Friday, August 22, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Building a web-based viewer using the Autodesk View & Data API – Part 2

Posted: 22 Aug 2014 02:21 AM PDT

In the last post we saw the process for getting content uploaded to Autodesk storage and translated into the format required by the Autodesk 360 viewer. In this post we're going to show the steps to take that data and...

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JPR to host Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 01:21 PM PDT

Virtualize is for graphics industry professionals looking for greater efficiency. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) will host a one-day conference this October on the use of virtualization technology for graphics-intense applications. Virtualize: The Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference, will offer real-world guidance to industry professionals looking for ways to achieve greater efficiency in their organizations through [...]

Chaos Group takes new ground

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 12:00 PM PDT

New products and alliances announced at Siggraph give V-Ray an opportunity to dominate rendering in film and broadcast workflows.  Recent alliances between rendering software specialist Chaos Group and The Foundry and Nvidia give new visibility to Chaos Group's V-Ray rendering technology. Chaos Group and The Foundry have been working together on versions of V-Ray for [...]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Louis Vuitton’s Newest Landmark: The Jewel of the Bois De Boulogne

Louis Vuitton’s Newest Landmark: The Jewel of the Bois De Boulogne

Louis Vuitton’s Newest Landmark: The Jewel of the Bois De Boulogne

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 01:00 AM PDT

The following is a reprint of a Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE Magazine article by Dominique Fidel.

Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation by Frank O. Gehry

In Fall 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation will spread its glass wings in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. This epic project is guided by two overarching themes: the celebration of visual art and the creativity of meeting a unique technological challenge.

Louis Vuitton's Newest Landmark: The Jewel of the Bois De Boulogne

by Dominique Fidel

A spaceship, a cloud, a crystal chrysalis: Observers have found many metaphors to describe the structure under construction for the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, a new art museum that will open to the public in Fall 2014.

Born from a dream shared by architect Frank Gehry and Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and caretaker of the one of the world's largest private art collections, this glittering glass gem is the new architectural jewel of western Paris.

The foundation, officially founded in 2006 after a 15-year strategy of cultural sponsorship, supports the commitment of Arnault and the LVMH group to contemporary art.


"Artistic creation has always been central to the Louis Vuitton fashion house," said Christian Reyne, the foundation's deputy director. "With this internationally recognized venue, we offer a great cultural breathing space in western Paris. The goal is to build more bridges connecting heritage, innovation, youth and tradition."

The artistic programming of the "glass ship" remains secret for now, but its purpose is clear. The foundation will offer permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, plus multidisciplinary events, debates and conferences.

The collection as a whole is known to be one of the world's largest private art collections, and the opening will mark the first time that many of the pieces have been on public display.

Breaking With Tradition

For Gehry's second structure in the French capital (after the American Center, in 1993), the Canadian-American master architect proposed a revolutionary project, breaking with the signature style he has developed throughout his career.

Here, visitors will find no shiny metal casing or deformed, powerful volumes. Despite its imposing proportions, the foundation's new home has an airy silhouette that seems to fly above the Bois de Boulogne by sheer force of its glass wings.

This architectural sculpture will soon house 11 exhibition galleries, or "chapels," in a flexible, modular convention space that can accommodate nearly 400 people.

With plenty of room for reception, entertainment, leisure and research areas, the building covers an area of 145,313 square feet (13,500 square meters) on two levels and is 150 feet (46 meters) high.

Only by observing the building up close can one appreciate its structural complexity. In effect, the foundation's home consists of two structures overlapping one another.

In the center is the "Iceberg," the functioning body of the building, made of reinforced concrete, steel and wood and covered with a façade of approximately 19,000 white concrete wafers.

Surrounding this mass is the glass superstructure, consisting of 12 cantilevered sails of curved glass with a wingspan of 98 feet (30 meters) each. The sails have a steel-and-wood frame covered in aluminum mesh, which in turn supports the 3,400 glass panels.

Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation by Frank O. Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne

Ongoing Innovation

The design took 13 years of development.

"This is a one-of-a-kind creation – without a doubt, one of Frank Gehry's wildest challenges," Reyne said. "He made an initial sketch in 2001, after his first meeting with Bernard Arnault. Three years later, the Gehry Partners teams began working on the architectural model, and the following year LVMH commissioned the Paris office of the Studios Architecture agency to manage the project in France."

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Studios Architecture Paris was a natural choice due to its past experience working with LVMH. "We already knew LVMH because we had done the interiors of two of their office buildings," said James Cowey, the company's CEO. "And we had worked with Gehry on the IAC building in New York. But we never imagined what challenges were in store for us, both art- and technology-wise."

Renaud Farrenq, the engineer in charge of coordinating the project at Studios Architecture, lists some of the challenges the team faced: "Unpredictable curves and counter-curves in the central building, extremely demanding load calculations, bending plates of glass to the millimeter, identifying industrial partners capable of carrying out work that had never been done before, and fire and wind testing."

A Unique Collaborative Environment

Given the complexity, the team had more than 800 people working simultaneously during the study phase, and then 750 workers at the peak of construction.


