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Scott Sheppard
Alameda, California
http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/about-the-author.html
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“Wood feeds the fire which burns it.” – Leonardo da Vinci My wife's brother-in-law, Gregory Lyle Gonsalves, 67, lost his courageous fight against kidney cancer on November 4, 2019, with family by his side. Born in San Antonio and residing... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
At Autodesk, we believe we can balance the inevitability of more with the reality of less by embracing the opportunity to design and make better. Design and making are alive in the lab. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
No undo command - "If you draw something, you draw that thing!"
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2019 on AutoCAD 1.4 with RetroCAD at Between the Lines
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Still on the fence about attending Autodesk University in Las Vegas? Hey, Humpty Dumpty, this might help you get off the fence — the ability to explore exhibits from the Autodesk Gallery. Autodesk makes software for people who make things.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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I am working on adapting our corporate Future of Making presentation into a whitepaper. Here is my original draft that I am going to evolve. Before I do, I thought I'd share what I had with It's Alive in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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As Autodesk automates our customers' design and make processes, we handle more and more of our customers' data. We want to use customer data — both the design data customers create and data about how customers work — to create... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Reading about the reverence associated with Plymouth Rock, I couldn't help but think of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfo91oydmS8
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Many of you may recall my Autodesk Labs days when I worked on Project Photofly — our technology related to photogrammetry — the process of creating 3D models from 2D images. You may also recall how there was a consumer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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In a previous blog post, I mentioned that our pool contractor, Stonewall Pools, declared bankruptcy before completing our outdoor kitchen that we paid for in advance. Fortunately for us, only some granite countertop cutting and electrical outlet installation remained. Since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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When I was learning to program, "user-friendly" was all the rage. A program's user interface, i.e., the ways that we interact with the software through menus, buttons, and data entry, had to be easy to use. Although today user-friendly has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Register Today for Forge DevCon in Las Vegas, November 18 as part of Autodesk University. Years ago when Autodesk University (AU) started, it was almost solely about the classes that one could take to learn about using our software. Hence,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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I often get contacted by college students in May or June who want to intern at Autodesk for the summer (June-August). I have had to break the bad news to them that our interns had already been hired, and that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Last year we moved to Cypress, TX. Since Texas has hot weather in the summer, we decided to get a pool. Since Autodesk software is used to design and make things, I have been chronicling the construction process. In a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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When we develop tools for designing and making things, we consider that those things are used in the context of a system. In other words, those things are integrated with the environment in which they are used. That's one reason... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Today's blog post is a guest post from Samuel Macalister. Sam is a Senior Technical Sales Specialist, AEC/ENI in our Worldwide Field Operations (WWFO) Team. Our Worldwide Field Operations is our face of Autodesk to our customers. Through modern and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Microsoft is working on developing a piece of hardware and are looking for the killer app. VR in a building information model may turn out to be the one; however, at this time, there isn’t a huge clamoring from our customer base for a VR solution although we continue to keep an eye on the technology, including working with Microsoft.
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Here are two slides from our corporate Future of Making presentations. These pretty much say it all. MORE The global middle class is growing faster than at any time in history. 400,000 people join the middle class every day*. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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At Autodesk, our team focuses on strategic foresight. Strategic foresight is a practice of looking systematically at the future, understanding fragmented indicators that suggest possible futures, and developing a point of view about how to respond. We use imagination to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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I am working in San Francisco this week, so I am at the Houston Hobby airport on this fine Sunday. My Southwest Airlines flight has been delayed, so I have time to kill. Given that, I thought I’d blog about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Autodesk got its start when we democratized CAD technology by making it available on personal computers that were much less expensive than special-purpose workstations so that small mom and pop architect shops could graduate from using their drafting tables. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Due to this blog post's graphic nature, viewer discretion is advised. More, better, less. Never let them rest, until your more is better, and your better impacts less. I have posted several blog articles about the future of making and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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At Autodesk, our team focuses on strategic foresight. Strategic foresight is a practice of looking systematically at the future, understanding fragmented indicators that suggest possible futures, and developing a point of view about how to respond. We use imagination to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Got code? What gets coded in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. Let's say you've been an Autodesk customer for a long time. You've got decades of your intellectual property captured in AutoCAD drawings, Revit models, Inventor parts and assemblies, or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Please try http://tinkercad.com and let me know what you think.
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When Autodesk was exclusively a desktop software provider, we had a fixed cost of goods associated with our offerings. It was basically a set of CDs or DVDs, a printed user manual, and some packaging. Now that we also offer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab