“The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is situated 100 meters below ground at CERN and is considered the biggest single machine on the planet. It is also the location of one of the most important scientific achievements of this century, the Higgs boson.“
Only one week to go until the March 2018 BIM AK Event! Make sure you are registered!
(Thursday 1st March, 5.30-8.00pm).
This months event will be focused on Procurement, BIM, and how we can foster more collaborative working arrangements, and will feature an industry panel discussion, with participants from design, construction, project management, and client organisations - we will be actively encouraging audience participation and look forward to some lively debate.
Attendance is FREE, drinks and food will be provided but pre-event registration is essential. All attendees are required to register prior to the day of the event via the registration link below.
Whether you’re a BIM Manager, Architect, Engineer, Contractor, Facility Manager, Manufacturer, Project Manager or anyone else wanting to learn and share information about BIM, BIM AK events plan to have something for everyone.
The NZ Autodesk reseller community is a small world. It, strangely, just got both smaller and bigger as the combined businesses make for a powerful sizeable all NZ owned team. I’ve been a (personal) customer of Salesoft for many years, but the CADPRO folks have always been welcoming.
In fact I was there last week for the inaugural Fusion 360 meetup. The meeting, and pizza, was great so I’ll forgive CADPRO M.D. Hans for not giving me a scoop on this huge news… : )
Get Ready for REAL 2016 by taking a look back at last year’s ground breaking summit. The inaugural year of REAL was an amazing exploration of the convergence of 3d sensing, making & visualization. Relive and experience leading designers, artists, entrepreneurs & educators discussing the latest innovations in this 3D revolution.
When a model mixes with reality the results are stunning!
There’s more info on the Hololens hardware — the first fully untethered, see-through ‘holographic’ computer that will arrive with Windows 10 — in the video below:
“Windows 10 is the first platform to support holographic computing with APIs that enable gaze, gesture, voice, and environmental understanding on an untethered device. Microsoft HoloLens, together with Windows 10, will bring high‑definition holograms to life in your world”
It isn’t unusual to look forward to a long weekend but Easter 2015 will be particularly memorable for me. Last Thursday was my last day working for The Warehouse Limited (TWL) after seventeen, would have been eighteen in July, years. Tomorrow, the first day of a new adventure.
Leaving The Warehouse, more than a job
TWL was well established when I joined in 1997 but had, still has, a ‘big small company’ feel. They’d not long been in the new Store Support Office. It was extended twice over the years I worked there, most recently the 4 story addition seen below. It was by far the largest organisation I’d worked for and one with a unique culture fostered by the founder, Sir Stephen Tindall.
Over the years my role — although similar — shifted between Property, Store Development, Operations and Retail Environment as the company evolved. There were lots of projects built, some which never happened and a few still to be realised. In part that is why I didn’t write about specific work but TWL were always supportive of the blog and the opportunities it created.
I saw a lot of change with people coming, going, and quite often coming back! One constant through all the change was working with a great group of people. It wasn’t an easy decision to move on but a unique opportunity was the motivation.
Although dismal eyesight ended my childhood ambition to be a Pilot I’ve always had an interest in aviation. Thus, a role focused on GIS & BIM — for design and operation — immersed in that world was rather appealing.
Although it will be a big change I’m looking forward to this new adventure. Flight plan filed, ready for take-off!
A place to think, dream, tinker and play with ideas that could change the world. Imagine it packed with all the design and manufacturing technology you could desire. Imagine the ultimate location for your ‘shop’: harbour side in centre of a beautiful city, a short walk from a bustling commuter hub and market with restaurants, cafés and gourmet fresh food & produce.
You just imagined Pier 9
Part of the AutoCAD Blogger Day was a tour of Pier 9. A short walk from Autodesk’s 1 Market Street office, past the Ferry Building Marketplace, you find a converted waterfront cargo pier. These sheds, once the domain of ships and cargo trading, now house offices for lawyers (this is the U.S.A. after all), Architects and Autodesk’s innovation hub: The Pier 9 Workshop
A place to explore
Pier 9 is a place for Autodesk employees and artists, designers to explore the limits of design software and manufacturing technology. Autodesk support this by offering small stipend, software, hardware and an impressive workspace through the Artists in Residence Program. As we wandered through the various workshops the it was fascinating to see a wide variety of disciplines and industries working side by side.
A place to build
The simplest way to explain the scope of Pier 9 is as we experienced it, a tour. From the reception, with meeting rooms overlooking the harbour, you move through a variety of open plan office spaces. There is typical designers clutter of computers, sketches and (not so typical) desktop printers churning out prototype models!
From there we went into the first workshop. The CNC Machine Shop has industrial spec CNC 5 axis machining centres, lathes, routers and milling machines.
