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Monday, 26 July 2010

Are you a 3D star?

In the UK we have just launched a public competition to find a Design Visualisation Star on our 3d Design Visualisation Blog. The competition is aimed at designers, recent graduates or any other talented individuals from any industry. Top prize is a high end graphics card from ATI, worth over £1000 and great runners-up prizes of ATI graphics cards for second and third places

To enter, simply post a link to your 3D visualisation or design visualisation showreel in any format (i.e. YouTube video, Flickr slideshow, blog link, etc.) as a comment reply to this blog post, along with a description under 140 characters as to why you think your entry is great. Each entry must have used at least one Autodesk product (with/without a 3rd party product.).

Make sure you spread the word amongst colleagues and friends as the number of likes is one of the judging criteria!

More information is available on this blog post. Full Terms and conditions available here

Friday, 23 July 2010

Day Three: Farnborough Airshow

On day one of the Farnborough Airshow we hosted a number of manufacturers from various industry sectors at the Autodesk office to show them how our Digital Prototyping solutions are helping manufacturers be more productive and more competitive.

Today (Wednesday) we hosted a number of companies from within the built environment and media & entertainment industries. The day was similar to Monday's event with manufacturers but there was more of a focus on how Autodesk can help those who are developing (or re-developing) airports.

We were able to show how Autodesk solutions help all industries who are working on the development of an airport, right from the Geospatial ground work, through Civil Design & Engineering, Architectural design, Building services, Structural design, Manufacturing and then visualising the design using our Media & Entertainment tools.

The key part of all this is that we were able to show how all of the industry specific solutions can be used together to help reduce errors, reduce the amount of re-work and increase communication. For example, a fabricated glass staircase that has been designed using Autodesk Inventor with all of the drawings, bill of materials, cut lists etc is required in the main airport terminal. We showed how the manufacturer could output a 3D BIM ready version of the staircase that could be used in Revit Architecture.

We also showed how we could aggregate all of the industry specific data together to give us an overall view of the project, where it was up to, any problems with things like clashes but also introduce the element of time to see how the project would be delivered.

Many of those in attendance knew about Autodesk, they knew about AutoCAD and the tools that they were using but they didn't know they could be used in this way to enable successful collaboration between different industry teams.

The presentation that we gave is based around Millennium Airport, an airport development that the Northern Europe Technical Sales Team put together, and allows the user to select the industry sectors that are important to them to see how the Autodesk solutions will help:


Just hover your mouse over the interactive airport to select the industry sector(s) you want to learn more about. There's plenty of content, videos and documents that show you exactly how the Autodesk solutions can help:

The afternoon was spent out on the lawn outside of the Autodesk office in Farnborough discussing with the delegates what we had presented that morning but also enjoying the fabulous air display being put on at the show:

We were treated to the A380, F16 and The Blades again but added to the program was a fly-by by a B52 and a display by an RAF Vulcan

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Day Two: Farnborough Airshow

Day two of the Farnborough Airshow continued as day one finished - very warm, lots of visitors and a great air display!

The Autodesk stand in Hall 1 was also very busy and was visited by manufacturers from the UK, France, Russia, Singapore (amongst others) all eager to see how our Digital Prototyping solutions could help them. We were able to tell them the story of one of our partners on the stand Envisage Group, who have designed a new concept of a first class seat using Autodesk Alias Design and Autodesk Inventor:

A visual of the chair was being displayed on a powerwall on the stand where visitors can visualise the new concept in a fully immersive 3D environment using Autodesk Showcase. With the aid of a pair of 3D glasses, visitors to the stand were wowed at the level of detail and realism they were able to experience.

The afternoon air display didn't fail to impress with the highlights being the F-22 Raptor and the fly past of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner accompanied by two Spitfires.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Farnborough Airshow: Day One

It was hot........very hot!!

You'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in the South of France or the Mediterranean rather than Farnborough today, especially if you caught the early morning weather forecast. It certainly didn't forecast the superb sunshine and clear blue skies, but too be honest I didn't mind (and I'm sure thousands of others didn't either) as it meant todays air display at the Farnborough Air show was even more spectacular!

For me the day started early, 6.30am into the Autodesk office which is situated right next door to Farnborough Airport. We were taking advantage of the airshow and had invited a number of manufacturing companies to come and see what Autodesk have to offer.

We spent 90 minutes showing how the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions can help manufacturers increase productivity, decrease the number of physical prototypes and help to increase innovation. We also have them an insight into how other industries such as Architecture, Structural Engineering, Civil Design and Visualisation can help.

After a packed agenda we boarded a coach over for the afternoon at the air show where we enjoyed the delights of a superb air display in the sunshine. Here are some of my pictures from this afternoons display:

The Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner cross paths

The Airbus A380 takes to the skies:

The Blades aerobatic display team give the audience a spectacular show:

If you're visiting the airshow come over and see us in Hall 1 on Stand 4.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

The Airshow Cometh!

You might have noticed I've been a little quiet on here and on my @AutodeskMFG Twitter feed recently, there has been a good reason........honest!

As well as having a week of holiday\vacation\rest I have been working closely with my colleagues at Autodesk on a presentation for the Farnborough Airshow which is taking place next week.

The Autodesk UK office is situated right next door to the Farnborough Airport, we can see the full airport, runways, hangers etc from the office window. This means that every couple of years when the Farnborough Airshow takes up residency for the week you have to keep a tight hold of your coffee or tea as the jets fly over the office! It also means that we can uproot from the office to the exhibition halls on the airport to show manufacturers, design engineers and others interested in design excatly what Autodesk can do for those in aerospace.

This year, we have decided to go a little further than just concentrating on our Digital Prototyping solutions for manufacturers and we have put together a presentation that shows how the complete set of Autodesk solutions can benefit every aspect of aerospace and airport design. The presentation is split into a number of industry focussed sections so that visitors can see exactly what is important to them, they include:
  • Aircraft Interior Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Architecture
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Geospatial Solutions
  • Design Visualisation
  • Design Collaboration
  • Sustainable Design
Each of the industry focussed sections aims to show exactly how tools such as Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Alias Surface and 3ds Max Design allow design engineers to engineer and collaborate during their design process.

You can find out more about the presentation if you're visiting the Farnborough Airshow next week, we'll be in Hall 1 on Stand 4. Just look for the big Autodesk stand and come say Hello.

Here's a few of the images we've created to wet your appetite....

I'll be blogging directly from our stand at the airshow next week and I'll have my camera with me so will upload some pictures of the event.

See you there.....

Friday, 9 July 2010

Plugin of the month: Inventor FeatureMigrator

The FeatureMigrator tool has been developed to allow Inventor users to more easily create parts from assembly features. Through functionality provided by the tool, users are able to migrate (re-create) an existing assembly feature in the relevant sub-parts at the right location in the part space and with the same properties as the parent feature in the assembly. The FeatureMigrator can reliably migrate an assembly feature to the part level. This can save a lot of time and effort for the user when compared with the manual approach, i.e. creating the equivalent features in the affected parts.

FeatureMigrator is available for download on Autodesk Labs: