This work was led by Andrew Hessels of Autodesk. Hessels has developed and released tools to the public that will allow groups of people (crowdsourced) to develop new approaches for gene level therapies. Bloomberg published an article by Caroline Winters on March 20, 2014 titled "Andrew Hessels Autodesk Team Seeks Crowdsourced Cancer Cure".“
Attending Autodesk University in just a couple weeks and want to learn more?
The Bio/Nano Team will have a exhibit and some of our awesome scientists on hand to explain their work, why it is perfectly fit within Autodesk, and why it matters. Can you say DNA Origami, it is really a thing.
So while Autodesk does develop amazing software, we are also doing so much more that will truly help everyone Imagine Design and Create a better world hopefully free of cancer someday.
In the past 24 hours Autodesk has launched a new Memento Gallery where you can publish your Autodesk Memento 3D models for others to view or even download. I published models up there to test it and it works very well.
How to publish tot the gallery:
Create or load a model in the free beta of Autodesk Memento for Windows (Mac version in testing now)
I loaded a model of a Sea Cockroach I created from a series of photos I took at a marine research station in Puerto Morelos Mexico in June 2015.
With the most recent Memento beta build 188.8.131.52 from yesterday you get an option in the side menu to
After publishing you can view and can view and if the author can edit the details. https://memento.autodesk.com/projects/sea-cockroach
You can follow gallery users and I am https://memento.autodesk.com/users/shaan-hurley
Give the new gallery a try to share your 3D models, free currently.This is perfect for artist, museums, engineers, archeologists, really anyone creating 3D content for viewing and preserving. I am not sure of the file size or storage limits at this time.
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.
I have been traveling a fair amount recently and about to enjoy some Summertime with my young daughter. I just returned from a work project in Mexico helping to train artists and scientist using Autodesk Memento to digitally capture corals and sculptures in 3D. While in Mexico a big storm hit the day after I arrived bring high winds and flooding leading to power outages and preventing me from some work related SCUBA dives on the worlds second largest barrier reef the Mesoamerican reef, It was several days of really bad weather of a tropical storm bordering in category 1 hurricane. I was staying with my generous host an artist TED Fellow and amazing person Colleen Flanigan who loves the melding of art and science to protect and rejuvenate the coral reefs and spent considerable time on the ZOE sculpture project.
Aerial video from UAV of the region D-QnPgHrbsM
The storm caused considerable flooding and downed power lines and debris. I even noticed boats had sunk. ONe of the crazy concerns was not the downed power lines but a local resident telling me be careful of the standing water as there are many large hungry crocodiles that can be in there,
Nighttime candles for lighting since we did not have power.
My improvised phone waterproof sandwich bag.
Why is this important and matter?
Reefs around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate and scientists scrambling to preserve and study them and 3D accurate data is far more useful than 2D coral surveys especially for volumetric changes that can be measured using Memento. The coral reefs and mangroves surrounding the Yucatan villages such as Puerto Morelos Mexico where I was staying are what protects land, villages, and sustains all life and if they vanish so does everything else.
I had several meeting and days training how scientists working with the Mexican University UNAM and Mexican Government CONAMP can use Memento to non-destructively capture corals and reef structures as well as about anything else.
I am looking forward to sharing models and some of the projects from amazing people mixing science and art underwater in the common goal of saving the coral and oceans. Colleen Flannigan and the ZOE sculpture project as well as Roberto Diaz Abraham of MUSA.
What an amazing project and so much more to the story to tell and share with you as the data is processed data and we continue to work with the artists and scientist of the Yucatan and all of Mexico.
The oldest stone tools known to man were found in remote Northern Kenya. The tools date back 3.3 million years. My friend Dr. Louise Leakey documented the excavation and tools using Autodesk technology to share the discovery with the world.
These historical findings are detailed in an article published last week in Nature Magazine (May 20, 2015). Now, through the power of Autodesk technology, people all around the world will have the chance to share in this major scientific discovery.
Dr. Louise Leakey, in collaboration with Autodesk, used Memento technology to create high quality 3D digital replicas of the stone tool artifacts, for preservation, education and further research. Memento is Autodesk’s cutting-edge free software that enables users to convert photos or scans into 3D models to be optimized for the web or mobile viewing, or 3D printing.
Read more on the In the Fold blog about this incredible discovery.
Our good friend and a smart innovative marine scientist Sly Lee of The HYDROUS had a nice online piece covering his work in Wetpixel.com. Sly uses Autodesk Memento to generate 3D textured models of coral from photos he and teams take underwater in coral reef locations around the world.
