Recently we redesigned the Autodesk Labs home page to make it easier to locate technologies By Industry.
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market has many exhibits. These appeal to many industries. Though each exhibit has something to offer everyone, I thought I would highlight the ones that are related to the Automotive and Transportation industry. Think of this as a way to look at the gallery By Industry. If you consider yourself to be a member of the auto/transportation industry and have been on the fence about whether or not to visit the Gallery at One Market, highlighting our exhibits may sway you into stopping by. Each exhibit is unique and tells a portion of the Autodesk story much better than describing how we create software, put it in boxes, and ship it out.
|Exhibit||Unique aspect of the exhibit...||How Autodesk fits in...|
|Lightweight, High-Performance Airplane Engine||The engine is approximately one-third as heavy as engines of similar power and runs on aviation fuel, automotive gasoline, or bio fuel.||ADEPT Aeromotive (team of 3 in South Africa) used simulation and analysis software to optimize their design to bring it to market faster and more cost effectively.|
|Mission One Motorcycle||Mission Motors, located near Autodesk on Mission Street, worked with Yves Behar to create an environmentally friendly, world's fastest production electric motorcycle.||Using Autodesk software for sketching and high quality rendering, the team was able to go from concept to first prototype in less than 1 year.|
|Super Bee Concept Car||Chrysler created the Super Bee concept car for Los Angeles auto show competition to the create the classic California roadster.||Autodesk Alias tools are used for surfacing and styling of concept cars wherein manufacturers learn and bring that knowledge to their production designs.|
|Shelby Cobra GT500||The aggressive styling of the Shelby GT500 headlight designed was modeled after Steve McQueen's eyes - who starred in the 1968 movie Bullitt which features a spectacular Mustang car chase on the streets of San Francisco.||Caroll Shelby worked with engineers who used Autodesk Alias products for the surfacing, styling, and visualization of the new Mustang design.|
|Tesla Model S||The Tesla Motors Model S is the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up around an electric powertrain, drives 300 miles on a charge, and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.||Tesla engineers use Autodesk Opticore for visualization of their aerodynamic design.|
|Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Project model||When completed, the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be the longest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world.||Autodesk 3DS Max visualization software was used to gain legislative approval, bring contractors on board, and inform the public - often changing their behavior dramatically.|
|Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Project Pier W2||The project is the largest public works project in California history, yet when first available, no bids were submitted for fear that it could not be built.||The model created using AutoCAD demonstrated that although a lot of structure was required, the footings could indeed be built.|
|Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Project cable cross-section||The main cable consists of 17,349 steel strands where each strand can hold the weight of a Hummer automobile.||A model is used in compression tests to crush the cables and check for structural weaknesses based on the resulting color patterns that are visible.|
|Rapid Prototyping||Rapid prototyping leverages the ability of a 3D printer to "print" a working 3D model faster and cost effectively as compared to building physical prototypes.||Autodesk applications like AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit have been tuned to generate printable 3D models.|
|3D-Printed Motorcycle||3D printing is not limited to small prototypes as the motorcycle is to actual scale.||AutoCAD and Inventor were used to design the motorcycle which was then sent from these applications to a Stratasys 3D printer.|
|Perceptive Pixel Multi-touch Wall||The Perceptive Pixel Multi-touch device, developed by industry luminary Jeff Han, predates the iPhone and allows for an infinite number of touch points (iPhone has only 2).||An Autodesk Labs copy of Autodesk Design Review is used to explore 3D models using gestures instead of mouse clicks.|
|Boom Chameleon||The device allows a user to walk around, zoom in and out, a virtual model of a car - providing a more realistic way to interact with a computer model.||The device was developed by the Autodesk Research group in Toronto.|
|FIRST Robotics Competition||The "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" competition features teams of high school students who design, engineer, and build robots in 6 weeks (Gun High School in Palo Alto example stacks boxes and knocks over competitor robots' boxes).||Autodesk has been a long time sponsor of FIRST and provides students with free copies of Autodesk applications such as AutoCAD and Inventor.|
|3D-Printed Aircraft Engine||Whereas the motorcycle showed that large items could be printed to scale, the engine goes even further in that it is connected to a working motor that turns the propellers.||AutoCAD and Inventor were used to design the engine which was then sent from these applications to a Stratasys 3D printer.|
The gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 5 pm, and admission is free. Visit us.
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