When a technology preview debuts on Autodesk Labs, it has a published end date. On the end date, based on the volume and sentiment of the feedback collected during the preview, one of three things happens:
- The technology graduates to the next step. This could be a beta, incorporation into an existing product or service, or creation of a new product or service with the project's name being replaced by an official product or service name.
- The technology retires. The technology is not necessarily dead. It may come back at a future date - perhaps in another form? Retirement simply means that the technology is not currently available as is the case when the technology graduates.
- The technology undergoes another round of feedback collection via the Autodesk Labs technology preview process.
Project Harmony for Moldflow was a technology preview of a fully automatic Moldflow 3D mesher that could mesh a possibly invalid CAD model, i.e., has overlapping surfaces or small gaps between surfaces, and could automatically size the mesh elements based on local thickness and curvature.
Project Harmony for Moldflow has retired from Autodesk Labs. Thanks to everyone who participated and provided feedback.
The team is considering applying what was learned and then conducting another technology preview in the future.
A retirement party is alive in the lab.