When a technology preview ends, one of three things can happen.
- The technology can graduate to the next step such as Autodesk Beta.
- The technology preview can be retired. It could resurface at a later date or in another form.
- Additional feedback can be conducted via another technology preview.
Since the current technology preview expires today, the Project Falcon team has opted for number three.
Project Falcon is our free technology preview that simulates air flow around vehicles, buildings, outdoor equipment, consumer products, bloggers, or other objects of your choosing in a virtual wind tunnel. You can begin understanding air flow behavior within seconds of starting the application and loading your model. There are stand-alone versions for Windows and OS X that load STL files and add-ins for AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit so you can work with native data.
Product Line Manager, Jon den Hartog, shared with me that based on Autodesk Labs community feedback, the Project Falcon stand-alones (Windows and Mac) have been updated to improve navigation (perspective & orthographic, view cube), expanded visualization options (iso-surfaces, volume rendering), and split out the downloads between Windows and Mac (lighter download for users). The Project Falcon for Inventor, Project Falcon for Revit, and Project Falcon for AutoCAD have been updated to support 2014 versions (64-bit only) with usability improvements for each add-in.
Teams make technology previews available for free to encourage as many people as possible to try them. All they ask is that you give them a spin and share your feedback. You can reach the Project Falcon team in a variety of ways:
In addition to these methods, the team also has a survey.
|For returning users, we would appreciate it if you would complete this short survey so you can help us improve Project Falcon.|
You have until January 1, 2014 to make your thoughts about this technology known. If you have any issues, you may wish to check your graphics.
A lot of hot air continues to be alive in the lab.