The ability to document a coral in 3D with textures is far more rich than 2D underwater sketching or 2D photos. The 3D models in addition to looking amazing and artistic generates a rich amount of accurate geometric and volumetric data so you can track growth or unfortunately the deterioration of coral colonies due to several environmental factors in our oceans. This is one of those practical applications of photogrammetry where creating 3D models or scans protects and help preserve and better understand the ocean and coral.
I had the pleasure of joining him photographing coral specimens in the waters off Kalaupapa Molokai Hawaii last year. Our team spent many hours SCUBA diving upside down taking thousands of photos of coral dodging moray eels, sharks, and jellyfish in the interest of research. I hope to join Sly underwater again someday even willing to take a few more jelly fish and sponge stings in the interest of science and pushing the envelope of Autodesk technologies.
When you have the 3D models you can also 3D print the coral which are amazing to see in person and are like an abstract art than anything. We printed this acropora genus of coral model from Palau on an Objet printer in SF a couple weeks ago for the REAL2015 conference. Who knows, perhaps these amazing pieces of natures fractal art could help crowd fund the study of the coral reefs and their preservation.
We at Autodesk always say imagine, design, and create a better world and in this case it is to help preserve and leave a better world and ocean. Keep up the great work studying and preserving our coral reefs and oceans Sly!
(Fun Between the Lines Fact: This is my 1st blog post from my new office in Portland Oregon)
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...
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.
Last week I was working on a project in Northern Arizona and found an exhibit of a sandstone that had actual dinosaur footprints on it on display outside the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center. In Utah and Arizona it is not unusual to find dinosaur footprints in rocks and sadly a recent amazing example located near Moab Utah was vandalized and lost forever. So how can we preserve these fossil records without purchasing expensive 3D scanning equipment? In this case I used my smartphone a iPhone 6 and its camera to capture a series of photos and then using the currently free Autodesk Project Memento and generated an accurate textured 3D model of the dinosaur's fossilized footprint.
|So here you see the series of 40 photos I took of the sandstone fossilized dinosaur footprints.|
So go install Autodesk Project Memento which is currently pre-release and free after a quick registration.
|Select to create a photo scene and upload and wait for it to alert you your model is done.|
Here is the resulting highly detailed and accurate 3D textured mesh of the dinosaur footprint and available for export to OBJ, STL, and many other formats and uses.
Now there is a digital record of this footprint to preserve it, 3D print it, study it, or display it online or use as a digital prop in a 3D game or animation. All it takes is a camera and you can generate highly detailed and accurate textured meshes of almost anything and in higher detail that the 123D Catch app.
In Project Memento you have many tools to study the mesh, retopo the mesh, and so much more. You can also export and modify the mesh in Autodesk Meshmixer.
What can you capture in 3D?
On this U.S. Holiday of Veterans Day we would like to place the spot light on Project Recover.
In connection with Veterans’ Day, GoPro and CBS series “60 Minutes” profile World War II recovery effort by Scripps and partners. https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/new-technology-enables-historic-finds
The Project Recovery website currently highlights a project in Palau searching for MIA using many technologies including Autodesk's Reality Capture solutions such as ReCap. Autodesk has been proud to be a partner in this project in the Pacific islands with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Personally I have been so very fortunate to work with many veterans in 2014 including some from the Pearl Harbor WWII era, the many fine sailors and marines of the USS America, as well as supporting the efforts of the Wounded Warriors Project.
Everyday should be Veterans Day. A day or simple "Thank You" will never be enough.
Thank you veterans,
Most know us at Autodesk as the folks that develop AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Maya, Autodesk Inventor, and over 115 or so other products, but we are into the non CAD fields as well. We pride ourselves as being highly diversified, and in conversations I often get the reaction "what the "#%@!, really?"
We at Autodesk are not only into the Maker movements, 3D printing open source platforms, helping scientist capture coral in 3D for research, capture historical monuments like the USS Arizona in 3D, but also into things like 3D printing virus to attack cancer in research by our Autodesk Distinguished Researcher Andrew Hessel.
Yes, Autodesk is supporting research in-house to cure cancer. Cancer sucks big time and everyone wants to cure it, but who would think a stereotyped CAD software company based in Marin County California is actively researching solutions to kicking cancers evil microscopic ass.
"A genetic engineer at Autodesk says he can 3D print a virus that one day might be able to attack cancer cells."
Autodesk deep in it's roots back about 33 years ago we were a group of talented hardware and software hackers. To me it all makes sense we would not only hack software, hardware, but why not hack cells and other hard challenges.
Let's all applaud Andrew Hessel's research and those like him that WILL remove the C word from our vocabulary as I don't want to get any more calls or emails that I lost another someone close to me to cancer.
I lost an amazing good friend and colleague last year to cancer #PeachStrong, and many more loved ones and customers along the way like Celeste, Scooter, and my grandfather.