Evan Atherton of the Office of the CTO (OCTO) and a teammate of mine has made a fun great movie. Evan is probably one of the most ardent Star Wars loving fans I know. Evan has created a movie about Star War's loveable droid R2-D2 called "Artoo in Love" using much of the technology we use in the OCTO group. From using high end video cameras like the RED to custom built R2-D2, UAV, and a robotic arm that has been taught to draw. The film is not only told a story of using technology, but a technology love story.
While I don't want to lose Evan to film directing and making it is apparent he has the talent in the film and production. Look out Spielberg and Lucas, a Mechanical Engineer is making great movies and on your heels.
Gizmodo published a great article on the project film as well:
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.
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!
Autodesk Screencast provides a whole new way to share knowledge in short video recordings and provide training with in-depth contextual meta data from Autodesk products like AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor and Revit you see the commands, dialogs, and menu items on the timeline.
Autodesk Screencast also records non-Autodesk products but doesn't have the ability to capture the rich commands and menu items selected like the tight integration with Autodesk products.
Get started sharing your knowledge today!
Do you need to learn how to install or deploy AutoCAD easily onto computers? Don't go installing one by one on multiple machines wasting your time and others, do it fast and easily whether standalone or network licensed using the deployment feature.
We published a video that goes through the entire process of the creation of an administrative deployment image, understanding the deployment options, and how to use deployments to install Autodesk software on your local and network computers.
Detailed narrated tutorial using AutoCAD 2011 http://youtu.be/OmsbKctNnpMYouTube
In the video I spotted my awesome Office of the CTO team mates Evan Atherton, Arthur Harsuvanakit and Scott Sheppard.
Evan and Arthur cutting pieces for the Burning Man 2013 Temple Project
Evan and Arthur building their sketching robot that won first place in the Design & Make contest at Autodesk University 2013.
Have you heard of Autodesk's preview technology named Project Chronicle? If not, Project Chronicle is a quick and easy way to record detailed steps automatically of what you are doing in AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit a swell as other things. Project Chronicle is not meant for highly polished presentations but instead goes much deeper than a standard training video as you can see the detailed commands and steps being used in the Autodesk product. For more info check out the recent post Training Reimagined - Autodesk Project Chronicle.
Next Monday January 27th, 2014 at 2:30pm PST Live from the Autodesk San Francisco office I will be joined by Project Chronicle product manager Eric Stover to talk about Project Chronicle and take your questions and comments live on the Google Hangout.
Autodesk has offices all around the world, but the crown jewel is the One Market office in San Francisco with it's beautiful view of the Ferry Terminal, Embarcadero as well as the Bay Bridge. For 5 years and at a cost of around 6.5 billion US dollars the new span has just been completed to replace the aged old span that was prone to potential failures during earthquakes, something the Bay Area is known to experience.
Experience the over 42,000 hours of construction of the 2.2 mile span in under four minutes. http://youtu.be/GDUIYZKlknk
In many cases architecture, engineering, design, and construction are art!
Check out more examples including a behind the scenes exhibit on the Bay Bridge at Autodesk Gallery at One Market (http://usa.autodesk.com/gallery/) that is open to the public every Wednesday and Friday.
Autodesk’s Bill O’Connor created this nice short video on Innovation. This is very fitting since I have given two keynotes on innovation recently from an Autodesk perspective from taking CAD from the mainframe to the PC, BIM, digital prototyping, and cloud computing technologies.
The path to innovation is paved with seven questions. Bill O'Connor, Founder of the Innovation Genome Project, shows us how these questions have been used in innovations throughout history—from fire to flight, writing to recycling, and everything in between.
Recently Autodesk CEO Carl Bass was interviewed on Bloomberg TV for Bloomberg Design 2013. Hear from Carl about his experience with digital design as a hands on Maker, Design as a Verb, Design Experiments and Form Exploration.
The OrgOrgChart (Organic Organization Chart) project looks at the evolution of a company's structure over time. A snapshot of the Autodesk organizational hierarchy was taken each day between May 2007 and June 2011, a span of 1498 days.
Each day the entire hierarchy of the company is constructed as a tree with each employee represented by a circle, and a line connecting each employee with his or her manager. Larger circles represent managers with more employees working under them. The tree is then laid out using a force-directed layout algorithm.
From day to day, there are three types of changes that are possible:
- Employees join the company
- Employees leave the company
- Employees change managers
Instead of recomputing the full layout each day, we animate the transitions from one day to the next. In this version of the video, each second corresponds to approximately one week of activity.
Spot my node in the visualization, good luck as it is harder than where's Waldo but trust me I am in there.
You could engineer a better world? Autodesk’s own Dawn Danby and the independent creative genius Saul Griffith produced a video to inspire young people, teachers, designers, makers and others to dream of all the challenges and things you could do.
Engineering, design, science, experimentation, making things, solving problems, taking on challenges, and yes even math are indeed cool.
