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Shaan Hurley
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Autodesk employee, shutterbug, geek, and world traveler.
Interests: travel, photography, technology and the outdoors.
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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. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Between the Lines
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 https://ava.autodesk.com/ Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Lines
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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... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Between the Lines
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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... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Between the Lines
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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... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Lines
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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. https://youtu.be/R_aT_xzqFVk Now the count down to June 21st and the first day of Summer!!!! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Lines
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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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Between the Lines
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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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Between the Lines
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: http://www.autodeskbuildspace.com/ Free tour booking : http://www.autodeskbuildspace.com/tours Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Between the Lines
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Between the Lines
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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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Between the Lines
The next Autodesk Answer Days series is this Wednesday focusing on AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) products. Have questions that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come to the Autodesk Community to interact directly with the product teams responsible for the software you use. English Event Details: Answer Day will be occurring in the following English Forums: Date/Time: March 8th from 6:00am to 6:00pm Pacific Time BIM 360 Civil 3D InfraWorks 360 Revit Deutsch Event Details: In addition to the English... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Between the Lines
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For almost two seasons I have have had the pleasure to work with an amazing and inspiring group of young high school students involved in the FIRST Robotics competitions at Catlin Gabel in Portland Oregon. The FIRST Robotics Team 1540 the Flaming Chickens are also looking for ways they can make the world a better place using technology and design. One recent example that has been the project they worked on with the Catlin Gabel InvenTeam to solve a local... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Between the Lines
We have just published our annual and extremely popular official Autodesk Show Reel for 2017. This is pure inspiration and eye candy which showcases all the amazing things our customers do with our 3D design, building, engineering and entertainment software and technologies. Sit back and prepare to be blown away! Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Between the Lines
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In the summer of 2016, Professor Andrew Saunders of the University of Pennsylvania and some of his students spent six weeks in Italy laser scanning and amassing an archive of some of the most important examples of Italian Baroque architecture. The resulting archive includes key works from Francesco Borromini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi, Pietro da Cortona, Guarino Guarini and Bernardo Vittone. The motivations beyond archival and preservation purposes were to find better methods to explore and teach... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Between the Lines
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It has been a particularly busy past few days. I flew to Salt Lake City Utah on Thursday and on Friday attended my youngest son Jake’s wedding on Friday. There were many events and as the father of the groom I was wearing a pressed white dress shirt and a tie. I couldn’t be more proud of Jake who is studying to be an aerospace engineer and his amazing new bride. I am lucky to get such a great daughter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Between the Lines
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The 89th Oscars are under a week away on February 26th, but I already know a recipient and it is not one of our traditional film tools like Autodesk Maya. This Academy Award was a Technical Award and the design was created in Autodesk Inventor for a mechanical running horse by longtime Inventor power user Scott Oshita of Datum3. The design is purely mechanical, elegant, and seen more big screen appearances than many Hollywood actors. The design was made into a physical prop. Perhaps you seen it recently in the HBO series Westworld. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Between the Lines
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Autodesk Fusion 360 keeps on adding functionality and this time a long lost tool friend of mine. The 123D Make functionality has been added to the capabilities of Fusion 360 as an free app Slicer for Fusion 360 for both Windows and Mac. You can now import models or create models then create a 2D slice pattern for them to create something in cardboard, wood, or metal. You can even generate an animation on how it all goes together. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Between the Lines
Some nice morning eye candy for everyone. Autodesk software and technologies are used everywhere around us from architecture, product design, automobiles, civil engineering, movies, special fx, and of course GAMES. This is the video showcasing many of our customers that produce award winning games from the small indies to the big names. Learn more about our Autodesk tools for creating games: https://autode.sk/forgames Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Between the Lines
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The Autodesk Feedback Community where Autodesk Betas are hosted will be down for planned security and hardware maintenance on February 19th for approximately two hours. Planned Maintenance Sunday, February 19th. The maintenance window is from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM PST, but the expected downtime should only be from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM PST (7:00 to 9:00 AM GMT). What do you need to do? Nothing except be aware of the downtime. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Between the Lines
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Those who know me well know that I love getting outdoors on the weekend and time away from the job. I also love to share them and show off the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. On Sunday I got up to the Mount Hood National Forest and did some hiking, photography, and also some fun UAS practice flights to keep my skills up for the next project. Snow and big old growth trees. Locations: Oregon's White River SnoPark and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Between the Lines
Teachers, get the Maker Program Starter Kit and help your students get into the STEM/STEAM maker culture and making things by developing your maker program. Makers are better problem solver and better prepared for success in the world. “The Maker Program Starter Kit provides step by step instructions to guide new maker educators through the process of building their first maker program. “Maker education is a hands-on approach to learning that creates opportunities for anyone to develop creative confidence while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Between the Lines
Praxis is a great (and free) way to document and diagram a workflow and then share the interactive workflow on the cloud. Autodesk Knowledge Network the team responsible for Autodesk Screencast and more, has developed and released this free preview technology. The goal is to collect your feedback to improve and decide the future of Praxis. “Do you need an easy way to draw workflow diagrams and share them with colleagues and customers? We can help. We designed PRAXIS, now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Between the Lines
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14 new languages plus English we now support 15 languages in Tinkercad to help more kids around the world make things in 3D! There is not much that sparks the imagination of a child more than their very own design being 3D printed into something real and physical. Tinkercad is not really just for kids as it can be fun for adults as well. Nothing to install as it is cloud based and it is free. https://blog.tinkercad.com/2017/01/17/tinkercad-update-now-available-in-15-languages/ Chinese (Simplified) Chinese... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Between the Lines
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I have had to temporarily disabled the blog comments for a few days as I migrate back to the built in blog comment system. I am changing from Disqus as they plan to display ads in the comments starting Feb. 8, 2017 unless a blog owner pays a new monthly fee to remove the ads. I am working to get all prior comments migrated and then re-enable commenting. -Shaan Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Between the Lines