Add to that a 10’ x 5’ (say 3000 x 1500mm in real measurements) water jet cutter that can blast through 8” (150mm) of material. I watched it, somewhat mesmerised, cutting organic shape components but never thought to ask what they were going to be!
The Woodshop has industrial spec table saw which features a Sawstop Accident Prevention System designed with Autodesk Inventor. It detects when skin (or any conductive matter) touches the blade, stopping and retracting it almost instantly. I didn’t dare to test it but have seen a demo which proved it works (on a BBC science program).
Add to that table routers, drill presses, planers, bandsaws, belt/drum sanders and hand tools making this Woodshop better equipped than some Kiwi cabinet making companies I’ve worked for!
Into the Commercial Test Kitchen where there was, from memory, a range and other commercial kitchen equipment. I most remember being captivated by the view!
Then it was upstairs to the 3D Printshop which which is packed with direct manufacturing technology. There are seven, yes seven, Objet 3D resin printers, five laser cutters of various types, a 3D paper printer (contour printing with paper), Arctec 3D scanners and a wide format printer vinyl cutter.
Next was the Sewing and Project room with industrial sewing equipment and a Centroform Vacuum Former. It has a view of the Electronics Lab which I didn’t get to see in detail but looked to have the oscilloscopes, spectrum and logic analysers you see electronic techies playing with.
From what I saw Pier 9 is a place to explore new frontiers. Autodesk Employees and Artists in Residence get to use their software with the latest in technology. This ‘eating your own dog food’ experimentation goes beyond the usual industry work streams. The mix of disciplines working together must also generate some interesting collaborations.
In a short tour we saw engineering projects, furniture manufacturing, additive printing a logo onto an existing product, apparel design and electronic design and production. The kitchen was empty, sadly no samples, but there was talk of making sugar and flour from insect protein. Not exactly your typical foodie recipe.
The 3D printers were making cityscape models of New York and San Francisco, for urban redevelopment planning. I was interested to see a 3D paper print (the bust below) as had only recently heard about the technology. The Mcor IRIS 3D paper printer uses copy paper as the medium printed on the cut edges. You get a paper thickness resolution contour model with reasonable colour reproduction.
Some bloggers, and Lynn Allen, had fun on the meeting table swing!
Pier 9, evidence that Autodesk is far more than just a software company?
Autodesk has always had a relationship with the industries that use its products. Pier 9 shows they are looking to enable industry professionals, artists and the rapidly growing maker movement take new processes, new technologies and combine them in new ways.
Some projects investigating mixtures of biotech, engineering and new manufacturing technologies (also showcased in the nearby Autodesk Gallery) were fascinating. Imagine growing a building, self assembling furniture or flying in aircraft printed, even grown, running on fuel harvested from bacteria…
Beyond Manufacturing, it’s happening in AEC too.
While the Pier 9 focus seems to be ‘making’, a move mid last year indicated Autodesk are taking a similar approach for AEC. They acquired David Benjamin’s Design Studio | The Living. It will concentrate on research and development projects in the fields of architecture, art, industrial design, aerospace, computer science, engineering, manufacturing and synthetic biology.
Another sign that Autodesk is rapidly evolving far beyond the traditional software business model?
I arrived back from Tibet to find some very welcome news from Shaan Hurley. Autodesk now provides students, teachers and schools WORLDWIDE with free* access to Autodesk software: 3-year licenses of 80 titles of the exact same software that our commercial customers use.
Hooray! I have been anxiously awaiting this for years. Effective today, Autodesk provides FREE access to our software to students, teachers and schools around the world. If you are an engineering school or teach CAD drafting or design classes, or a computer lab facing tight budgets, you can now get the software free without limitations. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions on use in school… [cont]
* Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes
Join us for AU 2013 Live Streaming Video from Las Vegas
Experience the excitement of this year's conference from your office or on the go as you watch AU 2013 live streaming video of sessions from AU Las Vegas. Join us December 3-5, 2013 for a selection of classes, the Keynote Address, the Closing Session, and the Innovation Forums.
Of course it does not quite have the atmosphere and excitement of being in Las Vegas but a recent Twitter conversation with Kean Walmsley reminded me of an old Autodesk project which recreates some of that closer to home…
KitKat, Smarties, M&Ms, Autodesk University?
Autodesk University Ambience Simulator
This isn’t an Autodesk Labs project, rather something pioneered several years ago by Autodesk New Zealand.
It had a limited distribution, just before Christmas from memory, but ours is still very popular with those who see it by my desk at work.
Like the one armed bandits in Vegas you do have to feed it and the pay-out is delivered with a distinctive clinky clang sound as sweets drop into the tray. Unlike Vegas machines the odds of winning, even the colour you want with a bit of care, are extremely good!
Maybe Mk2 will add an alcohol dispenser and whiff of stale cigarette odour for even more realism.