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Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:01 -0700


Smart Materials

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:01 -0700

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. How Smart Materials Will Literally Reshape the World Around Us tps:// “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...

SketchBook Motion Released for the iPad

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:11:27 -0700

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...

AutoCAD Family Feud Survey

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:58:09 -0700

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 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...

Andrew Hessel–Reddit Ask Me Anything on Biotechnology

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:43:23 -0700

Andrew Hessel of Autodesk's Bio/Nano Research Group within Autodesk Office of the CTO recently held a very thought provoking Reddit Ask Me Anything session. 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...

Support Oregon STEM

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:20:45 -0700

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...

Play Hide and Seek with a 3D Laser Scanner

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:30:23 -0700

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...

AutoCAD 2017 Import PDF as Vectors

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:57:28 -0700

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...

The Next Phase in Robotics - Collaboration

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:49:48 -0700

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...

Autodesk University 2016 Around the World

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:50:16 -0700

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...

Autodesk Forge Free Online Hackathon

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:41:42 -0700

Get some help, build an app, publish it in the Autodesk App Store, and get a reward. Free Online Hackathon from September 1–October 31, 2016:

Throwback Thursday – Not all Bugs are Bad

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:20:00 -0700

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...

Bad Poetry Slam Winner

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:32:13 -0700

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...