Autodesk recognizes that the way things are made is related to the way things are designed. So even though we are primarily a design software company, we have our Pier 9 facility where employees can experience this first hand. Working on projects at Pier 9 helps put the CREATE in our IMAGINE/DESIGN/CREATE vision.
We're serious enough about this that the Office of the CTO has a handful of employees that engage in strategic innovation in a very hands-on way. They undertake projects that stretch the limits of what can be designed and fabricated using our software. Evan Atherton is a mechanical engineer in that group.
Though Evan is a mechanical engineer by day, he has always wanted to be a filmmaker. So he decided to make a film on nights and weekends. As a hardcore Star Wars fan, he decided to make a movie about R2-D2. Well as it turned out, his day job came into play. Evan fabricated what he needed for the movie. This included:
He was easily able to enlist others to get additional items. Did you know there are clubs that construct R2-D2 units and share tips on how to do so? Other Star Wars do-it-yourselfers pitched in with:
The result is a stunning 3-minute video that he should be proud of by any standard. Check out the final result.
Way to go R2KT crew!
Not pictured but also on the project, Shara Esbenshade and Wes Walker and their production company TRUE MVMNT. According to Evan, "they're a huge part of the reason it looks as good as it does." The project was truly a family affair as Evan was Yoda-like enough to enlist the aid of his wife, Sargam Atherton.
Fabrication and filming are alive in the lab.