I know today is Sunday, but Shaan Hurley and I have a busy week ahead, and we worried he would not have time to get to this post. So he decided to bang this out today while he had time.
I know many of you are anxious to try AutoCAD 2013. You want to see what new features like: command line enhancements, hatch editor, array elements, in-canvas property preview, and point cloud support are like for yourselves. Anxious as you are, you can hardly wait for your DVD to arrive in the mail.
Perhaps you have limited bandwidth and cannot download the installable image?
Well have we got a deal for you - 3D printing to the rescue. To test the accuracy of this delivery process, Shaan used his MakerBot to print his own copy of a Product Design Suite 2013 DVD. He then installed from the 3D-printed DVD on a virgin Windows 8 machine with success! Since the STL file is smaller than the download from the Autodesk site, Shaan is sharing it with you. For those of you with access to 3D printers, you can download the STL file and print your own DVD.
Please share your success or failures on this experimental delivery process with firstname.lastname@example.org. Apart from the fun of working with Autodesk 360 web services, these good old desktop versions of our applications in the suite, such as AutoCAD 2013, have some nice features that we find to be very useful.
Experimental software delivery is alive in the lab.