"In this kind of project, requiring ongoing technological innovation, seamless cooperation among everyone involved is crucial," Reyne said. "In fact, we decided to put all the teams – architects, engineers and contractor – together in one place. In addition, we all relied on a single tool: 3D design software."

The software, built by Gehry Technologies on top of a three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design solution developed for the aerospace industry, brings together the data from all the different trades – including construction, reinforced concrete, glass, plumbing, electrical, etc. – allowing everyone to work on the same digital model and to share information in real time.

"It was the first time that this software was used on a construction site in France," Cowey said. "So we had to adapt it to French reality, especially to French law. But it's clear that it played a key role in the success of a project that pushed the limits as much as possible."

In 2012, its use of the software program earned the Louis Vuitton Foundation the BIM Excellence award, bestowed by the American Institute of Architects. Since then, the building has won several prestigious awards and is now studied in the architecture school's curriculum at Harvard University.

A Pioneer in Eco-Friendly Building

In addition to its artistic and technological achievements, the Louis Vuitton Foundation building rose to many environmental challenges.

It aims to set examples in its use of geothermal energy, high-performance insulation, recycled and recyclable materials, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting, site management and more.


"With its environmental design, the project took on an ambitious sustainable profile, as demonstrated by its comprehensive HQE (High Environmental Quality) certification. The Foundation is also a pioneer in adapting the HQE standard to historic buildings," said Renaud Farrenq, engineer in charge of the project for Studios Architecture Paris.

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Autocad Interface

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Building a web-based viewer using the Autodesk View & Data API – Part 1

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 09:37 AM PDT

Over the next few posts we're going to take a look at the steps needed to build the Steampunk Morgan Viewer, my first sample using Autodesk's new View & Data API. In today's post we're going to look at the...

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At what pace graphics virtualization?

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 03:52 PM PDT

Media and graphics technologists share their insights on virtualization at the annual JPR Siggraph luncheon. For most in attendance, "full speed ahead" was not fast enough. [Editor's Note: Need some background on the topic? Here's a link to Wikipedia on Virtualization.] Jon Peddie Research recently conducted a study on virtualization in the graphics industry, to [...]

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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AMD jumps 11% in GPU shipments in Q2, Intel up 4%, Nvidia slips

Posted: 19 Aug 2014 01:46 PM PDT

Jon Peddie Research says quarter-to-quarter total GPU shipments were up 3.2% in the second quarter of 2014. Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers’ market share for 2014 2Q. Graphics chips are without doubt one of the most powerful, exciting, and [...]

Autodesk sets second quarter record

Posted: 19 Aug 2014 11:21 AM PDT

Billings and revenue both exceeded expectations. Autodesk now has almost $1 billion in deferred revenue. By Randall S. Newton Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK) has reported record second quarter income, with healthy increases in billings and subscriptions. All geographic regions reported double-digits percentage growth year-over-year. Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 (ended July 31, 2014) [...]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Update 6 for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2

Posted: 19 Aug 2014 01:11 AM PDT

Update 6 for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2 is now available.

Please, read the Readme file for the Installation Instructions and the Summary of Issues Fixed by this Update.

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Kinect Fusion for Kinect for Windows 2

Posted: 19 Aug 2014 01:38 AM PDT

A few weeks ago I received the official retail version of Kinect for Windows 2 (having signed up for the pre-release program I had the right to two sensors: the initial developer version and the final retail version). After some...

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Autodesk makes nice at Siggraph

Posted: 18 Aug 2014 10:02 PM PDT

The addition of Shotgun to the Autodesk line means the company is all-in on openness. By Kathleen Maher Perhaps reflecting more a more positive outlook, Autodesk stepped it up a bit at Siggraph 2014. The company had a much larger presence at the show this year compared to last year. They had a booth and [...]

Gaming on a laptop—an Alienware 13

Posted: 18 Aug 2014 01:36 PM PDT

Alienware reclaims its crown as the best performer among gaming notebook. Alienware introduced its first gaming laptop in 2003. It was a challenge then to manage the power, thermals, and deliver gamer performance, but they did it, and established the category. Several other companies copied them over the years, but only Alienware stayed with the [...]

Monday, August 18, 2014

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Fusion 360 Meetup in San Francisco

Posted: 17 Aug 2014 07:13 PM PDT

Have you been wondering what Fusion 360 is all about? If you are in the Bay area, now is your chance to find out. The San Francisco Fusion 360 Meetup group is holding a Meetup the evening of Thursday, August 21st at Pier 9. Lots of networking, food, beverages, lively presentations and awesome demos from Autodesk and Fusion 360 community members.

Sign up here to stay in touch or attend the event. Oh, did I mention? Free beer!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

[New post] Test Drive E3.series – Free Hands-on Trial

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Friday, August 15, 2014

You are in charge of your next design

Posted: 15 Aug 2014 03:55 AM PDT

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”- Steve Jobs.

