In September we launched the Autodesk 360 Design and Make Contest. We have 14 teams, from offices all over world, consisting of over 60 employees, competing in this contest. The main goal of this contest, besides having fun and encouraging teamwork, is to test our new cloud collaboration product. So far, this contest has been very fruitful in our testing efforts. We have collected over 100 distinct challenges from the contestants and have sent the feedback to our implementation team to address.
With regard to the fun part, what have our teams been designing and how did they come up with their ideas? Since there were no rules in terms of what Autodesk products could be used, we have seen a variety of products used in interesting ways.
Here were some of their initial ideas and inspirations.
The Kinetic Sculpture
All teams met on October 15 for a milestone check-in meeting to share their designs with the contest committee and discuss any questions they had with the judges. Our most common questions were around 3D printing: What are our 3D printers are capable of? What materials can be used? How long should designs take to print?
One of the great things about this contest is the people that are involved. We have engineers, software developers, user experience designers, and marketing individuals. Every team has at least one expert in a specific product, based on what they work on every day, but many have never gotten the chance to actually create anything with their skills. This contest has been a dream come true for many "my work ends with a complete and accurate 3D model" employees.
You can get a sense of the contest with just 5 examples.
Team Digital Muppetry
This team has members that were from a game company, with expertise in Firefly and animation. Using Autodesk MotionBuilder and an Arduino, they are building a digital puppet controlled by a power glove.
Team ALL 360
This team went so far as to make a video introducing themselves and their idea for a 3D puzzle based on the Autodesk logo.
Team Nerd Moders
This team is from Lake Oswego, consists of members of Global customer technical support experts on 3DS Max, Revit, Maya, Inventor, Fusion 360, SIM 360, along with an Autodesk PLM 360 Product Manager. They are designing an artistic computer case. Here are all their conceptual designs, created using all different Autodesk products.
They did their product introduction costing, and project planning using Autodesk PLM 360.
The team used Autodesk Simulation for CLD analysis and Moldflow analysis to test for physical constraints — such as the thermal loading and cooling capabilities of the design.
From our overseas teams we were really able to capture the global capabilities of our new cloud product, and see how it works across different regions, among different cultures. Our team in Switzerland is using this contest to help build up Switzerland's awareness of Autodesk as a company. By using ReCap Pro, Inventor, 123D CNC, Fusion 360 and Project Memento, they are modeling a well-known fountain from the city of Neuchatel, the Swiss town of over 140 fountains.
Team Building Information Printing
This team from Singapore is taking the idea of putting together interactive info into a 3D model of a building, hence creating a 4D building. The team of Autodesk Vasari engineers are taking their knowledge of integrated analysis for energy and carbon and using Dynamo to build a LED dashboard that will add this layer of analysis to their 3D model.
These are just 5 of the contestants, and there are 9 more. This week the teams start ordering their supplies and heading to Techshop to start their fabrications. We will be following their process as the countdown to Autodesk University gets closer. On November 15, the teams will be judged on their final designs, and the top 4 will be selected to be put on display at the Autodesk 360 Lounge at AU.
This contest has not only been great for testing our new cloud collaboration product, but an interesting way to test many of our other Autodesk products, by the very people that work on the products every day. These designs may not be exactly what our customers are creating with our tools, but the contest serves as a great way to showcase what our products are capable of in a team-oriented way. Keep following us as we (Product Marketing Manager, Mandy Schafer, and I) see what the final designs look like, what worked best and what didn't, and who wins the top prizes.
Competition is alive in the lab.