Last month myself and Gonzales Martinez spent a few weeks in Kenya with Dr, Louise Leakey of the Turkana Basin Institute and Yang Deming of the National Museum of Kenya. We were researching several aspects of aerial photography and from a remote controlled copter to not only capture video and photos by map and locate areas of interest for fossil artifacts. We were in the Northern most part of Kenya in the Lake Turkana basin where the earliest evidence of man has been discovered over the years including several skulls dating back millions of years. Gonzalo has taken some of our video from both my camera and the onboard Octo-Copter video as well as photos and posted the video for everyone to enjoy.
Autodesk Octo-copter aerial video of flying in Northern Turkana region of Kenya. http://youtu.be/KvhJu6b0gug?hd=1
In a technology research project Autodesk employee Gonzalo Martinez Director of Strategic Research in the office of the CTO has built and modified an Octo-Copter UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to capture both video and photos to generate a 3D model using 123D Catch. The eight bladed copter craft is 100% autonomous based on a programmed GPS route or if you are skilled you can run in manual mode. The craft can reach an astounding altitude of 1000 meters and can carry a payload such as cameras.
In this video you will see the 3D model of Autodesk Headquarters 111 McInnis Parkway in San Rafael California generated automatically from the photos using the free 123D Catch.You will then see the video of the craft flying around the Autodesk office and how smooth the flight was. The captured video is from a GOPro Hero 2 camera and the still images are captured using a Canon SLR camera triggered remotely.
For those unable to view videos on YouTube here is a download version:
Download MikroKopter Cinestar 8 at Autodesk HQ and 123D Catch.mp4
When you think about the “friendly & legal” possibilities of an autonomous UAV able to capture 3D models and photos and videos from the air there are many. Imagine an archeologist or paleontologist documenting a dig site, a contractor monitoring a construction site, someone needing a model of existing structures for rapid energy modeling or development planning etc. There are so many uses beside the obvious beach flight I know some of you might be thinking of.
I am hoping to join Gonzalo on a test flight in 2 weeks weather and schedule permitting.
“You're Designers, Hip Hip Hazaa!”
For those unable to view YouTube, here is a download of the video in HD and in Eye Shattering 3D, (and 2D where applicable) (110MB): Download McCluskeys Method_Long
Allen Lowe a Visual Media Designer in the AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT User Assistance team has posted some new AutoCAD Tips and Tricks videos. These videos provide Tips and Tricks for using AutoCAD in short bite size easy to absorb pieces.
Check them out!
The ending of the funny series started in March 2009 was so unexpected. Finally get to see TJ out of his blue latex suit.
“The TeknoChronicles of Z - Episode 10: Z End of Z Road
Venturing out of his TeknoCave, Z is on a final mission to learn the true identity of Dome City's greatest villain. Will he finally uncover the truth about his bosses, his projects, and his use of AutoCAD to save the Fate of Humanity? Or is this the end of the road for our friend Z?”
For those of the mechanical engineering persuasion and using AutoCAD Mechanical or thinking about it there is some great new resources. The AutoCAD Mechanical View on the AutoCAD Exchange is now live and some nice videos have been posted to both the AutoCAD Exchange and YouTube.
You can select the discipline view for the AutoCAD Exchange in the upper right by selecting View > Mechanical View. It is essentially a discipline filter so you could see all or just your specific flavor of AutoCAD.
AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 Video series on the AutoCAD Exchange Mechanical View as well as on YouTube. The video series is by AutoCAD Mechanical Product Manager Adam Perry. Adam did a great job on the videos!
Now I need to get back to some late Sunday night last minute packing for a very early flight tomorrow morning to San Francisco. I wonder if Lynn Allen has any left over ribs that won her 1st place in a competition this weekend. mmmm
“Uh oh. The zipper on TJ's TeknoTard is stuck. But Z is more focused on designing cool skyboxes for a new stadium. So of course, he's implemented a BIM process with Autodesk Revit at the core, and he's using AutoCAD to extend the power of BIM. Good for the stadium design. Bad for TJ. “
Another great feature of the AutoCAD Exchange is the Ask an Expert where you can ask questions to the weeks expert.
A new episode of the TeknoChronicles of Z has been posted on the AutoCAD Exchange as well as YouTube. This is the third episode and titled “Supply Chained”. Take a break and watch this video to get a mid-week laugh.
If you have not been following the funny series The TeknoChronicles of Z it might help to catch up on these short fun videos from Autodesk. Don't forget to enter the General ShadowFinger’s Benign Design contest in 3D for some great prizes but valid for US contestants most likely due to some evil TeknoLawyer.
Chronological list of webispodes of TeknoChronicles of Z:
The new Episode 1 of TeknoChronicles of Z - “Z No Evil” is very funny.
“vrooom vrooom vrooom”
Be sure to pay attention to all the subtle humor like the scrolling text in the TeknoMap or the clouds in reverse direction in the TeknoJustice’s flying vehicle.