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Between the Lines

Autodesk, Design, Technology, and more blog.

Last Build Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:18:00 -0700


32nd Release of AutoCAD

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:18:00 -0700

AutoCAD 2018 was just released, but did you know it was the 32nd release of AutoCAD and that its beta codename was Omega? I maintain a list of all of these and a few more at: AutoCAD Release History AutoCAD 1.0 December 1982 (Release 1) AutoCAD 1.2 April 1983 (Release 2) AutoCAD 1.3 August 1983 (Release 3) AutoCAD 1.4 October 1983 (Release 4) AutoCAD 2.0 October 1984 (Release 5) AutoCAD 2.1 May 1985 (Release 6) AutoCAD 2.5 June 1986...

Impressive Marshmallow Challenge Result

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:29:06 -0700

Autodesk colleague Tom Wujec gave a popular TED presentation in 2010 about team building and a Marshmallow Challenge that has received over 3.5 million views. The Marshmallow Challenge is a great team building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. In the past few years I have seen 20-30’ish inch towers created and heard of ones a little higher and some a little lower but Tom received an email from Mike Barron with a photo of an impressive tower. The tower created stands 55 inches in an office cubicle. This is the largest tower ever seen with photographic evidence.

Have a Autodesk License Issue, Ask AVA

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:04:12 -0700

AVA is the Autodesk Virtual Agent that can assist with many issues and requests from downloads to licensing to product registrations. She is very helpful and never sleeps. I'm not even sure if the artificial intelligence is really male or female, but that doesn't really matter. Managing your Autodesk Account Downloads and upgrades Activation & registration Installing and configuring your product License management

Professional Development for Our Robot Coworkers

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:58:19 -0700

My Autodesk colleage Maurice Conti Director, Applied Research and Innovation in the Office of the CTO was just featured in a Bloomberg Technology video piece talking about robots. Maurice and team have been researching solutions to solve the challenge of robots and humans getting along. Part of the solution is to give the robots sight allowing them to work and coexist with us and not to crush us to a pulp which they can do rather easily. “The classic industrial...

Autodesk 2018 Products

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:46:08 -0700

Some of the Autodesk 2018 products have been released from beta and available for download now. The two main ones I am aware of are AutoCAD 2018 and Autodesk Inventor 2018. AutoCAD 2018 (beta codename Omega): Many changes under the hood including major performance improvements but some also required changes to the DWG file format. We had been trying to hold off on impact to file formats but over the past 5 years the time had come with all the...

AutoCAD Influencer Day with Friends and Colleagues

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:19:47 -0700

Last week Autodesk invited several customers and social media from around the world to the San Francisco office for more than some amazing Spring weather. During the day we enjoyed a nice Autodesk Gallery tour by Autodesk's power Gallery Ambassador Scott Sheppard. Following the amazing tour by Scott the attendees were given some presentations and panels on AutoCAD now and the future led by Autodesk’s Lynn Allen, Heidi Hewett, Rob McGuire, Marielle Covington. Longtime AutoCAD team members Jon Page and...

Autodesk Official Design & Manufacturing Show Reel 2017

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:12:30 -0700

A nice way to begin the first day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and also a Monday is with a cool video. Autodesk Design and Manufacturing show reel video showing what our design and manufacturing customers and researchers make using our technologies. Now the count down to June 21st and the first day of Summer!!!!

Glen Canyon Dam 3D Model Created by Autodesk ReCap and ReMake

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:04:40 -0700

In August of 2016, a team of Autodesk employees including myself Shaan Hurley and led by Autodesk’s Pete Kelsey along with Autodeskers David Dreffs, and Carlos Orona and a team from the US Bureau of Reclamation took on a very large infrastructure project to capture the second largest US dam Glen Canyon Dam located on the border of Utah and Arizona in the beautiful American Southwest. The Glen Canyon Dam is just 16 feet shorter than the Hoover dam and...

Congratulations PNW District 3 FIRST Robotics Teams

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:13:49 -0700

Congratulations to the 40 high school teams that participated Thursday to Sunday in the FIRST Robotics FRC PNW District 3 competition in Wilsonville Oregon. What an amazing event and gracious professionalism everywhere as well as really delicious homemade ice cream from middle school students jr Scoop to support local charities and schools by “Brain Freezes for Better Communities”. Thank you to all the volunteers, judges, referees, school, parents, sponsors, teachers, and so many more that make this all possible. Congratulations...

When in Boston Tour the Autodesk Build Space

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:22:15 -0700

Public tours are offered by appointment to Autodesk’s new Boston Build Space. See cutting edge architecture, engineering, and construction innovation in a collaborative environment with technology like robotics, CNC, and VR in use. More details on the Build Space: Free tour booking :

FIRST Robotics FRC PNW District 3 Competition Friday & Saturday

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:39:50 -0800

FIRST Robotics FRC competition season has started with week 2 competitions happening this week. Here in the Portland Oregon the Pacific Northwest District 3 has have 40 teams competing from the Pacific Northwest including the team I volunteer with Team 1540 Flaming Chickens. Autodesk is a proud supporter and sponsor of the PNW District and the big regional PNW Championships in April in addition to every student and teacher worldwide gets free Autodesk software. Autodesk’s Greg Fallon Vice President, DLS...

Fusion 360 Meetup in Portland Oregon this Week

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:50:40 -0800

If you happen to be in beautiful Portland Oregon this week, want to meet some of the Fusion 360 team and see some cool things then sign up for the free meetup. Michael Aubry of Autodesk has organized this meetup and will be joined by others from Autodesk like Brian Ekins and Fusion’s Keqing Song. I will also be attending this meetup as I can’t get enough Fusion 360 info. Fusion 360 Meetup - What's New in Fusion & CNC...