I received this from Sam Hobish, one of Office of the CTO interns this past summer. Sam was one of interns who help put Fusion 360 through its paces while using A360 to collaborate with other interns. Enjoy.
FUTURE OF 3D MODELING OR NEW AGE CAMPFIRE?
Students use Fusion 360 to predict a new age of design
SAN FRANCISCO: Graduate design students from California College of the Arts, Sam Hobish, Xiao Yin, and Kiks Ignacio exhibited their project, SHXYKI (their initials, pronounced "shix-icky") last month at the California Academy of Sciences' Night Life event. Using Fusion 360, the team modeled a device that offers a glimpse into what kinds of design tools may be available to everyone in the future.
The team speculates that in coming years, 3D modeling will be a combination of physical making and digital prototyping. Essentially, the idea is that we will be able to generate 3D objects right in front of us using intuitive gestures, while at the same time, tracking and enhancing the models digitally.
SHXYKI is a very early prototype that the group says, is meant to demonstrate — on a very basic scale — how such technology may evolve. Their device uses 10 fans to suspend up to 15 ping pong balls at once. Each fan is individually controlled, giving users the ability to create basic floating shapes. Further manipulation is achieved by redirecting the airflow with one’s hands.
As the event progressed into the night, SHXYKI assumed another function. It became a sort of social hub where people gathered and worked collectively to control the floating objects.
Humor is alive in the lab.