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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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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 7 days ago 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
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If you use an Autodesk cloud based or connected service like AutoCAD 360, BIM 360 or Fusion 360 and want to know when planned maintenance is scheduled or if a problem you are experiencing is related to an outage, how do you check the status? There is a page to see the current status and maintenance scheduled for the services. https://health.autodesk.com/ Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Between the Lines
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Its about time we got things correct after years of settling for a groundhog in Pennsylvania to tell us if winter will last another 6 weeks. First let me be clear where I stand, I know the groundhog really doesn’t have any special weather predicting powers and doesn’t even talk but grandstanding humans put words in his chubby cheeks. Now back to putting on my superstition believing hat and also living in Portland Oregon lets set the record straight. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Between the Lines
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Yesterday Autodesk celebrated its 35th birthday and employees, partners, and customers joined in to mark the occasion. From Portland, San Francisco, Manchester, Boston, Toronto, Moscow, Neuchâtel, and many other locations and remote offices there were employees in old Autodesk memorabilia and cakes. It was a lot of fun seeing all the nostalgia and stories in Twitter, Facebook, and other social media as well as in person. In the Lake Oswego Oregon office which is in a suburb of Portland, we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Between the Lines
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On this 35th birthday of Autodesk, it seems appropriate to fly the old calipers logo. Here is a DWG file for the logo. http://autodesk.blogs.com/files/old-adsk-logo.dwg Read more about the early days of Autodesk at founder John Walker’s website Fourmilab. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Between the Lines
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I received a nice email from a longtime Autodesk product trainer and friend Matt Murphy. He and his company are offering a little something special to Between the Lines readers today to celebrate the 35th birthday of Autodesk. It is some free Autodesk product training. How wicked cool is that? Thank you Matt! 35 Years already, Autodesk? Wow, how the time flies when you’ve been busy teaching, constructing, manufacturing, animating, designing, and, of course, having a whole lot of fun!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Between the Lines
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On this day 35 years ago in Mill Valley California, Autodesk was founded. Our customers and partners around the world (technically outer space as well) have done so many amazing things over the past 35 years, and so many amazing things yet to come. Today, many are wearing Autodesk old memorabilia such as old shirts and sharing old stories. I am wearing my “AutoCAD R14 Faster, Smarter, Better” tee shirt. I have an office full of my old Autodesk shirts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Between the Lines
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The Autodesk Feedback Community is where most of the Autodesk Betas take place. From time to time we need to upgrade hardware and do some database upgrades. We never take an outage lightly on this large user community, but there are times when it needs to be done and this is one of them but thankfully a short planned outage. Planned Maintenance: Saturday January 28th 6pm PST until approximately 7pm PST. The Feedback Community will be offline for approximately 1... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Between the Lines
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So next Monday Autodesk officially turns 35 years old. I am not sure if that requires a cake, beer, pizza, or just a thoughtful acknowledgement of all the years and amazing customers that made this possible. I think 35 years in tech and the design industry is a big milestone as there are not many in than club, not even Adobe is 35 yet. I hope some Autodesk offices and colleagues will stop next Monday and reflect on what an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Between the Lines
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At the beginning of the year it is a great opportunity to start fresh along with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Between the Lines
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So you are interested in cutting some steel and making something, we have some great software and there is great training to help you master CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) and CNC (Computer Numeric Control). So maybe you are using Autodesk Inventor with HSM for your CAD/CAM power duo or using Autodesk Fusion 360 with its awesome built in CAM features and just need to get your machining skills up to par. Back in November at Autodesk University 2016 we had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Between the Lines
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Details of FIRST STEAMWORKS 2017 Robotics Game Revealed And they were off as of just over a week ago on January 7th reading the game rules, discussing strategies, and then talking about design of their robot to best compete this year. This is my second year participating with Team 1540 Flaming Chickens. Last year among the thousands of teams they made it to the World Finals. Team 1540 already has their design all designed in one week and sourcing parts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Between the Lines
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I am not sure what is going on up here in Portland Oregon, but we have another weather impacted day that has shuttered schools. It used to be that we could expect a day of snow and it melted fast and a couple freezing rain events due to the Columbia Gorge, but that has not been the case the past two winters. We seem to have had storm after storm and this past week a storm dumped 14 inches of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Between the Lines
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In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to read about when you started using AutoCAD and the stories about Autodesk and also the photos. A little known fact is AutoCAD 1.0 wasn’t shipped to customers so the first release was actually AutoCAD version 1.1. Here is quote from a customer that started on the very first shipping AutoCAD... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Between the Lines
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We typically do not get snow or big snowstorms here in Portland, but this year…SnowMG. This is the third big storm. I spent 4.5 hours on the freeway in a traffic jam due to an accident that then turned into snowed in vehicles becoming stuck in a parking lot from hell. We closed the Autodesk office today out of concern for the safety of our employees and also due to the weather and closed roads. At home the electricity and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Between the Lines
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For both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT For over 10 years, AutoCAD expert Lynn Allen has produced an annual collection of her top tips and tricks for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This year, using feedback from AutoCAD users around the globe, she put together an exclusive collection of her – and your – favorite and most requested tips and tricks. All for free. http://autode.sk/2igoPrH Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Between the Lines
Wired has just ranked the Autodesk Elbo Chair third on its list of “The Most Innovative Objects of 2016”. Last summer, my teammate Arthur Harsuvanakit and Autodesk intern Brittany Presten set out to use a chair as a design space for Project Dreamcatcher, working with the software to generate solutions that were feasible and sensible to fabricate using wood as the material and a CNC router for fabrication. This is what we do in the Office of the CTO “OCTO”. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Between the Lines
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I'm back after just returning from my extended annual week of rest vacation. I spent my vacation snowshoeing a weekend in the snow up on Mount Hood then escaping away from the computer in sunny warm Mexico SCUBA diving with friends and seeing maker space\s and beaches. It was an amazing experience and a tradition to spend New Year Eve there I may do every year now. More details on the trip later as I need to go chip my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Between the Lines
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Most Autodesk employees will be out of the office for our annual Week of Rest so that our employees can spend time with their families for the holidays. The annual Week of Rest is from December 23rd to January 3rd this year. Some of us may take a take a day or two extra in the front and end to maximize our time with friends and family and come back fresh and energized to begin the new year. Employees for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Between the Lines
In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to hear the memories of so many including some that have used AutoCAD it’s entire life of 35 years. You can email me your story about your use of AutoCAD over the past 35 years, the projects, and possibly include a photo of you and old AutoCAD memorabilia or moments like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Between the Lines