Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The newest version of Autodesk Fusion 360, a cloud-based 3D modeler, offers extended tools for online collaboration of design teams. The application dashboard gives an easy to use overview of the latest changes in your models and in projects you are participating in. A similar dashboard is accessible also from any web browser, including mobile devices.
You can also preview contents of your CAD models (in any usual CAD format) - either as pre-rendered views or as an interactive 3D viewer. No software installation is required - just start your HTML5-enabled web browser (e.g. Chrome) and go to myhub.autodesk360.com/portal/ or myhub.autodesk360.com/m/ (for phones).
Fusion 360 is free for non-commercial use.
More information and screenshots on New Fusion 360 available as rental CAD.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Autodesk 123D Make is a free maker application which can process 3D models and allow to make them real using stacked cardboard slices. This web application now offers also a second producing method for your 3D models - folded paper panels.
Load any mesh model (STL or OBJ file), set the "folded paper" method (see below), the model complexity (coarse, rough, fine), adjust the model size (depth, width, height) and the sheet size - your paper source sheets. Apply all changes and refresh the right "Sheet Preview" panel (click on a sheet to zoom details). The paper sheets with your unfolded model can be downloaded as EPS files for printing and cutting along the outlines. Also cut the slits. Then fold the tabs and insert them into the correspondigly numbered slots. Glue together.
The producing method can be selected from the bottom toolbar:
You can export STL files from most CAD software. OBJ and STL files can be pre-processed in Autodesk MeshMixer or Memento or FBX Converter. The displayed icosidodecahedron model comes from AutoCAD. Here is this 123D Make model.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In September 2013, Autodesk started cooperation with Circuits.io and integrated this cloud app with its own tools of the Autodesk 123D family.
Autodesk now performed a complete acquisition of the technology and development team of Circuits.io incorporating this design tool to its portfolio of applications for design of electronic circuits and simulation. Circuits.io allows to design and simulate electronic circuits using libraries of real electronic components. You can also use it to design and even manufacture printed circuit boards (PCB) for the proposed circuits.
The increasing availability and popularity of various electronic real-world sensors and programmable controllers opens opportunities for easy creation of various smart devices and practical electronic gadgets. For example the community website Instructables.com contains over 2,000 designs of devices employing the popular Arduino programmable controller. Projects developed using the application "123D Circuits" range from simple flashing LED circuits to autopilot devices for flying drones.
This cloud tool is available on 123d.circuits.io
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Find address of a place on a map, find the shortest path connecting points, publish point coordinates to OpenOffice Calc, get surface area, etc. - pick one of our free productivity tools for your everyday work.
Read more at Christmas CAD utilities given out again by CAD Studio
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The american Smithonian Institute now offers 3D scans of museum specimens in a form of an interactive software application X 3D developed by Autodesk. Precious artifacts are no longer separated from visitors and researches with security glass - on the contrary - visitors are encouraged to "touch" and explore the specimens in detail. Less than 1% of the Smithsonian’s collection is on display at any time, and some objects in their collection will never be on display. So virtual presentation of detailed 3D models allows to explore full scale of artifacts and treasures from the museum collections not only for today's visitors but also for future generations.
The scanning and 3D modelling process relied on Autodesk ReCap and Autodesk Maya software to easily and quickly capture artifacts with photos and turn them into detailed 3D models that can be viewed in “Hollywood style” quality with the x3D Explorer.
The first 21 representative objects from the museum collection were 3D-scanned so far. These artifacts are now available for public viewing, including interactive notes in the "Smithonian x3D Explorer" viewer. Some of the models can be also downloaded and used e.g. for 3D printing. 3D technology is revolutionizing museums in the same way it has revolutionized entertainment, manufacturing, and architecture.
Test yourself at 3d.si.edu
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Several months after the Windows version, Autodesk releases a new version of AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac. The delay was caused mainly by aligning the release with the newly supported Apple operating system OS X Maverick, as well as by technological modifications for the future, including new features in Autodesk 360 cloud and top customer requests. AutoCAD 2014 for Mac is a now the top 2D/3D CAD software for the Mac platform.
At first glance, a distinctly visible new feature in version 2014 is the display quality which benefits from the Apple Retina technology. This can be observed not only in the drawing window (geometry, texts), but also in the user interface with finer icons. Compare the same display in versions 2013 and 2014 (click for closer detail):
Besides the new features in AutoCADu 2014, AutoCAD on the Mac platform brings the following enhancements:
- enhanced hi-res display - Retina
- performance enhancements
- re-engineered Help system
- cloud synchronization of drawings with Autodesk 360
- new welcome screen with Lynda tutorials
- Package drawing (eTransmit) for easier drawing distribution
- enhanced user interface
- setting a default save-as version for drawings
- protection against malicious AutoLISP applications
- support for OS X Mavericks
AutoCAD 2014 for Mac is available worldwide in English and French.
Monday, October 21, 2013
We recommend to move to more powerful OS platforms of Windows 7 or Windows 8. Beside new OS functions you will get also new AutoCAD functions on these platforms - functions which are not available in WinXP:
- DWG and DWF previews in Explorer
- Detailed DWG properties in Explorer
- Search in DWG properties and in DWG contents (text, Mtext)
- Support for touch screens (touch UI)