Not all of us get to design the next sexy iPhone but that does not have to stop you from making better designs and innovate. If you stop and think about it, you have a great deal of influence on the projects you are working on.
Take for example a simple fixture design for your next CNC project. Could you pick a different material, re-use old parts, or something be 3D printed?.
What about function and handling, could you make it more operator friendly?
You have the power to design and innovate many things around you. What about the design of your department, your shop floor or the structure on the way to handle the next big project.
Designing the next cool consumer product or a drill fixture always has the possibility for change and improvements.

In the book Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Tim Brown shares his many years of knowledge on how to inspire Innovation and the systems to transform organizations.

The power of Design Thinking.
There is always the old way to do things and it can defiantly be wise to listen to the old folks around as re-invinting the wheel seems silly, but with new materials and machines come new techniques.

Via Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation:
Technology still has not run its course. The communications revolution sparked by the Internet has brought people closer together and given them the opportunity to share perspectives and create new ideas as never before. The sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics have merged in the forms of biotechnology and nanotechnology to create the promise of lifesaving medicines and wondrous new materials. But these spectacular achievements are unlikely to help us reverse our ominous course. Just the opposite.
We need new choices.
A purely technocentric view of innovation is less sustainable now than ever, and a management philosophy based only on selecting from existing strategies is likely to be overwhelmed by new development at home and abroad.

It takes time to create the next big design.
Our culture is in a crazy emergency. With companies pressing their designers to get things created for the overnight 3D printing schedule or sample parts for the following morning meeting with the customer. We need to embrace patience and comeliness.

Via Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation:
One autumn day in 1940 the industrial designer Raymond Loewy was visited in his office by George Washington Hill, the president of the American Tobacco Company and one of the more colorful personalities in American business history. Hill offered Loewy $50,000 if he could improve upon the Lucky Strike package-a wager turned to Loewy and asked when it wuold be ready. “Oh, I don’t know, some nice spring morning I will feel like designing the Lucky package and you’ll have it in a matter of hours. I’ll call you then.”
Today we no longer feel that we must sit patiently and wait for some outrageous insight to strike us. Inspiration always involves an element of chance, but, as Louis Pasteur observed in a famous lecture of 1854, “Chance only favors the prepared mind.” Certain themes and variations-techniques of observation, principles of empathy, and efforts to move beyond the individual-can all be thought of as ways to preparing the mind of the design thinker ti find insight.

Its time to make thing better.
Tim Browns book is a great read. It will leave you in an innovative and inspiring mind.

Via Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation:
The field of innovation.
1. The best ideas emerge when the whole organizational ecosystem-not just its designers and engineers and certainly not just management-has room to experiment.
2. Those most exposed to changing externalities (new technology, shifting consumer base, strategic threats or opportunities) are the ones best placed to respond and most motivated to do so.
3. Ideas should not be favored based on who creates them. (Repeat aloud.)
4. Ideas that create a buzz should be favored. Indeed, ideas should gain a vocal following. however small, before being given organizational support.
5. The “gardening” skills of senior leadership should be used to tend, prune, and harvest ideas. MBAs call this “risk tolerance.” I call it the top-down bit.
6. An overarching purpose should be articulated so that the organization has a sense of direction and innovators don’t feel the need for constant supervision.

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Hotfix for Inventor 2015 Update 2

Posted: 15 Aug 2014 09:12 AM PDT

Autodesk issued a Hotfix for Inventor 2015 Update 2. This Hotfix addresses an issue where Inventor unexpectedly exits when Opening and saving Inventor 2013 part with Custom Material. The Hotfix is only applicable to Autodesk Inventor 2015 Update 2. If you do not have Update 2 please download and install prior to installing this Update. Here is a link to download the Hotfix INV19022 for 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Quite the road trip: 3DRV

Posted: 14 Aug 2014 06:17 AM PDT

Some of you are probably aware of this activity from Shaan's and Scott's blogs, but I thought it was overdue a mention here, too. Autodesk is sponsoring the mother of all road trips: over the course of 8 months, TJ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

New features available for testing on the Factory Design Suite beta site

Posted: 13 Aug 2014 09:10 AM PDT

We are excited to announce the availability of the Beta version of the Factory Design Utilities 2015 R2.

If you are a factory designer and / or engineer and you want to beta test our latest software release before it is available commercially, you can join the program using this link.

The software is provided as an update that can be downloaded and tested from the FDS beta site.

Please, find below the list of the main new features in this Update Pack and a short video that shows them.

  • Reposition enhancement
  • Sync Navisworks 
  • Connect in AutoCAD 
  • Append/Open file behavior change in Navisworks
  • Asset Builder in AutoCAD 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Novidades AutoCad 2013

Novidades AutoCad 2013

BIM Workshops - Don't miss out!

Posted: 12 Aug 2014 08:54 AM PDT

I'm so excited about the upcoming BIM Workshops taking place in Omaha, NE and Orange County, CA!  Here you'll find some of the top speakers from Autodesk University and RTC presenting the latest BIM technology and processes.  I get to be the emcee but you can be certain I will be attending plenty of courses as well!  A shout out to Carla Edwards who kicked off these great events with the desire to improve her user group's BIM expertise. Will I see you there?